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Kielbasa in NEPA?

Ooooohhhhh yeeeaaaahhhhh!!!! I got to try Komensky's when I found myself passing through Duryea recently. As much as I like Kutsop's 2X garlic kielbasa, Komensky's is on a whole different level!!!!

Jan 16, 2008
chimchim in Pennsylvania

Gov't Cheese, Where is it?

Brick cheese. Try a restaurant supply house or the web.

Jan 02, 2008
chimchim in Pennsylvania

Chinese food in NE PA?

There are plenty of good places here to justify the round trip, just not Chinese places.

I've heard good things about an "Asian Fusion" place on the main drag in Clarks Summit, but haven't been there.

If you want great food in a down-to-earth setting, go to Hottle's, in Wilkes-Barre. Just be aware that the setting is smoky tavern. If your underwear is several sizes too small, then Carmen's, at the Lackawanna Station Hotel, is really good.

The veal at Russell's, on Ash Street, in Scranton, is not to be missed.

Oh, and the fillet steak at Farley's......
http://www.farleysrestaurant.com/

For a special holiday dinner, make reservations in the Poconos at the Sterling Inn. Limited seating and menu... More of a bed and breakfast. You'll be in heaven if they make the pate....
http://www.thesterlinginn.com/home.html

Dec 11, 2007
chimchim in Pennsylvania

Amber Indian Restaurant in Moosic

That's funny! But, cleanliness is important!

Moosic is just outside of Scranton.

Dec 07, 2007
chimchim in Pennsylvania

Amber Indian Restaurant in Moosic

Anyone been? How is it?

Dec 06, 2007
chimchim in Pennsylvania

NEPA pizza ala "Tommy's" of the 60s (now "Pizza L'oven")

Uhhh.... no.

You can tell by these photos from Arcaro & Gennel that it isn't American:

http://www.well.com/~captward/

Dec 04, 2007
chimchim in Pennsylvania

NEPA pizza ala "Tommy's" of the 60s (now "Pizza L'oven")

You can also find really good Old Forge style pizza in Enola, just across the river from Harrisburg:

http://www.jigsyspizza.com/old_forge....

Nov 30, 2007
chimchim in Pennsylvania

Duke's Cheesesteak Pizza in Peckville

Very crispy, double-crusted, and stuffed with steak and cheese. To die for!!!

Nov 24, 2007
chimchim in Pennsylvania

NEPA pizza ala "Tommy's" of the 60s (now "Pizza L'oven")

I can't think of any pizzaria in Old Forge that uses American. Monterey Jack, perhaps, or Scamorza, as part of a blend.

That said, there are places in the surrounding area that do use American, and some of them are quite excellent!!! Colarusso's, in Jessup, and the Honky Tonk , in Dunmore are prime examples.

Generic, bland, New York pizza can't even come close to them, in my opinion.

Of course, nothing is on the same level as Arcaro and Genell's (spelling?) double crusted white with garlic and spinach topped with rosemary!!!!

Nov 21, 2007
chimchim in Pennsylvania

Work Trip to Wilkes-Barre

Also, definitely go to Old Forge! I recommend the red at Augustine's Club 17, and the double-crusted (stuffed) white with spinach and the rosemary sprinkled on top is not to be missed at Arcaro & Genell. Get one of their made-to-order cannolis for dessert.

Oct 18, 2007
chimchim in Pennsylvania

Work Trip to Wilkes-Barre

I'll second Hottle's! You'll think you walked into a dive bar, but the food is outstanding, and the homemade soups excellent! The lunch specials are a real bargain!!! If you have a big problem with cigarette smoke, however, that might be a problem.

Oct 18, 2007
chimchim in Pennsylvania

Second tier Q places in Carolinas

I couldn't disagree more strongly! Bullock's has been excellent the several times I've been there!!!

There's a reason why people wait in line there, and not at tourist traps like Allen & Son's. That says it all, in my opinion!

Buffalo wild wings

The one in Chapel Hill is dicey. Sometimes the people don't show up for work, and they have one guy cooking in the back and also trying to wait on tables.

I once went there for lunch with a group from work, and we were informed that they didn't have any wings.

The one in Clayton is so-so. Lots of black stuff around the bones from being frozen. Also, a bit dry. I like plenty of sauce.

The great wings are at McKinley's, in Clayton. Go on a Sunday night, when they're 25 cents apiece.

Ba Da Wings, on Airport Road, in Chapel Hill, is outstanding, but they're expensive.

Kielbasa in NEPA?

I'm a big fan of Kutsop's Olde World Market in Olyphant, where they make it once a week. Years ago, Catalano's Market, on Cedar Ave., in Scranton, was great until Mr. and Mrs. Catalano retired. Any other suggestions?

Dec 11, 2006
chimchim in Pennsylvania

Any good Chinese in NEPA?

Or is it strictly the land of glow-in-the-dark McNuggets?

Dec 11, 2006
chimchim in Pennsylvania

The Alpine in Honesdale is a gem!

Had lunch there yesterday. I had the sausage plate, with Polish kielbasa (They also make Hungarian), bratwurst, sauerkraut, and potato salad. My wife had weiner schnitzel with spaetzle. The food was to die for! The beef goulash soup was also outrageous!

Dec 11, 2006
chimchim in Pennsylvania

best authentic Southern buffets/restaurants in Durham, Chapel Hill area (seeking collard greens, okra, fried chicken, casserole, butter beans, etc.)?

Stephenson's BBQ, on Highway 50 in Johnston County, has KILLER!!! homemade Brunswick Stew. Sadly, their Q is mediocre. Their excellent fried chicken is made to order with a 30 minute lead time.

Oct 28, 2006
chimchim in Southeast

best authentic Southern buffets/restaurants in Durham, Chapel Hill area (seeking collard greens, okra, fried chicken, casserole, butter beans, etc.)?

I can't understand for the life of me how Allen & Sons gets good reviews from some people. I've eaten there a few times, and it's been consistently horrible!

If you want good Q from a genuine log burner, I'd highly recommend taking a ride down Highway 70, to Goldsboro, to visit Wilber's.

Oct 28, 2006
chimchim in Southeast

best authentic Southern buffets/restaurants in Durham, Chapel Hill area (seeking collard greens, okra, fried chicken, casserole, butter beans, etc.)?

Mama Dip's is a tourist trap with very expensive, very mediocre food.

Bullock's BBQ bad? You surely must be joking! There's good reason why you'll likely stand in line at Bullock's!

Oct 28, 2006
chimchim in Southeast

Allen and Son Bar-B-Q in Chapel Hill, N.C.

I'd recommend that you do yourself a BIG favor and try Bullock's, in Durham. CONSISTENTLY excellent, even if they don't burn logs.

The absolute, hands-down, best BBQ I've had in North Carolina is at Wilber's, in Goldsboro. It's WELL worth the drive down Highway 70!

Triangle Find: Authentic Chinese at Red Palace

Cool. I'm glad to see Red Palace getting noticed on this board. It's definitely a keeper!

I like the Peking Duck. After carving it tableside, they take the leftovers back to the kitchen and make soup for a later course. Yummy!

My wife and I had dinner there on Saturday... Xi Hu Beef Soup, Steamed Dumplings, Orange Chicken on a Sizzling Plate, and Shredded Beef with Celery.

Outstanding, as usual!

Conti's Italian market Raleigh nc

I've never seen De Cecco gnocchi at Harris Teeter. And I haven't seen Thuman's lunch meat at Conti's. But that's not why I go there. If I want that, I go to Lowe's for Boar's Head.

Best Chinese in Triangle Area?

I recommend Red Palace, on New Bern Ave., in Raleigh. Be sure to order from the Chinese menu, not the Americanized one. It was recommended by a coworker from Northern China as being authentic, and it is excellent! Many Chinese people in the Triangle seem to go there on Sundays.

Looking for poor-man's Italian/pasta restaurant in Durham/Chapel Hill

LOL... Bowl of cheese at the Rat!

Conti's Italian market Raleigh nc

I'm surprised to hear you say that, and could not disagree more. Being a transplant from the Northeast, it's the only real Italian market we've come across. Great cheeses, Cento tomatoes, De Cecco pasta (including gnocchi), terrific sausage, etc. The only thing missing is sawdust on the floor!

Oh yes, and that smell... Brings me back to the mom and pop Italian market my mom would send me to as a boy, where they had their own smokehouse in back...

Raleigh-Durham Recs

I disagree with the recommendation of Allen & Sons. I find this review to be right on the money: http://hkentcraig.com/BBQ8.html

If you want good NC barbecue, go to Bullock's, in Durham. Better yet, if you have time for the drive, go to Wilber's, in Goldsboro.

Chapel Hill is really not part of North Carolina.