Good Taste

Roar Social House

Roar Social House

Some friends and I chose Roar Social House for our recent Girl’s Night Out and we had a blast. Roar is an attractive, welcoming restaurant and a unique addition to the burgeoning downtown Allentown dining scene. We sat at the bar for drinks where Danny, bartender extraordinaire, not only mixed up a wonderful Cosmo for me but a very dry Svedka Martini for Sandi and a Heming... »

Kingfish American Bistro & Wine Bar

Kingfish American Bistro & Wine Bar

Tom and I hadn’t been to Kingfish in a while so we were very happy to meet friends there for dinner recently. Mother and son co-owners Cheryl and Cale Beck (of Beck’s Land and Sea House fame) have made many changes in the last few months, which, in my opinion, have truly enhanced the ambience. We joined our friends and Kingfish “regulars” Nancy and Bob at the attractive sq... »

The Dime

The Dime

As we entered the front door of the Rennaissance Allentown Hotel, a friendly greeter led us to an elevator that would take us to the third floor. We were amazed at what we saw when the elevator doors opened. The Dime is one of the newest additions to the burgeoning Allentown restaurant scene and it is very impressive. Shiny dark floors and wooden wall accents lead to the h... »

Yianni’s Taverna

Yianni’s Taverna

We all know Yianni’s Taverna. It sits at the intersection of Seidersville Road and Old Philadelphia Pike in Bethlehem. We pass it all the time on our way to the Promenade Shops,  Stabler Arena and DeSales University or if you’re on your way from Macungie, to Downtown Bethlehem. Yianni’s Taverna has been around for awhile. Tom and I dine there from time-to-time because we l... »

The Hamilton Kitchen & Bar

The Hamilton Kitchen & Bar

“If you build it, they will come.”  That iconic line came true in the movie Field of Dreams and it appears that it is coming true in downtown Allentown with the opening of the PPL Center. Ground had barely been broken for the hockey arena when The Hamilton owner Donny Petridis signed papers for the site of his restaurant across the street. The old building had yet to be ra... »

Torre

Torre

Bienvenidos a Torre!  Torre, the newest installment in the Paxos Group of fine restaurants, opened November 13th to high expectations. And, from my dining experience, I believe those expectations have been met. Conveniently located in The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley, Torre was the perfect place for dinner with my husband Tom after a night of shopping. Friendly mixolog... »

Youell’s Oyster House

Youell’s Oyster House

By Cathy Kiley One of the first places Tom and I discovered when we moved to Forks Township in 1980 was Youell’s Oyster House on Easton’s College Hill. Youell’s was THE place to eat if you wanted fresh seafood with an abundance of butter and a choice of side dishes that included pickled beets, spiced cabbage, coleslaw or applesauce. There was no such thing as a reservation... »

The Bayou Southern Kitchen and Bar

The Bayou Southern Kitchen and Bar

By Cathy Kiley A bit of New Orleans exists just off Stefko Boulevard and Broad Street only a few minutes from the heart of downtown Bethlehem. Owners Christian Duarte and Mo Taylor combined their talents to open The Bayou Southern Kitchen and Bar last March. In doing so, these young restaurateurs have brought southern comfort food with a unique twist on traditional New Orl... »

Apollo Grill

Apollo Grill

by Cathy Kiley It’s hard for me to believe that Apollo Grill has been around for over 15 years. But, as the old saying goes, “Time flies when you’re having fun!” The Apollo is a cornerstone of downtown Bethlehem’s dining scene and, overseen by co-owners Dyanne & Rod Holt and Patty & Tucker Lyons, as well as Manager Rachael Griffith, it continues to garner acc... »

Valenca

Valenca

by Cathy Kiley It’s very difficult for me to believe that it has been nearly six years since the historic Easton Sweet Shop was transformed into what is now Valenca. In its first rebirth, the original owners concentrated on a menu of Portuguese fare, which developed a small local following, but did not impress Tom and me to the point where we would dine there often. We wer... »

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