Anything in Poconos near Union Dale/Carbondale?
We will be spending a couple of weekends near our son's camp in Orson, PA, staying in Union Dale near Elk Mountain. Searches on this site and others have not turned up any appealing choices for dinner. Surely there must be someplace for a good moderate to expensive dinner in that area. Any suggestions?
I live in the area and I would definitely agree with the earlier post that said to avoid the Lakewood Lodge, Starlight Inn and Water's Edge. Villa Como in Lake Como does have good pizza.
The Bluestone Inn in Hancock NY is by far my first choice of the places mentioned. I wish there were more places like that in the area.
I have not been to Le Gorille but that is at least an hour from Union Dale, probably more like 1.5 hours. A friend tells me that has closed anyway.
One place in Union Dale that was not mentioned is the Stone Bridge Inn. The prices are like NYC but the quality is not quite that level. Still, it's a very pleasant place to go. I go a few times year. I would rank as one of the 3 best places in a 30 mile radius.
It's sad, one of my biggest pleasures used to be dining out but I gave up on eating in restaurants few years after I moved here. I rarely miss a firehouse or church breakfast, though. Some are better than others but they are nice social events.
It's such a beautiful area, it's a shame that there aren't more places to eat. When we went up there last summer we ate at (and stayed at) Stone Bridge Inn twice and once at Candlelight Inn, both in Union Dale. Although the atmosphere at Stone Bridge Inn was nice, the food and service were mediocre at best and the wine list leans toward a supermarket wine selection. I really don't like a place with overly complicated dishes for the sake of being "fancy." Candlelight Inn was one step above a diner, but it is a better choice in a way. Our innkeeper recommended Bluestone but it was too much of a drive for us at the time. We will be visiting the area again this summer and I hope to find something better. We will definitely try Villa Como and Bluestone Inn this summer, even though it's a long way to go for dinner on dark mountain roads.
Stone Bridge Inn & Restaurant
RR 2 Box 3112, Union Dale, PA 18470
RR 2, Union Dale, PA 18470
PO Box 248, Lake Como, PA 18437
The place below is pretty good. The owner is a former chef for the rolling stones (?). PRetty remote
Le Gorille Restaurant
814 Twin Lakes Rd.
Shohola, PA 18458
Phone: (570) 296-8094
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Contemporary American Restaurant, chef-owned and operated for 21 years. Weekly blackboard menu based on the chef's shopping at the Hunt's Point markets. Homemade bread, salad dressings, desserts.
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on May 12, 2008 @ 9:24 PM
Best dining in the Pocono's. Awesome food, wonderful service, funky atmosphere. Run, don't walk!
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on November 9, 2007 @ 8:48 AM
This is our favorite restaurant. High end cuisine at a reasonable price in a beautiful setting. It may be a bit out of the way for some, but it is well worth the trip.
The Villa Como in Lake Como has some of the best pizza in NEPA. There is no website. The Bluestone Grill in Hancock, NY has some interesting fair and there is a wesite. I would stay away from the Lakewood Lodge, Waters Edge, and Starlight. Food at all 3 is mediocre at best. Please remember when visiting the area that there are many full-time residents who often recieve a great deal of disrepect from nonlocals visiting the area. "Camp parents" are often referred to as one of the dreaded groups, alhtough there are many very nice people amongst your group. The culture there is likely to be somehwat different than your own, not better or worse, just different. Its a sensitive topic for ma as someone who grew up there and worked in the cmaps and local businesses. You may want to keep watch for local chicken barbeques and breakfasts often put on by local churches or volunteer fire companies. Loca fire company carnivalsand the Wayne County Fair are also coming up in the next few weeks. Picking up the Town Crier, Mulligans Shopping Guide, The Hancock Herald, or the Wayne Independent may be helpful for you. Some may have limited online formats. Good luck.
Here are some recommendations from least fancy to fancier:
Sometimes we go to the Lakewood Lodge for huge prime rib on Saturdays. I get the petite cut, the house cut hangs off the plate! http://local.yahoo.com/info-12135846-lakewood-lodge-lakewood?tab=reviews#reviews
You can also try the Water's Edge at Lake Lorraine:
Lake Lorraine Golf Club / Waters Edge
Box 90, RT370, Lake Lorraine Rd Poyntelle, PA 18454
I have also heard great things about the Inn at Starlight:
Be sure to post back with some reviews or if you find another place. Enjoy the Endless Mountains!