RE-opening an old thread to add a new spot:
Drums, PA (Hazleton, PA)
The Meating House
Situated a little off of Route 309 in Drums, PA (just north of Hazleton), is a cosy restaurant that has been serving people since the 1860’s. The food is certainly homespun, but still meets today’s standards of excellent food.
We entered the establishment, on a cold, clear night from the side entrance into the bar/lounge area. And felt the warmth of woodstove heat right away. Hardwood walls, with a little wallpaper and borders above. High back bar stools, and wood tables surround the bar area.
There’s a separate dining room, but we opted to sit in the lounge area. Which was just as family friendly as the dining area. Casual, but nice. And since there’s no smoking indoors, the lounge is smoke free.
The walls are adorned with framed newspaper clippings, deer heads, old photos – there’s an old air organ with footpedals in one corner, and old cash register and other historic items on the walls and flat surfaces. They hang seasonal decorations, and what seemed like a nice amount of Christmas decorations already, the waitstaff informed me was only the start of it – just the garland and a few lights, at this point.
It was the night before thanksgiving, and we didn’t want to overeat, so we ate their lighter fare from the tavern menu.
I had the Cajun Seafood Casserole.
In acasserole dish is breaded catfish, 3 jumbo gulf shrimp and lump crabmeat, and it’s broiled. It comes with a house salad and choice of potato (which I’ll get to later)
#1 Getting our entrees was slow. It wasn’t a busy night by any means. Seated timely, drinks were timely, house salads were timely, Wait time between salad and entree? Excrutiating. When she came by a second time after being served our salad and asked if everything was laright, I should’ve spoke up. We waited another 10-15 after that. I’m hoping it was the fact that it was a slow night, the night before thanksgiving and they were understaffed in the kitchen.
#2: the lump crabmeat – broiled crabmeat is not so good. It shrinks and IMO, broiling loose lump crab meat doesn’t pull out the floavor.
#1 The shrimp. Outstanding! Pefectly cooked, the cajun seasoning was perfectly balanced. So, IMO, skip the crabmeat and give me a couple more of the jumbo shrimp. they were absolutely succulent.
#2 The catfish, was tender, juicy but flaky, and IMO cajun seasoning is always the best choice for catfish.
My wife got the Atlantic Fisherman: breaded (lightly) haddock (not batter but a light almost panko-y breading) served with house salad and choice of potato.
Well, while I loved my dish, I was a little jealous because the haddock was outstanding. So flaky, and flavorful. The breading added a little seasoning and a little texture to compliment the soft, tender haddock.
On to the house salad. So often, house salads are given little attention. An after thought. Not here. With a mix of romaine, spinach and european greens, this salad has some nice leafy texture along with some tomatoes, cukes, and carrots.
The potato choices:
1- Baked Potato (neither of us got)
2- Baked Sweet Potato (my wife got this)
3- Sweet Potato Fries (I got this)
Winner: Baked Sweet Potato. Sooooo sweet. Even the skin had excellent flavor. The sweet potato fries were good, but the sweet potato was really, really good. They added a touch of brown sugar and butter (which was optional – and my wife accepted the option), but that wasn’t needed. The sweet potato had a wonderful flavor and texture without any additions. The touch of brown sugar and butter just magnified the flavors. Really excellent.
This is a steak (primary) and seafood (close second) house. We saw other dishes come from the kitchen, and realize,20,413981.016001,2,28745,188.8.131.52
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