Here’s your guide to the 4 best new restaurants in Scranton

The exterior of Retro Cafe and a mural of Dwight Schrute. Retro Cafe is one of Scranton's best new restaurants.

Courtesy of Retro Cafe

By Stacy Rounds

May 20, 2024

Are you on the hunt for the best new restaurants in Scranton? Look no further! We asked our readers to vote for their favorite new restaurants in a recent poll, and the results are in! From Mexican delights to nostalgic bites and flavorful journeys, Scranton is home to some exciting culinary rising stars. Join us as we explore the top eateries that have captured the hearts of locals and visitors alike.

Fajitas and sodas on a patio table.

Courtesy of Fiesta Mexican Restaurant and Cafe

4. Fiesta Mexican Restaurant & Cafe Bar

Dive into the flavors of Mexico without stepping foot outside Scranton at Fiesta Mexican Restaurant & Cafe Bar. This taco paradise has quickly become the go-to spot for locals craving an authentic Mexican feast. With a vast menu that boasts everything from bursting burritos to sizzling fajitas, you’ll be sure to come back again and again to taste all the flavorful dishes.

With a massive chili relleno and fiery signature sauces, plus authentic dinner plates and fast lunches, nothing beats the fresh flavors on Fiesta’s menu. Let’s not forget the crisp churros and sopapillas to finish off your meal! They even offer a variety of refreshing drinks, including your favorite Mexican-style beers (served up with a lime, if you wish) and Jarritos sodas.

So, whether you’re a fan of the classics or eager to explore the depths of Mexican cuisine, Fiesta Mexican Restaurant & Cafe Bar has a plate with your name on it. Come for the food, stay for the ambiance, and leave with plans to return. Every visit feels like a mini getaway to Mexico, right here in Scranton.

A coffee cup with a Retro Cafe label in front of a wall covered in retro wallpaper.

Courtesy of Retro Cafe

3. The Retro Cafe

Get ready to twist and shout your way to The Retro Cafe. It’s like a time machine that takes you back to the golden age of jukeboxes, vinyl seats, and neon lights. Here, nostalgia is part of the ambiance, as is a bit of Scranton flair (check out Dwight Schrute!), but the coffee and menu selections are modern and fresh — we see you, avocado toast — with a fun retro twist.

With amazing morning pastries, inventive coffee concoctions, and fresh homemade soups, The Retro Cafe is the perfect place to stop and refuel for breakfast and lunch. It’s Pine Brook’s very first coffee shop, fitting beautifully into the community. Daily specials and smiling faces make this a welcoming stop for anyone in the area who is curious to sample some new, creative food or catch a serious caffeine buzz.

The Retro Cafe is a foodie destination for those who want to indulge in the comfort of nostalgia while enjoying food that’s been given a contemporary twist. So, whether you’re a lover of all things vintage or simply in search of a coffee shop experience that’s out of the ordinary, make your way to The Retro Cafe. Just be prepared for a side of whimsy with your meal.

A mural with cartoon depictions of people eating ramen inside a restaurant.

Courtesy of Fuji Ramen

2. Fuji Ramen

If the idea of a warm, inviting bowl of ramen makes your heart skip a beat, then Fuji Ramen is your new noodle nirvana. This spot has rapidly become the go-to destination for Japanese comfort food enthusiasts. Fuji Ramen serves up bowls brimming with rich, flavorful broths, perfectly cooked noodles, and an array of fresh toppings that add just the right amount of texture and zing.

Whether you lean towards the velvety richness of a classic tonkotsu or the tantalizing kick of spicy miso, each slurp of ramen here is swoon-worthy. The hours of preparation and passion for flavors here resonate with authenticity and depth. As for the noodles, they’re also cooked to perfection — springy, chewy, and just the right thickness to cling to the broth, showcasing the other ingredients’ textures and tastes. Let’s not forget the toppings. From tender slices of chashu pork that melt in your mouth to the crunch of bamboo shoots or fried tofu, each element is carefully selected to complement the dish.

Fuji Ramen doesn’t stop at ramen, though. Their menu is peppered with other Japanese favorites like crispy, golden gyoza and lightly salted edamame, perfect starters that promise to kickstart your appetite. Or you can try one of the delicious, filling poke bowls with a myriad of flavors that won’t disappoint. And to top off your meal, try one of their boba or bubble milk teas!

If you’re noodling over where to eat next in Scranton, the answer is Fuji Ramen. It’s a culinary journey that promises to fill you up and to warm your soul. After all, in a world full of pasta and noodles, ramen holds a special place in our hearts and stomachs, and Fuji Ramen is here to make sure it stays that way.

1. Thai Thai Scranton

Embark on a culinary voyage with Thai Thai Scranton, also known as Yodthong Restaurant, the unrivaled champion of Thai cuisine in the city. This newly reopened spot has captured the hearts (and stomachs) of diners with its genuine Thai flavors, fresh ingredients, and stellar service. Here, spicy meets sweet, and every bite packs an authentic punch of Thai cooking traditions.

Each dish, from the curries to the stir-fries, is crafted with meticulous attention to detail and a commitment to authenticity. Any Thai food lover knows that the measure of a great Thai place is its Pad Thai, and Thai Thai definitely delivers in this dish. If you’re not into Pad Thai, their Panang Curry is so dreamy, with just the right amount of kick to keep things interesting. And Thai Thai also has a full vegan menu for the veggie lovers in town!

Have you ever tried papaya salad with grilled shrimp? How about glass noodle soup or stuffed Thai peppers? Probably not. If that’s the case, give this new Thai restaurant a go, and you’ll find yourself on a culinary adventure to paradise.

Embark on a flavor-packed journey to Thai Thai Scranton for the best flavors of Bangkok, right in Scranton. Don’t just take our word for it; let your taste buds lead the way and discover why Thai Thai Scranton is the pinnacle of Thai dining in the city. Happy eating!



  • 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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