A Modern Ramen Joint
Gene and Miranda Philbin, husband-wife team, started Peculiar Culinary Co back in 2012 by hosting pop up dinners around the Northeastern Pennsylvania area. This started out as a passion project, a creative outlet after their 9-5 jobs.
Over the next couple of years, the catering business grew from small parties and corporate events to weddings and we decided to add a mobile kitchen, gaining our client base by referrals and social media. In the fall of 2015, we opened Peculiar Culinary food truck. Events with the food truck included local festivals, breweries, bars, catering events and lunches at Scranton’s Courthouse Square.
We continued hosting special dinners over the course of this time, while located in Hughestown, PA. We also collaborated with Sabatini’s Bottleshop on several beer dinners, called table for 12, although we usually sat upwards of 20 guests.
We made a couple national television appearances. Gene was featured on the holiday episode, “Dashing Through The Isles” on the Food Network show Guys Grocery Games, where he won the opportunity to go on a mad dash through the supermarket. Both Gene and Miranda were featured on CNBC’s Restaurant Startup episode “Small Markets, Big Dreams” as well.
In the summer of 2017 we began the planning of our brick and mortar restaurant. With the help of a local developer, Art Russo and design by Fancy Parsley, our dream came to life. Over the course of our years serving the NEPA area, we have served a variety of cuisine from comfort food, pub grub, tacos to ramen. We have love for Asian cuisine and Gene has such a passion for putting our spin on these dishes. Out of all of the special dinner events we hosted in the past, the ramen nights were by far the most popular. So we had our research done and recipes ready. It was time to open the first ramen shop in Scranton, PA! Peculiar Slurp Shop opened in May of 2018.
At Peculiar Slurp we offer table service and an open kitchen concept in our 41 seat restaurant. The décor is an eclectic mix of brick, bright colors, local art, Edison lighting and rustic wood and stainless steel. We offer a rotating selection of craft beer, fruit infused sake, seasonal cocktail and wine in a can. We also offer Electric City Roasters cold brew, coffee and a variety of hot and cold brewed teas. We have other soft drinks imported from Japan as well. We are open for lunch and dinner and also offer take-out. Our menu consists of small shareable plates, steamed bao buns, hot and cold noodle bowls and dessert options. We also love to have fun and experiment with our daily features.