In this edition of “Date Night,” I won’t try to entice you with witty lines, clever rhymes, or corny puns. In fact, this article needs no introduction. It’s simple – VanGilder’s Jubilee Restaurant is just plain fantastic. If you’re an avid reader of this column, you should know me pretty well by now. If there are two things I can’t get enough of it’s good food and a few (adult) beverages. If you’ve never been to the Jubilee, you’ll soon understand why I’m a frequent visitor.
Affectionately known as “The Jub” (pronounced joob), the Jubilee has been serving the finest food in Pocono Pines for 50 years. Yes, you read that right. In August 2018, the Jubilee celebrated the big five-oh, and, like a fine wine, has improved with age. What was once a 16-seat coffee shop is now one of the most popular restaurants in the Poconos. Today, the five VanGilder children, Laura, Vicki, Cyndi, Jen, and Bill, are keeping their parents’ legacy alive. And while each member of the family has his or her own professional pursuits, they all find the time to pitch in and make the Jubilee a great place to be.
Whether it’s breakfast or beers, the Jub does it right. For good reason, they are famous for their wings, served every Thursday and Sunday night. And with 13+ flavors, you’ll want to try them all. (Pro tip – you can’t go wrong with a dozen Tennessee Whiskey BBQ. Trust me, they’re delicious.) But the Jubilee has so much more to offer than just wings. Lately, I can’t get enough of the Chicken Caprese Pasta. Plus, the portion is so large I have enough leftovers for at least two more meals! When it comes to the most important meal of the day, the Jubilee is king. (No, really. They’ve been nicknamed “The Breakfast King.”) Can’t decide between Pulled Pork or Crab Cake Benedict? Get your surf and your turf with the Benedict Sampler. After Columbus Day, Wednesdays are Family Nights. Spend the entire meal unplugged from technology and your dessert
is on the house!
The Jubilee also boasts a separate bar area with plenty of seating and plenty of beer. At “The Pub in the Pines,” visitors can enjoy the same tasty food and beverages in a laid back atmosphere, complete with a pool table and TVs. Here’s the best part – they even carry the BigTen Network! If you’re a Penn State fan, you know the struggle we face several Saturdays a season. At the Jubilee, you’re sure to find a Nittany Lion or two to be the “Penn State!” to your “We Are!” Be on the lookout for new menu items this fall and exciting improvements happening around the restaurant. Speaking of which, have you dined on the outdoor patio yet? It’s one of my favorite spots in the Poconos to enjoy a Blue Moon with friends.
“Like” Jubilee Restaurant on Facebook to stay in the loop on all things Jubilee, including specials, events, and even a giveaway or two. Stop by their website to see what’s on tap or for information on catering. Hurry, if you leave work now, you can still make Happy Hour! •
By: Jamie Bowman
Van Gilder’s Jubilee
2067 PA-940, Pocono Pines, PA