Poconos’ restaurants are scattered all over the small towns of this mountainous region. However, you’ll soon know where to find the best breakfasts, steak, New American food, pub eats, ice creams & wings. This list of best restaurants in the Poconos also features a bed n’ breakfast that serves good food and a couple of places where you can shop for both food & gifts.
1. The Frogtown Chophouse
One of the best restaurants in the Poconos is Frogtown Chophouse, a family-owned steakhouse in Cresco.
Housed inside the Woodfield Manor, it’s a low-lit & cozy restaurant that serves fine prime rib, ribeye & filet mignon. They even have a kids-special sirloin steak. Some other guest favorites are crab cake & Frogtown Fries. The deserts are also a big hit. See if you can get your hands on some bread pudding if it’s on the menu on the night that you’re there.
Go here with friends or with family. This is also a place to go for a date night or a celebration of some kind. You could also take advantage of the chophouse’s Happy Hour. They have a good drinks menu & an extensive wine list. There’s even a kid’s menu.
Frogtown Chophouse is also open for brunch Saturday & Sunday. For weekend dinners, you can expect some live music.
2. The Settler’s Inn
The Settler’s Inn in Hawley is a long-time favorite in the Poconos area. This Bed ’n Breakfast near Lake Wallenpaupack has been in service for over 40 years.
The Inn’s restaurant is a farm-to-table one, and the items on the menu range from poultry to seafood, all kinds of meat, and vegetables from local farms. A lot of the herbs used here come from the inn’s own garden.
Settlers Inn is liked for its good breakfasts & desserts. What guests love most is the old-world charm & the service. The outdoor seating in an airy cabin in the garden is another highlight. This inn, which dates back to the 1920s also serves brunch on weekends.
3. Stone Row Pub & Eatery
If you’d like to try a more chic place, you could check out Stone Row Pub & Eatery in Jim Thorpe. It calls itself ‘a meat-friendly, plant-forward restaurant’ that has on its menu a fairly good number of items for meat eaters, vegetarians, vegans & people with dietary restrictions. It’s wide variety makes it one of the best restaurants in the Poconos!
Stone Row Pub & Eatery gives you the feel of a contemporary eatery placed in a building that dates back to the 19th century. And the food served here is also a fusion of cuisines. The New American dishes here include things like sunflower hummus, samosa, Mac n’ cheese, Korean barbecue taco, Thai Chicken, Millet burger & sandwiches. Note: The menu here changes often so you might want to call or go online and check what they are serving on the day you’d like to go. You might also want to ask about their working days & hours. Stone Row serves both lunch & dinner on some days and there’s brunch on Sundays. It’s a small place so if you’re going for lunch make sure to arrive early.
4. Moyer’s Country Kitchen
For breakfast, you have to go to Moyer’s Country Kitchen in Pocono Lake, which is another of those small places with great food and almost a hidden gem. You can even go here for a late breakfast or brunch as this eatery serves breakfast until noon.
People who know of this place go here for the German Pancakes. However, other things you might want to add to your order are the house special omelettes, eggs, bacon or French Toast. If you’re going to Moyer’s Country Kitchen for lunch, you’ll find beef or chicken sandwiches & burgers among a few other things.
Moyer’s is a casual place with friendly service and is open most days of the week. It gets very busy on the weekends and in summer.
5. Fork Street Bistro & Bakery
Another one of the best restaurants in the Poconos for breakfast is Fork Street Bistro & Bakery in Mount Poconos. It’s small & homey, and the service is warm.
This family-owned bistro too has it all, from egg, bacon & hash browns to French toast and other breakfast items. It’s also a place to go for coffee & dessert. The most popular thing served here, however, is the Cinnamon Roll Pancake!
You can also go to Fork Street for a quick lunch. They have some sandwiches like pastrami and chicken. Grabbing lunch here is easy; just order at the counter and it’ll be brought to you.
Moya in Jim Thorpe is a place to consider for dinner; a lot of people say this is where they’ve had their best meal during their vacation in the Poconos. This chef-owned restaurant opened in the early 2000s and serves some eclectic dishes.
For Moya, Chef Heriberto Yunda has carefully crafted a menu of pasta, vegetables, meats & seafood. You’ll find things like lamb, short rib, & octopus salad. And there are cocktails and a long list of wines you can order.
Moya gets its name from La Moya, the chef’s hometown in Ecuador. This restaurant also showcases the works of artist Stephanie Verme who is the co-owner and manager of Moya. If you’d like to dine here, it would not be a bad idea to make reservations before you go.
7. Terra Cottage Cafe & Gift Shop
Another interesting place to check out is Terra Cottage & Gift Shop in Lake Harmony. Go here for breakfast or to treat yourself after a hike or a morning of exploring. The seating is spread over a few rooms and a deck that looks out at the lake. And yes, you can shop for gifts here!
Terra Cottage Cafe has a large spread of items on its breakfast menu and it opens at 8 in the morning. The must-have here however is their special Cinnamon bun coffee. The Oreo Hot Chocolate is also a local favorite.
It’s open for lunch too and serves burgers, sandwiches & chicken tenders in the afternoon.
8. Barley Creek Brewing Company
Another place where you can pick up some gifts along with the food is Barley Creek Brewing Company in Tannersville. A wide selection of beer, rum, whiskey & vodka are just some of the things you can order here. It’s definitely one of the best restaurants in the Poconos!
As for the food, Barley Creek serves pub food, pizza, pasta, seafood, steak, salads and all. There’s even a kids’ menu to keep the little ones happy — with things like fries, hot dogs & chicken fingers.
This brewing company has seasonal outdoor seating and can handle large crowds too. Many regulars to the Poconos call it their favorite place to eat.
9. Sweet Creams and Cafe
Yet another local favorite in the Pocono region is Sweet Creams and Cafe in Stroudsburg. It’s family-owned, has been around for over 2 decades, and is known to be one of the best-known cafes in town.
Go to Sweet Creams and Cafe for salads & soups, a variety of sandwiches, and coffee. Another attraction here are the homemade ice creams which come in around 15 flavors.
10. Wingz and a Prayer
If you enjoy wings, Wingz and a Prayer in Pocono Summit might seem like wing-heaven. The variety here is impressive. You’ll find things like honey garlic wings, chilli lime wings, bourbon bacon wings & mandarin wings and these are only a sample of the long list of wings they serve here. They say they have over 50 sauces they could use.
If wings aren’t your thing, you’ll find things like fries, garlic knots, Mac ’n cheese, cannolis and even Cornbread & collard greens.
Wings and a Prayer has both indoor & outdoor seating.