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restaurants in the Poconos

Help...we have owned a vacay home in the Poconos near Jack Frost, Big Boulder and Lake Harmony for the past 4 years. We have yet to find a decent restaurant in this area. Does anyone have any suggestions?

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  1. If you have been going to the area for four years, I probably cannot suggest anything new for you. We stay in Blakeslee once or twice a year on our way back to the Philly area. We have always felt the Blakeslee Inn is the best in the area, though, when we stopped in August, they were closed on Wednesdays. We ate at Shenanigan's which was, at best, adequate. Murphy's Loft has served decent sandwiches at lunch and we have always had a good breakfast at Piggy's in Lake Harmony. What kind of standard are you setting for decent? One time we ate at Louie's Prime (though not recent enough to recommend) and had very good steaks. In Pocono Lake there is the Edelweis for German food. Just finding a German restaurant anywhere is newsworthy. We find that for staying overnight, the Blakeslee area tops most of the other areas where we might stop. There is a good selection of restaurants within a reasonable drive. On previous posts, folks have suggested other restaurants that sound good, too, and which we intend to try on future stops.

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    1. re: jfr

      Thanks for your reply. Have eaten at Piggy's which is good. Ate at Terra Cottage across the street which was highly recommended and it was awful - like really bad County Club food. We ate at Nick's Lake House Which also owns Shenanigans and has basically the same menu - OK if you eat burgers and such. I will try Blakeslee Inn the menu looks good and will try Louie's Prime which was also recommended. Did you ever eat at Marita's Cantina on 940? I am wondering if it is the same owner as the one that used to be in Ft. Wash. which was not good. What places were you considering on future trips?

      1. re: christie21

        We were thinking of the ones doxiemom recommends below (Kelly's Pub is in Lansford, between Tamaqua and Jim Thorpe) plus, closer to Lake Harmony area, Ricardo's on Rt. 940 east of Blakeslee and a place near Bear Creek Village on the way to Wilkes-Barre (don't know its name but would know it when I see it). Also, some have recommended the Powerhouse in White Haven at the exit on Rt. 80.

        1. re: christie21

          Had dinner with a group of 10 Saturday night around 6. The place was basically empty. Overall was very disappointed. The high was the chips and salsa. One salsa was chopped jalapeno and tomatilla ( I believe ) which was very good. Entree was a taco and enchilada. The taco was shredded beef which was in one dried clump. Enchilada was dry chicken and a topped with a flavorless tomato sauce. I would not recommend this place to anyone.

        2. re: jfr

          JFR--Have been following your posts-- are you in the food biz

          1. re: Foodcritic123

            Foodcritic123 -- just saw your question. No. We happen to travel across the state fairly often. Just trying to give an honest evaluation, though I don't consider myself a "foodie." For example,I usually leave the Philly restaurants to those who live in the city itself and are more knowlegeable about those places than I am.

        3. Go down 903 into Jim Thorpe - Moya on Race Street and Flow on Broadway are both solid. If you don't mind a little add'l driving, Macaluso's in Nesquehoning is very good, as is the Train Station in Tamaqua, and and Kelly's Pub in Landsale. Flow is probably my favorite and although our house is in Towamensing, we don't mind a little drive (about 15-20 min.) for the really amazing locally sourced and organic food there.

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          1. I grew up in Stroudsburg and can recommend a few places in the area. I did move away a few years ago so I would love to hear how these places have held up in recently. These would all be a much quicker trip than heading to Lansdale...

            1) Saen Thai Cuisine, Delaware Water Gap
            2) Antaleo, Delaware Water Gap (I have never been but my parents love it for fine dining)
            3) Sarah Street Grill, Stroudsburg and Barley Creek Brewery, Tannserville for actually tasty bar food and casual dinner entrees. Both have nice decks for good weather.
            4) Sweet Creams, Stroudsburg for homemade ice cream, wonderful sandwiches and the slowest service ever (adds to the... charm)
            5) Everybody's Cafe, Stroudsburg

            I would also actively discourage you from eating at the Willow Tree Inn, the food is terrible. Get a drink on the deck instead...

            Friends also recommend the Stone Bar Inn and Sycamore Grille

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            1. re: readme

              Yes to Saen Thai! People do drive from quite a distance for this authentic goodness.
              Antelao is charming and boutique. You should make reservations if you plan on going. Stone Bar is pretty good, although recently the fish (if served with lots of sauce) isn't a good choice). The special Hawaiian Tuna specials are fantastic as are the seared duck on spicy asian noodle appetizer. Barley Creek recently did change their menu and there are less friend things and more healthy things and their chef won Best Entree at Delaware River Food and Wine Festival's Foodie Fare. Yes to Moya and Flow if you are willing to drive to Jim Thorpe. And if you are willing to go north a little, the Settlers Inn does a fantastic Farm-to-Table menu and loves to do beer and wine pairings.

              1. re: addictedtohope

                Saen Thai is closed on Mondays but we enjoyed our trip over to tannersville for Barley Creek. Food was tasty and beer was good. Naysayers who complained about prices were off the mark. Portions were large and price was reasonable (think Red Robin prices for better burgers). Food was correctly cooked to order. Service a tad slow but we had seen the reviews and were being leisurely on our honeymoon anyway. Our server was friendly and very helpful, though some were not.

            2. It is certainly not fine dining, but we love the Jubilee and it is now completely non-smoking, which is a plus for us. Great food all around. Prime rib and the killer fries are worth the trip and breakfast is always spot on!

              1. I've heard good things about Trattoria 903 between Albrightsville and Jim Thorpe. I believe it's closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. They have a website, I believe.

                1. I am quite partial to Trattoria 903 about 6 miles north of Jim Thorpe on Route 903. Being in a small strip mall type thing, the owner still managed to spiff things up in the restaurant. But you don't go there for the ambience; you go for the food. I've had 2 pasta dishes and they were very good and I've eaten in Italian restaurants in NY, DC and Italy. The portions are also quite large and the owner is very welcoming and pleasant. He's actually form Morocco.

                  In Jim Thorpe, there is Black Bread, where I've yet to eat but I heard is still the best food although the service may have problems. There is Moya on Race Street, as is Black Bread, which is good and has a great atmosphere and good service. For burgers, salads, etc., there is Mollys and JT's (also Emerald restaurant above Molly's). Flow is a great place to go for something unique and hip; it is also an art gallery and has a great outdoor area to have a drink. A new place just opened up on Broadway but I don't know the name.

                  If you just want a hoagie, try Tommy's on the east side at North Street (Route 903) and 4th Street. They bake their own bread and it's great for hoagies.

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                  1. re: dcholly

                    We rented in Towamensing two summers running and then one summer in Lake Naomi. All three years we enjoyed a terrific anniversary dinner at Black Bread Cafe in Jim Thorpe....although it was 5, 6, and 7 years ago (oh my...that long????)

                    Glad to hear they're still in business. We enjoyed the meals immensely although I admit that at this point I don't have any idea what we ate - and I would hope the menu has changed since then!

                  2. Years ago we rented a house for the summer in Split Rock. Ate at a place called Close Quarters at least once a week and the chef that was there at the time was insanely good. I have no idea how it is now - probably not the same. Just a nice memory of years past!

                    1. Have you been to the Settler's Inn, in Hawley? They've repeatedly won awards over the past..well, at least 15 years (since I worked there as a young lass around then!). Built in the late 1920's, they focus on local ingredients (like vennison and brook trout), and frequently have organic options while staying 'homey'. Lots of New Yorkers make their Victorian Christmas a family tradition!

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                      1. re: MissDidi

                        Haven't been yet but my sister is getting married there in Oct so I am looking forward to trying it.

                      2. Two excellent places: Torte Knox in Hawley and Hotel Fauchere in Milford.

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                        1. re: selmeralto

                          We also love the Hotel Fauchere in Milford, although we've only eaten at the downstairs spot, Bar Louis. Have yet to try the street-level restaurant, Delmonico's. I'd add a very hearty second to the recommendation above for the Settler's Inn in Hawley.

                          Settlers Inn
                          4 Main Avenue, Hawley, PA 18428

                          Hotel Fauchere
                          401 Broad Street, Milford, PA 18337

                          1. re: Deenso

                            My wife and I are currently staying at The Settler's Inn for our anniversary. The food is absolutely incredible. Some of the best food we've had on any vacation. Gourmet level fusion cuisine with all local ingredients. A couple of standouts from what we've eaten so far: chicken salad with grapes and pistachios on a croissant, poached shrimp over spring mix with summer bean salad in a creamy yogurt dill dressing, phenomenal seared scallops in a cream sauce, blueberry granola pancakes with homemade blueberry compote. The food comes from local farms, the veggies are so fresh it literally tastes like they're right off the vine. We are definitely coming back here for seconds (and thirds, and fourths...)! btw, you HAVE to try to toffee bread pudding. Ridiculously good.

                        2. trattoria 903 is really outstanding....excellent veggie and seafood meals...moderate prices and huge portions.