The 5 best breakfast joints in Scranton, according to readers

A stack of pancakes covered in strawberries and syrup with a side of butter.


By Stacy Rounds

May 22, 2024

Looking for the best breakfast joints in Scranton? Look no further! Our readers have spoken, and the results of our recent poll have been tallied up. From classic diners to cozy delis, Scranton has a lot to offer when it comes to the most important meal of the day. So grab your fork and knife, because we’re about to dive into the top five breakfast spots that have been crowned the best in Scranton.

Cannoli scones

Courtesy of Mansour’s Market

5. Mansour’s Market

969 Prescott Ave, Scranton, PA 18510

At Mansour’s Market, they serve up breakfast with heart. Everything made in this kitchen — fluffy omelets, carefully crafted lunch specials, unbeatable mac and cheese, seasonal pastries, and pies as good as grandma’s — is crafted with care. This is truly comfort food for the soul. Coming here is like walking into a friend’s kitchen: warm, welcoming, and full of love.

But it’s not just a great place to grab a quick bite. The foodie haven atmosphere blends perfectly into this beautiful historical space that was a popular market nearly a century ago, renovated in the early 2000s, and eventually became a restaurant. Now, you can relax enjoy a delicious coffee, cappuccino, or latte in the cafe, bring your own champagne for a long, sumptuous brunch, or even throw a wedding or baby shower in this beautiful place.

Mansour’s Market uses local ingredients whenever possible. And the Catalano family who own and operate Mansour’s and help curate the menus also reach out and give back to the local community. It’s no wonder they’ve been a Scranton staple for so many years. You may even see their kids pop in and greet guests with a smile.

So, as we kick off our top five countdown, let’s raise our coffee cups to Mansour’s Market for its breakfast brilliance in Scranton, where every morning meal is prepared with love and served with a side of community. Here’s to starting our culinary countdown on a deliciously high note!

4. Neen’s Diner

1777 Brick Ave, Scranton, PA 18508

Slide into a booth at Neen’s Diner, and you might just think you’ve time-traveled. This charming spot lands at number four on our list, and it’s not hard to see why. With its old-style diner vibe, curtained windows, counter service, and a menu that reads like a “greatest hits” of breakfast foods, Neen’s Diner offers a delicious retro dining experience that feels nostalgic and refreshingly genuine.

At Neens, the focus is on community. This local woman-owned hotspot has been known to dish out free birthday breakfasts and support local causes, including being the sponsor of local sports teams.

Since 1994, Neens has been serving out some of the best breakfasts in town. Try a stack of pancakes drizzled with maple syrup or dive into a more hearty option like the corned beef hash that could easily fuel a small army — or at least keep you going until dinner. And if your sweet tooth is aching, why not try some French toast or one of their amazing cakes?

So, step into Neen’s Diner, and let the cozy warmth of yesteryear envelop you. Here, every bite satisfies your hunger and also feeds a nostalgic craving you didn’t even know you had. It’s a place where time stands still, just long enough for you to enjoy your breakfast.

3. Viewmont Diner

448 Scranton Carbondale Hwy, Scranton, PA 18508

Pull up a chair at Viewmont Diner, a diner that proves that the simplest things in life are the most satisfying. Known far and wide for dishing out comfort in the form of food, Viewmont Diner embodies everything a neighborhood diner should be.

Here, the pancakes (with or without fruit topping) are fluffy, the coffee never stops flowing, and every dish comes with a generous helping of familiarity. It’s like they’ve mastered the recipe for making you feel at ease. The menu at Viewmont Diner is a testament to the adage, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Why mess with perfection?

Whether you’re a regular who’s had the same table for years or a first-timer navigating the breakfast spots of Scranton, Viewmont Diner has a way of making every meal feel special. No matter if you’re craving one of the best breakfasts in town, a thick, juicy burger for lunch, or a homemade dinner platter like your grandma used to make, you’re in the right place.

So, when the craving for a classic, made-to-perfection diner breakfast strikes, know that Viewmont Diner is waiting with open doors, ready to turn your morning meal into an experience to remember.

An outside view of The Glider Diner at night.

Courtesy of The Glider Diner

2. The Glider Diner

890 Providence Rd, Scranton, PA 18508

Slide into a booth at The Glider Diner, and you’re in for a breakfast that’s as dazzling as the chrome exterior of this beloved local landmark. Snagging the runner-up spot in our search for Scranton’s best breakfast, The Glider Diner has been serving up slices of Americana with a side of syrup since 1948.

Step inside, and the first thing you’ll notice (aside from the mouthwatering aroma of sizzling bacon) is the vibe. It’s like stepping onto a movie set where every detail, from red cushioned barstools to the old-fashioned countertops, has been curated to transport you to the golden age of diners.

Let’s talk about the omelets. These fluffy masterpieces are filled with everything from sharp cheddar and ham to sautéed mushrooms and fresh spinach, they’re a choose-your-own-adventure story where every ending is delicious. If you’re not in the mood for eggs, never fear — the Glider Diner’s pancakes and French toast are the stuff of legend. No breakfast at The Glider Diner is complete without a helping (or two) of their crispy-on-the-outside, fluffy-on-the-inside hash browns or a side of bacon that strikes the perfect balance between chewy and crunchy.

So, whether you’re a Scranton native or just passing through, a visit to The Glider Diner is a must for anyone seeking the best breakfast in town. It’s a place where memories are made, where every meal feels like a celebration, and where the silverware isn’t the only thing that shines. After all, isn’t that what breakfast should be all about?

French toast with nuts, bananas, and syrup

Courtesy of Downtown Deli & Eatery

1. Downtown Deli & Eatery

300 Biden St, Scranton, PA 18503

Drumroll, please! Our readers’ top choice is Downtown Deli & Eatery. This family-owned and operated spot has scrambled, toasted, and brewed its way into the hearts of local foodies, clinching the coveted title of Scranton’s best breakfast hotspot. Whether you’re in the mood for light and airy pancakes or world-class breakfast sandwiches, you can find them here.

What truly sets Downtown Deli & Eatery apart is its commitment to quality. Every dish that comes out of their kitchen is crafted with care, using fresh Boar’s Head meats and carefully selected produce, eggs, and bread. It’s this dedication to the details that transforms a simple breakfast into a culinary experience, making each visit memorable.

In a city where the breakfast scene is as competitive as the last slice of bacon on the table, Downtown Deli & Eatery stands out for its ability to blend tradition with innovation, comfort with modernity, and quality with heart. It’s a place where each bite tells a story of passion and dedication, where each visit feels like a celebration of the morning.

So, to the team at Downtown Deli & Eatery, we raise our mugs and toast your triumph. You’ve not only earned the title of the best breakfast in Scranton; you’ve won a special place in the hearts (and stomachs) of our readers. Here’s to many more mornings of culinary delight, shared stories, and the joy of a breakfast so good, it makes waking up the best part of the day. Cheers to you, Downtown Deli & Eatery, for winning best breakfast in Scranton!



  • Stacy Rounds

    Stacy Rounds is a writer and growth producer for The Keystone. Prior to joining the team, Stacy has worked as a writer, editor, and engagement specialist covering topics ranging from local history, disability advocacy, recreation, and food hotspots to relationships and mental health.

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