We would say there are more than two deserving restaurants here in Jim Thorpe, but the word is clearly out via the Zagat guide, that Jim Thorpe is a good place to dine.
Two local restaurants, Moya and Wheel, have made the Zagat guide this year, and deservedly so!
Zagat guides are used by travelers to find the best in dining and overnight accommodations (which we’re also good at). Originally distributed in a printed edition, the guide, around over 30 years, has adapted with the times with mobile applications.
Moya is located across from St. Marks Church at 24 Race Street. Chef Heriberto Yunda, originally from Ecuador, has brought an international flair to his menu.
“I don’t like to follow the rules,” Yunda says. “I cannot pick a favorite dish on the menu, because they are like my children and you cannot have a favorite child.” Moya’s website is at www.jimthorpemoya.com.
A little further uptown on Broadway, next to the Mauch Chunk Opera House, is the red/orange-brick building that houses Wheel. Part of the eclectic nature of the place is revealed by the menu – it menu arrives at your table inside a record album. Chef and owner Tom Gorman is full of ideas when it comes to the décor of his establishment and the food within.
“I have been in the kitchen since I was a kid in New York. I worked in Little Italy and then I spent 10 years at The Breakers in Palm Beach,” Gorman said. Wheel’s menu is very much influenced by Gorman’s time in those cuisine-oriented cities.
The selection ranges from items like Gorman’s prime rib lasagna to Palm Beach-inspired seafood dishes. The restaurant seats 40 and is open year-round. The hours do change with the season, as does the availability of some of the items on the menu – so inquire ahead before making plans.
Congratulations, Wheel and Moya! We invite you, the reader, to experience the lively restaurant scene here in town.