Lehigh Valley Style November 2021

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Providence Manor

A classic floor plan defines this European style residence set on over 2 acres in the Lehigh Valley. The over 3,300 sq.ft. home is highlighted by high ceilings, crown moldings and abundant windows capturing breathtaking views. 4 BRs. $599,000

Pine Meadow

Sheltered on a 2.2-acre meadow, Pine Meadow is set well off a country road and buffered by evergreen trees. The low maintenance exterior comfortably accommodates an open floor plan and versatile lower level. 4 bedrooms 2.5 baths. $429,000

Stone Walk Farm

Resting on 64 acres of preserved land, the stone farmhouse dates back to the mid 1700s. A full-time residence or weekend escape, the location is easily reached from East Coast hubs and nearby amenities. 5 BRs, 3.5 baths, pool. $1,595,000

Mine Hill Contemporary

Combining a quiet country setting with convenient access to major highways, quaint villages, fine dining and numerous inviting activities. Brazilian cherry floors are warm and welcoming, running throughout most of the first floor. 4 BRs. $849,000

1665 Wildberry

On a private cul-de-sac amidst nearly 3 acres in Lower Saucon Township. Timeless design offers a floor plan featuring extraordinary window placement and spacious rooms in more than 7,040 sq.ft. on 3 levels. 4 BRs, 4.5 baths. $1,750,000

Oberhuber Farm

Built in 1866 on nearly 3 acres, the stone farmhouse retains much of its charm while upgrades & additions make it perfectly suited for modern life. Located in Doylestown, close to commuter routes to Philly & NYC. 6 BRs, Guest Cottage. $1,400,000

Diehl Court

This stunning home is found in one of Lehigh Valley's preeminent neighborhoods. Boasting random width oak floors, an ultra-modern kitchen, walkout lower-level with game room & kitchenette. Inground pool, 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths. $1,170,000

Pond View Lot

Surrounded by preserved land the 7+ acre parcel offers the perfect opportunity to build your dream home in Upper Bucks Co. Located in Springfield Twp, Within easy commuting distance to NJ, NY, Doylestown, and the Lehigh Valley. $245,000

Lehigh Parkway Cape

Built in 1950 with a full brick exterior & slate roof, this historic home has been thoughtfully upgraded. This delightful Cape Cod style home offers an open, light-filled interior with over 5,300 sq.ft. of living space. 4 BRs, 3.5 baths. $775,000

Melrose Lane Construction

Red oak hardwood flooring, spacious rooms, and extraordinary craftsmanship. This European-style home is in the planning stages. Myron Haydt Development, Inc. will work with homeowners to create their dream home. 4 BRs, 4.5 baths, $1,889,000

Saratoga Manor

A classic home with custom upgrades, Saratoga Manor is modern living at its finest. Built by Tuskes and based on their Preakness model, the expanded floor plan is brimming with amenities to suit all lifestyles. 6 BRs, 5.5 baths. $949,000

Premiere Building Lots

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CONTENTS

PHOTO BY ALISON CONKLIN

November 14 STYLE SCENE

Events | Benefits | Galas | Parties

18 THIS MONTH’S PICKS

What We’re Loving Right Now

21 TRENDING NOW Learn about the mission of the community-run Bethlehem Food Co-Op, pg. 32

News, Notes & Quotes

26 GET THE GOODS Lara Bly Design Studio & Boutique

29 ASK THE EXPERT

Spruce Up with the Seasons

32 INSIGHT

Bethlehem Food Co-Op

40 5 THINGS Fall Frolics

42 THE 2021 RESTAURANT AWARDS

44 Reader-Voted Favorites

56 BEYOND THE MENU

Cottage Pie, Chef Jill Oman

59 DINING GUIDE

Where to Go to Please Your Palate

COVER PHOTO

Family Chicken and Waffles Seafood and Soulfood, photographed by Alison Conklin.

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Pumpkin Brûlée Latte


NAVARRA COLLECTION


EDITOR’S LETTER

BTS with Lobynn Cha, the face behind the Restaurant-Award-winning Little Miss Korea.

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our publisher, Pam Deller, is looking forward to this month! pdeller@lehighvalleystyle.com

Each November, we celebrate the region’s culinary offerings with our reader-voted Restaurant Awards. And it’s fitting, right? Because when I think about an idyllic fall evening, I think about an espresso martini from Grille 3501, or a giant bowl of gnocchi from Fiamma, some hot stew at McCarthy’s and a glass of red wine near a fire pit on the rooftop of Three Oak Steakhouse. It’s the season of cozy, and what’s more comforting than a good meal? Turn to pg. 42 to find your next one. You’ll notice that we’ve expanded our categories and our reach this year, so you’re sure to see some new favorites on the list—like The Barbecue Boys in Phillipsburg, NJ, run by two young brothers who started smoking meats professionally during the pandemic, or Family Chicken & Waffles in Easton, serving up seafood and soul food, including the most incredible fried chicken and Oreo waffles you’ve ever seen. While we love shining a light on the area’s incredible restaurants, we recognize that many residents do not have access to fresh, local food. In November 2015, we did a piece on the local food insecurity, and the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley shared that 75,000—or one in 10—people in the Lehigh

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Valley are hungry, meaning they are suffering from malnutrition or are eating foods that are not good for them. In this edition, we’re highlighting the strides of the Bethlehem Food Co-Op. Ten years and one thousand members later, the co-op has begun construction on its first brick-and-mortar grocery store—a major milestone for the community-run organization that seeks to fix our broken food system. The grocery store will support the co-op’s mission of making healthy, affordable, locally-focused food and educational offerings available to all (particularly those who don’t have immediate access to these options). Read more about the team leading the charge on pg. 32. We hope this month’s issue inspires you to support our region’s wonderful restaurants as well as the organizations making fresh, healthy food more accessible to all of our neighbors.

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Shopping at Lara Bly Design Studio & Boutique.

Organizing for the season!

Warmly,

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Celebrating our Restaurant Award winners!


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SPECTACULAR RIVER VIEW RETREAT, LEHIGH VALLEY

Exceptional custom-built home in desirable Landis Mill Farms. Stylishly upgraded top to bottom. Magazineworthy gourmet kitchen, spacious family room with cathedral ceiling, large finished basement, office and hardwood floors. 4 bedrooms, 4 full/1 half bath. $779,000

With panoramic views from every room, this stately brick home boasts nearly 6000 sqft of living space to suit all your living & entertaining needs. Complete with pool, theatre, elevator and observatory. 6 bedrooms, 5 full/2 half baths. 4.5 acres. $1,349,000

Stunning views of the Delaware River. Easy commute to NYC & NJ. Full time or weekends. In-ground pool, tennis court, barn. Large building with 2nd floor loft for cars and yoga/art studio. 4 bedrooms, 3 full baths, 135 acres. $1,799,900

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STAFF SPEAKS VOLUME 22, ISSUE 11

President/CEO Paul Prass

My favorite fall food or drink item is… Tr y t B r û l é h e P umpki n e L at Local te at Jay’s , pg. 6 4!

Vice President/COO Lisa Prass Publisher Pamela Deller

Spiked apple cider and white bean chili are my fall favorites!

Editor Kristen Wagner Art Director Taylor Van Kooten

The seasonal pancake selections that the State Cafe has to offer—whether it’s a cinnamon roll pancake or a pumpkin pancake, you can’t go wrong, they are both delicious!

Director of Creative Services Erica Montes Graphic Designer Thomas Körp Senior Sales & Marketing Account Manager Kellie Bartholomew Sales & Marketing Account Managers Denise Lichty, Kelsey Rodocker, Pam Taylor

My best friend’s homemade apple crisp, fig crisp and pumpkin crisp are all out of this world!

Marketing & Events Manager Kelli Hertzog Contributing Writers Alison Conklin, Carrie Havranek, Morgan Kornfeind, Amy Unger, Daisy Willis Contributing Photographers Marco Calderon, Alison Conklin, Shelbie Pletz Proofreader Lori McLaughlin Accounting Donna Bachman, Sarah Varano Circulation Manager Andrea Karges

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A slow-cooked beef vegetable stew!

Love, love, love pumpkin beer! Especially at Brew Works.

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PARTNER CONTENT

magical ways to celebrate the season in Lehigh Valley

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Make your days merry and bright. Visitors come from around the globe to experience the magic of our Lehigh Valley holiday season, and you’ve got a front row seat! From charming carriage rides and historic downtown shopping experiences to holiday performances, ice skating, caroling, and more—it’s time you re-Discover Lehigh Valley. Our team shares our favorite Christmastime traditions— both nostalgic standbys and new experiences, from a region that we think is the perfect setting for a Hallmark movie.

1. Hunt for the perfect Christmas Tree. 2. Shop Local in our Downtowns. The region’s holiday markets are treasure troves. Share the holiday spirit & spread some magic with unique gifts from Lehigh Valley’s small businesses, boutique shops, local artisans, and makers.

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3. Ice skate at Easton’s Winter Village. Downtown Easton transforms into a wintry escape to ice skate among the lights under the Peace Candle, thought to be the largest non-wax Christmas candle in the country.

4. Shop for Ornaments at Christkindlmarkt. Shop handmade nutcrackers and ornaments from popular German crafter Käthe Wohlfahrt. Or visit the Moravian Book Shop and pick up a Bethlehem or Moravian Star.

5. Stroll Lehigh Valley Zoo’s Winter Light Spectacular. 6. View a Holiday Train Display. Show out-of-town guests the Holiday Train Exhibit at America on Wheels or Lehigh & Keystone Valley Model Railroad Museum Holiday Train Display. Choo choo!


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Downtown Allentown tree lighting

Christmas Huts on Main, Bethlehem

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@patsfauxtography Lehigh Valley Zoo Winter Light Spectacular

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7. Get Starry Eyed at Lights in the Parkway.

10. Bask in an array of Christmas Tree Glow.

8. Sip Away in the Magical Scent of Christmas.

11. Devour Locally Made Chocolate Treats.

Step back into the 1920s at the Historic Hotel Bethlehem to enjoy a festive cocktail at the Tap Room while the wonderful scent of the holidays is piped into the beautifully decorated Hotel. Note: You’ll find it for sale in The Shoppe in both a spray and two sizes of candles.

9. Catch a show. From nationally-touring venues like the State Theatre and Miller Symphony Hall to homegrown theaters like Pines Dinner Theatre, Civic Theatre of Allentown, and Touchstone Theatre, Lehigh Valley’s arts scene is bustling.

12. Participate in a Live Advent Calendar. Each night, local businesses welcome guests with a special surprise at the 1810 Goundie House at 5:30 p.m., Dec. 1-23.

13. Take to the Streets or a Trail. There’s a mad rush of visitors leading up to the holidays, but if you’re actually in town on Christmas or New Year’s Day, there’s a dreamlike quiet that falls on the region. Walk otherwise bustling neighborhoods, admiring historic architecture or get outdoors on the expansive trail system.

Find more magical holiday activities on our website.

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WOMEN’S NETWORKING EVENT Located at the Renaissance Allentown

Lehigh Valley Style hosted the 2021 Women’s Networking Event in support of The Perfect Fit for Working Women on Thursday, August 26 at the Renaissance Allentown. Guests were greeted with a champagne welcome courtesy of ESSA Bank & Trust, swag bags from City Center Allentown and a floral photo-op created by Ornithea and BalloonWorks for St. Luke’s University Health Network. The event kicked off with a “How I’ve Reached Success as a Female Entrepreneur in the Lehigh Valley” panel discussion featuring Taylor Made Polish, Makeup by Roxy and Khanisa’s and was moderated by St. Luke’s University Health Network. Following the panel discussion, guests enjoyed an evening of networking and shopping from Inside Outer Beauty Market, FD Market Co., Let’s Play Books, Hello Beautiful Salon & Boutique, Cottage & Bloom, AM Luxe, Tshikovi Tea House, Steel City Plant Co. and The Perfect Fit Resale Boutique along with a dessert bar featuring desserts from The Modern Bakery, Khanisa’s and Crumbs Cake Studio.

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1 | Nicole Steirer, Liz Burda and Erin Pietrulewicz, ESSA Bank & Trust sponsor representatives 2 | Event beneficiary, The Perfect Fit for Working Women representatives 3 | Lisa Johnson and Amie Allanson, St. Luke’s University Health Network sponsor representatives 4 | Hello Beautiful Salon & Boutique pop-up shop 5 | Photo-op courtesty of BalloonWorks and Ornithea for St. Luke’s University Health Network 6 | Panelist speaker Khanisa Darby of The Pudding Bar 7 | Pre-event “How I’ve Reached Success as a Female Entrepreneur in the Lehigh Valley” panel discussion 8 | Morgan Kornfeind and Hannah Cummings

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WOMEN’S NETWORKING EVENT Located at the Renaissance Allentown

1 | Andrea Kushnir and Brittany Pressmann 2 | Ronia Jarrah and Eman Jarrah 3 | Loralye Feinberg and Bernadette Enriquez 4 | Jennifer Zavacky, Tina Hasselbusch and Virginia Oskin 5 | Erica Sanchez, Yashira Villegas, Kneisha Garced and Marie Velez 6 | Kristen Wagner, Pam Deller, Denise Lichty, Kelli Hertzog, Taylor Van Kooten, Kelsey Rodocker and Pam Taylor 7 | Felecia Delgado, Jane Heft, Nicole Wescoe, Ileana Irizarry, Heidi Stahl, Joelle Tomkins and Tara Anthony 8 | Latoya Hutchinson and Yamelisa Taveras 9 | Nicole Steirer, Liz Burda and Erin Pietrulewicz 10 | Amy Scott, Kati Labuda and Kristie Strubeck 11 | Annika Dahlgren, Rachel Moyer, Melanie Jackson, Ali Reid and Mackenzie Koziel 12 | Kara Kirst and Shannon Clarke

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THIS MONTH’S PICKS

Oh Snap! These bites were made for ’gramming. Hit follow on these local foodie accounts and never miss an eat.

Pad Thai inside an omelette means we’ll be eating it for breakfast, lunch and dinner at La Kang ThaiFrench Cuisine. Photo by @sumfoodie

Every cocktail at County Seat Spirits should be considered an edible work of art. Photo by @mads_the_foodie

Doughnuts are our love language. And no one does it like Cake & Corolla. Photo by @lehighvalleyeats

The Waffle Muffin at Jay’s Local combines two favorites for the breakfast of your dreams. Photo by @theofficialbrunchboys

Social Still’s carrot cake features pecan brittle and the distillery’s White Witch Spiced Rum butterscotch. Photo by @kendalsbites

There’s no such thing as a cinnamon roll that’s too big. Egypt Star Bakery knows this. Photo by @lehighvalleyfoodforthought


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Farm Girl Florals brings wrapped bouquets, home décor, candles, stationery, vases and gifts to this Easton bakery.

Photo by Samantha Volk, Samantha Catherine Photography

Apport Used Books opened in July 2021 with the hope of bringing the vintage-bookcollecting spirit to the Lehigh Valley. “I’ve based the feel of the store around what I as a reader and collector most enjoy in used bookshops: the sense of coincidence of luckily stumbling onto some hidden gem,” says owner Ben Roylance. Apport Used Books features a wide range of specializations to choose from, including sci-fi/fantasy, horror, poetry, plants and nature, literature, psychology and espionage. Shop retro paperback copies of classic titles and unique antiquarian finds that are sure to pique your interest. “I hope people find something new to them that opens the door to a new (ideally, positive) obsession or interest,” says Roylance. “I hope you find a book that inspires you to write one.”

Shop Farm Girl Florals AT CAKE AND COROLLA

Olivia Wyckoff was destined for the flower industry. Her parents own Wyckoff Christmas Tree Farm in New Jersey, and once she realized her dream of having her own lush flower farm with endless cut-yourown flowers to use for her own designs, her father allowed her to use about one and a half acres of his farm to get started. Soon, Farm Girl Florals was born. When Easton’s Cake and Corolla approached Wyckoff about being their in-house florist, she was thrilled to bring her creations to the other side of the Delaware River. “I stocked their cooler as soon as I could with small floral bouquets and arrangements, and did a pop-up flower shop outside their storefront to grab people’s attention.” She is now a mainstay at the bakery, and customers can shop Farm Girl Florals’ wrapped bouquets ranging from $10–$20 as well as home décor, candles, stationery, vases and gifts. 125 N. 3rd St., Easton | farmgirlfloralsllc.com

OOEY, GOOEY DESSERTS DUCHESS COOKIES

After 10 years of working in interior design, and a stint as a stay-at-home mom, Sofia Demetriou decided to take a chance at her passion—and the business her family has been in for more than 100 years: baking. “I came up with the idea of the stuffed cookies to make more-portable and easier-to-eat desserts for our dessert tables,” she says. “And so, the concept of ‘every dessert baked into a cookie’ was born.” Duchess Cookies has grown enormously since then, with eight locations throughout New York and Pennsylvania, five partner locations and six more opening up this year. Duchess’s newest location in Downtown Easton brings these delicious desserts to the Lehigh Valley. “From breaking it open in the middle and seeing the ooey, gooey centers, to that first warm melty bite, we hope that our patrons enjoy not only the diversity of flavors, but the quality and the love that we put into every single bite.” 247 Northampton St., Easton | 610.438.0887 | dutchesscookies.com LEHIGH VA LLE YS T Y LE.COM : NOV EMBER 2021

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VOICES OF THE VALLEY

Abby Silfies

Photo by Alison Conklin

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION, GREATER LEHIGH VALLEY AND BERKS AREA

Watch the Unscripted with Russo podcast video with Abby Silfies at lehighvalleystyle.com.

Leading up to her current role as the executive director of the American Heart Association (AHA) of the Greater Lehigh Valley and Berks Area, Abby Silfies has always spent time working with other charitable organizations that were close to her heart. “I saw the level of reward that came from a hard day’s work and found myself getting more and more involved over the years,” she says. AHA was founded in June 1924 by a group of pioneering physicians and social workers who believed that people diagnosed with heart disease were not immediately destined to death. Fastforward 100 years, and AHA is still working relentlessly to help support those battling heart disease and stroke.

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“In the Lehigh Valley and Berks counties, we work alongside our health care systems, school districts and community liaisons to ensure the mission of the AHA and our dedication to providing tools and education,” says Silfies. Her role as executive director means no two days are the same. “I work to fund our mission through three staple campaigns: the Heart Walk, the Heart Ball and our Go Red for Women campaign and luncheon,” says Silfies, noting she also works hand in hand with their staff and volunteers to facilitate awareness days and months. “The people, the stories, the mission, the results and the drive towards ‘longer, healthier lives’ are enough to keep me pushing forward every day,” says Silfies. “My heart is full from a day’s work at the AHA.”


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Lara Bly brings glamour and shine to Bethlehem with her new design studio and boutique. Known for creating clothing that is vibrant and full of personality, Bly wants her customers to feel like they are wearing luxury looks while still being exceptionally comfortable. .

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Owner/Designer Talk about your career as a fashion designer prior to opening your shop. Growing up, I always had a great interest in all types of fashion but very specifically fashion design. I started sketching designs quite naively as far back as I can remember. In order to gain the skills needed to begin a career in the fashion industry, I attended the American College of London. It was there that I gained my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in both Fashion Design and Marketing.

Throughout her design career, Bly has spent time working in Los Angeles, New York City and the Middle East.

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What was the journey to opening Lara Bly Design Studio and Boutique in Bethlehem like? When I began the process of creating my own fashion brand, I decided to rent a studio at the Banana Factory in Bethlehem, where I stayed for seven years gaining experience and building my clientele. The most meaningful part of my career came in January 2019, when I left my studio and got my very first boutique. As the store prospered, I needed to find a bigger and better location, which I did when I finally moved to my dream store in June 2021. Originally built in 1914, this historic building reflects the Lara Bly signature look, combining the beauty of art deco and art nouveau with a chic, modern twist.


Tell us about the clothing that you create. The collection is broken into two main categories. The first category is basics. Lara Bly basics are made from extremely soft rayon jerseys and have a flowing and romantic vibe to them. I absolutely love color, and you'll find that the moment you walk into the store. We all love our little black dress but I strive to offer a collection that's vibrant and full of personality. What I am really known for is my signature Lara Bly eveningwear collection filled with sparkles, flowing silhouettes and extreme comfort. I want people to feel like they are wearing luxury while feeling totally unrestricted and at ease. I'm always on the lookout for innovative and glamorous fabrics. Who is the Lara Bly customer? The Lara Bly customer is not dictated by age but rather a lifestyle. She is a woman who cares about how she presents herself while not wanting to blend into the monotony of mainstream fashion. She wants her clothing to have individual flair while showing off her personality. She wants to be comfortable while also feeling “pretty.” She wants to show her best self each and every day. Most importantly, what this brand offers encourages a woman daily to feel just a little bit better about herself.

What else can readers expect to find in store? A truly unique experience, it is both a fashion design studio and boutique. Everything is created and made right in the store. Customers can see the complete process of design, illustration, fabric choices, pattern making, cutting and sewing. At our new location, we also offer additional brands that have been carefully selected to coordinate with the Lara Bly collection. This allows us to offer many different styles and additionally many different price points to the customer. My goal is that there is a little something for everyone!

What's the overall vibe at the shop like? The overall vibe of the shop is beauty and romance. The natural light that comes in through the corner store with 14 windows is simply stunning. The architecture of the outside and the inside of this store adds to the aesthetic of an art deco/ art nouveau era. High ceilings, glistening chandeliers and accents of gold and silver are found throughout the store. What can we look forward to in fashion this fall and winter? There will be seafoam-colored crushed velvet highlighted with metallic rose gold. Gun metal spandex with metallic foil prints. Full skirts cascading to the floor in iridescent indigo paired with romantic deep V silhouettes. Snakeskin sweater knits with touches of gold. Bronze, fully flowing maxi dresses and silver maxi skirts—think Studio 54! As always, lots of glamour and shine. A signature part of what I offer is an extensive range of separates that can be dressed up and down for different occasions. 202 E. 3rd St., Bethlehem 484.935.1025 | larably.com

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“I believe that organization is the foundation or starting

point for creativity and efficiency,” Latinsky says. “And with the holiday season coming up, it’s a perfect way to bring a little order to what can be a chaotic situation.” In general, and especially as our activities and needs change moving into new seasons, we tend to accumulate more and more stuff. The holiday season can

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ASK THE EXPERT With all the entertaining of the holidays, set yourself up for success by organizing your kitchen. “Go through your spices and dry goods,” Latinsky says, “and get rid of expired stuff. Make room for baking and seasonal cooking items.” For folks who can see themselves committing to a streamlined organizational system, it may be worth investing in sets of canisters and jars. “Sometimes the boxes and bags that food comes in aren’t optimal,” Latinsky says, “and decanting products into containers creates more room in the kitchen.” Festive feasting also leads to leftovers, so go through your fridge and make room for the holiday haul by cleaning out expired, spoiled and unpopular items.

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Cold weather often comes with a switch to heavier duvets and flannel sheets. “On Amazon, they have these storage bags specifically made for comforters and pillows,” Latinsky says. “When you throw a comforter into the closet, it’s going to become unfolded and take on a life of its own.” In a designated bag, your warm-weather bedding stays safe from the elements in an attic or basement, and stacks easily. Clean first and stash in a storage solution like ChaosCleared’s lightweight, washable bags.

CLOTHING CLEANSE

Packing away unseasonable clothing is a great way to make your closets and dressers spacious and easy to navigate, and seasonal swaps are a perfect time to go through your clothes and see what you didn’t wear. Latinsky has a trick for identifying the items that aren’t getting play. “Hang all your hangers backwards and as you take clothes off to wear them, turn the hanger around. At the end of the season you’ll see the backwards hangers and realize how many things you didn’t wear.” For the hats, gloves and scarves coming into rotation, Latinsky suggests bins. “Anything that can’t be folded nicely, put it in bins or baskets.”

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Classifying items as high-touch or lowtouch helps inform where to store them. Things like holiday décor that we only reach for once a year can go on the highest shelves or the deepest reaches of the attic. High-touch items can be placed where they’re easy to get to. Just because it can be especially sentimental doesn’t make holiday décor immune to purging. “Just like clothing or toys,” Latinsky says, “it’s easy to just acquire and it can get out of control. Employ the one-in, one-out rule with holiday décor to keep it manageable.”

CLEAR SPACE, CLEAR MIND

As the weather chills and the days shorten, many of us start to feel a mental gloom as well. Even if it’s not full-on seasonal affective disorder, it’s still worth protecting our moods in the darker, colder seasons. “Prioritizing organizing and cleaning ahead of the winter is foundational,” says Latinsky. “It really has an impact. Your home is your sanctuary, and when you’re feeling your best in your space, you’re going to be at your best for the people in your life.” Latinsky loves the idea of not just spring cleaning but fall cleaning. Get ahead of an influx of visiting family and friends with a deep clean, and make room for gifts and holiday décor while laying the groundwork for a more buoyant mindset.

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It’s an exciting time to be a member of the Bethlehem Food Co-Op. Ten years after the idea for the co-op first took root, the group is celebrating two important milestones: welcoming its 1,000th member and overseeing construction of its first brick-and-mortar grocery store. “I gotta keep pinching myself,” says Kelly Allen, a member of the co-op and outgoing board chair. “It feels amazing.” How did they get here? No recollection of the highlights of those past 10 years would be complete without the Red Pepper Story. Back in 2011, one of the group’s founders was reminded of the need for more easily accessible fresh food when a trip from her Bethlehem home to the grocery store to fetch a red pepper that was needed for a recipe took 40 minutes. When she shared her gripe on social media, she found quite a few sympathetic ears. But there was more than that—there was real talk about what could be done about it. A month later, about 100 community members packed a meeting room at the Bethlehem Area Public Library to explore the idea of a food cooperative.


So, what is a co-op, anyway? It’s an organization that’s owned, operated, governed and financed by its members. One name that’s relatively well known (even if its status as a co-op is not) is Recreational Equipment Incorporated, or REI. “It started out with a few people who wanted camping equipment and couldn’t get it,” says Allen. He and his wife, Meg Mikovits, joined the food co-op in 2013, the same year the organization filed its incorporation papers. “We knew it could be a game changer

for the Lehigh Valley,” Allen says. “We saw a broken food system where there were certain demographics that were being left out of the conversation.” Opening a community grocery store stocked with as much locally sourced food as possible was the end goal, but getting there would take more than a little perseverance. “It’s quite an involved process,” says co-op member Carol Burns. “We’re volunteers starting a brand-new business.” Adds Allen: “I don’t know if anyone understood how much work this would really take. We’ve had to learn as we go.” But a 10-year timeline for getting a food co-op up and running certainly is not unheard of; both the South Philly Food Co-Op and the Kensington Community Food Co-Op (also in Philadelphia) opened grocery stores in recent years, each one the culmination of 10 years of persistence, planning and fundraising. The Bethlehem Food Co-Op has been in location-scouting mode for several years. Members had several criteria in mind, including accessibility: the store had to be easily reachable by foot, by car and by bicycle. Ideally, it would be positioned to serve a community that doesn’t have immediate access to fresh and healthy food options, an area often dubbed a “food desert.”

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Finally, the big announcement was made in March of this year: the co-op’s grocery store would call 250 East Broad Street home. An existing building on the site would be torn down to make way for a new, four-story building. The co-op will rent the first floor, and residential units will occupy the upper levels. The co-op anticipates getting its first crack at the space next year, with a target opening for the grocery store sometime in the first quarter of 2023. It’s progress that’s being cheered on by many, and not just those within the group. “We really have enjoyed good support from the community and from the city itself,” says Burns. Bethlehem Mayor Robert Donchez was among those celebrating the announcement in July that the city had secured a $2.9 million federal grant in support of the construction of the grocery store. Donchez called the project an “important catalyst” in neighborhood revitalization plans in the area. The grocery store will be a full-service, one-stop-shop destination. And it will be open to anyone, not just members of the co-op. “We really want the store to be a hub, a community hub,” Burns says. “Not just the place you go to buy your lettuce or your toilet paper.” They hope to include a community room and a kitchen for food preparation and educational demonstrations. In addition, the grocery store will continue the co-op’s mission of supporting regional growers and producers: buy fresh, buy local. Allen says the danger


of depending on the availability of food being trucked in from across the country was exemplified in the early days of the pandemic, when many store shelves were bare. “Our local food system made this massive pivot and people were able to get the food they needed,” he says. Even though the Bethlehem Food Co-Op has made some major strides as of late, there’s still plenty of work to be done. Co-ops depend on a membership base that is constantly growing, not static, so the group is always in recruitment mode. Prior to the pandemic, the co-op held house parties in which members were encouraged to bring nonmembers who might be interested in joining. “It was pretty cool, just sitting down

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But even those who are still laying low amid the pandemic can be in the know about all happenings related to the co-op. The group’s website (bethlehemfood.coop) is chock-full of information about its history, its mission and its plans. There’s also a biweekly newsletter (The Sprout) anyone can subscribe to. The co-op maintains a robust social media presence as well. The one-time cost to join the co-op is $300 per household. “We know that’s a heavy lift, so we offer several options,” Burns says. The fee can be paid in monthly installments; full and partial scholarship programs are also an option. And membership does have its perks, even before the brick-and-mortar location opens—several local businesses offer discounts and freebies. Finally, an ongoing challenge for the co-op, as it forges ahead with its grocery store and continues to add to its ranks, is constantly re-evaluating its identity. “The Lehigh Valley is a very diverse community. To really say who we are, what we’re about and how we’re going to serve the community is a tricky thing to do,” Allen says. The co-op is striving to add more diversity to its ranks, as most of its current members are white and middle class. Another part of the process of becoming a true representation of the community is simply listening; Allen says the co-op is interested in hearing about the “wants” of its neighbors. “We need to engage in conversations with those who will use this grocery store. We need to make sure anyone can walk in and say, ‘I belong here.’” bethlehemfood.coop


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Sapphire blue skies, hot apple cider and a crisp breeze—is there anything better? Get the most out of this vibrant season before it winds down into winter with some awesome autumn activities.

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This farm-filled region abounds with pumpkin patches and hayrides, but for the ultimate challenge, check out the eight miles of maze cutting through 25 acres of corn at Wilcox Farms in Boyertown on November 5 through 7. Recover after your escape with a snack at one of the farm campfires.

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2021

RESTAURANT AWARDS

THE '24 CAR ROT CAKE' DR INK

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ALISON CONKLIN While this may be our 18th annual Restaurant Awards, there is always something new to dig into. From brand-new restaurants to first-time winners to debut categories, we’re pretty certain you’ll find something special here. PICTURED HERE: THE BOOKSTORE SPEAKEASY


Too often, Indian restaurant food is associated with lunch buffets. But it can be more than that—and at Aman’s, which specializes in North Indian Punjabi cuisine, it certainly surpasses all expectations. And that’s a result of careful, dedicated intent. “We are not like the typical Indian restaurant where many things are half cooked and come out in less than 20 minutes,” says Baljeet Singh Bansal, one of the owners. Everything at Aman’s, which has been located in Downtown Easton since August 2019, is scratch made. It’s family run—say hello to Baljeet, Sukhjeet, Amandeep, Jasmeet and Gagandeep Bansal the next time you’re in for some butter chicken, lamb korma, saag paneer or Madras veggie curry. “What makes our restaurant different is our commitment to using high-quality, fresh ingredients, some which are sourced locally based on seasonal availability. We grind our own spices, make our own marinades and bases, even all our appetizers are made in house. We take this a step further with fresh, made-to-order entrées, breads, rice and tandoori (clay-oven baked) entrées. It takes a bit longer to prepare, but 99 percent of guests love it and will wait for the food to come out,” says Bansal. During the pandemic, Aman’s distinguished itself by conducting fundraisers to benefit food pantries in the region, delivering more than 300 family grocery bags and donating more than 4,000 meals. It’s a core tenet of their Sikh faith—Vand Ke Chakna, “to help those in need from the fruits of our labor,” says Bansal. “We are ever so grateful to the community and our patrons who have constantly supported our restaurant and enabled us to continue paying it forward,” says Bansal.

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AMAN’S ARTISAN INDIAN CUISINE

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Korean

LITTLE MISS KOREA There is nothing like walking past the dumplings sizzling on the portable grill of Little Miss Korea’s farmers’ market stand. It’ll stop you dead in your tracks if nothing else will— and there’s a lot of competing delicious aromas. It all started in May 2018 when proprietor Lobynn Cha had the opportunity to buy the former Bada Bingg space at the Allentown Fairgrounds Farmers’ Market. “Opening a Korean restaurant has been a dream of mine since I was 12 years old,” she says, and credits her mother with much of the vision of opening her shop. “We emigrated to the U.S. in 2004 and my mother never lost touch of her culinary roots,” she says. You can find evidence of those culinary roots at the Emmaus Farmers’ Market and the Downtown Allentown Market—and, up until recently, the Easton Farmers’ Market (they had to stop due to staff shortages). Menu items vary based on the location, but you’ll find build-your-own bowls, bao buns, kimchi fries, Korean fried chicken, bibimbap, kimchi jjigae and bulgogi beef cheesesteak—and so much more. 1825 W. Chew St., Allentown 610.841.3444 27 N. 7th St., Allentown 484.664.8907 littlemisskoreaallentown.com

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Mexican

CASA TORO MEXICAN GRILL

& M O J I TO B AY C U B A N L O U N G E Sure, the fare contains Mexican favorites, but Casa Toro really offers well-executed Latin cuisine, with Caribbean, Argentinian and Cuban influences, among others. Both the interior and the food are colorful—and the vibe couldn’t be more warm or welcoming. Don’t miss their legendary margaritas. 7001 PA-309, Coopersburg 610.282.8888 | casatoromexgrill.com

THE BAYOU

We have The Bayou to thank for bringing some Southern flair to the dining scene in the Lehigh Valley. Classic favorites such as fried chicken, collard greens, cornbread and dirty rice sit alongside inventive dishes such as lobster pierogis and those flash-fried spicy chickpeas. 702 Hawthorne Rd., Bethlehem | 610.419.6669 64 Centre Sq., Easton | 610.829.1700 | datbayoulv.com

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Cajun

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Modern American GRILLE 3501 It’s sophisticated but not offputting, the menu varied but accessible, with elements of French, Mediterranean and Asian fare. Lots of indoor and outdoor seating—all of it in a welcoming environment. You’ve been warned: the cocktail list is epic. 3501 Broadway, Allentown 610.706.0100 | grille3501.com

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PHO BOWL

FAVO R I T E V I E T N A M E S E

Pho Bowl is another example of the fact that sometimes the most unassuming places offer the most surprisingly good food. Order a steaming hot bowl of Vietnamese ph , a bánh mì sandwich or even some pad Thai. It’s all good. 524 W. Broad St., Bethlehem 610.419.4484 | phobowl

FIAMMA ITALIAN GRILL

FAVO R I T E I TA L I A N

Pizza, pasta, flatbreads. Soups, salads and seafood. All fresh and authentic. Oh, and there’s an entire menu devoted to meatballs and another to risotto—that’s not something you see every day. This is how Fiamma does Italian food, for both lunch and dinner.

WHITE ORCHIDS THAI CUISINE TAPAS FAVO R I T E T H A I ON MAIN

2118 Schoenersville Rd., Bethlehem 610.419.6545 | fiammaitaliangrill.com

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Casual Dining UNION & FINCH Every neighborhood ought to have a place like Union and Finch—though it's admittedly a bit of a gamble for the establishment. “Everyone wants to be on Main Street,” says Ed Hanna, who runs the restaurant with his wife, Shahnaz. But being ensconced in a neighborhood gives you an edge, and if you’re doing it right—like Union and Finch is—the ability to really make a home for yourself among the people. And those are the people who come back several times a week. Folks love Union and Finch for its elevated pub fare with a

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decidedly Middle Eastern bent, a welcome twist to the typical eatery. During the pandemic, they set up an outdoor patio and it’s here to stay. Come for the Burger and Beer special on Thursdays ($12 for a burger and beer or milkshake), or hang out and watch an ’80s movie in the background while you eat dinner, and forget what’s going on in the rest of the world for a little while. It’s casual, of course, so you can come as you are but you’ll leave transformed—a sign of a great eatery. 1528 W. Union St., Allentown 610.432.1522 | unionandfinch.com

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Every since opening at The Promenade in 2007, locals haven’t been able to get enough of the menu at White Orchids. Thai cuisine served in a fine dining atmosphere with thoughtful cocktails and warm service are the hallmarks. (Special kudos to owner Jeff Virojanapa and his family, who own Notch as well—also on this list.)

FAVO R I T E S PA N I S H

Food that comes at various intervals that’s meant to be shared at the bar while sipping, say, sangria, or among a crowd at a table, is our favorite kind of food. Papas à la Francesa are a total dream for potato lovers, but order the fried calamari, garlicky shrimp, salmon tartare and croquettes or empanadas—and call it meal.

The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley | 610.841.7499 whiteorchidsthaicuisine.com

500 Main St., Bethlehem 610.868.8903 | tapasonmain.com

YIANNI'S TAVERNA

COAL WINERY & KITCHEN

FAVO R I T E G R E E K

FAVO R I T E A F R I C A N

If the endless small plates, ouzo and specialty Greek cocktails and the bright blue interior, don’t give it away, the Greek hospitality will. Yianni’s has become a mainstay in the Lehigh Valley with its standout seafood. Get a taste of everything with their happy hour specials.

West African fusion fare served in a contemporary space—along with house-made wine. For real! You could load up on starters and sides and that would give you plenty to crow about, whether it’s kelewele (fried plantains) or loaded yam fries (and yes, they’re really yams). Save room for the kebabs, indomie or grass-fed lamb.

3760 Old Philadelphia Pke., Bethlehem 610.410.9300 | yiannistaverna.com

81 W. Broad St., Bethlehem 484.456.1192 | coalbethlehem.com


'SEAFOOD DAVE' THOMPSON

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Southern

FAMILY CHICKEN AND WAFFLES

1800 Sullivan Trl., Easton 610.438.1882 familychickenwafflescatering

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F A V O R I T E THE SHELBY

Overall Vibe

The Shelby is somehow both immediately modern and retro both in its feel and in its fare. It’s known for serving the kind of food you probably really like to eat— comforting and familiar—but with its own unique unexpected twists (that’s the modern part), in a space that’s fun and relaxed. 707 N. Krocks Rd. Suite 104, Allentown 610.841.0808 | shelbyrestaurant.com

FAV O R I T E FOR KS MEDITER R ANEAN DELI FAVO R I T E M E D I T E R R A N E A N

Everything is fresh, homemade, incredibly flavorful and offered to you with a smile. Shawarma is a must, as is their fresh za’atar flatbread (get it right off the grill if you can), but you can also order straight-up deli sandwiches, too. The biz is stocked with tons of Mediterranean specialties, such as rosewater, tahini, bulk spices, nuts and dried fruits. 1530 Sullivan Trl., Easton | 610.250.0711 | forksmediterraneandeli.com

McCARTHY’S RED STAG PUB AND WHISKEY BAR FAVO R I T E I R I S H

There’s very little that compares to the experience of Irish hospitality— it’s not a cliché, it’s a real thing. Come for a full Irish breakfast, a bowl of classic potato leek soup or Guinness lamb stew, or try the whiskey. Don’t forget to grab some scones for the morning. 534 Main St., Bethlehem | 610.861.7631 | redstagpub.com

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Hotel Restaurant

HISTORIC HOTEL BETHLEHEM We’ve quietly known for years that Hotel B has a great restaurant, full of new American classics with thoughtfully sourced foods. If you have passed through the hotel on the weekend, you know the brunch buffet is legendary. We’re happy to see it gaining national attention, too; the Reader’s Choice Awards from USA Today named it Best Historic Hotel (number one in 2021; and number two in 2020). 437 Main St., Bethlehem 855.264.2598 | hotelbethlehem.com


Walking into The Bookstore, a Prohibition-era-styled speakeasy, is like stepping back in time. But what’s remarkable about the restaurant, apart from its revered hand-crafted cocktails and scratch-made food, is that the music never stopped throughout the pandemic. Not once. “As long as we've been open throughout the pandemic, we have offered live jazz, every single night,” says co-owner Linda Barsik. That’s a feat worth commending, don’t you think? And what’s on tap? Well, The Bookstore is known for its jazz. “We have a steadfast and very talented group of artists who have been with us long term,” she says. The hours have shifted throughout the pandemic, but the commitment to live music has not wavered. “Live music is one of our favorite things, and to keep it vital in this area while also offering our patrons a lively evening that fresh food, cocktails and live music provide,” she says.

GEORGE TOR RELLA GT3 JAZ Z STANDAR DS

336 Adams St., Bethlehem 610.867.1100 bookstorespeakeasy.com

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Live Music

THE BOOKSTORE SPEAKEASY LINDA & SEAN BAR SIK

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Phillipsburg, NJ THE BARBECUE BOYS Just across the Free Bridge in Phillipsburg, next to a hot dog stand, you’ll find some of the best pulled pork, brisket and ribs—straight up barbecue fare—around. Everything is smoked to perfection using a real smoker. “We don’t use that liquid smoke stuff. All our barbecue is authentic American barbecue, the way it should be,” says co-owner Dean Zannakis, who runs the spot with his brother Andrew. Don’t let the new-ish status of this business, which opened in 2020, throw you off. The Barbecue Boys has likely been a long time coming. “My brother started smoking meats in the backyard when he was 10, and through trial and error, was able to master his craft around the age of 16,” says Dean. The dry rubs used, along with the sauces, are all house-made. Try their Texas barbecue brisket, as-is or on a sandwich; the latter, Dean says, is “a fan favorite,” along with its sweet cornbread, which is sold in loaves. 7 Union Sq., Phillipsburg, NJ | 908.777.0190 | thebarbecueboys.com

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KOMÉ FINE JAPANESE CUISINE

HENRY’S SALT OF THE SEA

When you want Japanese food with a serious flair for the dramatic, whether that’s atmosphere, presentation or execution—or all three—Komé at The Promenade continues to be the place to beat. Interiors feel decidedly contemporary; hibachi is available, too.

The long-running cozy Allentown restaurant is beloved for so many reasons, whether it’s the Frenchinspired seafood menu, the broiled twin lobster tails or maybe the broiled sea scallops. Everything is expertly and lovingly prepared— and the food is always fresh.

FAVO R I T E JA PA N E S E

The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley | 610.798.9888 komerestaurant.com

HUNAN SPRINGS

FAVO R I T E C H I N E S E

There’s a reason why Hunan Springs keeps winning. This restaurant keeps making the best, freshest Chinese and Pan-Asian food in the Lehigh Valley—with some Thai, Japanese and Taiwanese favorites, too. Owned and operated by the Ho family since 1995. 4939 Hamilton Blvd., Wescosville 610.366.8338 | hunansprings.net

MAXIM’S 22 BISTRO & BR ASSERIE FAVO R I T E F R E N C H

All the customary dishes of French bistro-brasserie fare are present here, whether it’s foie gras, onion soup, cassoulet, charcuterie or steak frites. The atmosphere is classy but comfortable; the food only sounds like it’s fancy because it’s French. 322 Northampton St., Easton 610.252.2622 | maxims22.com

FAVO R I T E S E A F O O D

1926 W. Allen St., Allentown 610.434.2628 | henryssaltofthesea.com

ALADDIN MIDDLE EASTER N CUISINE FAVO R I T E MIDDLE EASTERN

FAVORITE

Bar

The family behind this Allentown restaurant has been working together tirelessly for more than 30 years to bring you the best Middle Eastern dishes in a warm and welcoming environment. Whether it’s kebabs, grape leaves, hummus or anything else, you can’t go wrong—it’s all homemade. 651 Union Blvd., Allentown 610.437.4023 | aladdinlv.com

DUNDERBAK'S FAVO R I T E G E R M A N

This mall mainstay has been serving up classic, filling German fare since 1977 in a humble, casual environment. It’s the spot for all the wursts, your favorite beers, potato pancakes and pierogis. You won’t leave hungry. 121 Lehigh Valley Mall, Whitehall 610.264.4963 | dunderbak.com

SOCIAL STILL The bartenders at this beloved distillery restaurant are constantly innovating—that’s one component to Social Still’s excellence. But you have to start with excellent spirits—that’s the other equally strong component needed, and Social Still’s vodka, bourbons, rye whiskey, gin, rum and specialty vodkas provide endless fodder for experimentation. 530 E. 3rd St., Bethlehem | 610.625.4585 | socialstill.com

TOR RE

FAVO R I T E D E S I G N / D É C O R

One step inside this stunning Mexican restaurant at The Promenade, and you’ll understand why it’s won for your favorite design/décor. Whether it’s the wall of colorful sugar skulls or the tequila tower behind the bar, Torre offers a flair for the dramatic—with food that matches. The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley | 610.841.9399 | torrerestaurant.com

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APOLLO GRILL

FAVO R I T E B E T H L E H E M Apollo Grill earns a special place on our list for having won this award almost too many times to count. But the consistently excellent food, the endlessly shareable appetizers and the fantastic hospitality speak for themselves. It’s hard to beat. 85 W. Broad St., Bethlehem 610.865.9600 | apollogrill.com

3RD AND FER RY FISH MAR KET FAVO R I T E E A S TO N

There’s a reason fish and seafood are delivered six days a week at this Easton favorite owned by Mike and Rebecca Pichetto. Sip a Bloody Mary at the copper-topped bar—the drink is absolutely epic, but so are the ceviche, the Oyster Tower, the lobster roll and the Market Fries with crab. It’s all good!

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FAVO R I T E B AT H & WA L N U T P O R T With a name translating to “at my house,” this spot features Northern Italian cuisine cooked in an open kitchen. The menu is so extensive, with seafood, fish, endless pasta dishes, along with chicken and veal, you’ll have to come back several times to really experience all of its culinary charms. 4330 Lehigh Dr., Walnutport 610.760.3207 | acamiapa.com

GIO ITALIAN GRILL FAVO R I T E M AC U N G I E & FOGELSVILLE

Do you like pizza? Do you like pasta? Gio delivers across the board but happens to excel in those areas. The open-flame fire deck oven makes sure their hand-tossed pizza cooks fast and furious—and perfect, whether you’re ordering a nine-inch or 13-inch pie.

56 S. 3rd St., Easton 610.829.1404 | thirdandferry.com

6465 Village Ln. Rte. 100, Macungie 610.966.9446 | gioitaliangrill.com

NOTCH MODER N KITCHEN AND BAR

ASSANTE RISTOR ANTE ITALIANO

Between the food and the cocktails, Notch has redefined what a modern American restaurant with serious Asian influences can look like—and what its food can taste like. Don’t miss the bao buns, or maybe the kimchi hummus to start, but the fried chicken is a revelation and the Drunken Bolognese will make you rethink pasta. 5036 Hamilton Blvd., Allentown 610.841.4610 | notchmknb.com

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FAVO R I T E N O R T H A M P TO N & C ATA S AU Q UA

We kind of have a thing for Italian food around these parts, and folks love this one from the Assante family. Order a glass of wine and splurge on some lobster ravioli, or opt for comfort food such as lasagna or spaghetti and meatballs—you won’t leave hungry. 2050 Main St., Northampton 610.262.1301 | assanterestaurant.com


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Center Valley & Coopersburg

TOP CUT STEAKHOUSE If steak is your thing, then Top Cut is already in your rotation. But if you’re still looking for a classic steakhouse experience, do it up big at this top-floor restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows offering panoramic views. Dine on USDA Prime while sipping a classic cocktail or one of its many high-quality wines.

THE SIGNATURE CAR ROT CAKE

The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley 610.841.7100 | topcutsteak.com

BIRTHRIGHT BREWING COMPANY Beer and pizza are always perfect together. But wood-fired pizza with great toppings (plus great apps that come out of there), along with ever-changing beer lists sporting ever-changing quirky names, is something special at this brewery headed up by award-winning brewer Wayne Milford. 57 S. Main St., Nazareth | 610.365.2225 | birthrightbrewingco.com

FAVORI T E

Nazareth HOUSE & BARN

FAV O R I T E

Emmaus

Can’t decide whether you want warm rustic space or an old farmhouse vibe that happens to put together some seriously good burgers? You can start at the Barn and nibble on apps such as Barn-BQ-Nachos and take in some live music, and end up at the House for some killer burgers. The choice is yours! 1449 Chestnut St., Emmaus 610.421.6666 | houseandbarn.net

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FAVORI T E

Z EST BAR + GRILLE

Rooftop

This SouthSide Bethlehem restaurant offers unique views and contemporary décor. The menu, like that of its sister restaurant Grille 3501, is New American, and the best part—the three-season terrace—means that only the coldest of days will keep you from sky-high outdoor dining. 306 S. New St., Bethlehem 610.419.4320 zestbethlehem.com

MY TEQUILA HOUSE FAVO R I T E W H I T E H A L L & C O P L AY

This colorful spot serves, you guessed it, all the tequilas you can imagine (which means all the margaritas you can sip), but that’s only part of what makes this place tick. Nachos, quesadillas, duck carnitas tacos, steak medallions al tequila, shrimp tequila—the list goes on. 1808 MacArthur Rd., Whitehall 484.664.7109 | mytequilahouse.com

BR AVEHEART HIGHLAND PUB FAVO R I T E H E L L E R TOW N

This homey tavern has been serving up Scottish food since 2006. Think Scottish meat pie, mince and tatties—along with an extensive entrée menu ranging from steak and pork to pasta and salmon. They also have Smithwick’s, Boddingtons and Guinness on tap, for all your Celtic beer needs. Kilt optional. 430 Main St., Hellertown 610.838.6555 bravehearthighlandpub.com

CHEF JUSTIN COGAN

McCOOLE’S AT THE RED LION INN FAVO R I T E Q UA K E R TOW N Pennsylvania’s got loads of old stone pubs, and McCoole’s is housed in a former inn that dates to 1799. There’s something for everyone on the menu (the influences are far flung, the dishes never unfamiliar, however), and McCoole’s strives to use humanely raised, antibiotic- and hormone-free foods from local farms. 4 S. Main St., Quakertown 215.538.1776 | mccoolesredlioninn.com

THE VIEW AT MORGAN HILL FAVO R I T E V I E W

You don’t have to be a golfer or a member of the community at Morgan Hill to slip into a table at this Williams Township restaurant. It’s really hard to argue with the view of the golf course (and beyond). And yes—they’ve got heaters and retractable screens to keep you dining and enjoying that view even as it gets a little chilly. 100 Clubhouse Dr., Easton | 610.923.8480

BLUE GRILLHOUSE

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FAVO R I T E F O R K S & BANGOR

There’s no shortage of dramatic interiors and presentations at this high-end steakhouse in Downtown Easton. So, it’s no surprise people have voted it their fave for a special occasion or fine dining. There’s something unique about a steakhouse with a tree sculpture right inside.

Blue has been a classy spot for fine hospitality and even better food, wine and cocktails for many years now, and it’s no surprise it’s recognized for its private dining. Private events large and small can be accommodated here, whether it’s corporate dinners, private parties or weddings.

Situated in a strip mall, of all places, Surv is deceptive. It also manages to blend fine dining with excellent gourmet pizza—it’s available through the restaurant. Owned and operated by the same team that cooks up great fare at Edge in Bethlehem, fine food is a guarantee.

323 Northampton St., Easton | 610.559.5510 | threeoaksteakhouse.com

4431 Easton Ave., Bethlehem 610.691.8400 | bluegrillhouse.com

1800 Sullivan Trl., Easton 484.544.0624 | surveaston.com

THREE OAK STEAKHOUSE FAVO R I T E S P E C I A L O C C A S I O N / F I N E D I N I N G

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SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION

BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: LOCAL LIBATIONS

Grüner Veltliner

Ready to pour extraordinary wine into a glass? Try Galen Glen’s Grüner Veltliner. It is a dry, zippy and simply delicious white wine. Reviewed as America’s best Grüner Veltliner, this wine has earned placements on the finest restaurant wine lists in Pennsylvania. Locally farmed by the Troxell family, winegrowers Galen, Sarah and Erin Troxell are Masters in Vinology. Galen Glen Winery 255 Winter Mountain Dr., Andreas 570.386.3682 | galenglen.com

Lehigh IPA

The Log Cabin

Quickly becoming a favorite spot, McCall Collective Brewing has been serving up some of the Valley’s best beer and food. Their flagship beer, Lehigh IPA, is hazy and juicy. It is brewed with Citra, Mosaic and El Dorado hops, and is packed with aromas and flavors of pineapple and mango. It pairs well with their fresh burgers, crispy wings and brunch menu.

Come savor the flavors of fall at Eight Oaks Farm Distillery! During the months of October and November, the distillery will feature one of their favorite fall cocktails: The Log Cabin. This festive and flavorful drink is made with their barrel-aged Penna Rye Whiskey, local apple cider, fresh rosemary and tart lemon—the perfect blend for an authentic Pennsylvania drinking experience. Stop by soon!

McCall Collective Brewing 102 E. Susquehanna St., Allentown 610.973.5403 mccallcollectivebrewing.com

Eight Oaks Farm Distillery 7189 Route 309, New Tripoli 484.387.5287 | eightoaksdistillery.com

Valance

Deep ruby red and brilliantly clear, Valance is bursting with a sweet cherry and apple aroma. But, this beverage actually finishes on the drier side with a lingering cherry flavor. Valance is crafted with a semi-dry base cider and balanced with a blend of sweet and Montmorency cherry juices to produce a balanced and flavorful cherry cider experience. Five Maidens Cider Company 327 Polk St., Bethlehem 610.419.1990 5mcider.com

Seasonal Sangrias Switch up the wine experience with Franklin Hill Vineyards’ delicious hand-crafted sangrias. Blackberry Cobbler is a fan favorite featuring the award-winning wine Blue Hen, locally sourced apple cider and a hint of cinnamon. All the seasonal sangrias are available to enjoy by the glass or can be added to a wine flight—or grab a growler to take home and enjoy with friends and family. Franklin Hill Vineyards 7833 Franklin Hill Rd., Bangor 610.588.8708 | franklinhillvineyards.com

The Search for Figfoot

The elusive Sasquatch has been discovered at Social Still! Their premium bourbon, infused with PA maple syrup and Madagascar vanilla, anchors this popular cocktail. The housemade amaro lends the aromatics, while sweet vermouth brightens the flavors. Velvety fig jam rounds out the edges, creating a perfectly balanced bourbon cocktail that leaves a Big-Foot print on the palate. Social Still 530 E. 3 rd St., Bethlehem 610.625.4585 | socialstill.com LEHIGH VA LLE YS T Y LE.COM : NOV EMBER 2021

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BEYOND THE MENU

TEXT & PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALISON CONKLIN

Cottage Pie with Brown Bread with Head Chef Jill Oman

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Jill Oman, head chef at McCarthy’s Red Stag Pub & Whiskey Bar, didn’t always know she wanted to be in the kitchen. She graduated from college with a criminology degree that had her working in that field in Boulder, Colorado. However, she felt that there was something else she should be doing, and with the encouragement of her mother, she enrolled in The Art Institute of Colorado in Denver and received her BA in culinary management in 2004. Once graduated, she returned to the Lehigh Valley, where she had grown up enjoying classic Pennsylvania Dutch recipes. Oman’s mom had always made these types of dishes as well as pies. “When I think about what I loved about food, it always comes back to what my mother would make and her delicious pies,” she shares with a smile. On Oman’s days off, she spends time with her eight-year-old husky, Mia, and enjoys crafting. You won’t actually find this chef cooking when she’s not at the restaurant. “I never cook for just myself,” she laughs. “What I love about being in the kitchen is creating a dish for someone else and showing them you care. To me, that is the most gratifying thing.” Here, she is sharing a dish that is comforting and traditional: Cottage Pie. The difference between a traditional Cottage Pie versus a Shepherd’s Pie is all about the meat that is used. This recipe is an old family heirloom from the grandmother of McCarthy’s owner Neville Gardner. The handwritten recipe is a favorite dish served at the Irish- and Scottish-inspired pub. It is a warm and comforting dish with beef, carrots and onions. It is best served with some traditional brown bread, which you can buy the mix for at the Donegal Square shop connected to the restaurant. Oman has been cooking at McCarthy’s for over seven years and attributes so much of the success of the pub to the wonderful work environment, great people and loyal customers. 534 Main St., Bethlehem 610.861.7631 | redstagpub.com

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Cottage Pie

Brown Bread

INGREDIENTS

INSTRUCTIONS

INGREDIENTS

INSTRUCTIONS

5 lbs. ground beef 2 cups diced onion 2 cups diced carrots 2 Tbsp. oil 1 cup HP sauce (available for purchase from Donegal Square) 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce 2 Tbsp. garlic powder 2 Tbsp. onion powder 2 Tbsp. salt 2 tsp. pepper 2 cups brown gravy (Oman uses Red Stag’s onion stout gravy— their super secret recipe) 2 Tbsp. brown sugar 2 Tbsp. thyme

Brown meat in large pan until half cooked. Drain fat and set aside. Meanwhile, sauté onions and carrots in oil until tender. Add ground beef. Mix well. Add all other ingredients. Mix well and simmer on low for 20 minutes. Put into a casserole dish. Top with mashed potatoes.

1350 grams flour 7.5 grams salt 38 grams baking soda 215 grams rolled oats 175 grams steel cut oats 381 grams whole meal flour (available for purchase from Donegal Square) 2500 grams buttermilk

Sift flour with salt and baking soda. Add all other dry ingredients and mix well (leave about 1/2 cup of rolled oats to the side for garnish). Add buttermilk and mix until just combined. Do not overmix. Spray five loaf pans with nonstick spray. Fill each pan 2/3 of the way. Sprinkle tops with remaining oats.

Bake in 350-degree oven for 10–15 minutes to heat thoroughly and brown top. Serve with gravy and buttered peas.

Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Rotate and bake an additional 25 minutes. Allow to cool.

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BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: LOCAL RESTAURANTS

SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION

A Taste of München There’s no need to travel to Germany for the Oktoberfest— instead, visit Dunderbak’s, where every day is Oktoberfest! The independently owned family business has served GermanAmerican cuisine to generations of Lehigh Valley shoppers since 1977. Enjoy traditional German favorites such as wienerschnizel, sauerbraten, goulash and German wurst, or American favorites including hamburgers, deli sandwiches and gourmet soups. Over 50 bottled and draft beers from around the world are available. Dunderbak’s Lehigh Valley Mall, Whitehall 610.264.4963 dunderbak.com

LOWER LEVEL, NEXT TO MACY’S

Casual Fine Dining

It’s Taco Time

Every day is a good day to enjoy a favorite meal made with fresh ingredients. Stop by Uno Taqueria to relax and enjoy scratch-made tacos featuring the best sellers: Al Pastor, Baja Fish and Rib Eye. Don’t forget to top off a meal with a variety of options at the Salsa Bar. The menu is available for dine in, takeout or delivery!

Step back in time, just for a moment or for a while. That’s what happens when visiting McCoole’s at the Historic Red Lion Inn. Named after the original owner, Walter McCoole, who owned the tavern in 1747, McCoole’s has something for everyone. From the crab cakes with no filler to the all-natural beef burgers, their farm-to-table kitchen serves dishes prepared to order and to one’s liking.

Uno Taqueria 1042 Mill Creek Rd., Allentown 484.221.8639 unotaqueria.com

McCoole’s at the Historic Red Lion Inn 4 S. Main St., Quakertown 215.538.1776 | mccoolesredlioninn.com

Get in the Spirit! McCarthy’s Red Stag Pub and Whiskey Bar is a unique blend of Celtic traditions and gastropub atmosphere, including fresh baked goods, scratch-made family recipes, over 200 whiskeys and some twists on traditional pub fare. Sample their famous McCarthy’s Irish Cream on the rocks or in a French press coffee, or one of their luscious desserts, shortbread or scones made special in-house at the McCarthy’s Bakery. McCarthy’s Red Stag Pub & Whiskey Bar 534 Main St, Bethlehem 610.861.7631 redstagpub.com

Authentic Greek Cuisine

Where Friends Gather

Get together with friends and loved ones for an evening of laughter, drinks and, most of all, plates of delectable Greek food. Fresh whole fish, mixed grill platters of lamb chops, kebobs and loukaniko (Greek-style sausage), saganaki (flaming cheese) and baklava ice cream! Welcome to the epitome of Greek-style dining in the Lehigh Valley.

Madeline’s has something for everyone. Guests enjoy the covered outdoor patio, cozy dining rooms and beautiful banquet facility with a private bar and patio deck. Delight in casual fine dining with a gourmet flair. Madeline’s offers handcrafted cocktails, an extensive wine list and creative seasonal menus with daily chef’s features. Open seven days a week for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch.

Yianni’s Taverna 3760 Old Philadelphia Pke., Bethlehem 610.410.9300 | yiannistaverna.com

Madeline’s 1250 Turnstone Dr., Fogelsville 484.277.2250 | madelinesfogelsville.com

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DINING GUIDE

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Outdoor Seating

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DURHAM SPRINGS, THE CASCADE ROOM $$$

Wheelchair Accessible

$ under $15 $$ $15-$25 $$$ $25+

Dine in a revitalized 1730’s stone farmhouse, overlooking 33 bucolic acres of rolling lawns and spring-fed ponds. Menu features locally sourced seasonal items for indoor and outdoor diners. Brunch & dinner.

Serves Alcohol BYOB

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*We recommend checking each individual restaurant’s website and/or social media to confirm whether it is open and accessible during these unprecedented times.

Berks THE BRIDGE INN

Full menu featuring famous crab cakes and hand-cut flame-broiled steaks. Smart, casual attire. Dinner.

$$

110 Lyons Rd., Dryville, 610.682.2466, dryvillehotel.com

Authentic country hotel atmosphere, good food, well-prepared. Great beer selection. Dinner.

FOLINO ESTATE VINEYARD & WINERY

4 S. Main St., Quakertown, 215.538.1776, mccoolesredlioninn.com

Offering a dining room, martini lounge and bar in a beautifully restored inn from the 1700s. Monthly featured wines and brews from their own Red Lion Brewery. Also offering a complementary door-to-door and hotel shuttle service within a five-mile radius of the restaurant to bar and restaurant patrons, as well as private events at McCoole’s Arts & Events Place. Brunch, lunch & dinner.

$$

3258 Main St., Rte 212, Springtown, 610.346.7262, springtowninn.com

Springtown Inn is intimate dining in a historic country inn, featuring steak and seafood. Catering all life celebrations! Dinner.

Lehigh $$

ALADDIN RESTAURANT

651 Union Blvd., Allentown, 610.437.4023, aladdinlv.com

$$

340 Old Rte. 22, Kutztown, 484.452.3633, folinoestate.com

Italian restaurant making homemade pasta, sauces, desserts and more! Serving lunch and dinner Wed.–Sun. and brunch 10 a.m.– 1 p.m. on Sun. Brunch, lunch & dinner.

GRACIE’S 21ST CENTURY CAFE $$$ 1534 Manatawny Dr., Pine Forge, 610.323.4004, gracies21stcentury.com

Serving local organics for 30 years. Always an experience in any season. Civilized decadence in the country. Dinner.

THE GRILLE AT BEAR CREEK $$ 101 Doe Mountain Ln., Macungie, 610.641.7149, bcmountainresort.com

Features modern American cuisine, a full-service bar, scenic views and award-winning outdoor dining. Dinner & late night.

JUDY’S ON CHERRY

MCCOOLE’S AT THE HISTORIC RED LION INN $-$$$

SPRINGTOWN INN

$

Rte. 73 & Covered Bridge Rd., Pleasantville, 610.689.5818, bridgeinnpleasantville.com

DRYVILLE HOTEL

5065 Lehnenberg Rd., Kintnersville, 484.907.2100, durhamsprings.com

$-$$

332 Cherry St., Reading, 610.374.8511, judysoncherry.com

Unique hearth-fired cuisine in a warm, uptown atmosphere. Closed Sun. and Mon. Lunch & dinner.

Family owned and operated for over 30 years. Serving a variety of authentic Middle Eastern cuisine from homemade grape leaves to delicious shish kabobs. Lunch & dinner.

$$

ALLENTOWN BREW WORKS

812 W. Hamilton St., Allentown, 610.433.7777, thebrewworks.com

Award winning, environmentally friendly restaurant and brewery. Family owned and operated since 2007. Brunch, lunch, dinner & late night.

order from our curbside menu and shop our retail offerings at

$

BELL HALL

612 W. Hamilton Blvd., Allentown, 610.437.1825, bellhallallentown.com

SavoryGrille.com

Allentown hot spot featuring juicy burgers and Pennsylvania craft beers. Lunch, dinner & late night.

THE BRASS RAIL RESTAURANT

Savory at Home

$

3015 Lehigh St., Allentown, 610.797.1927, brassrailrestaurant.com

Family restaurant with good food, good service and fair prices. Award-winning breakfast and cheesesteaks. Breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner & late night.

BRÜ DADDY’S BREWING CO.

Wed.-Sat. 4:30-10pm Sunday 1-8pm Favorite Locally Sourced

$

732 Hamilton St., Allentown, 610.351.7600, brudaddysbrewingcompany.com

Brewpub featuring food that’s as good as the beer and an authentic outdoor beer garden. Brunch, lunch, dinner & late night.

CACTUS BLUE MEXICAN RESTAURANT 2915 Schoenersville Rd., Bethlehem, 610.814.3000, cactusblue.biz

$

Authentic dishes native to Puebla and select localized dishes to suit every taste. Lunch & dinner.

2934 Seisholtzville Rd. Macungie

610.845.2010

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DINING GUIDE CHESS N’ CHECKERS

$-$$

1801 Airport Rd., Allentown, 610.264.4131, chessncheckersrestaurant.com

Reserve one of our festive banquet rooms for your

HOLIDAY PARTY Spice Up Contact us today Your Life. Eat more Tacos.

Known for their crab cakes, casual dining, two floors with bars and beautiful views, 25-foot fireplace and reasonable prices. Lunch & dinner.

$$$

COPPERHEAD GRILLE 1731 Airport Rd., Allentown, 610.403.4600, copperheadgrille.com

Copperhead Grille is a place where handcrafted recipes and sports merge to form the ultimate sports dining experience. Lunch, dinner & late night.

$$

HOPS FOGELSVILLE 7921 Main St., Fogelsville, 610.395.3999, hopslehighvalley.com

Historic pub serving up all American classics with weekly specials to make mouths water. Lunch, dinner & late night.

$$

HOUSE & BARN

149 Chestnut St., Emmaus, 610.421.6666, houseandbarn.net

Two distinctly different restaurants, one spectacular setting, entirely re-imagined. Brunch, lunch & dinner.

KOMÉ FINE JAPANESE CUISINE AND HIBACHI $$ The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley, 610.798.9888, komerestaurant.com

A contemporary Japanese cuisine and hibachi. Extraordinary sushi, non-sushi dishes served in a contemporary, yet sensual atmosphere. Lunch & dinner.

$$-$$$

LIMEPORT INN

1505 Limeport Pike, Limport, 610.967.1810, limeportinn.com

New American cuisine in a relaxed country setting. Lunch & dinner.

MADELINE’S

Milkshakes

try our 72 flavors!

Cheesesteaks

For event inquiries: sarah@madelinesfogelsville.com 1250 Turnstone Dr., Fogelsville 484.277.2250 | madelinesfogelsville.com

$$$

1250 Turnstone Dr., Fogelsville, 484.277.2250, madelinesfogelsville.com

Casual fine dining with a creative gourmet flair. Madeline’s, where friends gather. Brunch, lunch, dinner & late night.

MELT

$$$

The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley, 610.798.9000, meltgrill.com

Offering a sumptuous menu of contemporary Italian fare in its breathtaking 350-seat restaurant, with spacious and customizable rooms for private events. Lunch, dinner & late night.

turn the tables and take a bite out of a gator!

$$

MY TEQUILA HOUSE

Now BookiNg

Holiday EvENts

REd lioN BREwERy BEER oN tap

1808 MacArthur Rd., Whitehall, 484.664.7109, mytequilahouse.com

Laid-back cantina providing down-home Mexican recipes, a large tequila list and lively happy hours. Lunch, dinner & late night.

NOTCH MODERN KITCHEN & BAR $$$

5036 Hamilton Blvd., 610.351.8222, notchmknb.com

Modern American with an Asian Twist. Lunch & dinner.

$$

POCONO BREWERY CO.

938 Lifestyle Center, Whitehall, 610.264.2194, poconobrewery.com

Authentic wood-fired pizza, imported meat and cheese boards, nachos, salads and craft beer. Lunch & dinner.

$$

RINGERS ROOST

1801 W. Liberty St., Allentown, 610.437.4941, ringersroostpa.com

Family-friendly restaurant. Lots of parking. Friendly faces. Excellent food, from seafood to cheesesteaks. Great beer selection. Lunch, dinner & late night.

A LEHIGH VALLEY FAVORITE SINCE 2001

SAGE ALLEY BREWERY & GRILLE $$ 213 N. Main St., Coopersburg, 610.421.6029, sagealleybrewery.com

Coopersburg’s microbrewery offering great food in a relaxing atmosphere, with indoor and outdoor dining. Brunch, lunch & dinner.

3531 Freemansburg Ave., Bethlehem AND The Lehigh Valley Zoo 610.419.4869 // GEAKERS.COM

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for the most up-to-date entertainment & menus!

SAVORY GRILLE

$$$

2934 Seisholtzville Rd., Macungie, 610.845.2010, savorygrille.com

A culinary gem housed in the historic Seisholtzville Hotel, Savory Grille takes gives back to a time when fine dining was an experience to be savored. Dinner.

THE TAVERN ON LIBERTY

$

2246 W. Liberty St., Allentown, 484.221.8765, tavernonliberty.com

“Life, liberty and the pursuit of beer.” Check out other location in Reading called The Liberty Taproom. Open seven days a week. Lunch, dinner & late night.

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TOP CUT STEAKHOUSE

$$$

CASUAL DINING | MODERN CUISINE

The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley, 610.841.7100, topcutsteak.com

Classically inspired cocktails, exquisite wines and USDA prime steaks in a 1940s style rooftop atmosphere. Dinner & late night.

TOPGOLF SWING SUITE AT THE $$$ SWEET SPOT 2805 Lehigh St., Allentown, 610.813.2536, thesweetspot.golf

American bistro cuisine featuring indoor sports and entertainment. Lunch & dinner.

TORRE

$$

The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley, 610.841.9399, torrerestaurant.com

Classic Mexican cuisine with a modern twist in a fun, familyfriendly atmosphere. Enjoy Happy Hour gathered around the three-story tequila tower. Brunch, lunch, dinner & late night.

$$

UNION AND FINCH

1528 W. Union St., Allentown, 610.432.1522, unionandfinch.com

A casual American bistro serving lunch and dinner six days a week and brunch on weekends. Brunch, lunch & dinner.

$$

WHITE ORCHIDS THAI CUISINE

The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley, 610.841.7499, whiteorchidsthaicuisine.com

Authentic Thai cuisine in a contemporary and relaxed dining atmosphere. Signature seafood dishes, house specialties and classic Thai entrées. New bar and lounge area. Lunch & dinner.

$$$

YOUELL’S OYSTER HOUSE 2249 Walnut St., Allentown, 610.439.1203, youellsoysterhouse.com

Sea to table since 1895. The region’s destination for fresh seafood and steaks. Dinner.

JOIN US FOR

HUNGRY HOUR M O N D AY – S AT U R D AY 4 P M – 6 : 0 0 P M

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1741 ON THE TERRACE

437 Main St., Bethlehem, 610.625.2219, hotelbethlehem.com

The award-winning culinary team takes pride in presenting seasonal menus combined with the 1741 classic. Dinner.

A CA MIA

$$

4330 Lehigh Dr., Walnutport, 610.760.3207, acamiapa.com

Unique, homemade, Italian cuisine made with fresh flavorful ingredients; served in a family-friendly atmosphere. Lunch & dinner.

AMAN’S ARTISAN INDIAN CUISINE $$$ 336 Northampton St., Easton, 484.298.0400, amanseaston.com

74 W. BROAD ST. • BETHLEHEM, PA • WWW.EDGERESTAURANT.NET

BOLD& UNEXPECTED

Aman’s elevates Indian dining with an upscale ambiance and an award-winning menu to match. Lunch & dinner.

APOLLO GRILL

$$$

85 W. Broad St., Bethlehem, 610.865.9600, apollogrill.com

Bistro-style restaurant encouraging a grazing dining experience. Comfortable, friendly, sophisticated and lively. Lunch, dinner & late night.

27 N. 7TH ST. ALLENTOWN 610.674.0602 BLENDEDBYBRUDADDYS.COM

THE BEAM YARD AT STEEL CLUB $$$ 700 Linden Ave., Hellertown, 610.838.7018, steel.club

Casual American dining, featuring some unique and tasty food and beverage options. Brunch, lunch & dinner.

$$

BETHLEHEM BREW WORKS 559 Main St., Bethlehem, 610.882.1300, thebrewworks.com

Award winning, environmentally friendly restaurant and brewery. Family owned and operated since 1998. Brunch, lunch, dinner & late night.

BILLY’S DOWNTOWN DINER

$

10 E. Broad St., Bethlehem, 610.867.0105, billysdiner.com

Not your ordinary diner. Visit them in Historic Downtown Bethlehem for breakfast, lunch or something sweet. Breakfast & lunch.

BLACK & BLUE

$$

683 Walnut St., Easton, 610.438.3604, blackandblueeaston.com

Dark, delightful and delicious. Located in Downtown Easton. Like their food—they are a little off the beaten track—but well worth seeking out. Offering an extensive Belgian beer list and cuisine in a sophisticated, yet cozy setting. Dinner & late night.

BRONZE MEDAL WINNER 2021 U.S. OPEN BEER CHAMPIONSHIP BARREL AGED ODD QUAD OF TODD

732 HAMILTON ST. 610.351.7600 BRUDADDYSBREWINGCO.COM

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DINING GUIDE BLUE GRILLHOUSE & EVENT CENTER

$$$

4431 Easton Ave., Bethlehem, 610.691.8400, bluegrillhouse.com

From a party of four on the covered outdoor patio to a party of 400 in the newly renovated event center ballroom, blue delivers with prime steaks and seafood, a sprawling wine list and impeccable service. Brunch, lunch, dinner & late night.

WHEATED PORCH N& EHAPPY HOUR MENU Celebrate with us

thanksgiving eve Live Music Nov. 26–27

$$

THE BOOKSTORE SPEAKEASY

336 Adams St. (near 4th St.), Bethlehem, 610.867.1100, bookstorespeakeasy.com

Step back in time at The Bookstore, a 1920’S speakeasy. Dinner & late night.

$-$$

THE BRICK

1 W. Broad St., Bethlehem, 610.419.1141, thebrickpa.com

Wood-fired pizzeria, restaurant and bar. Breakfast, lunch, dinner & late night.

BURGERS AND MORE BY EMERIL $$

77 Wind Creek Blvd., Bethlehem, 877.726.3777, windcreekbethlehem.com

Chef Emeril Lagasse uses only the freshest and finest ingredients to create a mouth-watering burger customers will never forget. Lunch & dinner.

Celebrate with us! Private Rooms & Outdoor Seating

On- & Off-Premise Catering

Copperhead Grille is a place where handcrafted recipes and sports merge to form the ultimate sports dining experience. Lunch, dinner & late night.

All Food Made to Order

5000 Bath Pike, Bethlehem 610.419.1051 // NonnaSulina.com NONNASULINA WEDNESDAY–SATURDAY 11:30AM–10PM | SUNDAY 4–9PM SUNDAY BRUNCH 11:30AM–2PM LAST SUNDAY OF EVERY MONTH

$$$

COPPERHEAD GRILLE 5737 Rte. 378, Bethlehem, 610.282.4600, copperheadgrille.com

$

DADDY’S PLACE

650 Northampton St., Easton, 610.438.4442, daddysplaceeaston.com

213 N. Main St., Coopersburg 610.421.6029 Visit our website for our FULL LIST OF UPCOMING EVENTS:

sagealleybrewery.com

Wed–Thurs 4–8pm | Fri 4–9pm | Sat 12–9pm | Sun 12–6pm

Mediterranean Lebanese Cuisine, freshly baked bread, 1,100 craft and import beers and full bar. Lunch & dinner.

DIMAIO’S ITALIAN RISTORANTE & PIZZERIA $$ 27 Main St. Shoppes at Hellertown, 610.838.8004, dimaios.net

Family owned since 1985. Serving southern Italian Cuisine. Known for home-made bread, Chicken Francese, DiMaio’s Creamy Clam sauce and NY style pizza. Lunch & dinner.

DINER 248

$

3701 Easton-Nazareth Hwy., Easton, 610.252.4300, diner248.com

Fine diner-ing at its best. Handmade, fresh food, craft beer, libations and desserts. Call ahead seating available. Breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner & late night.

$

DON JUAN MEX GRILL 5540 Crawford Dr., Bethlehem 2600 William Penn Hwy., Easton 300 N. 3rd St., Easton, 610.438.5661, donjuanmexgrill.com

Bringing Latin-inspired food to local communities. Lunch & dinner.

EDGE RESTAURANT

$$$

74 W. Broad St., Bethlehem, 610.814.0100, edgerestaurant.net

An all-scratch kitchen “combined with a fun, relaxed atmosphere, you get edge.” Lunch, dinner & late night.

EMERIL’S CHOP HOUSE

$$$

77 Wind Creek Blvd., Bethlehem, 877.726.3777, windcreekbethlehem.com

Indulge in a variety of irresistible dishes featuring tender steak cuts, mouth-watering prime rib and so much more. Dinner.

GREEN VIDA CO.

$

1800 Sullivan Trl. Suite 330, Easton, greenvidacompany.com

Café and cold-pressed juice bar, using local and organic ingredients. Breakfast, brunch & lunch.

HAWAII POKE BOWL

$

306 Town Center Blvd., Easton, 610.330.2886, hawaii-poke-bowl-forks.business.site

Rice bowl with sushi-grade fish, veggies and Asian toppings. Lunch & dinner.

THE MARKET GOURMET EXPRESS 77 Wind Creek Blvd., Bethlehem, 877.726.3777, windcreekbethlehem.com

$

All the classic favorites in one place. Nathan’s hot dogs, burgers, pizza, salad, sushi, ice cream and coffee. Lunch, dinner & late night.

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MAXIM’S 22

322 Northampton St., Easton, 610.252.2622, maxims22.com

Maxim’s 22 bistro and brasserie is the latest from the awardwinning Sette Luna team. Known for comfortable french fare in a casual setting. Brunch, lunch, dinner & late night.

M c CARTHY’S RED STAG PUB $$$ 534 Main St., Bethlehem, 610.861.7631, redstagpub.com

Experience the flavor of the Irish and British Isles! Over 200 scotch/whiskies, homemade breads and baked goods and from-scratch cooking! Breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner & late night.

NONNA SULINA’S

$$

5000 Bath Pike, Bethlehem, 610.419.1051, nonnasulina.com

Sicilian Grill & Kitchen. Brunch, lunch & dinner.

SURV RESTAURANT

$$$

1800 Sullivan Trl., Easton, 484.544.0624, surveaston.com

Dual-concept restaurant with a New American menu and wood-fired pizza. Dinner.

SOCIAL STILL

$$$

530 E. 3 St., Bethlehem, 610.625.4585, socialstill.com rd

Full plate American-fusion restaurant, craft distillery, craft beers, local wine and tasting room. Lunch & dinner.

STEELWORKS BUFFET & GRILL $$

77 Wind Creek Blvd., Bethlehem, 610.419.5555, steelworksbuffetandgrill.com

DINE RIGHT!

Unique cuisine in a welcoming & memorable environment. With a focus on customer service, attention to detail, scratch-made New American cuisine & Wood-Fired Pizza, all in a chic but casual atmosphere.

Experience a variety of fresh culinary dishes from around the world at Steelworks Buffet & Grill. Featuring live action cooking and a fully stocked bar, guests will enjoy a variety of fresh international culinary dishes at the all-you-can-eat buffet or choose their favorites from the a la carte menu, including artisan pizza, a pasta station, fresh-carved meats and more. Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

YIANNI’S TAVERNA

$$$

1800 SULLIVAN TRAIL • EASTON, PA • SURVEASTON.COM

3760 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bethlehem , 610.410.9300, yiannistaverna.com

Authentic Greek restaurant specializing in the clean flavors of the Mediterranean and seafood. Brunch & dinner.

$$$

ZEST BAR+GRILLE

The Rooftop at 306 S. New St., Bethlehem, 610.419.4320, zestbethlehem.com

A culinary and social experience offering a progressive menu that highlights the best of New American cuisine. Lunch & dinner.

Warren, NJ $$

MAC PIZZA WINGS

760 Memorial Pkwy., Phillipsburg, NJ, 908.768.3500, macpizzawings.com

Mac Pizza Wings is serving up gourmet pizzas, wings, flatbreads, subs, salads, desserts and more. Enjoy takeout, delivery and online ordering as well as a gluten-free menu. Lunch & dinner.

RED WOLFE INN

IT’S TIME FOR

$$

TACOS

130 County Rd. 519, Belvidere, NJ, 908.475.4772

A diverse menu with French influences, featuring delicious steak entrées and French onion soup that’s to die for, as well as a variety of draft beers and a vast cocktail selection. Dinner.

THYME RESTAURANT AND BAR

$$

700 Strykers Rd., Lopatcong, NJ, 908.213.3080, thearchitectsclub.com

Classic, hip, French-inspired, destination-quality restaurant offering upscale dining with indoor and outdoor seating and majestic views of the Skyland Mountains. Lunch & dinner.

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Pumpkin Brûlée Latte JAY’S LOCAL At Jay’s Local in Allentown, every cup of coffee is special. “When searching for a coffee roaster, we knew we wanted someone local and with great quality beans,” says owner and operator Lyell Scherline. The coffee beans at Jay’s are roasted in Kutztown and personally delivered by the owners of Four Monkeys. “We always know when they arrive, as you can smell the freshly roasted beans as soon as they walk through the door,” says Scherline. When determining their seasonal specialties, Scherline says they like to think outside the box: “We understand that customers have a variety of options when it comes to restaurants, so we like to provide that little bit of novelty in our menu that you normally would not see elsewhere.” This fall, the Pumpkin Brûlée Latte is introduced to the menu. Made with 24-hour cold brew (from Four Monkeys) and pumpkin spice, the drink is then topped with whipped cream and house-made maple brûlée chips. It’s available hot or iced, “for those who still enjoy a cold beverage all year round,” says Scherline.

Made with 24-hour cold brew and pumpkin spice, the drink is then topped with whipped cream and housemade maple brûlée chips.

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While the latte will pair nicely with just about anything on their menu, Scherline recommends their Southwest Avocado Toast to balance it out with something savory. Of course, diners can’t go wrong with the fan-favorite Waffle Muffin, a delicious merging of a waffle and a muffin, served with whipped cream, berries and a side of honey bourbon maple syrup with honey from Funny Farm Apiaries in Mertztown. “If our Waffle Muffin is your go-to, we highly recommend trying the seasonal versions like the pumpkin version in the fall, sufganiyot version during Hanukkah or the carrot cake filled with sweet cream cheese in the spring,” he says. Be on the lookout for the restaurant’s weekend pop-up shops, featuring local artists, vendors and small businesses to shop, and Thursday open mic nights hosted by Kris Fried and Tyler Rothrock through the fall and winter months. “Supporting and offering local is an important part of why Jay’s Local was established,” says Scherline. The restaurant recently began offering doughnuts and baked goods from Vegan Treats, Mary Ann Donut Kitchen and Lusitania Bakery. “Pair them with any of our classic drinks for a quick treat.” Keeping customers constantly excited and guessing what they’ll come up with next is extremely important to the team at Jay’s. “We take great pride in our weekend specials, which usually consist of items derived from our staff. It’s important that our staff take part in the creative process, so we do a lot of recipe and taste testing as a team.” 2301 W. Liberty St., Allentown 610.351.3100 | jayslocal.com


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