NEPA's Restaurants Know How to Keep It Fresh
Forget celery sticks and diet shakes. NEPA’s local restaurants serve wholesome (and totally delicious) choices that take “health food” to a whole new level. Their menus are filled with everything from protein-packed salads to hearty grain bowls to locally sourced steaks.
Our dining scene has enough options to keep your 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. And since most places offer takeout, you can even get fresh options to-go.
Whether you dine in or order takeout, check out these local restaurants with a healthy flair.
Healthy Restaurants in NEPA:
Clarks Summit, PA
Alter House puts an upscale spin on farm-to-table dining. This restaurant only uses locally sourced ingredients, and their creative menu changes to make the most of the season’s freshest produce. Pair your dinner with wine or a craft cocktail from their bar.
Bank + Vine
Farm-to-table meets fine dining at this trendy, upscale restaurant in downtown Wilkes-Barre. They serve elegant brunches, dinners and drinks that change with the seasons.
Caravia Fresh Foods
Clarks Summit, PA
The deli at Caravia features grab-and-go options like artisan sandwiches, daily soups and fresh salads. While you’re there, pick up some fresh produce and healthy, gourmet snacks from their market.
Chic Chic Marketplace
Forty Fort, PA
Chic Chic Marketplace makes homemade soups, sides and entrees that you simply heat and eat. They’re currently open for curbside pickup only, so call ahead to place your order. Bonus: they always have vegan and vegetarian items on the daily menu.
CoreLife Eatery 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 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
Scranton & Wilkes-Barre, PA
Vegan food is so much more than fruits and veggies at eden. They’re famous for their “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.
Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar
This farm-to-table restaurant 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 serves delicious avocado toasts, Insta-worthy smoothie bowls, power-packed wraps and more. 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 cold-pressed juice.
Nucleus Raw Foods
Luzerne & Wilkes-Barre, PA
Everything on the menu is vegan, soy-free, gluten-free and organic at Nucleus Raw Foods. 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 noodles, curries and small plates with a gourmet twist. Their entrees are packed with superfoods like kimchi, veggies, fresh meats and seafood. They also offer lots of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.
Pocono Organics Café
Long Pond, PA
Enjoy fresh food straight from the source at Pocono Organics, the largest regenerative organic farm in North America. Their on-site café has healthy breakfasts, salads, sandwiches, smoothies, to-go options and more by chef Lindsay McClain, champion of Chopped.
Red Leaf Salad Company
Dallas & Wilkes-Barre, PA
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.
Root 11 Bistro
Flavor and freshness go hand in hand at Root 11, from their grass-fed burgers to their delicious vegan specials. This café sources ingredients from local farms, producers and bakers.
Sparkomatic Café & Talkhouse
“The Spark” specializes in healthy food with a global flair, including lots of refreshing Middle Eastern and Mediterranean dishes. Everything on the menu is either vegetarian or vegan.
Stone Row Pub
Jim Thorpe, PA
Stone Row Pub 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.
The Blind Pig Kitchen
The Blind Pig Kitchen is a farm-to-table restaurant that sources their ingredients from over a dozen Pennsylvanian farms. They prepare a seasonal prix fixe menu every Friday and Saturday (reservations are strongly recommended). They also do takeaway dinners every Thursday night.
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 Salad Shop
This quick and convenient shop lets you build your own salad or wrap. With over 50 toppings and 20 dressings, the possibilities are endless. They also have a daily lineup of homemade soups.
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.