Eats & Drinks
There are so many choices in The 570 when it comes to satisfying your taste buds or quenching your thirst that sometimes it can become a real production deciding where to go. If you’re in the mood for something in particular, there’s a pretty good chance that the winners on the Best Of Eats and Drinks list can serve you up something right in your wheel house. Prepare yourself for a mouthwatering run down this year’s list of belly-busting best bets.
Get your morning started off on the right foot with some glorious caffeine at Zummo’s Café (Best Cup of Coffee, Best Cookies) or grab a cup and relax at Northern Light Espresso Bar (Best Coffee Shop). If you need more than a cup of Joe to get you going, grab a fresh bagel from Bagel Meister (Best Bagels), or something for the sweet tooth from Minooka Pastry Shop (Best Bakery) or Krispy Kreme Doughnuts (Best Doughnuts). The Glenburn Grill & Bakery (Best Breakfast) can offer you the whole shebang as well while the Viewmont Diner (Best Diner) continues the American tradition of casual dining. For those looking to sleep in, Carmen’s 2.0 Restaurant at Radisson Lackawanna Station (Best Brunch) offers a glorious spread guaranteed to make your Sunday special.
ArcAngelo Italian Kitchen (Best New Restaurant) is voted the best new spot in Scranton while Casa Bella Ristorante (Best Restaurant) took home top overall honors as the place to be. La Cucina Restaurant (Best Ambience, Best Romantic Restaurant) make its customers feel right and home and won two awards for its cozy, romantic environment. Gubbio’s Chef Bill Genovese (Best Chef) is the top man in the kitchen as he wins the award for Best Chef yet again. The waitstaff at AV (Best Service) continues its knack for service with a smile while Pizza by Pappas grabs two key awards (Best Quickie Lunch, Best Lunch for a Low Price) for the downtown lunch seeker on the move. For those lucky ones that can take their time while they dine, State Street Grill (Best Patio Dining) offers the casual setting for visitors to relax and bask in the NEPA sun when it’s available.
If you have a specific craving, these winners can help you narrow down your choices. Best Of specialty winners include Kelly’s Pub and Eatery (Best Wings), Nina’s (Best Boneless Wings), Cosmo’s Cheesesteaks (Best Cheesesteak), UNO Chicago Grill (Best Veggie Burger), Five Guys Burgers and Fries (Best Hamburger), Steve and Irene’s (Best Hoagie) and Plumpy’s Pierogies (Best Pierogies). In the battle of the pizza wars, Mamma Mia’s Pizza Delivery (Best Round Pizza) and Alfredo’s Pizza Café Best (Square Pizza) take home the blue ribbons. Anyone who has ever stepped into Fratelli’s Pizza & Pasta House (Best Stromboli) without giving their legendary stromboli a try, doesn’t know what they are missing.
You can travel the culinary world right here in The Electric City. Order your favorite pasta dish at La Trattoria (Best Italian Food). Save room for the fortune cookie while at Royal Buffet (Best Chinese Restaurant). Find a heavenly escape in the form of a wet burrito at Chicano’s Restaurant (Best Mexican Southwestern Restaurant) or top off your day with succulent tuna sashimi from Atami Sushi (Best Sushi).
The sweet taste of victory is in the mouths of Gertrude Hawk Chocolates (Best Chocolate), Manning Farm Dairy (Best Ice Cream), Bitty Bill’s Ice Cream & Italian Ice (Best Italian Ice), Jessee’s Place Ice Cream (Best Gelato) and My Mother’s Delicacies (Best Desserts).
What the Fork (Best Food Truck) proved that you don’t have to stay in the same place all the time to serve the people some good eats.
— tom graham
Best Ambience La Cucina Restaurant • Best Bagels Bagel Meister • Best Bakery Minooka Pastry Shop • Best Beer Menu Backyard Ale House • Best Boneless Wings Nina’s • Best Breakfast The Glenburn Grill & Bakery • Best Brunch Carmen’s 2.0 Restaurant at Radisson Lackawanna Station • Best Chain Restaurant Olive Garden • Best Cheesesteak Cosmo’s Cheesesteaks • Best Chef Chef Bill Genovese • Best Chinese Restaurant Royal Buffet • Best Chocolate Gertrude Hawk Chocolates • Best Coffee Shop Northern Light Espresso Bar • Best Cookies Zummo’s Café • Best Cup of Coffee Zummo’s Café • Best Deli Guiseppe’s Italian Deli • Best Desserts My Mother’s Delicacies • Best Diner Viewmont Diner • Best Doughnuts Krispy Kreme Doughnuts • Best Food Truck What the Fork • Best French Fries McDonald’s • Best Gelato Jessee’s Place Ice Cream • Best Hamburger Five Guys Burgers and Fries • Best Hoagies Steve and Irene’s • Best Hot Dog Restaurant Coney Island Lunch • Best Ice Cream Manning Farm Dairy • Best Italian Food La Trattoria • Best Italian Ice Bitty Bill’s Ice Cream & Italian Ice • Best Japanese Restaurant Osaka • Best Kids’ Menu Colarusso’s Coal Fired Pizza • Best Local Farm Pallman Farms • Best Lunch for a Low Price Pizza by Pappas • Best Mexican/Southwestern Restaurant Chicano’s Restaurant • Best New Restaurant ArcAngelo Italian Kitchen • Best Patio Dining State Street Grill • Best Pierogies Plumpy’s Pierogies • Best Place to Dine With Kids T.G.I. Friday’s • Best Place to Eat Organic Be Life Café and Marketplace • Best Potato Pancakes Mattarazzo’s Pizza & Subs • Best Quickie Lunch Pizza by Pappas • Best Restaurant Casa Bella Ristorante • Best Romantic Restaurant La Cucina Restaurant • Best Round Pizza Mamma Mia’s Pizza Delivery • Best Salads Colarusso’s Coal Fired Pizza • Best Sandwiches Cara Mia’s Delicatessen • Best Seafood Cooper’s Seafood House • Best Service AV • Best Soup PJ Scanlan’s • Best Square Pizza Alfredo’s Pizza Café • Best Steakhouse Carl Von Luger Steak & Seafood • Best Stromboli Fratelli’s Pizza & Pasta House • Best Sushi Atami Sushi • Best Thai Restaurant Thai Rak Thai • Best Vegetarian Menu Eden – A Vegan Café • Best Veggie Burger UNO Chicago Grill • Best Wine Menu Bar Hill • Best Winery Maiolatesi Wine Cellars • Best Wings Kelly’s Pub and Eatery