Editor’s Note: Michael and Nicole Borrell review Lebanon Valley’s restaurants and eating attractions as the Lebanon Valley Food Critics. The couple aims to offer unbiased reviews of the eating and drinking establishments the Lebanon Valley has to offer. LebTown is pleased to partner with LVFC to share these reviews with our readers. Bon appétit!

Welcome to the second season of our highly anticipated Lebanon Valley Burger Wars. Four entrants from the Valley will compete to be declared the winner of ‘Best Burger in The Valley.’

Our judgement will be based upon several factors including style and quality of burger, composition, messiness, and overall impression. We will only be judging two burgers from each restaurant and all burgers will be cooked to the same temperature.

This season will be slightly different as our Season 1 winner (Richland Railroad Diner) will be competing again to retain its title.

We continue our second season with the aforementioned Richland Railroad Diner, which is located right off the unique town square in Richland.

Richland Railroad Diner

1 S. Race St.
Richland, PA 17087


Restaurant Hours
Monday – 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Tuesday – 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Wednesday – 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Thursday – 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday – 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday – 6 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Sunday – Closed

This restaurant offers a menu of six burgers ranging in price from $11.79 to $14.99.

Our selections for judgement this evening were the Cowboy Burger ($13.99) and Smokehouse Burger ($14.99). These burgers come on a brioche bun with 6oz hand pressed patties and fixings.

As they arrived at the table, we were once again impressed with the overwhelming size of the burgers. Richland Railroad Diner uses their own seasoning on the burgers with a subtle spice that brings out the flavor of the burger itself.

The Smokehouse Burger is adorned with three slices of brisket on top and their BBQ sauce, while the Cowboy Burger comes with the large onion ring on top. It did make for a messy consumption. Discussion was had whether it was too messy. One critic needed to resort to fork and knife to finish. But, man did it taste good.

Smokehouse Burger at Richland Railroad Diner.
Cowboy Burger at Richland Railroad Diner.

Did we just have the best burgers in the Valley?

We have one final stop for our second season of Burger Wars, The Colebrook Tavern. After which, we will announce our winner.

If you have a restaurant you would like us to visit or review, whether a place you like or are nervous to try, please message us on Facebook or email lvfoodcritics@outlook.com and let us know. We thank everyone for the recommendations and the kind words we have received.