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Welcome to Whiskers – Casual Dining at Penn State

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.
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
Vegan Sweet Pea & Potato Chowder
Cup 5 / Bowl 9
Sweet pea, red skin potato, cumin, arugula, sweet onion, celery, mint, lemon. DF, GF, NF
Sweet Potato Wedges
7
Served with Sriracha honey barbecue. DF, GF, NF
Salads

Add Chicken (6), Spice-Rubbed Sirloin (7), Beef Burger (7), 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
"Caesar" Salad
Half 7 / Full 12
Crisp romaine with vegan Gemelli croutons, and creamy “Caesar” dressing. Can be GF without croutons. DF, 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.
Best of the Southwest Bowl
12
Crisp romaine, avocado, cucumber, green onion, smoked cheddar, house-pickled jalapeno, diced tomato, tortilla strip, garlic black bean, yellow rice, cilantro lime dressing. GF, NF.
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.

Pulled Pork
14
Slow-roasted pulled pork with sweet BBQ sauce and smoked cheddar cheese. Contains dairy. GF, NF
Crab Cake Sandwich
14
A hearty crab cake served with lettuce, tomato, onion, and Cajun Rémoulade. Contains dairy, eggs, gluten, shellfish. NF
Chicken Salad
12
Tarragon chicken salad with grapes, apples, pecans, mustard, mayo, lettuce, tomatoes, and red onion. Contains eggs and nuts. DF, GF
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
Vegan Portabella Banh Mi
14
Smoked portabella mushroom, quick-pickled sriracha cucumber, julienned carrot, red onion, cilantro, miso mayo, mixed greens, vegan roll. DF, NF.
Smoked Salmon Club
15
Wholegrain & seed toast, tomato, greens, bacon, cucumber, red onion, smoked salmon, verde mayo. DF, NF.
California Turkey Ciabatta
14
Boar's Head turkey, bacon, pepperjack cheese, avocado, oven-roasted tomato, red pepper ailo, ciabatta. 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.
Cheese Steak Nachos
15
Fresh fried corn chips, local chipped steak, caramelized onions, mushrooms, cheese sauce, house pickled jalapeños, and Sriracha sour cream. Chips fried in-house in a fryer that may contain gluten. Nachos contain dairy. NF
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
Parma of Pittsburgh's hot sopresatta, fellino salami, 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
Soups and Salads

Add Chicken (6), Spice-Rubbed Sirloin (7), Beef Burger (7), 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.
"Caesar" Salad
Half 7 / Full 12
Crisp romaine with vegan Gemelli croutons, and creamy “Caesar” dressing. Can be GF without croutons. DF, NF.
Vegan Sweet Pea & Potato Chowder
Cup 5 / Bowl 9
Sweet pea, red skin potato, cumin, arugula, sweet onion, celery, mint, lemon. 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.
Best of the Southwest Bowl
12
Crisp romaine, avocado, cucumber, green onion, smoked cheddar, house-pickled jalapeno, diced tomato, tortilla strip, garlic black bean, yellow rice, cilantro lime dressing. GF, NF.
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.

Pulled Pork
14
Slow-roasted pulled pork with sweet BBQ sauce and smoked cheddar cheese. Contains dairy. GF, NF
Crab Cake Sandwich
14
A hearty crab cake served with lettuce, tomato, onion, and Cajun Rémoulade. Contains dairy, eggs, gluten, shellfish. NF
Chicken Salad
12
Tarragon chicken salad with grapes, apples, pecans, mustard, mayo, lettuce, tomatoes, and red onion. Contains eggs and nuts. DF, GF
Vegan Portabella Banh Mi
14
Smoked portabella mushroom, quick-pickled sriracha cucumber, julienned carrot, red onion, cilantro, miso mayo, mixed greens, vegan roll. DF, NF.
Smoked Salmon Club
15
Wholegrain & seed toast, tomato, greens, bacon, cucumber, red onion, smoked salmon, verde mayo. DF, NF.
California Turkey Ciabatta
14
Boar's Head turkey, bacon, pepperjack cheese, avocado, oven-roasted tomato, red pepper ailo, ciabatta. 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 America, cheddar, sweet BBQ, and beer-battered onion rings. 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, and bacon. Contains dairy. GF, NF
The Lion Salut
16
Your choice of 8oz chicken breast or 8oz beef burger, topped with chorizo patty, Port Salut cheese, fire-roasted poblano, chipotle Ranch dipping sauce. Contains dairy and gluten. 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
Yuzu Salmon
29
Salmon filet, seared crisp, roasted red potato, snap pea, asparagus & heirloom tomato, tossed in yuzu vinaigrette. DF, GF, NF.
Grilled BBQ Chicken Breast
24
Bell & Evans Euro breast, black garlic BBQ, mashed potatoes, and local vegetables. DF, 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, sherry button mushroom, mashed potatoes, and local vegetables. Filet is DF, GF, NF.
14oz Ribeye
44
Served with shallot red wine demi glace, sherry button mushroom, mashed potatoes, and local vegetables. Ribeye is DF, GF, NF.