Bushkill Falls, PA
My son and his GF are going to Bushkill Falls in the Poconos next weekend. They’re staying at the Fernwood Resort and intend to hike the trails leading to the Bushkill waterfalls. They’re looking for a good restaurant in the area for dinner on Saturday night. Any cuisine is okay as long as it has some seafood selections. I looked around on the internet and there doesn’t seem to be very many restaurants in that area. Any suggestions and recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
Well, the Poconos "ain't Jersey" for sure. I've been visiting the area since 1963 and find the restaurant scene rather inconsistant - on the rare occasion I find a place I'd return to, I'm usually disappointed on the return visit. Probably tough to do business there - in a good economy, why go to the Poconos when you can go to Vegas or Disney World; why ski the Poconos when you could ski Park City, etc. In a bad economy, why go to the Poconos at all? Like I said, tough place to do business. I also believe that the fits-&-starts seasonality of business there accounts for the few seafood restaurants there.
That said, I have had good luck at Brandli's Italian Rest. It's a simple mom & pop pizzeria in an outlet mall. The pizza's OK; the pasta, how hard is it to make a decent sauce? I have also found their pasta e fagioli (home made) Chow worthy. It's located on Rt 209 south of Bushkill in the Foxmoor Village outlet center in Marshalls Creek. Even if your son's disappointed, it won't be a lot of money disappointed.
Another option is to stop at the Penna Welcome Center at the I-80 Exit right after the Water Gap Bridge. They usually have a bunch of restaurant directories & flyers often with menus & coupons, etc.
Good luck - I, for one, would like to see a follow-up on your son's dining experience there.