No matter where you travel in Franklin County, you should be able to find something to eat.

According to inspections done in 2017 by the county health department, there are 468 food establishments spread from Pacific to Sullivan and everywhere in between.

Public Health Supervisor Tony Buel says due to the nature of the food service industry, the number of food establishments serving food changes almost daily with new places opening and others closing.

A food establishment is classified as any place that serves food to the public and can range from a bar, grocery store or major chain restaurant.

Although 17 municipalities have some sort of food establishment within their limits, the main concentration is in the larger cities of Washington, Union, Sullivan and Pacific.

Each food establishment is inspected at least once per year with many places having follow-ups as well.


The city of Washington boasts the highest number of establishments with 134. In second place is Union with 85 and Sullivan comes in third with 71.

The cities of Pacific and St. Clair are both just under 50 establishments with 48 and 46 respectively.

The only other towns in double digits are New Haven with 25 and Villa Ridge with 11.

There are eight places to eat in Gerald, seven in Labadie, and six each in Gray Summit and Catawissa.

Stanton has five establishments and Robertsville, Lonedell and Beaufort have four each.

Rounding out the bottom two are St. Albans with three food establishments and Berger has just one.

In addition to the 468 food establishments, the health department also inspects an additional 26 child care facilities that have food licenses bringing the overall total to just under 500.