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Sep 11, 2007 12:36 PM

I-83 North to Harrisburg; I-81 North to Scranton

Hey All,
Driving from the Atlanta to Mass., and Day 2 will find me travelling from DC up thru Pennsylvania.
Interested in good road food...whether it be a diner, hot dog stand or above the ordinary local hoagie shop.
I'm thinking I'll be ready to stop to eat somewhere between Harrisburg and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on I-81.
Any and all help is of now, I have next to nothing...just word of a place to get a top notch Sicilian Hoagie in Kingston, at a joint called Tony's.

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  1. Take the Highland Park exit in Wilkes-Barre, turn left onto Highland Park Blvd., then left on Wilkes-Barre Twp. Blvd., turn right off the ramp onto E. Northampton St. Philadelphia Subs is a terrific hoagie/sandwich joint. It's about an 1/8 of a mile off that ramp.

    1. A great diner is Eddy's near the Mohegan Sun casino. It's open 24 hours and has terrific soup.

      1. if you're stopping btw harrisburg and scranton, consider stopping in the self-proclaimed pizza capital of the world, the city of old forge. in paticular, consider arcaro & genell, an excellent old school style italian. so old school, in fact, you'll actually get a "normal look" if you ask for tripe in your pasta sauce. a&g is also a leading seller of "old forge style" pizza. this is the only city/restaurant btw harrisburg and NEPA i can think of that if you had passed it, you would have really missed something.

        in case you're not familiar with "old forge style pizza":

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        1. re: piney

          If you are north of Scranton on I-81 at Clarks Summit, stop off and go to Colarusso's. It's literally within 3 minutes of the exit and well worth the stop.

          IMO the best pizza in the area, aside from my wife's grandmother! :)

        2. Wow, I had never heard of Old Forge Style Pizza. I'm definitly going to buy a tray and bring one back on the ride to Mass. with me. Is there any pizzeria in Wilkes-Barre itself that specializes in this? (I was born in Wilkes-Barre, but have no ties there and haven't passed thru the area in 20 years. I'd get a kick of trying something something brand new in the place of my birth).

          I guess now I'll be looking for a place to get a good Italian Hoagie maybe between Harrisburg and pizza town?

          Thanks for clueing me into something I had no idea about.

          1. If you don't mind traveling a few miles off of I-81, there's a couple of places on Rt. 443E in Pine Grove, Pa. (exit 100). Just before the single traffic light in town, there's O.I.P. on the left-hand side. Turn right at the light, and look for Dominick's Pizzeria about a half-mile on the end of town. Continue another 3-4 miles, and you'll find the Red Lion Cafe, which has decent subs and Pa. Dutch entrees. Try their broasted chicken, fresh-cut fries or french onion soup.

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            1. re: brix11

              This may be blasphemy for Scranton-area pizza lovers, but Old Forge pizza, I think, has slipped down here to the capital city.

              There's a Jigsy's Old Forge Pizza in Enola, across the river from Harrisburg. And it's unique enough that I'm betting it's the original Old Forge brand. Thick, airy, yeasty crust. It's tremendous.