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In my quest to try other foods and learn about the likes and dislikes of others I came to dine at Parson’s Deli in Wilkes-Barre. I learned of this “Deli” when I was looking for a spice called Sumac. It is a nice spice used in numerous Middle Eastern Dishes. It was not available at any of our local groceries. I Googled Middle Eastern Groceries NEPA, and Parson’s Deli came up as a hit. I called them and asked about Sumac and the person who answered the phone was very helpful in telling me about his spices, food and groceries. I decided we needed to make a trip to George Avenue in Wilkes-Barre. It was easy to get to and it was just a few turns off I-81. As it looks in the photograph in this post it is a very small building. I went to the counter and told them that I was there to write a story, and to try some of their food, and of course get some Sumac. Immediately I was invited to the kitchen, where I got a tour of the freezer, and tasted a few fresh made items. The employees and owner took great pride in all of the items that are served. They used the term Halal. Halal is the term that is used to designate food seen as permissible according to Islamic law. After the samples of the food I asked what we should order, as I really did not know what we should try. I was shown a meal that was prepared for a group that would be arriving shortly. Everything on the table looked very well prepared. I ordered a smaller version of that order and a chicken gyro. While we waited for our food we wondered around the grocery department, and talked to a few other customers about the food, and their likes and dislikes. Numerous spices were sold in various sizes. Big bags and little bags. They had some Indian and Middle Eastern products, including yes Sumac. We ordered a variety of foods and we ordered to much food! The meal started with a order of Falafel. This is a small ball of flours and spices rolled in sesame seeds and then fried. The Hummus was great. We were served two varities. One had been decorated with Sumac, giving it a nice little tangy taste. A nice pool of olive oil was served on top of the hummus providing a great flavor. Our table received a plate of large cut green peppers and tomatoes, pita bread, fava beans, a small bowl of olives and pickles. We also had our ample sized chicken Gyro. To be honest by the time I got the gyro I had eaten so much good food I was about full. Everything was really fresh and was designed to be eaten with your fingers. The bread served with the hummus serves as a scoop! The fava beans were great on the peppers and tomatoes. Now my comments. If your closed minded, and do not want to try something new, don’t try this food. For my wife and I it was a experience we both enjoyed. The staff was open to our questions. I look forward to taking another guest to this deli. The food is healthier than the typical American restaurant meal, and is made fresh each day. So if your looking for something different give them a try. We took home our leftovers, and grazed on them for the next couple days. Seldom do I eat the leftovers but in this case these were gone! They say they do catering and takeouts too.
Here is a photo of the fresh pizza! Pizza Perfect
Just a few minutes past Wilkes-Barre is a little town called Trucksville, Pennsylvania. I am not certain if the town really has anything in it other than a Convenient store, fire station and Pizza Perfect. They all are within a few feet of each other. My reason for going there today was for pizza and wings. I would have to say they have my favorite wings and good pizza. It’s your Wilkes-Barre style thick crust that’s cooked in a full sheet pan coated with olive oil. This gives the dough just a little crispiness on the bottom while the middle layer rises and bakes to perfection. The pizza is covered traditionally with tomato sauce and a light layer of onions. It is topped with a sliced cheese that appears to be some type of cheddar. It travels well and works just as good the second time around. For us it is a drive we make about once every three months. I order the wings hot and extra crispy. Numerous beverages but for me its birch beer on tap! They also have great onion rings and numerous other menu items. It’s worth the drive from Scranton.