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In and Around Scranton TONIGHT-11/17

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NYC 'Hounds driving to Binghamton tonight need a decent dinner around Scranton...anything down-home, moderate-priced will do (NO chains!).

Thanks. If you have directions, even better. We're driving on 380 to 81 North.

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  1. When we are in the area, we always eat at Osaka, but on one trip, they were closed for vacation. A local steered us to Scanlans, which is right on the square (on the Spruce St side). I'm not familiar enough with the area to give you directions, but it was always easy to access from 81. The address is 532 Spruce St., if you want to Google a map. It was definitely a locals place with loads of comfort food on the menu. I had homemade chicken or vegetable pot pie with mashed potatoes...real mashed potatoes. We didn't have time for dessert, but they looked wonderful. We were there for lunch, so I can't vouch for their dinner menu (if it's different)

    If I remember correctly, there wasn't much ambiance. In fact, I think the interior was pink? But it was inexpensive and tasty. I don't recall them having a liquor license, if that's a consideration.

    Something else to consider is that there is some flooding in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre from yesterday's rain. Last night on the news they were declaring a state of emergency in Scranton, so you may have some trouble navigating in the city.

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    1. re: bacchus

      Yes, we did attempt the downtown run to Scanlan's...alas, it was 9:00 PM and the little storefront, like much of Scranton, was closed - except the sign on the door said that, effective yesterday, is closed for good! They're going to reopen in another location come December.

      Had a fine, albeit noisy, bar-food experience around the corner at "130 BRIXX"...8-oz burgers with the trimmings and a knockout, plentiful chicken Caesar salad.

      The Scranton square is lovely.

      1. re: Mike R.

        So sorry-had no idea about that. I'm so glad you were able to make it into the city with the flooding and find another place to eat. We'll have to check out 130 Brixx the next time we're in the area. Noisy doesn't bother me if the food and beer are good, and I LOVE Caesar salad.

        1. re: Mike R.

          Sounds like you might enjoy two Irish bars off the town square: The Banshee, on Penn Avenue, and Farley's, for the steaks. Of course the Radisson has the better restaurant.

        1. Thanks, bacchus...we're taking your advice under advisement, especially the weather warning.

          1. this is probably too late but, a good home style place is Binghams at exit 211. It's not a chain and they have lots of in house baking (try the bumbleberry pie) also in Binghamton ask someone where to get good spiedies (pronounced speedys) , a regional food that just doesn't seem to catch on anywhere else. Too bad for all of you that have never had them. Do yourself a favor and put it on your must do list. More info www.spiediefest.com or do a web search