Know Your Food
It’s all about keeping it local at this popular Penn Ave. hotspot in Downtown Scranton. The Wandering Hen Café and Market is one of the region’s few farmer-owned and operated restaurants. The quaint shop also serves as a bountiful marketplace specializing in goods from over 30 local family farms and small businesses. If you want to eat local from sunrise to sunset, and pick up your hard-to-find accoutrements along the way, look no further than the Wandering Hen.
You’ll forget you’re Downtown once you step inside this barn-chic market and café. The welcoming décor pulls you into this tiny world of natural stone, barnwood, and brick. It’s a country market through and through, from the exposed rafters to the low lighting to the friendly smiles all around. Call it a remnant from a simpler time, or an homage to the hard work and dedication of the NEPA farmer. Just don’t call it ordinary.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a fresher, tastier omelet. Add in some other locally grown and raised ingredients like onions, peppers, and bacon, and you have one filling breakfast. You’ll also find a menu full of skillet favorites, sandwiches, yogurt parfait and oatmeal. Lunch is no different. Choose from an assortment of freshly prepared sandwiches, soups and hearty salads. And I’d be remiss if I didn’t drop a shout out to their incredible Tapas Tuesday. Stop in any Tuesday and dine on delicious, affordable small plates, like Jerk Chicken, Grape Leaves and Brisket to name a few. And, you guessed it. The beef is grass-fed. The chickens and the eggs are local. And if the kitchen can’t get it, they simply make it themselves. This is true farm to table.
And don’t dare leave without taking a moment to wander through the small market. There, you’ll find everything from local honey to fresh baked bread, relishes, kombucha and so much more.
We dropped by recently for a visit and some delicious lunch. Have a look:
About the Photographer
Originally from Williamsport, Courtney is a 2019 Marywood grad. She enjoys discovering the often-overlooked beauty of NEPA, making clean Jeeps dirty, and cuddling with her chunky cat, Marley.