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Three Towns in the Poconos to Visit for Good Food & Drink While Leaf-Peeping

Marilyn Johnson

Now that Autumn is here, you might be thinking about traveling to catch the fall foliage and go leaf-peeping. The Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania is a fall wonderland famous for its resorts, outdoor adventures, and fun things to do for the whole family in all four seasons. But did you know that the Pocono region has a unique and increasingly diverse food scene, too?

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Fall Foliage in the Pocono MountainsPocono Mountain Visitors Bureau

If you're traveling to take in the changing scenery, you'll want to grab a bite to eat on your fall day trip or Autumn weekender in the Poconos!

Three towns in the Poconos area leading the culinary evolution are Stroudsburg, Jim Thorpe, and Honesdale. These communities offer an abundance of activities and fun things to discover and enjoy. No matter your speed or interest, you'll find something to do. It's no wonder that there are also many great places to dine for breakfast, lunch, or dinner in the Poconos, which can accommodate everyone's taste and appetite. Let's dig in!

Where To Eat in Stroudsburg, PA

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Downtown Stroudsburg, PA in the FallPocono Mountain Visitors Bureau

Stroudsburg, PA is a small town located in Monroe County with a quaint, walkable downtown filled with shops and boutiques, historic sites, museums and galleries, and, of course, many dining options.

While exploring the town, you'll find great places to eat, like Siamsa Irish Pub, The Charcuterie Bistro & Wine Bar, and The Cure Café. It is also a hub for some eclectic wineries, breweries, and hard ciders such as Tolino Vineyards, Downriver Brewing Co., and Rowan Asher Winery & Hard Cidery. Spots such as The Sarah Street Grill and Deer Head Inn offer the complete package of live music and entertainment, food, and drink. Wake up and have breakfast at Compton's Pancake House, Arlington Diner, or The Beer House Cafe. Ethnic options include Ichiban Hibachi & Steakhouse for Japanese, The Spice Kitchen for Indian, Kabob House for Middle Eastern, Thai Orchid for Thai, Tropical Eats for Caribbean & Latin, La Tolteca for Mexican, to name a few. Shawnee Mountain Ski Resort also hosts the Pocono Mountain Food Truck Festival in October.

As you can see, there are many food and restaurants to choose from in Stroudsburg, PA, while taking in nature's splendor.

Where to Eat in Jim Thorpe, PA

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Downtown Jim Thorpe, PA in the FallPocono Mountain Visitors Bureau

Jim Thorpe, PA, a tiny Victorian town nicknamed "America's Little Switzerland," located in Carbon County, is a popular getaway destination in the Poconos. Known for its charming B&Bs, unique shops, art galleries, and numerous attractions, this tourist town offers something for everyone! With so many visitors exploring the sights and sounds, it's no surprise there are many places to enjoy a good meal, a quick bite, and something to wash it all down.

Popular eateries include Molly Maguires Pub & Steakhouse, Broadway Grille, Bonnie & Clyde Pub & Grille, Stone Row Pub & Eatery, and The Union Publick House. Grab a drink at the historic Marion Hose Bar, Notch Eight Craft House, or Libations Lounge at the Harry Packer Mansion Inn. There's plenty of funky coffee shops in town, such as Muggles Mug, Curiosities Coffee & Ice House, or Donerds Donuts (featuring La Colombe Coffee and Stumptown Coffee). Enjoy breakfast for brunch at East Mauch Chunk Eatery, Cafe Arielle, Bear Appetite, or pick up some bagels from Perch. Big Creek Vineyards and Antler Ridge Winery offer wine tastings.

Pic or it didn't happen. Don't forget to snap a selfie at one of Jim Thorpe's selfie stops, or share those Insta-worthy food shots while you're there!

Where to Eat in Honesdale, PA

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Downtown Honesdale, PA in the FallPocono Mountain Visitors Bureau

You may have never heard of Honesdale, PA, but it's fast becoming a hot spot in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Philly Mag called it the little Poconos town that accidentally got cool! As with Stroudsburg and Jim Thorpe, this walkable downtown in Wayne County offers a variety of retail shopping from antiques to thrift stores and food stores, cozy restaurants, and architecturally resplendent homes to ogle and admire.

The Honesdale restaurant scene has lit up significantly in recent years. With an influx of people coming from major metropolitan areas, opting for a quieter lifestyle who don't want to give up their creature comforts. You can find good eats in Honesdale.

Native is an upscale restaurant focusing on quality ingredients from local farmers and artisan producers. Dyberry Forks also offers local fare and diet-friendly dining as well as adult beverages. Branko's Patisserie is a European bistro-inspired eatery if you like your pinkies up. Bà & Me brings a taste of Vietnamese all the way to NEPA. China Castle has you covered for Chinese favorites. Paulie's Hot Dogs offers classic American comfort food. Check out Scarfalloto's Towne House Diner & Restaurant for pizza, hoagies, and standard diner fare. Get your caffeine fix at Level Grounds and Black & Brass Coffee Roasting Co. Start the day with Camp Umpy's Bagels & Stuff, enjoy breakfast served all day at Cordaro's Family Restaurant, or grab Sunday brunch at Tick Tock's on Terrace. Grab a beer & snack at Here & Now Brewing Company. Taste wine at Three Hammers Wine Lounge on Main Street.

By all means, check out Stroudsburg, Jim Thorpe, or Honesdale in the Pennsylvania Pocono Mountains region to take in the Autumn magnificence. As you can see, you'll find something yummy to eat or drink while visiting!

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Aerial view of Honesdale, PA in the FallPocono Mountain Visitors Bureau

Marilyn Johnson is a freelance food and travel writer covering the food and drink scene of Philadelphia, South Jersey, and beyond. Food news: phillygrub@gmail.com. Travel tips: phillygrubtrips@gmail.com.

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