Get Your Daily Dose of Goodness
Forget celery sticks and diet shakes—NEPA’s local restaurants know that healthy food should be tasty and satisfying.
The whole “clean eating” trend can seem a bit daunting, but NEPA’s restaurants make eating healthy a breeze. The menus are full of wholesome (and totally delicious) choices. We’re talking protein-packed salads, vegan burgers, and hearty grain bowls. Even dishes that aren’t normally considered health food can have a nutritious twist, like grass-fed steak and a side of local veggies.
Our dining scene has enough options to keep those New Year’s resolutions going strong. Run to a salad joint on your lunch break or detox your diet at a raw food café. Start the day with a balanced breakfast or treat yourself to dinner at a farm-to-table restaurant.
Eating well is the first step to feeling well. Visit these local restaurants and make 2020 your healthiest year yet.
Check Out These Healthy Restaurants:
Alter House in Clarks Summit puts an upscale spin on farm-to-table dining. This restaurant only uses locally sourced ingredients, and their creative menu changes often to make the most of the season’s freshest produce. Pair your dinner with wine or a craft cocktail from their bar.
Beer House Café
Algerian cuisine meets American comfort food at Beer House Café in East Stroudsburg. This bar, restaurant and coffee shop has plenty of vegan, gluten-free and halal options.
Chic Chic Marketplace
Chic Chic Marketplace makes all of their homemade soups, sides and entrees at their store in Forty Fort. While you’re there, you can also pick up fresh produce, meats, cheeses and groceries from local farms. For lunch on the go, stop by The Soup Chic stand at the Scranton Public Market.
Common Grounds Caffe
Ditch the pre-made, packaged foods and visit Common Grounds Caffe in Kingston. They make everything from scratch, from their fresh-pressed paninis to creative salads to hearty breakfasts. Pick up an organic coffee or protein shake for an extra boost.
CoreLife Eatery in Wilkes-Barre whips up fresh salads, grain bowls and broth bowls that will help you power through your day. Each one is loaded with locally sourced veggies and sustainably-raised meats. You can build your own bowl or choose a combo from their menu. All bowls are gluten-free, and there are plenty of vegan options.
Dyberry Forks in Honesdale sources all of their ingredients from Wayne County farmers. Their menu constantly changes to showcase the freshest seasonal produce, but their mouthwatering steaks and seafood entrees are always a hit.
eden- a vegan café
Vegan food is so much more than fruits and veggies at eden in Scranton and Wilkes-Barre. Their claim to fame is “new American vegan comfort food,” which means that they make all your favorite dishes like grilled cheese, pizza and burgers, but without using any animal products. Even the most devout carnivore has to admit that it’s delicious.
Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar
Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar at the Shoppes at Montage is a trendy farm-to-table restaurant that releases new, locally inspired menus each season. Most entrees are under 500 calories, so no need to feel guilty. They also have an extensive bar with over 50 wines and craft cocktails. They can easily accommodate any dietary restrictions, including vegan and gluten-free.
Nearme Café in Moosic serves up breakfast and lunch. You have to try the smoothie bowls, which are Insta-worthy fruit salads. The café is located in the same building as Nearme Yoga Studio so you can get in a morning workout, then stop by the café for a quinoa bowl and a cup of iced matcha.
Nucleus Raw Foods
Everything on the menu is vegan, soy-free, gluten-free and organic at Nucleus Raw Foods, which has locations in Wilkes-Barre and Luzerne. Even if you’re not vegan, you’ll swear by their delicious flatbreads and vegan burgers. For a quick pick-me-up, try their fresh-squeezed juices and smoothies.
Peculiar Slurp in Scranton is a self-proclaimed “modern ramen joint” that serves up noodles, curries and small plates with a gourmet twist. Their entrees are packed with superfoods like kimchi, veggies and fresh meats and seafood. They also offer lots of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.
Red Leaf Salad Company
Red Leaf proves that salad is so much more than lettuce and croutons. Their enormous salads will keep you full all day (seriously, good luck trying to finish it all in one sitting). They also have grain bowls and wraps. Service is quick, and they have convenient locations in Wilkes-Barre and Dallas.
Root 11 Bistro
Flavor and freshness go hand in hand at Root 11 Bistro in Bloomsburg, from their grass-fed burgers to their delicious vegan specials. This café sources ingredients from local farms, producers and bakers.
Stone Row Pub
Stone Row Pub in Jim Thorpe is all about real food and real people. Their kitchen makes everything from scratch, including a wide selection of plant-based dishes. Just ask, and they can accommodate most diets and lifestyles.
Terra Preta Prime
Terra Preta Prime in Scranton is a farm-to-table steakhouse. It’s one of the only places in town where you can get a porterhouse and a vegan flatbread pizza under one roof. Don’t forget their signature cocktails made with fresh-pressed juices.
The Blind Pig Kitchen
The Blind Pig Kitchen in Bloomsburg is a farm-to-table restaurant that sources their ingredients from over a dozen Pennsylvanian farms. Their elegant brunch and dinner menus change each week to feature the finest seasonal ingredients. The Blind Pig Kitchen is BYOB, and reservations are strongly recommended.
The Canning House
Between the artsy vibe and creative menus, The Canning House at 900 Rutter is a must for any foodie. This café uses local ingredients—never antibiotics, hormones or GMOs. Their juice bar serves Counterpart Kombucha on tap and refreshing smoothies. Insider tip: don’t miss out on their amazing brunch.
The Garden Mediterranean Café and Grill
The Garden is a little taste of Lebanon in the heart of downtown Scranton. This family-owned restaurant makes fresh, authentic Mediterranean dishes. They use the finest ingredients like organic, grass-fed meats and olive oil imported from their own family orchards.
The Mustard Seed Café
The Mustard Seed Café in Waymart sources their ingredients from Wayne County and surrounding areas. You won’t find any artificial additives, preservatives, antibiotics or hormones at this farm-to-table restaurant. Their breakfast, lunch and Sunday brunch menus are full of natural, organic options.
The Wandering Hen Café and Market
The Wandering Hen in Scranton whips up soups, salads, burgers and sandwiches, all made to order using ingredients from NEPA’s local farms. Before you leave, pick up some local goods in their market area so you can cook up your own healthy dishes at home.