Simply The Best

It’s time to announce Electric City’s Best of 2017 Readers’ Poll winners.
Each year, we highlight the fantastic people, places and things we love in Northeast Pennsylvania. Voters registered online at, created a user profile and filled out their online ballot. Each category started completely blank, and users entered the names of nominees in each category. Once a name was entered, it became part of the ballot. Voters then cast their ballots for favorites within nine categories: Love and Romance, Eats and Drinks, Goods and Services, Arts and Entertainment, Nightlife, Media, Health and Recreation, and Superstars. We also wanted our readers to let us know their WTF Moment of 2017. Online voting kicked off early in the morning on Nov. 9, and the votes kept coming in until noon on Nov. 22.

And now the results are in.
Congratulations to all the winners and a sincere thank you to all of the readers who took the time to cast their votes.
We hope to see you at our annual Best of Bash, taking place Wednesday Jan. 10, at 7 p.m. at The Backyard Ale House, 523 Linden St., Scranton. It’s always a legendary party with a room packed full of winners celebrating the best of the best our area has to offer.
Keep on reading Electric City every week as we continue to provide you with exclusive features, photo galleries, columns, a broad calendar of local events and much, much more.
— Tom Graham, managing editor

Love & Romance

Best Flower Shop
McCarthy Flowers

Best Limo Service
Feel Good Limo

Best Place for a Bachelor Party
Mohegan Sun Pocono

Best Place for a Bachelorette Party
Maiolatesi Wine Cellars

Best Place for a First Date
Maiolatesi Wine Cellars

Best Place to Buy an Engagement Ring
Steve Pronko Jewelers

Best Place to Buy Lingerie
Mirage Lingerie

Best Wedding Gowns
The Darling Dress

Best Wedding Registry
Live With It By Lora Hobbs

Best Wedding Venue
Scranton Cultural Center

Arts & Entertainment

Best All Ages Venue
Scranton Cultural Center

Best Art Venue
AFA Gallery

Best Casino
Mohegan Sun Pocono

Best Concert Venue
Electric City Winner: The Pavilion at Montage Mountain
Diamond City Winner: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts

Best Dance Company
Dave Ragnacci School of Dance

Best Local Band Name
The Wanabees

Best Local Festival
La Festa Italiana

Best Movie Theater
Iron Horse Movie Bistro

Best Museum
Everhart Museum

Best New Event
Underground Microphone at the Scranton Cultural Center

Best New Local CD
“DoYOU” — Black Tie Stereo

Best Ongoing Cultural Event
First Friday Scranton

Best Open Mic
The V-Spot

Best Original Band
Graces Downfall

Best Party Cover Band
Black Tie Stereo

Best Place to Shoot Pool
Eagle Billiards

Best Theater Production
“The Diary Of Anne Frank,” Dramatized by: Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett

Eats & Drinks

Best Ambiance
POSH @ The Scranton Club

Best Bakery
Lynn Sandy’s Bakery

Best Beer Menu
Backyard Ale House

Best Boneless Wings
Nina’s Wing Bites & Pizza

Best Breakfast
Glider Restaurant

Best Brunch
Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel

Best Cheesesteak
Steve and Irene’s Hoagies

Best Chinese Restaurant
New China Star

Best Chocolate
Gertrude Hawk and Dunmore Candy Kitchen TIE

Best Coffee Shop
Northern Light Espresso Bar and Cafe

Best Cup of Coffee
Zummo’s Cafe

Best Deli
Abe’s Kosher Delicatessen

Best Desserts
AmberDonia Bakery

Best Diner
Glider Restaurant

Best Doughnuts
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts

Best Food Truck
Peculiar Culinary Company

Best French Fries
Five Guys

Best Frozen Yogurt
Manning Farm Dairy

Best Hamburger
3 Jacks Burger Bar

Best Hoagie
Cara Mia’s Delicatessen

Best Hot Dogs
Coney Island Lunch

Best Ice Cream
Manning Farm Dairy

Best Italian Food
Sibio’s Restaurant

Best Italian Ice
Rita’s Italian Ice

Best Japanese Restaurant
Osaka Restaurant

Best Liquid Lunch
State Street Grill

Best Long Lunch
Bar Pazzo

Best Lunch on a Budget
The Loading Dock Bar & Grill

Best Lunch on the Go
Amendola Deli-cious

Best Mexican/Southwestern Restaurant
La Tolteca

Best New Restaurant
3 Jacks Burger Bar

Best Patio Dining
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill

Best Pierogies
Plumpy’s Pierogies

Best Place to Eat Organic
Terra Preta

Best Potato Pancakes
Jones’ Potato Pancakes

Best Restaurant
Cooper’s Seafood House

Best Romantic Restaurant
Bar Pazzo

Best Round Pizza
Andy’s Pizza

Best Salads
The Loading Dock Bar & Grill

Best Sandwiches
Carmella’s Italian Deli & Pastries

Best Seafood
Cooper’s Seafood House

Best Service
Market Street Bar & Grill

Best Soup
Cooper’s Seafood House

Best Square Pizza
Alfredo’s Cafe

Best Steakhouse
Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Best Stromboli
Kay’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria

Best Sushi
Osaka Restaurant

Best Thai Restaurant
Thai Thai Scranton

Best Vegetarian Menu
eden-a vegan cafe

Best Wine Menu
AV Restaurant & Lounge

Best Wings
Electric City Winner: Haggerty’s Tavern
Diamond City Winner: Town Tavern

Goods & Services

Best Animal Hospital Veterinarian
Dr. Paws Inc.

Best Barbershop
Serge’s Barber Shop

Best Bicycle Shop
Strive Multisport

Best Boutique
The Daisy Collective

Best Car Dealership
Toyota of Scranton

Best Car Wash
Wizard Car Wash

Best Cigar Shop
Big House Tobacco

Best Comic Book Store
Electric City Winner: Comics on the Green
Diamond City Winner: Rubber Mallet Comics

Best Dry Cleaner
Mercury One-Hour Cleaners

Best Farmers Market
Co-Op Farmers Market

Best Garden Store
Corky’s Garden Path

Best Hair Salon
Sanderson Place Salon & Spa Scranton

Best Health Food Store
Everything Natural

Best Jewelry Store

Best Local Brewery
Electric City Winner: Iron Hart Brewing Co
Diamond City Winner: Susquehanna Brewing Company

Best Men’s Clothing Store
The Haberdashery

Best Grocery Store
Catalano Importing Co.

Best Pet Supply Store
Stately Pet Supply

Best Pipe Shop
Headdies Pipe & Vape Shop

Best Place to Buy Beer
Electric City Winner: Backyard Ale House
Diamond City Winner: Sabatini’s Bottleshop & Bar

Best Place to Buy Music
Joe Nardone’s Gallery of Sound

Best Shoe Store
Scranton Running Company

Best Ski Shop
The Ski Corner

Best Store for Music Equipment
Magdon Music

Best Tanning Salon
Ado Salon

Best Tattoo Parlor
Electric City Tattoo

Best Unique Gift Shop
Electric City Winner: On & On
Diamond City Winner: The Strange and Unusual

Best Vintage Clothing Store
On & On

Best Winery
Nimble Hill Vineyard & Winery

Best Women’s Clothing Store


Best Bar in a Restaurant
Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender

Best Bar You Can Smoke In
The V-Spot

Best Bike Night
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill

Best Cocktails
AV Restaurant & Lounge

Best College Bar
The V-Spot

Best Corner Bar
The Bog

Best Drink Specials

Best Gay/Lesbian Friendly Bar
The Keys

Best Happy Hour
3 Jack’s Burger Bar

Best Happy Hour Food
Market Street Bar & Grill

Best Jukebox
The Bog

Best Karaoke
Poor Richard’s Pub

Best Looking Bar Crowd
The Bog

Best Margaritas
Italo’s Restaurant

Best Martinis
AV Restaurant & Lounge

Best New Bar/Club
Crotti’s on Ash

Best Place to Shake It
Panked! Dance Party

Best Pub Trivia
Electric City Winner: The Bog
Diamond City Winner: Bart and Urby’s

Best Sports Bar
Happy Valley Sports Bar

Best St. Patrick’s Day Parade Bar
The Bog

Best Strip Club
The Grandview

Best Venue to Hear Live Music
The Keys

Best Young Professionals Bar
Bar Pazzo


Best College Radio Station
Marywood VMFM 91.7

Best Local Website
Best Morning Radio Show
Prospector in the Morning

Best Radio Station
Rock 107

Health & Recreation

Best Bowling Alley
Electric City Winner: South Side Bowl
Diamond City Winner: Chako’s Family Bowling Center

Best Gym/Health Club
CrossFit Scranton

Best Pilates
Melt Hot Yoga

Best Place to Picnic
Nay Aug Park

Best Place to Go Camping
Lackawanna State Park

Best Skiing
Montage Mountain Resorts

Best Trip Just an Hour Away
Knobels Amusement Resort

Best Yoga
Mission Yoga

Best Zumba
Rhythm Fitness LLC


Best Bartender
Conor McGuigan

Best Bouncer
Rich DePoley

Best Caterer
Constantino’s Catering and Events

Best Chef
Gene Philbin

Best Dentist
Dr. Andrew Brown

Best DJ
EJ the DJ

Best Doctor
Dr. Mark Frattali

Best Local Actor
George Conrad

Best Local Actress
Marnie Azzarelli

Best Local Author
Margo Azzarelli

Best Local Blogger
Rich Howells

Best Local Comedian
Sam Falbo

Best Local Dancer
Eryn Sullivan

Best Local Filmmaker
Bob Savakinus

Best Local Radio Personality

Best Local TV News Personality
Joe Snedeker

Best Local Visual Artist
Allison LaRussa

Best Mechanic
George Rushin

Best Newspaper Reporter
Chris Kelly

Best Nip/Tuck
Dr. Ira Krafchin

Best Pet Groomer
Fetching Grooming Salon & Pet Boutique : Meredith Miner-Reese

Best Piercer
Rob Orta

Best Solo Musician
Christian Gratz

Best Stylist
Autumn Grace Osborne

Best Tattoo Artist
Electric City Winner: Vinny Worden
Diamond City Winner: Ryan Ashley Malarkey

Best Travel Agent
John Madden

Best Wedding DJ
EJ the DJ

Best Wedding Photographer
Under the Willow Photography

Best Wedding Planner
Kelly Trapper/Alicia Carey at Constantino’s Catering & Events

Best Wedding Singer/Band
Picture Perfect Band

WTF Moments of 2017

The top WTF Moments in Electric City’s Best of 2017 Readers’ Poll cover a very wide range of heated topics.
On the local front, the top moment was when state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale not only spanked The Scranton School District for its reckless budgeting, health insurance missteps and many more flubs, but he also recommended the Scranton School District board and the staff to “start acting like responsible adults, and to be blunt, get their heads out of their asses and focus their energies on doing what is right for the district’s 10,000 students and thousands of taxpayers.”
Several gasps could be heard from the audience after DePasquale’s suggestion.
Other WTF moments that swept across the nation and hit home include the growing list of President Trump’s policies, tweets and sound bites; the controversy surrounding NFL players kneeling for the national anthem; and the recent tidal wave of sexual harassment claims finally seeing the light of day.
These are the topics that made Electric City readers think, “WTF?!?” in 2017.