Eat Out: Mansour’s Market Cafe’~ Scranton, PA
Last Spring I moved back to the area after being away for over 15 years. Looking for a lunch spot in Scranton, I asked a friend and they immediately answered, “You would LOVE Mansour’s.” So off I went. Because I’m a lucky gal, my friends know me very well. I’m also lucky because said friends are also very smart. Yes, I did LOVE Mansour’s.
Mansour’s was one of the first new places I had been to since returning to the area. Being a bit of a Francophile, I immediately fell in love with its café life vibe- it feels very “Paris-y” to me (no, “Paris-y” is not a word, but writer’s liberty, just go with it.) On Mansour’s website they describe their dining experience to be “straight out of early 20th century NYC,” and that it definitely is. And hey, I’ll take a sidewalk café vibe anytime- inspired by Paris or NYC- whatever way I can get it. The dining room is almost always buzzing, but I’ve never had to wait more than 5-10 minutes for a table or a seat at the (gorgeous) counter if they are full.
It’s almost a year later and I’m back, today for a working lunch. I’ve let the barista know that I’m going to be here for a while and ask her where is a good spot out of the way to sit-I don’t want to hog a popular table-she just smiles and says no problem, sit anywhere. Writers like this. We often need a spot to sit and clack away on our keyboards whilst ordering not much more than copious amounts of coffee. Not every place is in love with the idea of someone taking up a spot in their restaurant for hours when they could have turned said table over 3 times since you parked yourself there. Let alone a caffeine-twitching someone who is possibly talking to themselves whilst typing, but I digress.
My point, if I ever can get around to making it (coffee #3 in progress…) is that if Mansour’s is happy to offer me a long-term seat, that’s good news for those who need a great spot for a working lunch, and also a good indicator that they are, in general, a hospitable and pleasant place to enjoy your breakfast, lunch, or just your afternoon caffeine fix. Their menu offers up a nice selection-not too big, not too small- of soups, salads, sandwiches, and burgers, along with daily specials for breakfast and lunch and homemade desserts.
The handful of times I have eaten here, the food has always been great. I’ve had two of their burgers: Their “Best Burger in Town” (via their customers!) and their Petersburger. The former is classic, topped with Cooper cheese, lettuce, tomato, and onion. The later is topped with bacon, cheese, fried onion, mayo, bourbon BBQ sauce, lettuce, tomato, and pickles. You won’t find fries here folks, but they do serve up their burgers and sandwiches with a choice of chips and a pickle, or macaroni salad. I’ve also had their signature salad, as well as their Greek salad, and a few of their daily soup offerings. None have disappointed.
Mansour’s is the perfect place for breakfast, lunch, Brunch, and once a month, a gorgeous BYO dinner. During the week, Mansour’s is open from 8-3pm offering their breakfast and lunch menu, along with some daily specials and a listing of baked goodies and desserts. On Saturday’s you can check them out from 8-2pm. Sunday’s Mansour’s offers a brunch buffet from 9-1pm. Once a month, you can reserve a spot to enjoy dinner at Mansour’s. The monthly dinner is usually held on the last Thursday of the month, is BYO, and always offers seasonally appropriate, unique, and thoughtful options for appetizers, main courses, and desserts. This month’s dinner is March 29th, as I write this there are still seats left so grab those reservations soon! A few highlights are Duck fat latkes, Winter tagliatelle, and a dark chocolate semifreddo (you can check out this month’s full dinner menu here ).
Psssst….Mansour’s also caters- they offer both on-site private parties and off-site catering options. If you haven’t been already, definitely add this great café to your “need to eat there” list. Everybody has that list, right?
Check out Mansour’s site for menus, special events, and catering options.
Mansour’s Market Café and Eatery
969 Prescott Ave
Monday-Friday: 8:00 AM – 3:00PM
Saturday: 8:00 AM – 2:00PM
Sunday: 9:00 AM – 1:00PM (Brunch Buffet)
Monthly: Special BYO Dinner, by reservation (Next Dinner, March 29thst)