dc Best Of 2012: Eats & Drinks

Eats & Drinks


When that special someone is looking at you with hungry eyes, and not in a good way, there’s no shortage of tasty options to explore in and around the Diamond City. But, a word to the wise, choose carefully. Your dining decisions can make or break the evening, and that’s why it’s good to check out our list of winners in the Eats & Drinks category before making reservations for you and your sweetheart.
A great restaurant for date night is Vino Dolce, which earned top honors in three categories: Best Ambience, Best Romantic Restaurant and Best Italian Food. Offering Italian favorites such as homemade gnocchi (lobster, spinach and classic) to cheese shells, lasagna, polenta, stuffed eggplant and more, there is something to satisfy any taste.
If you’re in the mood for a juicy New York strip or perhaps a Porterhouse is calling your name, head to Logan’s Roadhouse, voted Best Steakhouse. Another wonderful choice is Ruth’s Chris Steak House, where you’ll be treated to the Best Service in the area, according to dc readers.
In the heart of the Back Mountain on Rte. 309, you’ll find an incredible menu in a casual, quaint setting at Fire & Ice on Toby Creek. Chef Gary Edwards, who is well known in the area for his superb culinary skills, never disappoints as he has won the title of Best Chef. Fire & Ice also earned top honors for Best Brunch in Luzerne County.
For those nights when you’re craving that comfort food, the choices are aplenty. Devour a plate of the Best Boneless Wings in the land at the Tipsy Turtle Owen Street Pub (give yourself extra time to review the countless yummy sauce choices on the menu), or head to the Chicken Coop for the Best Wings. If you’re a French fry junkie, and only the best will do, check out Tommy Boys Bar and Grill, winner of Best French Fries. And when a classic hamburger or hot dog is all you can think about, don’t worry. We’ve got it covered. Hops & Barleys is your go-to place for the Best Hamburger, and Abe’s Hot Dogs in Kingston is your top choice for the Best Hot Dog Restaurant in the valley.
If pizza night has you puzzled, we can help. First, find out if your date prefers round or square. If round is on the menu, stop by Grotto Pizza, winner of Best Round Pizza (and also Best Gelato), and if it’s the kind of night when it’s hip to be square, Revello’s Pizza in Old Forge, winner of Best Square Pizza, is a great choice.
Of course, it’s always nice to offer your date a fine beer or wine menu. So when you’re making plans, wine lovers may consider Cork Bar & Restaurant, voted Best Wine Menu, and beer lovers enjoy the variety at Arena Bar and Grill, voted Best Beer Menu. (Incidentally, Arena is a warm-weather favorite, too, because dc readers named Arena the Best Patio Dining experience).
— julie imel


Best Ambience Vino Dolce • Best Bagels Bakehouse Bakery & Café • Best Bakery Sanitary Bakery • Best Bar Madison’s Vodka Bar and Steakhouse • Best Beer Menu Arena Bar and Grill • Best Boneless Wings Tipsy Turtle Owen Street Pub • Best Breakfast Avenue Diner • Best Brunch Fire and Ice on Toby Creek • Best Chain Restaurant Olive Garden • Best Cheesesteak Cosmo’s Cheesesteaks • Best Chef Chef Gary Edwards, Fire and Ice on Toby Creek • Best Chinese Restaurant Five Star Chinese Restaurant • Best Chocolate Gertrude Hawk Chocolates • Best Coffee Shop The Coffee Table Café • Best Cookies Bakery Delight • Best Cup of Coffee Dunkin’ Donuts • Best Deli Goldstein’s Deli • Best Desserts Brown Barn Café at Ah! Some Chocolates • Best Diner Avenue Diner • Best Doughnuts Dunkin’ Donuts • Best French Fries Tommy Boys Bar and Grill • Best Gelato Grotto Pizza • Best Hamburger Hops & Barleys • Best Hoagie Geroch’s Hoagies • Best Hot Dog Restaurant Abe’s Hot Dogs (Kingston) • Best Ice Cream Blue Ribbon Dairy • Best Italian Food Vino Dolce • Best Italian Ice Rita’s • Best Japanese Restaurant Katana • Best Kids Menu T.G.I. Friday’s • Best Local Farm The Lands at Hillside Farms • Best Lunch for a Low Price McDonald’s • Best Mexican Southwestern Restaurant Brass Buckle Mexican Restaurant • Best Patio Dining Arena Bar and Grill • Best Pierogies Just R Pierogies • Best Place to Dine With Kids T.G.I. Friday’s • Best Place to Eat Organic AuRants • Best Potato Pancakes Jones Potato Pancakes • Best Quickie Lunch Jimmy’s Quick Lunch • Best Restaurant Kevin’s Bar & Restaurant • Best Romantic Restaurant Vino Dolce • Best Round Pizza Grotto Pizza • Best Salads Canteen 900 • Best Sandwiches Goldstein’s Deli • Best Seafood Doc Magrogan’s • Best Service Ruth’s Chris Steak House • Best Soup Panera Bread • Best Square Pizza Revello’s Pizza • Best Steakhouse Logan’s Roadhouse • Best Stromboli Luigi’s Pizza, Exeter • Best Sushi Mirakuya • Best Thai Restaurant Thai Thai • Best Vegetarian Menu Eden A Vegan Café • Best Veggie Burger UNO Chicago Grill • Best Wine Menu Cork Bar & Restaurant • Best Winery Grovedale Winery • Best Wings The Chicken Coop

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