Two quickies here.
Spag's on Madison Street in Wilkes-Barre (one block east from the former Saloon). I had a torn-off clipping from the Times Leader's restaurant section listing the address and phone, promoting "Mexican Night" on Wednesday. Well, a bit has changed since then (early 2005). The upstairs dining area has expanded to seat about 40 (really cute tables, great for conversation and non-smoking), and Mexican Night has been moved to Mondays. Good margaritas (in rock glasses, no salt) for $3 (5-7pm) went down nice and easy. Excellent (homemade) chips and salsa and entrees. My friend loved his chicken enchalada. I went for a "ceviche", which if I'm not mistaken---let me refer to my tattered and incomplete "TL" article is "a bowl of fish that had been "cooked", not by heat but by the acidity in a mix of grapefruit flesh and lime juice." This was Red Snapper and outstanding, complete with dozens of chips for dipping. Total cost, for two, with four drinks...$29 plus tip. I will most certainly be back.
Calogero's (Old Forge), some friends informed me about this "new" Old Forge takeout only place on the South End of town (Main Street, the former Mary Lou's). It's much in the style of Ghigiarelli's, with a similar mix of cheese, sauce and onion. The square trays are more doughier, not as crispy, than Ghig's, but still very good. A bunch of young guys were running the place...and they've learned very well. It's tough to make it in "The Pizza Capital of the World", but they could be a contender!
Two great food finds, well new for me anyway, in a few day stretch! Chow on!