Scranton, PA eats?
- laslo Apr 21, 2003 07:20 PM
Can anyone recommend some places to get interesting/regional/good food in/or around Scranton, Pennsylvania?
Depends on what kind of mood you're in:
Casual -- Colaruso's pizza in Avoca, Clarks Summit or Old Forge; Any Old Forge Pizza - Arcaro & Genell's, Gigiarelli's, etc.,
more upscale: Pepato, on Rt 6 & 11, in Clarks Summit; Amici, in Clarks Summit, Clay Oven (indian) on birney Avenue in Scranton, Rossi's in Jessup; Cooper's Seafood in Scranton
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I live closer to Wilkes-Barre myself, and eat closer to that city about eighty percent of the time, but I married a Scranton girl. I'm tempted to recommmend some places that I've only been to once, but that could be unreliable, so some steady favorites:
Glider Diner, Providence Ave. Terrific hot roast beef sandwiches covered in gravy. Great mashed potatoes and pies too. Open 24/7, except on Sunday (closed).
Smiler's, Main Ave, Dickson City. Eclectic for bar food, I have yet to be disappointed. Expect a crowd.
The Barrel, Route 307 Moscow. Great blue plate comfort food. Excellent pie!
Arcaro's, Main Ave, Taylor near Scranton border. My favorite "Scranton" pizza. Smooth!
If you wander down to Old Forge for pizza, I'd recommend Revello's on Main Street. It's one of my all-time favorites anywhere.
Michaelangelo's, Clarks Summit. Can feel a little stuffy, so you have to be in the mood, but solid Continental cuisine.
Carmen's at Lackawanna Station. Lackawanna Avenue. Eat in the lobby of an old train station. Excellent food, reasonably priced.
Between Upscale and Casual:
Le Thai, Keyser Oak Plaza. Nice French/Thai fusion.
Amber, Birney Ave. Moosic. Indian. Get anything in the masala sauce.
Hope that helps.
I would recommend the Alora Restaurant at 978 Main Street in Peckville, right off Rte 247. Very good Italian food, in a nice atmosphere. Do NOT judge by the outside of the building, as it is in a converted tavern.
Go to Old Forge!!!! USA Today went to Old Forge and, found Arcaro and Genelli's and wrote it up as one of the best in America. If you go make certain that you order the white pizza. That's white pizza. It's what USA Today raved about. In fact there are probably more pizza joints per square mile in Old Forge/Scranton/Wilkes Barre than anywhere else in America. (I'm serious about this.) In its own way Old Forge is on the level of Wooster Street in New Haven: a long standing and unique tradition that has survived into the 21st century. Some of the rest of the red sauce isn't bad either! Old Forge is an American tradition: you're lucky that you're able to experience it.
If you're up for something upscale...
This restaurant is owned by Russell Preno, whose family owned Preno's, which was THE Italian restaurant in the area for many years.
The veal is the best I've ever had... I especially love their veal with eggplant! Excellent!!!
North of Scranton, I81, Elk Mountain Exit: Binham''s Family Restaurant. Breakfast is fantastic (lunch/dinner is just okay). My favorite is the potato/cheese/onion omelette with thick slices of homemade cinammon toast dripping in butter.
If you're in the area the weekend of Aug. 2, and REALLY want regional, consider Old Home Week in Forest City (though a bit of a drive from Scranton). Participate in the Pierogi Eating Contest on Saturday http://oldhomeweek.info/
We tried the Bear Creek Inn tonight -- in Bear Creek on Rte 115, south of Wilkes-Barre. Very crowded due to the holiday. Wonderful onion soup --[did I say wonderful? rivals the old Gilded Cage of Philadelphia onion soup, back in the day]. food was creative, excellent, low priced. Salad bar more than okay for the Poconos. Drinks are strong! Inn is cute and while the dining room is small, we had no trouble making reservations. Appears to be quite the local family place. Was told that there have been several owner changes; Hope the current owners stick around. Well worth a visit.
Does anyone out there know of a place that had roast pork sandwiches with 'indian' relish on them. It wasn't in Scranton, but very close to Scranton. Would go there as a child with my parents (they used to go there on dates) & last time I was there with my mom was in 2000 & the place had not changed over all those 40+years. I am going back to Scranton (where my parents are from) for a visit & would love to take my grandchildren to the roast pork place. It had white/black tile floors - 2 rooms - the 'back' room is where they used to dance in the 40's. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!