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Dec 10, 2007 05:12 AM

Chinese food in NE PA?

Looking for any good, quality Chinese food in the Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre area.

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  1. Although I'd love to be proven wrong, I'm afraid you're out of luck. The Chinese food around here is pretty much of the "chow mein/chicken-and-broccoli/egg-foo-yung" variety. Lots of buffet places. The mini-chain called "Peking Chef" claims to be a step up from the average, but I've found it mediocre and overpriced.

    I'd *really* like an authentic Sichuan place around here. But I'm not holding my breath.


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    1. re: Guy

      I guess nothing has changed since I was a kid growing up there. We always had plenty of fantastic pizza, but not much beyond that. Short of NYC or Phillie, is there any place good enough to justify a little road trip once in a while?

      1. re: radler7469

        There are plenty of good places here to justify the round trip, just not Chinese places.

        I've heard good things about an "Asian Fusion" place on the main drag in Clarks Summit, but haven't been there.

        If you want great food in a down-to-earth setting, go to Hottle's, in Wilkes-Barre. Just be aware that the setting is smoky tavern. If your underwear is several sizes too small, then Carmen's, at the Lackawanna Station Hotel, is really good.

        The veal at Russell's, on Ash Street, in Scranton, is not to be missed.

        Oh, and the fillet steak at Farley's......

        For a special holiday dinner, make reservations in the Poconos at the Sterling Inn. Limited seating and menu... More of a bed and breakfast. You'll be in heaven if they make the pate....

        1. re: chimchim

          Thanks chimchim. I will have to try those places. I've had lunch at Farley's before, but never imagined the steak would be so good. How does it compare with Great Uncle Peter's in Clarks Summit? In my opinion, that's the steakhouse in the area. Any idea which restaurants are moving into the new building at Pocono Downs? Their website refers to a "gourmet steakhouse." Curious which one it is.