Home of the fictional Dunder Mifflin paper company from TV show The Office, Scranton also has a lively dining scene with some of the best Italian restaurants in the region. If you are just passing through, visiting friends or in town to see Scranton’s historic buildings, be sure to grab something to eat from the establishments below.
Backyard Ale House
Bar, Beer, Wine, Cocktails, Pub Grub, American, $$$
Courtesy of Backyard Ale House
Backyard is an all-American ale house offering an amazing variety of both draft and bottled beer from around the USA and the world. The food on offer is superb. The burgers are delicious and well portioned, while their Cuban-style sandwich, the ‘Banjo Pig’, is a standout. When you’re in Scranton and looking for a good night out with some fine pub food andgreat beers, then the Backyard Ale House is definitely your spot.
A wonderful steak restaurant right in the heart of Scranton, Carl Von Luger is a stylish art deco-themed establishment that caters for people looking for fine dining. Although the restaurant offers exceptionally good service and amazing gourmet steaks they have managed to keep the prices reasonable. This balance of silver service, quality food and affordable meals has earned Carl Von Luger the reputation as one of the best restaurants in the area. It must also be noted that dinner is often accompanied by live jazz, adding even more to the wonderful dining experience.
If you love Italian food then you will love Casa Bella. The restaurant offers excellent variety of traditional Italian dishes, all accompanied by superb wine pairings. The atmosphere of the venue is perfect for a lovely dinner with a group of friends over some nice food and great wine. Don’t be fooled by the modest facade from the outside, Casa Bella is a true gem of an Italian restaurant and really worth checking out when visiting Scranton.
Diner, Restaurant, American, Fast Food, Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-free, $$$
Coney Island of Scranton | Courtesy of Brendan Bell and Coney Island of Scranton
If you are looking for a quick lunch there is no better place than Coney Island of Scranton to satisfy your munchies. The diner-style restaurant serves simple food with amazing flavor. Their famous Texas wiener is worth sampling, as many claim it to be the perfect hot-dog. The interior is modest but with plenty of small details and natural wood booths to give the diner a real vintage atmosphere. Coney Island also offers a selection of fast-food dishes from burgers to wiener steaks. So whatever you are craving, this diner is sure to satisfy.
Eden is Scranton’s own lovely vegan option, which is well worth checking out for everybody as the restaurant prides itself on preparing a healthy meal for all visitors. The menu is varied and boasts many different dishes and snacks to choose from. The restaurant itself resembles a deli with simple interior with an emphasis on unfinished wood. The walls are adorned with artworks from regional artists, which are available for purchase. If you are exceptionally hungry try Eden’s special vegan buffalo chicken pizza.
The real hometown American diner, the Glider is a Scranton tradition. The food is generous and the different breakfast omelettes with toast are delicious. The diner offers an authentic 1950s American feel, and the home cooked dishes could not be more delicious.
A lovely cafe for breakfast, brunch or lunch, Mansour’s Market is one of the most charming spots in Scranton. Not only because the atmosphere in the coffee house is relaxed and welcoming, but also for its unique décor. The coffee is roasted locally and brewed with skill. The location is a bit tucked away, which makes Mansour’s a lovely place to seek refuge from the crowds.
Natale’s is a real homemade Italian experience in Scranton’s center. People who like a glass of wine with their Italian should note that Natale’s is a BYOB establishment, so be sure to grab a bottle before heading over. The restaurant is small, which adds to its character of a family run Italian diner. The dishes are prepared with passion and every ingredient is made from scratch on the premises. Rest assured that you won’t leave Natale’s with an empty stomach as their portions are extremely generous and the service very hospitable.
If you are looking for an exquisite fine dining experience in Scranton, look no further than Posh at the Scranton Club. The restaurant is located in a historically significant building right in the center of Scranton’s downtown. The service is impeccable and the food is presented beautifully. The restaurant’s cocktail selection is also impressive, and guests can opt to have drinks at the charming Fashion Bar. Reservations are recommended as Posh is a popular dining option in the area, especially during weekends.
If you’re into food trucks then What the FORK is something you have to experience. The food served from the side of the green Ford is high end, but this does not mean that it is expensive. What the Fork’s shows that gourmet food doesn’t have to be uppity. The food truck has some very interesting and delicious items such as pulled-pork tacos and signature beef sliders with bacon jam. Chef Mario is always experimenting and serving something new and mouth-watering at every stop. Be sure to check their Facebook page for where they’ll be located.