Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The Banshee

So we both work from home now, and are absolutely heady with freedom. Which led us to have a late lunch at The Banshee. Nothing is more irreverant than having a beer at lunch, and having to answer to no one. Yeah, that's right, I had a beer at lunch. And now I'm going back to work. And if you don't like it, screw you. (Ok, I confess that I haven't done anything like this since the 80's).
The Banshee is one of my favorite places in Scranton. It's on Penn Ave, on the same block as B. Levy Shoes. Does anyone remember that place? Now it's a Redwing store or something like that. Anyway, back to The Banshee. They have it all: a great variety of beers, wonderful food, and a really cool ambiance. I heard this place used to be some kind of pants wholesaler back in the day. Not sure if that's accurate, but it's a delightful building, which they lovingly restored. Hammered tin ceilings, beautiful staircase, and amazing built in bookshelves (stocked with books!).

Danelle had her usual, the turkey melt (she says it's always a winner). I had the Whistling Pig. This is ham and cheese on a soft pretzel with a honey mustard sauce. I have to say, this might have been the best sandwich I've ever had. I can also vouch for the deliciousness of the fish and chips. My only critique would be that the portion is small (regarding the fish and chips only).
We also had Yuengling drafts (they have $2 drafts all day everyday). Ok, we had two. Each. And I am growing to love this local staple.
The Banshee rocks. Whether you go for lunch or to have a few drinks and watch some live entertainment, (it's especially charming when the Irish Balladeers are playing) it's the place to go!