Barley Creek Brewing Company, the first microbrewery in the Poconos since the repeal of prohibition, serves up a wide range of frothy drafts, fresh wings, burgers, and seafood. The abounding menu includes the full-rack St. Louis barbecue ribs, which are dusted with signature dry rub and covered in a tangy barbeque sauce ($19.95). Sandwiches such as the Barley Creek cheesesteak, stuffed with grilled shoulder tip, mushrooms, onions, peppers, and melted american cheese ($12.95), compete with three burger varieties ($10.95 each) for stomach space. Traditionally handcrafted beers, cascade forth from the on-site 10-barrel brewhouse like red rum from a haunted elevator. Every month features a new brew, and Barley Creek always keeps at least six micros on tap, such as the bonny British Antler Brown Ale, which won a bronze from the World Beer Championship with its smooth chestnut quintessence and mildly hoppy bite.
Mothers Bar & Grille kidnaps familiar pub cuisine and takes it on a creative joyride. Fuse the best of breakfast and barbecue with the Mothers burger ($9.99), which lands a fried egg squarely on top of a bacon cheeseburger helipad. Mothers famous wings ($7.99 for 12) arrive sweetly slathered in one of six dipping sauces, including Mothers' notorious suicide sauce. Vegetarians can take refuge in the fresh-mozzarella-and-tomato salad ($6.99), or the garlic fries ($4.99), which splash amid thick puddles of Mothers' homemade garlic sauce. Though brick walls and a lacquered wood bar sweat out classic pub ambience, Mothers is also family friendly, with a kids’ menu of five special dishes free of Lego stacked sandwiches. Under the direction of brothers Phil, Joe, Tony, and Michael Simonetta, patrons working on their synchronized chewing routines are regularly greeted by live local bands weekly, poker tournaments, and even salsa-dancing classes.
Determined to pursue a career in the culinary arts, executive chef Evan Kechely mastered his craft in the kitchens of restaurants, country clubs, assisted-living facilities, farmers' markets, and other venues, opting to learn by doing rather than attending culinary school. His experiences shaped his ingredient-driven and sustainable approach to meals, leading him to fill Leaf's menu with farm-to-plate options built from locally sourced meats and produce. Kechely has also learned that beer and food go together as well as camping and boy-scout repellant, and his staff is able to recommend a brew for any dish on the menu. In addition to pairing suds with the various dishes, staffers can suggest premium cigars that can enhance flavor profiles. The eatery's advanced ventilation system even allows visitors to indulge in a puff without disturbing neighboring patrons or forcing them to stare at failed smoke-ring attempts.
At Hyperion Hair Salon, a collection of licensed stylists and nail technicians share more than 50 years of combined experience as they cater to individual beauty needs. They deftly cut the hair of women, men, and children, offering extra treatments such as texture perms, keratin treatments, and hair extensions. They also use hair-color products from Framesi for highlights and single-process treatments.