Lincoln Inn – Dupont, PA
I once again found myself in one of my favorite pizza territories, NEPA; that’s North East Pennsylvania for those of you not familiar with the vernacular. Generally speaking, the NEPA pizza scene is known for its Old Forge style of pizza as well as a handful of varying styles. A while back I received my first recommendation from a visitor to this blog. His recommendation? The Lincoln Inn, in Dupont.
I’ve been to Dupont on more than one occasion, but I’ve never heard of the Lincoln Inn. After doing some research online I found that the popular consensus was that the Lincoln Inn was a restaurant that resembled a dining room of an elderly lady’s house, and that all the food was homemade. I passed this information on to my wife and family, and before it was even put up for a vote it become our destination for dinner.
When we arrived at the Lincoln Inn we found it to be on a residential street with no other businesses to be seen. The Lincoln Inn didn’t stick out much, as it too is a house with its downstairs converted to accommodate a bar and some tables. The only tell-tale sign on the outside that this wasn’t just a house was the signage, and even though the sign said ‘Lincoln Inn’ it felt like we were about to walk into a V.F.W. The inside had a large bar and several tables which were all occupied, except for the one which was large enough to accommodate our group. As we learned later on, there is a second dining room which takes you past the kitchen; though I didn’t see it for myself, rumor has it that the kitchen was definitely a family’s kitchen, as opposed to what you’d find in most other restaurants.
I don’t place much importance on the styling of an eatery, but I felt compelled to give you a broad description of the Lincoln Inn since it is a large step away from your typical restaurant. I’m solely there to critique its food, and to that end let me start by saying that I ordered a dinner and a tray of their red pizza. Just when the elderly and lovely owner / operator was about to walk away with our order, I remembered the person who recommended this place mentioned that they particularly enjoy the white pizza. As I’ve never found a white pizza to my liking I’m not a big fan of it, but I stopped the waitress and added six cuts of white to the order.
The red tray
I’m not sure how to classify this crust other than to call it a thin Sicilian. It was soft and bread-like in the middle but not quite as dense as bread. The bottom was well browned with some crispness here and crunchiness there. The crust was excellent, especially given that the browning and crunchiness was achieved without the use of any oil. The sauce was average. I couldn’t tell if it was from a can or homemade, but it was well balanced and agreeable. The cheese was a good quality mozzarella. Overall, I enjoyed this pizza and would order it again. The unique thinness of the crust along with it being light in the stomach from not using oil, yet crunchy… winner winner pizza dinner!
The white cuts
I’m not a big fan of white pizza. It isn’t because of the ingredients used (or not used – sauce), but I just haven’t found anything in this department that tickles my fancy, until I tried the Lincoln Inn’s white pizza! I only ordered the white cuts because the person who recommended this place to me mentioned that they liked the white, so I got 6 cuts. I wish I had gotten more. The crust was the same as that used for the regular red pizza, only it was much thicker, which placed it at the average thickness found at most places in NEPA that serve this style (Victory Pig, Pizza Perfect, Pizza L’Oven, etc.). Again, it was bread-like but not quite as dense, well browned on the bottom with a nice crunch, but not greasy (i.e. not pan-fried!!!). The cheese was awesome! Most places in NEPA use cheddar, some mozzarella, and a few even use American, but the Lincoln Inn uses Muenster (I asked them – I hope it wasn’t supposed to remain a secret). I value sauce over cheese so I typically don’t like a lot of cheese, but on this pizza more cheese is needed due to there being no sauce, and I loved it! On top of this white pizza were razor thin onions which automatically come on the white pizza, along with black pepper and what was believed to be thyme. Each ingredient seemed to be used in perfect quantities and complemented each other. I never thought that I’d enjoy a white pizza yet alone have a craving for a specific one, yet it’s happened. Overall, each component of this pizza is perfect and I highly recommend trying it (coming from the guy with little white pizza comparisons).
The Lincoln Inn probably isn’t the type of place many would take their date to on Valentine’s Day, nor will you find a bunch of twenty somethings hanging out at their bar. But, if you like going to a clean and unpretentious place with friendly service and good food, then you should put the Lincoln Inn on your to-do list. The regular pizza is good, but if you’re a fan of white pizza, I dare say that the Lincoln Inn’s is destination worthy.
117 Lincoln Street
Pittston, PA 18641
Dining: dine-in, pizza take-out
Payment: cash or check
Other: 2 dining rooms, residential on-street parking
Other: open Wednesday-Saturday, pizza on Wednesday & Fridays only
Bang for the buck: red cut $1.50 / white cut $2.00