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Best of the PoconosTM Food 2013 - Poconos Mountains

PoconosBest editorial team curates the best places to find the best food and food service in the Poconos Mountains of Eastern, PA and serves them up to you in a fun and accessible way so you can enjoy the best the Poconos has to offer. This Best Of the Poconos is not a popularity contest where each business can vote itself in. Our editorial staff verifies that each business listed is the actual and official Best in its class by first hand experience along with the popular vote. This is the Official Best of the Poconos.
Best New Restaurant in the Poconos 2013 Basso Cucina Italiana M Restaurant & Wine Bar on route 390 in Cresco, PA.  570-595-0500 The Pipolo Family has renovated the space that was Harrison's Bar.  With Chefs Gracie (formerly of Gracie's in East Stroudsburg and George (lastly Alaska Pete's) . Sucj Italian as you've never had before. The space has a distinct Italian feel, and both Gracie and George do wonders with a small kitchen. This is bound to be winner for years to come. There is a late night bar menu from 10 -12 a.m! Wine is available. The desserts are homemade!

Best Bagel - Bagel Heaven and Bakery, Rt 611 Depue Plaza, Tannersville, PA - Fresh and tasty. Go early to get the pick of the litter.

Best Burger - Alaska Pete's Rt 209 3 Miles North of the Marshalls Creek PA Exit 309 of Rt I-80 - Fresh meat and the beef is perfectly done to your order, juicy and full flavored. Our staff reviewer writes " I have lived here for 30 years and have traveled extensively, but have never found a more fabulous hamburger feast than in our own backyard at Alaska Pete's in Marshalls Creek. Besides the burgers, Alaska Pete's is also the Poconos "Best Family Restaurant" with a great variety of selections, reasonably priced, for the non burger lover. King Crab Legs, Ribs, Pasta - something for everyone in the family. At Alaska Pete's, All of the Top Choice Sirloin is freshly ground, never frozen, and supplied by a "boutique" packing house and delivered directly from Philadelphia.  They specially season their burgers with a Char-Crust seasoning that has a wonderful flavor with a distant hint of garlic.  The burgers are then put on a fresh, lightly butter basted, hamburger roll and seared on the grill along the burgers.  This combination gives the best presentation, taste and appreciation by their dedicated customers.  They prepare and sell so many burgers that customer is also guaranteed everything to be fresh including the shredded lettuce, pickle, and tomato slice that comes with the burger.  Escorted by great french fries, this is one burger that can't be beat.

Brunch, Sundays - The Blakeslee Inn and Restaurant. Rt. 940 Blakeslee , PA . Dining here is not just about the food. The exceptional Maitre d' and wait staff pride themselves on superb service and attention to detail. Brunch is Sunday 11am - 2pm . A mainstay of Sunday brunches in the Poconos, always a great selection and perfectly prepared. We've been going for the seafood salad for years. Look around, they try to hide it. The Stroudsmoor team of chefs and bakers prepare a variety of gastronomic delights, which include classic American favorites, cucina Italiano and innovative signature dishes.

Alaska Petes Dining RoomRestaurant - Family - Alaska Pete's Rt 209 North of the Marshalls Creek Exit (#309) of Rt I-80 In the mood for some wonderful food? At Alaska Pete's they pride themselves on the great staff and service that is second-to-none! From the large salad bar, to the delicious steaks, they do work hard for you. In the mood for a quick burger? They have them along with many other "quick bites". Did we for-get to mention the fresh fish with emphasis on King Crab Legs? Alaska Pete's prides itself with all fish cooked up fresh, seasoned and served to fulfill your apetites. The Steaks are among the area's best also. All at resonable prices.
Best Place For Breakfast - We would like your opinion. Vote Best Breakfast Here

Pizza - Tony's in East Stroudsburg on Crystal Street . Above all the Pizzerias in the Poconos, this one was the tasters' choice at our PoconosBest.com Tasting party where over 100 people tasted an voted on the Best Pizza. Made the same way for two generations. It's the sauce, stupid. The "gravy" on the special dishes ain't too bad either. The place gets real busy on Wednesdays ....You've been warned.

Cheesecake FactoryCheesecake - The Pocono Cheesecake Factory, Rt 611, Swiftwater, Creamy with sooo many choices. Take one ..no take 3 home they won't last long anyway. In 1984, Priscilla Moore, began making cheesecakes in her home near the village of Canadensis in the beautiful Pocono Mountains. The idea dawned on her to convince local chef's at resorts and restaurants to try her product. And a business was born! After a few months a retail outlet opened on route 390 in Mountainhome, Pa. In just one year the overwhelming response was so much that they decided to expand to the current location on route 611 in Swiftwater. By 1994 she added a 2,400 square foot warehouse and more than doubled the original size of the baking and retail space. The Pocono Cheesecake Factory became one of the Must Try attractions in the Poconos. In 2007, Priscilla decided to ask her great Friends Al and Carole Johnson to carry on the tradition of uncompromising Quality and Freshness, supporting local farms sourcing our milk and cheese, and a customer experience that created the success to begin with.

Chocolate Fix - Callie's. Rt 191 Mountainhome. . You can find any chocolate you want. Buy lots. The Callie Family extends an invitation to Callie's Candy Kitchen and Callie's Pretzel Factory in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. You can see candy and pretzels made, ask questions, sample free treats, and have fun at both locations. We're looking forward to renewing old friendships and making new ones!  Candies like: Pocono Crunch - Delicious Combinations of Butterscotch & Rice Krispies with Cashews The Biggest Seller.

Winery - Big Creek, located in Kresgeville, Pennsylvania on the southern face of the Pocono escarpment in the valley of Big Creek. The soils are a chimera of decomposing glacial drift and local slate and shale. Like the natural history of the area, their wines are unique and full of character. They strongly believe that wine is food, and is at it's best on the dinner table. Putting down the fork to pick up the glass allows pause for reflection, conversation and rejuvenation of the palate.

Visit the vineyard and winery in Kresgeville or the shop in historic Jim Thorpe. Wine is one of those few pleasures of life that is endowed with a distinct sense of place and presence. Enjoying a fine wine at a beautiful table with family, without a sense of where it is from or who made it is an incomplete experience.


Spaghetti Sauce - Kasa's, Prospect Street East Stroudsburg, PA , Whether you're an ESU college student or a local, you're probally already aware of Kasa's spaghetti sauce.

Cooking Classes - Torte Knox, 304 Main Ave, Hawley, PA The staff of CIA (The Institute. Not the Agency) could take some lessons here. Plan in advance as the courses fill up early. We tip our toques to them for saving us from having to drive to NYC to learn how to cook like a pro.

French Fries - (not fast food) - The Fifth Street Diner, Fifth Street, Stroudsburg. Classic diner fries.

Best Poconos Diner - Snydersville Diner, Rt 209, Snydersville, PA ... Come on ... This is almost imperical. There's just no contest on this one.... With Daily specials Like:

  • Sundays - turkey and filling plus chicken and waffles
  • Mondays - different specials every week / baked cod
  • Tuesdays - pork and sauerkraut / fresh fish too!
  • Wednesday - all you can eat spaghetti with meatballs and sausage!
  • Thursday - burger blast $2.50 all day!
  • Friday - fresh baked haddock and more
  • Saturday - different specials every week

The above could change without notice (one of the things you like in a diner!)

Snydersville Family Diner in Stroudsburg, PA is a family style diner that is known for their homemade food and pies. Over 30 freshly baked homemade pies daily. Daily specials that make every night a special night. A large extensive menu, Kid's Korner, and Wrap menu. Take-out and catering orders available anytime. For your convenience: booster / high chairs, all non-smoking seating, no-wait counter seating, senior discounts, and wheelchair access.


JRs GrillSalad Bar - Smuggler's Cove, . Rt 611 Tqannersville, PA 18372 A throughly enjoyable lunch with more than salads - sliced meats and cheeses, a soup special and more. Conveniently just of I - 80 at the East Stroudsburg exit (# 308)and near the hospital and university. A small lounge, and attentive staff round out the equation that equals this award.

Supermarket - Handsdown - Giant, Bartonsville PA. There's just no other choice. Since February 1936 when the first Giant Food store opened in Washington D.C., their dedication has been to Quality, Value and Service. That focus continues to this day, both within their stores and through their commitment to community growth and development. Giant's success has been based on offering a wide variety of quality food at the lowest possible prices, along with friendly, pleasant service customers can count on.

Crab cakes - The Stone Bar, Rt 209, Snydersville , PA Jumbo Lump Crab Cake, Baja Lime Cream and "Pico" Tomato Salad. Now, these are not Maryland they are larger, with more seasonings, spices and filling. Consistently prepared and presented with a Cream sauce that is tangy and perfectly complimentary.

Supermarket - Desserts - Giant Foods and Supermarket - Bartonsville PA , Fresh, too many to choose from and lovingly created. Most created right on site in the Supermarket's bakery. Always a huge selection. Small or large portions available for many confections.
Chicken Wings - We'll go with the winner of the Pocono Chicken Wing Off, the Pocono Mountain Region's largest wing event. Sample 45 varieties of wing sauces while supporting Monroe County Meals on Wheels. Hot wings, spicy wings, specialty wings, smoked wings, fried wings - whatever you choose, you will be eating wings for a great cause. Join several thousand wing lovers as they vote for the "best" wings in the Pocono Mountains at Shawnee Mountain. As the single largest fundraiser for Monroe County Meals on Wheels, the Pocono Chicken Wing Off has been treating wing lovers to a delicious selection of wing sauces created by mid-Atlantic regional chefs for 18 years. Thjs year's winner of the Chef's Choice award goes to: Log Cabin Bar & Grill for their Jameson Garlic Buffalo Sauce wings

Hoagie - Tonino's on Milford Road just outside East Stroudsburg. Packed with meats, cheases, lettuce and tomatos properly proportioned. The roll is the right size, texture and taste to complement the sandwich. Share, one is to many for one.

Bread - The Daily Bread Bakeshop, Rt 390 Cresco , PA 595-9717 The Poconos Freshest and Best Bread. Large selection, but come early.

Outdoor Patio Dining at a Nice Restaurant Wolf Hollow Restaurant at The Delaware Water Gap Country Club, Mountain Road (turn at the Deerhead) Delaware Water Gap, PA The Wolf Hollow restaurant has very good food, a Patio overlooking Cherry Valley and beautiful Poconos sunsets, and friendly service.

Thai food - Saen - in the Shawnee Shopping Center , Buttermilk Falls Road and River Road , Shawnee , PA Great tasting, high quality food in a fun and friendly atmosphere, for people who crave a quality dining experience. At Saen Thai Cuisine, you can come and relax with family and friends or you can come in an grab something to-go. A small dining room (about 20 tables) means you'll have to go early or late or wait. But, it will be worth it. Personal service from the owner most nights.

Best Chinese Food in the Poconos - Take Out - Happy Garden, 698 Milford Road, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301, (570) 424-5188 What you want it take out is quick service with good food. This is the place. Seems like they alway have it ready when you arrive and after tasting 15- 20 different Chinese Take out... This place stands out.

PoconosBest LogoBest Sandwich From an Unlikely Place - The Pickerel Inn, Rt 402 just north of Porter's Lake - Suprisingly large and fresh from a small deli, general store located in a remote place. You can buy a gun, live bait, camping equipment, gasoline, get your propane tanks filled, advice on where to find the largest fish and a great sandwich.

 

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