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Best Restaurants in the Pocono Mountains AreaOur favorites include some of this destination's best restaurants—from fine dining to simple fare.

Dining spots in the town of Stroudsburg vary from pubs to grills to country inns. The Sarah Street Grill is a friendly, casual tavern popular among college students, working professionals, locals and tourists alike. Works by local artists line the walls, and bands typically perform on weekends. The menu covers a broad scope, from burgers and wings to pizza and pasta. There's even a small sushi bar on site, and the staff creates traditional favorites like California rolls, as well as in-house originals.

Subdued elegance aptly describes the mood in the dining room of the Stroudsmoor Country Inn. A marvelous Sunday brunch and weekend buffet menu are huge draws for this American restaurant.

Housed in a historic downtown space in Stroudsburg, the interior of the Siamsa Irish Pub was designed and built in Ireland, and its pieces were shipped to the Pocono Mountains area and reconstructed by local Irish craftsmen. The result is a restaurant that stands out as the most authentic pub in the region. It boasts a lively atmosphere and a delightful menu of Irish specialties, such as corned beef and cabbage, as well as stateside favorites like nachos and hot wings.

Two restaurants in Tannersville please choosy diners. Relaxed, and with the charm of a sea shanty, Smuggler's Cove is the place to go for fresh seafood. Prepared in a variety of styles, dishes include crab, lobster, shrimp and a rotating menu of fish. If you're not in the mood for seafood, Italian cuisine (with some traditional American sandwiches and salads) rounds out the menu.

Those with more adventurous palates will happily escape a steak and seafood rut at the mountainside Tandoor Palace Restaurant & Bar . Whimsically housed in a restored train car, the restaurant features a menu with authentic Indian cuisine and a sizeable number of vegetarian offerings. While traditionally spicy, the food can be adjusted from mild to three-alarm hot. For a sweet and creamy treat on a hot summer day, try the mango lassi.

Other restaurants in the region include Baileys Rib & Steakhouse in Mount Pocono. When looking for a belly-busting good meal, locals head to this hot spot nestled in the mountains. Aromas of huge steaks, seafood and smoky ribs waft through the space, tempting the taste buds. Prices are reasonable, and the atmosphere is relaxed, making the steakhouse a great spot for families or a hungry group of friends.

In Hawley, head to The Settlers Inn at Bingham Park , a chef-owned restaurant rooted in supporting the small farm community. It features a seasonal menu using fresh vegetables, herbs and fruits. High-quality seafood and meats comprise a tempting menu with such items as pan-seared sea scallops in lemon sake sauce, house-made fresh fettuccini with portabellas and sweet potato puree and grilled petite filet mignons with beurre rouge with marble potatoes. Freshly baked breads and sumptuous desserts are made in the restaurant's bakery. The wait staff attends to every last detail, leaving you to relax and enjoy a nicely paired wine with your meal in this Mission-style lodge.

Gourmet dining awaits at The French Manor Restaurant in Sterling. Set in the style of a chateau in the south of France, its spacious, elegantly appointed dining room features a 40-foot vaulted ceiling supported by massive wood beams, and dual fireplaces and candlelight create a romantic mood. Diners also may choose to enjoy their meal on the terrace, which offers a panoramic view of the Pocono Mountains. Either way, dinner will be memorable, with classical and nouvelle French cuisine. Specialties and favorites include pan-roasted duck breast with roasted potatoes or grilled rib-eye served with lobster tail. A pianist plays on Friday and Saturday evenings.

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