Hazleton is a diverse city that’s rich in Hispanic culture. Follow this self-guided trail to find flavors from Mexico, the Caribbean, and South America...from the crispy, golden empanadas at Manuel’s to authentic tacos at El Mariachi. Chicken, pork, rice, fish, and tropical fruits, such as plantains, coconut, and mango make this trail unique.
At the end of a hard day's work, area miners would congregate at neighborhood bars and celebrate the end of their shift with a shot and a beer. "The Hazleton Way," a term coined by our hometown World Series' winning baseball manager, Joe Maddon, describes the laid-back and down-to-earth culture of our community that is on full display at these local pubs. Burgers, fries, wings, and other bar food favorites are best served with a cold brewskie. For something unique, pair your bourbon with a cigar at Smoke Rings, or your beer with a movie at the Cinema & Drafthouse.
For steak, lobster, and other fine dining options, this trail offers specialties that you won't find elsewhere. Whether its a special event, or simply a night out with friends, these restaurants will satisfy the most refined culinary tastes.
What a better way to start your day than with a piping hot cup of java from one of Hazleton's local coffee shops? Or finish it off with a sweet treat from one of the local bakeries or ice cream shops. Hazleton is also home to several Dominican bakeries that offer Caribbean-style desserts, such as Dominican Arepa, Bizcocho, and Tres Leches, Flan, and many more. Try one of Jimmy's old-fashioned milkshakes or famous rice pudding desserts from his historic diner that dates to 1937.
With nearly two dozen family-owned Italian restaurants in and around town this self-guided tour will help you navigate your way through Hazleton’s Italian heritage and culinary roots. Taste the traditional Italian specialties ranging from cold “pitza” and piping hot stromboli, to seasoned antipastos, savory sauces, and creamy cannolis. Speak to the owners about their family businesses and learn what makes each one special.