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We’re Around the Proverbial Corner
If you live in Philadelphia, it is a surprisingly short ride up the Northeast Extension. From the Lehigh Valley, you can take easy back roads or the toll road for a short ride to the other side of Blue Mountain. From New Jersey, it’s an easy ride up Routes 78 or 80. From the Scranton/Wilkes Barre area, just shoot down the Northeast Extension (476).
Piece of cake. Jim Thorpe feels far away, but it’s not at all.
Restaurant Choices Galore
Check out the Broadway Grille, adjacent to the Inn at Jim Thorpe, for its lovely decor and outstanding food. New Executive Chef Zoraida Rivera has completely revised the breakfast and dinner menus - we’re excited!
Moya, a Carbon County favorite that is named after head chef Heriberto Yunda’s hometown in Ecuador, serves elegant food in a casual, painterly atmosphere (you’ll see what we mean). The food is spectacular, the atmosphere relaxed – so it fits JT perfectly! Here’s a review from the Allentown Morning Call’s Susan Gottshall.
Encore66 is known not only for its excellent Italian food and the diversity of its wine list, and their “epic breakfasts,” but for its English Tea. The New Mollie Maguire’s Pub and Steakhouse helped begin the emergence of outstanding food in Jim Thorpe when it opened in 1990 and is well-known for its 24-ounce steak.
A recent addition to Jim Thorpe’s culinary offerings is Wheel, located just below the Mauch Chunk Opera House on Broadway, and already renowned for it’s remarkable lobster mac and other goodies on its unique menu.
Then there’s Bear Appetit right downtown (across from the hotel) for a fine menu of home-cooking for breakfast, lunch, and dinner – perfect for the family. Food is served by friendly people in an informal atmosphere – come as you are! Or simply pull in for some inexpensive Italian entrees or pizza at Antonio’s Restaurant just a couple of doors up Broadway.
Speaking of Italian, a couple of minutes outside of Jim Thorpe is a special jewel of a place called Macaluso’s at the Lantern. A favorite haunt of local politicians and businesspeople, its innovative Italian and Continental dishes are served in a relaxed and newly-renovated dining room adjacent to a lively bar area. It’s an easy three-mile jaunt from Jim Thorpe you won’t regret.
On your way here on 209S, with less than a mile from town, visit The Bagel Bunch just before you descend the hill into Jim Thorpe for an excellent variety of fresh-baked bagels, and all sorts of sandwiches and wraps for breakfast or lunch (and even a B&B!).
Back in town, be sure to visit Rainbow’s End, an old-fashioned candy store that my city friends repeatedly notice has especially good chocolate and licorice, along with all sorts of other treats, including an ice cream stand. Not to mention the friendly service that comes with the goodies. And that could be said of all these establishments: you’re welcome here.
You might build your visit plans around the goings-on at the Mauch Chunk Opera House, and make a day of it.
A Deal You Can’t Refuse
For $10, the Opera House offers a Performance Card which gets you great discounts at these restaurants.
Show us a better deal! Here are the details – the card is also good for several accommodations as well!
Participating individual establishments can adjust their offers at any time, so it might be a good idea to call ahead to reserve and inquire as to your discounts in advance. Call 570-325-0249 or email email@example.com for more info.
What’s in it for the Opera House? The idea is for you to experience the best performance venue around, and hopefully welcome you again and again. For the restaurants, it’s to invite you into town to experience our many excellent dining options, at especially reasonable prices.
Visit JimThorpe.org and click the Places to Eat link for more information.