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Welcome to Whiskers – Casual Dining at Penn State

Whiskers Menu

You’ll feel at home at Whiskers, our casual pub-style restaurant. Recently awarded the 2017 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence, Whiskers features a full bar and is open daily for lunch, dinner, and late-night dining. Delicious food in an inviting atmosphere makes Whiskers a favorite of our guests and locals alike. Join us on Wednesdays for Winesday to enjoy great wines at great prices!

On the Menu

Savor delectable large salads, sandwiches, and Inn specialties in our welcoming, pub-style atmosphere or dine al fresco on the garden patio, weather permitting. You’ll love our sandwich choices, which include pulled pork, smoked salmon club, and our famous NLI burger with sauteed Kennett Square mushrooms. You can also choose from several vegan and vegetarian options for lunch and dinner.

Building Relationships that Last

Our chefs believe that local food is a necessity. Using the local food system helps build an infrastructure that can sustain our community while creating an equitable living for our neighbors growing our food. Because we are participating in this grand experiment in local food, we try to use mostly products that are made in-house or produced by our neighbors. We also source meat from local organically certified farms to enhance the farm-to-table experience.

Allergen Notations

The menus listed below have notations for allergens: DF (dairy-free); GF (gluten-free); NF (nut-free). Allergen-free menus are available in The Dining Room and Whiskers. Please let your server know of any allergens, and our chefs will prepare your meal tailored to your needs.

Our mashed potatoes contain dairy, but can be substituted with a dairy-free option. Ask your server about our daily-selected vegetable and possible allergens. Our fried foods are cooked in a fryer that may contain gluten. All rolls can be substituted with a gluten-free option.

Call us at 814-865-8580 for more information.

Please Note: The Below Menus Are Subject to Change.

Lunch Menu
Appetizers and Soups
Chickpea and Kale Stew
15
Hearty dish thickened with cashews, filled with fresh vegetables and chickpeas. Contains cashews. DF, GF
Nittany Lion Inn Lobster Bisque
Cup 7 / Bowl 14
A Nittany Lion Inn tradition. Our house-made creamy lobster bisque is a must have. Contains dairy, gluten, shellfish. NF
Soup du Jour
Cup 5 / Bowl 9
Ask your server about the house-made soup of the day. Ask your server about possible allergens.
Vegan Cauliflower and Fuji Apple Soup
cup 5 / bowl 9
Oven-roasted cauliflower and Fuji apples, toasted pepitas DF, GF, NF
Fried Whiskers
5
A heaping bowl of our fresh-cut fries. Fries are made in-house in a fryer that may contain gluten. Sauces and seasonings are DF, NF. French fries served with your choice of seasoning: Cajun, Old Bay, or salt & pepper.
Pretzels and Dips
8
Fresh Gemelli pretzels served with house cheese sauce and wholegrain mustard. Contains dairy and gluten. NF
Quesadilla
12
Flour tortilla, shredded cheddar and pepper jack blend cheese, Creamery sour cream, seasonal salsa, and your choice of: Chicken, Beef, or Vegetables. Contains dairy and gluten; NF
Sweet Potato Wedges
7
Served with Sriracha honey barbecue. DF, GF, NF
Salads

Add Chicken (6), Spice-Rubbed Sirloin (7), Shrimp (8), or Grilled Salmon (8) to Any Salad

House Salad
5
Local salad greens with tomato, cucumbers, and julienned carrots. Depending on dressing: DF, GF, NF
Traditional Caesar
Half 7 / Whole 12
Crisp romaine, house-made Caesar dressing, crouton Contains dairy, eggs, and fish. NF
Warm Spinach Salad
Half 7 / Whole 12
Baby spinach, Cambozola cheese, spicy pecan, bacon, seared apple and Kennett Square mushroom, warm sherry garlic vinaigrette. GF
Traditional Cobb Salad
12
Crisp romaine, chopped bacon, avocado, blue cheese, diced tomato, green onion, boiled egg, black olive, ranch. NF
Vegan Thai Salad
12
Baby spinach, spring mix, red and green cabbage, julienned carrot, red bell pepper, green onion, cucumber, almond, orange, edamame, crunchy wonton, ginger Thai dressing. DF, GF. Contains Nuts.
Roasted Beet & Goat Cheese Salad
12
Spinach, baby kale, roasted red & gold beet, Cypress Grove lavender & fennel pollen goat cheese, crushed pistachio, spiced apple shrub & shallot vinaigrette Contains Dairy and Nuts. GF.
Sandwiches

All Sandwiches Served with a Pickle and Your Choice of Fresh-Cut Fries or a Side Salad. Substitute Sweet Potato Wedges for Additional $2.

Thai Pulled Pork
14
Slow-roasted pulled pork, Thai flavors, heap of cilantro slaw. DF, NF
Crab Cake Sandwich
14
A hearty crab cake served with lettuce, tomato, onion, and Cajun Rémoulade. Contains dairy, eggs, gluten, shellfish. NF
Deli-Style Chicken Salad
12
Chicken salad with egg, house pickle, mayo, onion, celery, lettuce, red onion, and tomato. DF, NF
The Classic NLI
14
Your choice of 8oz chicken breast or 8oz beef burger, topped with cheddar and sautéed Kennett Square mushrooms. Contains dairy. GF, NF
Bacon Cheese Burger
15
Your choice of 8oz chicken breast or 8oz beef burger, topped with cheddar cheese and crisp bacon. Contains dairy. GF, NF
California Turkey Ciabatta
14
Boar's Head turkey, bacon, pepperjack cheese, avocado, oven-roasted tomato, red pepper ailo, ciabatta. NF.
Grilled Portabella Muffaletta
14
Grilled portabella, smoked provolone, herb oil, roasted red pepper, giardiniera & olive salad on ciabatta bread. Vegan available. Contains gluten and dairy. NF.
Dinner Menu
Appetizers
Pretzels and Dips
8
Fresh Gemelli pretzels served with house cheese sauce and wholegrain mustard. Contains dairy and gluten. NF
Fried Whiskers
5
A heaping bowl of our fresh-cut fries. Fries are made in-house in a fryer that may contain gluten. Sauces and seasonings are DF, NF. French fries served with your choice of seasoning: Cajun, Old Bay, or salt & pepper.
Wings
10
Jumbo wings fried crisp and tossed in your choice of sauce: Buffalo, Black Garlic BBQ, or Sriracha honey BBQ; served with blue cheese and celery. Fried in-house in a fryer that may contain gluten. Blue Cheese contains dairy. NF
Quesadilla
12
Flour tortilla, shredded cheddar and pepper jack blend cheese, Creamery sour cream, seasonal salsa, and your choice of: Chicken, Beef, or Vegetables. Contains dairy and gluten; NF
Charcuterie and Local Cheese Board
18
PSU summer sausage, Parma of Pittsburgh's hot sopresatta and prosciutto de parma, Port Salut cheese, cherry mostarda, wholegrain mustard, house-made sweet and zesty pickle, toasted torpedo. NF
Sweet Potato Wedges
7
Served with Sriracha honey barbecue. DF, GF, NF
Three Cheese Board
16
Port Salut, Cambozola, Manchego, membrillo paste, cherry mostarda, wholegrain mustard, house-made sweet and zesty pickle, toasted torpedo. NF
Chips & Queso
10 / Add Jalapeno 1.50
Fresh corn chips, house-made queso. Contains Dairy. GF, NF.
Wacky Mac
12 / Make it "Buff" 4
Fun-shaped pasta, house cheese sauce. BUFF: add Buffalo chicken, bacon, green onion, and bleu cheese. Contains dairy and gluten. NF.
Chicken Tenders
15
Fried chicken tenders, fresh-cut fries, sweet BBQ. Contains dairy and gluten. NF.
Soups and Salads

Add Chicken (6), Spice-Rubbed Sirloin (7), Shrimp (8), or Grilled Salmon (8) to Any Salad

House Salad
5
Local salad greens with tomato, cucumbers, and julienned carrots. Depending on dressing: DF, GF, NF
Traditional Caesar
Half 7 / Whole 12
Crisp romaine, house-made Caesar dressing, crouton Contains dairy, eggs, and fish. NF
Warm Spinach Salad
Half 7 / Whole 12
Baby spinach, Cambozola cheese, spicy pecan, bacon, seared apple and Kennett Square mushroom, warm sherry garlic vinaigrette. GF
Nittany Lion Inn Lobster Bisque
Cup 7 / Bowl 14
A Nittany Lion Inn tradition. Our house-made creamy lobster bisque is a must have. Contains dairy, gluten, shellfish. NF
Soup du Jour
Cup 5 / Bowl 9
Ask your server about the house-made soup of the day. Ask your server about possible allergens.
Vegan Cauliflower and Fuji Apple Soup
cup 5 / bowl 9
Oven-roasted cauliflower and Fuji apples, toasted pepitas DF, GF, NF
Traditional Cobb Salad
12
Crisp romaine, chopped bacon, avocado, blue cheese, diced tomato, green onion, boiled egg, black olive, ranch. NF
Vegan Thai Salad
12
Baby spinach, spring mix, red and green cabbage, julienned carrot, red bell pepper, green onion, cucumber, almond, orange, edamame, crunchy wonton, ginger Thai dressing. DF, GF. Contains Nuts.
Roasted Beet & Goat Cheese Salad
12
Spinach, baby kale, roasted red & gold beet, Cypress Grove lavender & fennel pollen goat cheese, crushed pistachio, spiced apple shrub & shallot vinaigrette Contains Dairy and Nuts. GF.
Sandwiches

All Sandwiches Served with a Pickle and Your Choice of Fresh-Cut Fries or a Side Salad. Substitute Sweet Potato Wedges for Additional $2.

Thai Pulled Pork
14
Slow-roasted pulled pork, Thai flavors, heap of cilantro slaw. DF, NF
Crab Cake Sandwich
14
A hearty crab cake served with lettuce, tomato, onion, and Cajun Rémoulade. Contains dairy, eggs, gluten, shellfish. NF
Deli-Style Chicken Salad
12
Chicken salad with egg, house pickle, mayo, onion, celery, lettuce, red onion, and tomato. DF, NF
California Turkey Ciabatta
14
Boar's Head turkey, bacon, pepperjack cheese, avocado, oven-roasted tomato, red pepper ailo, ciabatta. NF.
Grilled Portabella Muffaletta
14
Grilled portabella, smoked provolone, herb oil, roasted red pepper, giardiniera & olive salad on ciabatta bread. Vegan available. Contains gluten and dairy. NF.
Burgers

All Burgers with Your Choice of 8oz Blended Burger (Chuck, Ribeye, Brisket) or an 8oz Marinated and Grilled Chicken Breast. Served with a Pickle and Fresh-Cut Fries or Side Salad. Substitute Sweet Potato Wedges for Additional $2.

The Classic NLI
14
Your choice of 8oz chicken breast or 8oz beef burger, topped with cheddar and sautéed Kennett Square mushrooms. Contains dairy. GF, NF
Bacon Cheese Burger
15
Your choice of 8oz chicken breast or 8oz beef burger, topped with cheddar cheese and crisp bacon. Contains dairy. GF, NF
“Local 8”
15
Your choice of 8oz chicken breast or 8oz beef burger, topped with caramelized onion, bacon, cheddar and fried local organic egg. Contains dairy. GF, NF
BBQ Stack
15
Your choice of 8oz chicken breast or 8oz beef burger, topped with Cooper sharp American, cheddar, sweet BBQ, and crispy shallots. Contains dairy and gluten. NF
Blue and White
15
Your choice of 8oz chicken breast or 8oz beef burger, topped with BleuJack, tangy white BBQ slaw, caramelized onion. Contains dairy. GF, NF
Entrées

Each Entree Served with NLI Signature Mashed Potatoes and Local Vegetables, Unless Vegan or Otherwise Noted.

Chickpea and Kale Stew
15
Hearty dish thickened with cashews, filled with fresh vegetables and chickpeas. Contains cashews. DF, GF
Honey Garlic Salmon
29
Oven-roasted honey garlic salmon, roasted fall squash, Brussels sprouts, dill, lemon & garlic vinaigrette. GF, NF
Grilled BBQ Chicken Breast
22
European-style chicken breast, black garlic BBQ, mashed potatoes, and local vegetables. GF, NF
Our Signature Lump Crab Cakes
28
Our signature lump crab cakes pan seared, served with Cajun Rémoulade, mashed potatoes, and local vegetables. Contains dairy, eggs, gluten, shellfish. NF
Boneless Beef Short Rib
28
Boneless beef short ribs slowly braised until fork tender, served with mashed potatoes and local vegetables. Short Rib is DF, GF, NF
Meatloaf
23
Locally-sourced ground beef meatloaf, wrapped in house-cured bacon, served with smoky barbecue sauce, buttermilk mashed potatoes, and local vegetables. Contains eggs and gluten. DF, NF
Vegan Roasted Tomato & Mushroom Pasta
15
Local Fasta pasta, roasted tomato, edamame, cinnamon-roasted mushroom, shallot, garlic, & herb oil. DF, NF.
Pork Shank Osso Bucco
27
Berkshire pork shank braised with garlic, clove, star anise, & cinnamon, pan gravy, mashed potatoes, local vegetables. DF, GF, NF.
8oz Filet Mignon
42
Served with shallot red wine demi glace, mashed potatoes, and local vegetables. Filet is DF, GF, NF.
14oz Ribeye
44
Served with shallot red wine demi glace, mashed potatoes, and local vegetables. Ribeye is DF, GF, NF.