When you stay at BEST WESTERN PLUS East Mountain Inn & Suites in Wilkes-Barre, you'll be close to Mohegan Sun Arena. This hotel is within the region of Sno Mountain Ski Area.
Make yourself at home in one of the 152 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and flat-panel televisions. Your pillowtop bed comes with triple sheeting and Egyptian cotton sheets. Windows open for fresh air and mountain views. Wired and wireless Internet access is complimentary, while iPod docking stations and satellite programming provide entertainment. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Take in the views from a garden and make use of amenities such as complimentary wireless Internet access and an arcade/game room. Additional amenities include wedding services and a picnic area. Guests who want to try their luck at the slots can hop on the complimentary casino shuttle.
Satisfy your appetite at one of the hotel's 2 restaurants. At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access, a 24-hour business center, and audiovisual equipment. Planning an event in Wilkes-Barre? This hotel has 4000 square feet (372 square meters) of space consisting of a conference center, conference/meeting rooms, and small meeting rooms. A roundtrip airport shuttle is complimentary during limited hours.
Come for a tasty meal at Bart and Urby's that the whole family will love.
Gluten-free and low-fat eaters will enjoy the menu at Bart and Urby's.
This restaurant visitors can also take advantage of the many drink options offered here.
Bart and Urby's is known for its happy hour, which includes food and beverages.
Outdoor seating is ready for diners on those warm summer days.
The restaurant features live music and a dance floor, so you can kick up your heels and step to the rhythm.
A tad noisy, the restaurant is well-suited for those who don't mind a little extra hustle and bustle.
Weekend visitors to the restaurant are well advised to take advantage of the reservation system — crowds tend to pack the place on Fridays and Saturdays.
Take the car and arrive promptly to dinner; parking is plentiful, so don't worry about setting aside time to search for a space.
For food that tastes like a million bucks, Bart and Urby's s got you covered for a fraction of the price.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at Bart and Urby's, so come by whenever it fits your schedule.
No need to sweat your schedule — the restaurant is open 24 hours a day.
Stop putting off the best meal of your year and come into Bart and Urby's' restaurant for some good old American favorites!
When you're in need of a casual night out, head to Bart and Urby's and enjoy some great American classics.
For an exceptional menu of American food that is highly-rated by all who try it, call Bart and Urby's today.
Januzzi's Pizza's piping pizza is just as hot as its ratings, and customers call this tasty spot one of the best around.
Januzzi's Pizza serves food that not only tastes great, but is low in fat and gluten-free.
Grab the kids when you head to this pizzeria — its family-oriented menu and ambience are perfect for the whole clan.
Januzzi's Pizza offers patio seating in the warmer months.
Check email, shop online, or get the latest game scores on Januzzi's Pizza's free wifi.
Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from Januzzi's Pizza as well.
You might have thought your order was a tough decision, but you still have one more. Delivery or carryout?
Parking has never been easier at Januzzi's Pizza, a restaurant located near a variety of parking selections.
At Januzzi's Pizza, you can ease your appetite and please your pocketbook
the menu offers a selection of mid-priced, budget-friendly meals.
Night owls and early risers alike will appreciate that the pizzeria is open 24 hours a day.
Everyone's talking about Januzzi's Pizza. Find out why when you treat yourself to a delicious pizza pie.
When pizza's on the mind, there's no going back. For quick pies that no one can stop talking about, get the best of the best at Januzzi's Pizza.
So head on over to Januzzi's Pizza, where the pizza is hot and the atmosphere's cool.
So gather up your friends and family and head on over to Januzzi's Pizza for a night filled with pizza and fun.
Deemed "pizza of the year" every year by The Dough Company's loyal fans, this deliciously-cheesy pizza will have you reaching for seconds, thirds, and even fourths.
For food the whole family can enjoy, check out the pizzeria's pizza options and pasta choices.
Take the kids along too — this pizzeria is a great spot for families with food that even little ones will love.
The Dough Company is a prime location to dine with a group.
The Dough Company is completely informal — dress as you see fit (and are most comfortable).
You can also grab your food to go.
Parking is provided in a nearby lot, so diners can easily walk to and from their cars.
At The Dough Company, you have the option of paying by major credit card.
The menu at The Dough Company includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner — stop by for your favorite meal.
Some people say that if you've had one pizza, you've had them all. Diners who've tried The Dough Company's pizza say it is the absolute best.
Pizza doesn't have to be fancy to be great. Delicious pies await you at The Dough Company (along with star-studded reviews and sky-high ratings), so grab a seat and dig in.
There's no better place to kick back, relax, and enjoy a tasty pizza than at The Dough Company.
The pizza at The Dough Company is filled with endless flavors, so head on over today and enjoy a slice or two of yummy goodness.
For familiar food you're sure to love, head to Arena Bar and Grill for American-style cuisine.
Find the perfect vintage to complement your meal — this restaurant offers a fine selection of wines, beers, and beyond.
Just around the workday bend are Arena Bar and Grill's happy hour food and drink bargains.
Come order a flavorful feast at Arena Bar and Grill, and sit outside if it's nice!
Arena Bar and Grill will be able to accommodate your large party.
Arena Bar and Grill goes easy on the dress code — business casual is expected, so no need to squeeze into your finest attire.
Eating on the go? Order some tasty take out from this restaurant.
If you're hoping to make a smashing impression at your next soiree, you can also have Arena Bar and Grill cater for you.
Parking is provided in a nearby lot, so diners can easily walk to and from their cars.
A mid-priced establishment, Arena Bar and Grill offers meals that typically cost about $30 or less.
The 21st-century is here at Arena Bar and Grill. Enjoy our emerging cashless society by paying with any major credit card!
A hearty salad, juicy burger, or classic chicken — all of your favorite American dishes will be made fresh when you head to Arena Bar and Grill.
Arena Bar and Grill serves up a variety of American eats in a casual setting. Swing by today and munch on some of your favorite dishes.
Find great food in a comfortable setting at Wilkes Barre's Leggio's Pizzaria — pizza lovers flock to this Plains joint.
Calling all gluten-free and low-fat diners! Leggio's Pizzaria has a multitude of dishes right up your alley that are freshly-prepared and taste amazing.
Toast your evening out at this pizzeria with a glass of beer or wine from their lengthy drink list.
The perfect place to take the kids, dining out at this pizzeria won't cost you a sitter.
Wifi is on the house at Leggio's Pizzaria, so bring along your tablet or laptop.
Enjoy the cool summer breezes on Leggio's Pizzaria's seasonally available outdoor seating.
You'll find most people wearing their favorite T-shirt and pair of jeans, as casual dining is Leggio's Pizzaria's style.
Can't get enough of Leggio's Pizzaria's tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events.
Some say walking is the greatest thing in life. This pizzeria knows it's carryout.
With a host of nearby parking options, many choose to drive to dinner.
We know how expensive life can be. That's why we give you the benefit of high quality food priced reasonably.
There's no better place to kick back, relax, and enjoy a tasty pizza than at Leggio's Pizzaria.
Isn't it about time you stopped ordering just any old pizza place and went with Leggio's Pizzaria?
Siu mai: small pork dumplings. Each has a thin wrapper that needs to be delicately pleated by hand. Easily, they’re one of the most labor-intensive items at Phoenix Restaurant in Chicago, where each weekend this Chinese restaurant serves 80 different varieties of classic dim sum snacks.
This little fact about the siu mai is one of many surprising stories I learn from Eddy, the chef at Phoenix, where he also handles a million other tasks to keep the restaurant running smoothly. When I first came in, he was waving at a group of regulars while on the phone haggling with a seafood vendor.
“What we are serving in this restaurant is what we are eating in Hong Kong. ... It’s very typical,” Eddy says.
In 1996, Phoenix was one of the first restaurants to introduce dim sum to Chicago. Its customer base has grown over the years, and today, even with other dim sum restaurants up and down the block, you’ll find long lines winding out the door on any given Sunday.
Sound intimidating? It doesn't have to be.
Here's our guide to dim-sum dining, with a few tips from Eddy.
On the weekend: order dim sum off a cart
On weekends and special holidays, the wait staff winds traditional dim sum carts around tables, lifting lids off stacked steamer baskets to reveal the enticing contents. Should you see something you like, they leave the basket on your table and put a checkmark on your bill (it’s tallied at the end).
Phoenix is one of the only dim-sum restaurants in Chicago that still uses these carts. When I ask Eddy why they keep them, he says “tradition.” Not only to impress the tourists who come in, but also to let Chinese-American customers share this bit of culture with their kids.
Hot tip: if you want to experience the pushcarts without the crowds, head over on a Saturday, which tends to be less busy than Sundays, Eddy says.
On a weekday: order dim sum off the menu
Cartless weekdays offer a quiet, more peaceful atmosphere for ordering off the paper menu, which you can find near the hostess stand. Don't be intimidated—the menu has pictures; it has numbers; it has names written in both Chinese and English. And best of all, you need only point to what you want to have it brought out from the kitchen.
So what should you get?
“Everyone has their favorites,” Eddy says. The most popular dishes with Westerners are ha gao (shrimp dumplings) and siu mai (pork dumplings mentioned above). Kids gravitate toward the crunchy, easy-to-grip shrimp rolls and sweeter fare, from mango pudding (pictured above) to custard rolls.
Foreign travelers, especially those from Latin America, and adventurous eaters alike seem to love the chicken feet (pictured at bottom-right of top photo), a more exotic dish consisting of skin and tendons. While all these dishes are traditional, the chefs can tweak the recipes to accommodate for special diets or food allergies.
When diners are new to dim sum, Eddy encourages them to experiment. He’ll point out a few of the more popular dishes; if there’s something they don’t end up liking, it can easily be swapped out for something else. This way, by the second or third visit, diners will have a better idea of what they like.
And don't forget the tea
At dim sum, the tea is equally important to the food. Phoenix serves three different types: green tea, white tea, and brown tea. “Each one has its own usage,” Eddy says. While we talk, we drink jasmine tea, which is good for getting rid of toxins.
You can show your dim sum know-how by obeying proper tea etiquette. When your teapot is out of water, prop the lid off to the side. This signals to the wait staff that you need more hot water.
Eddy pours more tea and tells me to tap my fingers lightly against the table when the cup is nearly full. “When your friend or host fills your tea, this means ‘thank you’,” he says. “It’s part of the custom.”
Photos by Andrew Nawrocki, Groupon
I had no idea what to expect upon arriving at Elizabeth, the Michelin Star winner from Chef Iliana Regan. But an unmarked, unremarkable storefront between a tire shop and a sporting-goods store certainly wasn’t it. With few exceptions (Schwa, most notably), Chicago’s upper-echelon restaurants boast exteriors that match their illustrious River North and Restaurant Row addresses.
But as it turns out, Regan has no taste for that sort of superficial flash. She dons no chef’s whites. She displays no awards. She does not raise her voice to the Gordon Ramsay–level roar or even the Rachael Ray-ish rollick that TV cameras eat up.
Instead, this northwest Indiana native quietly built her reputation as someone who hunts for frogs and spears them herself. Someone who has suffered tick bites and poison-ivy rashes foraging for wild flora. Someone who has penned an essay on intensity for Lucky Peach and once themed an Elizabeth tasting menu after those violent and visceral A Song of Ice and Fire novels.
So yeah, I was kinda terrified to eat her food.
I’d never done a tasting menu before. And I wouldn’t necessarily classify myself as a picky eater, but I’m not a particularly adventurous one either, particularly when it comes to meat. (I can barely look at plated octopus without shivering.) I’d heard that Regan once served edible ants. Which are, like, bugs.
My nerves were calmed upon walking into Elizabeth, though. Austere yet charming, the whitewashed space was accented by light fixtures made from bare tree branches; dining chairs draped with faux-fur slipcovers; a chef’s counter armed with Elder Scrolls and Vikings Funko Pop! dolls. It was all in support of the season’s menu theme: vikings.
There were two options: land or sea. Or, as the first in a delightful succession of servers explained it, “Imagine a viking ship has reached the shore. One group goes on land to look for food, the other into the sea.” My friend Erin and I opted to order one of each to share and, despite my trepidation of certain meats, placed no restrictions on what we would eat. (You can arrange for some allergies and dietary needs in advance.) We wanted to go all in.
After the amuse-bouche—a surprisingly complex roasted whey carrot dressed with goat’s-milk cheese and edible flowers—came our first courses. The land dish was … a bowl of rocks. The server assured me the top “rock” was actually a baked potato coated in edible clay. But it was very convincing as a rock, so I bit in with trepidation. As Erin ate the rest, dipping it into the cheese and butter puddings it was served with, I forked into her langoustine with lingonberries. (Pro tip: don’t try to tear off the claw without looking. You will stab your finger on a spine.) So far, so very good.
As the servers continued to weave their culinary narrative, I realized there was an unmentioned character in their tale—Elizabeth itself. The restaurant is small, seating about 16 or so, and the kitchen is wide open. It was impossible not to get caught up in what was happening back there, particularly when sous chefs were wielding brûlée torches and “plating” on gorgeous pieces of handmade pottery. And the line between front and back of house was practically nonexistent. One moment, you’d see someone in the kitchen stirring and slicing; the next they’d be presenting your next course or clearing your table. (Chef Regan included.)
This created an unexpected intimacy, one that removed any hesitation when asking about a particular dish. It’s clear the teammates take a deep yet quiet pride in their collective work. They spoke warmly about where ingredients came from, excitedly about the preparation techniques used. They always used “we” or “our,” never “me” or “Chef Regan.” (Again, Chef Regan included.)
Over the next few courses, there were so many charms. An herb-rolled, soft-boiled quail egg served in an actual nest; impossibly chewy seaweed bread darkened by squid ink; a cauliflower-mushroom soup that Erin about died over. I was particularly fond of a course called Barnyard: headcheese dusted with beet powder, paired with a collage of root vegetables and flavored puddings reminiscent of something out of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Modern Wing.
And that’s the thing. Never in my life would I have thought that I’d be fond of headcheese. I would have probably never eaten it if it weren’t for this meal. But it was fun to break out of my culinary comfort zone.
The other surprising thing? How full we were, considering it was a tasting menu. By the time we were served the entree courses—rare lamb medallions wrapped in swiss chard and pickled fish in a sauce of its own bones—we were taking deep breaths between bites. I’m pretty sure they were the only two plates we didn’t completely clean.
We managed to buck up for our “one-and-a-half” dessert courses, as the server put it. (The “half” was a palate-cleansing sorbet.) Our favorite was Under the Sea, a spongy coral-seaweed cake so realistic looking it prompted me to ask the server just how much of it we could eat. “All of it,” she said. We complied.
Maybe, as a writer, I’m just a sucker for a good story. But I was enchanted by Elizabeth, both in backstory and in not knowing what was coming next throughout the culinary adventure. And while I probably won’t be buying headcheese any time soon, I’m excited to see what Chef Regan has up her non-chef’s-whites sleeves next season.
Shop Chef Iliana Regan's tasting-menu experience at Elizabeth Restaurant:
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As useful as WD40 and much more edible, coconut oil is a powerhouse. In fact, just one jar of the stuff can replace several household staples, from kitchen ingredients to baby wipes. Here’s how to substitute it for 16 total items in 3 rooms of the home:
1. Coffee: Coconut oil is a reputed energy booster. Swallowing a spoonful or two in the afternoon can be a healthful alternative to a cuppa.2. Coffee creamer: Emulsified and poured into coffee, it’s much tastier than (and probably just as nutritious as) that bulletproof stuff.3. Butter or oil (when sautéing): Coconut oil’s high smoke point makes it great for cooking on the stovetop, especially at high heat. Try swapping it in when making stir-fries, scrambled eggs, or pancakes, especially if you like a very mild coconut flavor.4. Oil (when baking): The oil imparts a delicious je ne sais quoi to baked goods—even boxed ones. Use it to give from-the-box brownies an upgrade, and you’ll dream about them for days.5. Condiments: Drop it into quinoa or oatmeal for added nutrients and healthy fats. You can also put it on top of sweet potatoes instead of butter!
6. Moisturizer: It works on your body and your face. It’s naturally SPF 4, so it offers a bit of protection from UV rays, too.7. Leave-in conditioner and anti-static agent: Rub a small amount between your hands and smooth them over your hair to control flyaways.8. Lip balm: It soothes sore, chapped lips, and other skin irritations.9. Eye-makeup remover: Rub it between your fingers until it liquefies, smear it on your lids, and wipe it off with a cotton pad.10. Face wash: Add a little water and rub it in your hands until it foams.11. Hand and foot cream: Massage it into cracked knuckles, or slather it onto your soles and stick them into socks for an overnight soak.12. Shaving cream: It’ll give you a smooth shave, plus additional moisture for your skin.
13. Ouchie ointment: Dab it on cuts and scrapes, which will benefit from its antimicrobial properties.14. Anti-itch cream: Coconut oil reduces itching from bug bites, and helps to calm sunburn, eczema, and cradle cap.15. Diaper cream: A layer on baby’s bottom guards against (and soothes) diaper rash flare-ups.16. Baby wipes: Simply mix it with hot water and pour it over a stack of paper towels that you’ve cut in half. Keep the towels in an airtight container so they stay moist.
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