Top 10 restaurants to try in the Wilkes-Barre area

Peyton Neishman, Opinion Writer

One thing college students cannot go without is food. We all need food to keep our bodies healthy, and to help us stay motivated during this stressful time of the semester. Here is a list of many different styles and well known restaurants around Wilkes-Barre, where you can go to relax or celebrate after a tough exam.

1. Ruth’s Chris Steak House- Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs

Ruth’s Chris steak house is located inside the Mohegan Sun casino. It is known for its upper price cuts of beef steaks and high quality cuisine. This a chain restaurant that has several locations across the nation. Most people enjoy eating the grilled steaks and don’t forgot about the baked potatoes. The setting is high class elegant setting. Most people go here to celebrate birthdays or special occasions. Talking to some students on campus, they enjoy the food and said the service is outstanding. If you are at the casino and want to get a bite to eat, I would advise you to check it out.

2. Le Manhattan Bistro

Le Manhattan Bistro is located on South Main Street. It is a French restaurant known for French cuisine and cocktails. An interesting fact about this restaurant that is located in an old bank, the interior is pretty awesome to look it. The owner, Chef Gwen was trained to cook right in France. The bistro is mixture of traditional French dishes, modern dishes from the City of Paris, and even a New York City cooking twist on some dishes. If you looking for quiet peaceful lunch or dinner of French classics, this is the place for you.

3. Cafe Toscana Cafe

Toscana is a Tuscan upper class Italian restaurant. It is located right in the downtown square of Wilkes-Barre. Italian restaurants are known for the homemade pastas, pizzas, tomato sauces, and tons of garlic. These recipes are passed down to each generation over the years. The have a wide variety of dishes and bottles of wines. This one of my favorite especially because I am of Italian descent. Everyone has to go try the cannolis.

4. Thai Thai

Thai Thai is a Thai restaurant located on the Main Street in Wilkes-Barre. It is known for Thai culture dishes. There dishes are range in taste from mild, to hot spicy foods. The large portions and outstanding service. This makes this restaurant setting enjoyable. Thai Thai will not disappoint especially with their BYOB policy.

5. La Tolteca

La Tolteca is a Mexican style restaurant. It is located by the Wyoming Valley Mall on Mundy Street. They feature traditional Mexican dishes. The food is prepared fresh every day. They have a casual family oriented atmosphere in their inside, and outside dining area to relax while having one of their refreshing cocktails. The burritos and fajitas and fantastic. For all the people who enjoy spicy and hot food, this one is for you.

6. Mirakuya Japanese Restaurant

Mirakuya is a Japanese style restaurant. They are located by the Wyoming Valley Mall. Mirakuya is known for its hibachi and sushi dishes. The dishes include a choice of meat or seafood served with rice or noodles and huge portions of fresh grilled vegetables. The consumers enjoy sitting around the hibachi fire grill. They advertise several lunch and dinner specials. This a great place to celebrate someone’s birthday. The birthday guest receives the special dessert the tempura dipped fried ice cream with a candle on top.

7. Rodano’s

Rodano’s is a bar and grill style restaurant located right on the square. They feature American and also Italian dishes and great appetizers. Their burger and fries are a big hit, alongside their variety of flatbread pizzas. I especially enjoy their David Blight flat bread pizza. They have outside patio eating area. They have tons of drink specials and cocktails for the over 21 crowd. They even accept Wilkes Flex Dollars.

8. Frank’s Pizzeria

Frank’s Pizzeria is an Italian based restaurant. They are known for their round and Sicilian style pizzas. The strombolis are giant. Their chicken francaise and marsala over pasta is a big hit. Each dinner is served with their homemade bread and fresh house salads. The stuffed pepper soup is out of this world. They serve American style dishes as well. They have a casual dining area, but also offer take-out and delivery service. If you have flex dollars left, I recommend you check this place out.

9. Oyster Restaurant

The Oyster restaurant is located on East Market Street in Wilkes-Barre. This is an upscale restaurant. They have an elegant and ornate dining room setting. Their top dinner dishes consist of prime cut meats and seafood. They do have a lunch buffet daily. If you like lobster and scallops as much as I do, then you have to go here for your lunch break.

10. Angelos

If you like pizza, then you have to go to Angelo’s. It is located on Hazel Avenue in Wilkes-Barre. They are known for their cheese pizza pies with their variety of toppings. Talking to some students, they responded that the sweet sauce gives it a different, but great taste. This is what makes Angelo’s unique and stand out from other pizza places.