25 October 2010

Top reasons to visit Scranton (and some reasons to stay)

A countdown of the top reasons to visit (or stay) in the Scranton area.
I'll name a few of the things that highlight this area that you'll never forget.

River Street Jazz Cafe 
     The River Street Jazz Cafe seems to be the center of all things good. So many great acts come through here and it's such a great up-close-and-personal place to see them. For Steve Kimock to go from being on tour with RatDog across the country and filling large venues, to coming to this little place is almost a no-brainer. Come down and have dinner and enjoy a show... You will not be let down... This is a great place...

And The Moneynotes / Cabinet 
                                (Official Band Website)       (Official Band Website)
     And The Moneynotes: These guys really know how to put on a show. Influences from '60's hair greasers, '66 mercury sounds, '30's jug-band clickity-clack, and pirate ballads?! Come and see this extremely talented group who will most likely be playing at The Bog, or even as far as The Appalachian Brewing Co. (A.B.C.) If you don't get up and dance and laugh a few times at one of these shows, then consider me wrong. I would actually contemplate hiring these guys to play my wedding. This is no lie.
Check out their Daytrotter Sessions:
-->25 MARCH 2009
-->2008 OCTOBER 14
....after you do that, go and buy one of their albums:
Link To iTunes
     Cabinet: I don't care who you are, if you don't like these guys, there is something wrong. Add this one to the bucket list, trust me. Now sure, it might not be everyones crowd being the type of music it is... but there's no denying the influences present here. You've got Folk, Jam, Rock, Jazz, and countless others, all with a dash of the ole bluegrass dust. These guys really know how to put your shoes to work and they don't let up 'til the end of the show (which is over when THEY want it over). What a great bunch of guys too, they really are great people... Keep your eye out for them, and a new solo album by their banjo player Pappy Biondo called "Pappy Time" being released 11 / 16 / 2010. These guys are really building steam and you're either on the train or you're not, it's that simple.
-Cabinet's self-titled album can be found here: Cabinet (Ropeadope Records)
-Pappy's solo album can be found here: Prairie Queen Records

The Bog 
     This place is one of the best bars going. The fact that it was mentioned many times on the TV show, The Office, reinforces the fact that it is unforgettable. Many nights, if you just happen to be walking by The Bog, you'll be drawn in by its warm and acoustic feeling. It's a constant party here and you'll most likely discover a new band or 2 while here... 
SIDE-NOTE: I am beyond convinced that The Bog has the last remaining jukebox with good stuff on it in all of NEPA. Thank you guys!

Goldstein's Deli 
     Well, well, well.... where to start with this place... I feel as if this place was literally ripped out of the ground in middle-class New York City and placed on the corner in Kingston just for me (or you considering they will make you whatever you want.) Their menu is all that you could ever hope for in a deli (or ANY restaurant for that matter). They have daily specials that offer up something different from the normal menu, not to mention a massive microbrew selection. You will not have a hard time finding what you want here, actually, picking just one thing is the hardest part. Ever see the sandwich from Pittsburgh that has french fries and cole slaw on it? Yeah, they have that here too...
To check out their menu and all the information to back up my summary, link to their site above...

     Number 1 is a no-brainer. Aurants in Duryea is by far the BEST restaurant in terms of everything that can be factored into an awesome restaurant review. Atmosphere, Menu, Beer, Service, People, Location, and Overall what they stand for. Anyone ever writing something bad about this place is trying to be different on their own, but there is no more room to be different. They truly are, "A Separation From The Rest". When you look at the menu, keep an open mind because this is what they are, a different take on usual items. In my mind, they are the outlaws of this area, not in a bad way, but because they can't be touched. It was a very daring move to open this restaurant in the area it resides. In one direction lies 14 pizza restaurants within 2 miles of each other, and in the other direction is a Polish heritage town. These guys almost act as the fulcrum point balancing the whole shebang. How did we survive without them?
    - These guys have run benefits including one for the Blue Chip Farm:
     -They use all "Free-Range" meats that do not include hormones, antibiotics, or any other garbage we shouldn't be eating. All food is made with care, love, and absolute madness. (Try the "Hellfire" wings!)
     Looking for something to wash all that food down? Well then... what would pair nicely with that delicious duck cheese steak? How about the Southwest Flair Ceviche Tuna Wrap? Ask one of your waiters! They will pair your food with something you may never have heard of, or something you love, just let them know. This is the place to be, and definitely call for reservations. See you there.

Think something else should be on this list? Comment below...


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