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Best of the Valley Winners

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RESTAURANTS

 

Overall (Lehigh Valley) Restaurant:

BOLETE RESTAURANT AND INN

Everything is handcrafted in house with a daily changing of both dining room and tavern menus, making your experience at Bolete refreshing and unique.  They make all their own stocks, sauces and pastas, and they butcher and smoke their own fish and meats.  Here, it’s about slowing down and enjoying the experience – a break from the fast-paced world we live in.  boleterestaurant.com

 

Overall (Allentown) Restaurant:

COSMOPOLITAN

The Cosmopolitan concept is simple – exceptional food and drinks coupled with outstanding service in a beautiful, classic setting. And with day and evening valet parking, you have no excuse not to be a part of something special.  ourcosmopolitan.com

 

Overall (Bethlehem) 
Restaurant-National:

THE MELTING POT

Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, anniversary or a long overdue date night, The Melting Pot is perfect for any occasion. Tailor your visit with a four-course dining experience, which includes cheese fondue, salad, entrée and dessert. Or, come by for fondue cheese paired with that perfect glass of wine from their extensive selection, and they haven’t had more than a few stop by to satisfy that chocolate craving after a movie. Make reservations today, and see what people are talking about.  meltingpot.com/bethlehem

 

Overall (Bethlehem) Restaurant-Local:

APOLLO GRILL

The Apollo Grill is a frequent winner in our Best of the Valley contest in many categories, for good reason.  The comfortable, sophisticated and lively atmosphere brings with it an experience not to be forgotten.  If you are craving a veal chop or a burger – just two examples of their eclectic range of menu items – Apollo Grill has what you need to satiate your appetite.  Their 30-plus appetizer menu encourages a grazing dining experience. Reservations are recommended for the weekends, but walk-ins are welcomed, especially during the weekdays.  apollogrill.com

 

Overall (Easton) Restaurant:

SETTE LUNA TUSCAN TRATTORIA

A rustic Tuscan trattoria that offers an experience for all senses.  Whether you’re stopping in for pizza made in the wood-burning oven or an Italian classic like Agnolotti Con Zucca and Osso Bucco, you won’t be disappointed.  Be sure to consult the experienced staff about pairing a fine wine with your meal.  setteluna.com

 

Best Breakfast:

HOMETOWN DINER

Join HomeTown Diner for some delicious, home-cooked food that is better than your mother’s. Don’t believe it? Go find out for yourself. Family- owned and -operated, they take pride in their customer service, delicious secret recipes and family-friendly atmosphere. Their courteous management and staff will take care of your every need.  thehometowndiner.com

Best BBQ:

GRUMPY’S BAR-B-QUE ROADHOUSE

Look no further for the most deliciously authentic, Cajun-style food in the Lehigh Valley. Tantalize your taste buds with the distinct, hickory-smoked flavor famous to Southern cooking.  You can always expect a fun, relaxed, sit-down atmosphere. Go there for their savory menu, and stay for their amazing, import and craft beer selection and live entertainment.  Whether you want to unwind with adult beverages or enjoy a night out with the family, Grumpy’s is the place to be.  grumpysbbqallentown.com

 

Best Chinese:

HUNAN SPRINGS

Conveniently located off several major interstates in the Lehigh Valley, Hunan Springs restaurant is the premier Asian restaurant in the northeast of eastern Pennsylvania, offering a mix of Chinese and Thai cuisine from the Pacific Asian Rim. What makes them different? From the moment you step in the door, you’ll be pleased with their widely varied menu, but what really sets them apart is their authentic Asian menu featuring steamed whole duck, steamed whole fish, pork taro root and dried bean curd dishes. And best of all, they are very family friendly. Their dishes are served family style, and they encourage sharing. Don’t miss their daily seafood specials. See for yourself why they were voted “Best of the Valley” four times.  hunansprings.com

 

Best Coffee Shop:

JAVA JOINT

Since 2003, the Java Joint has been committed to serving the finest specialty drinks and pastries in the Lehigh Valley. Crimson Cup, from Columbus, Ohio, roasts their unique blend of beans and ships them the same day to ensure the freshest coffee. They also carry pastries from two local bakeries, Emmaus Bakery and Bakery Nook, which supply them with fresh, daily made doughnuts, sticky buns, muffins and many other delicious treats. Whether you need a decaffeinated mocha or a soy latte, their specialty coffees are made to order just the way you like them.  javajointdrivethru.com

 

Best Deli and Best Bagels:

3 MEN & A BAGEL

In business for 17 years, there are two locations (7150 Hamilton Blvd. in Trexlertown and 1259 S. Cedar Crest Blvd. in Allentown). They are a full-service deli serving Boar’s Head products, 18 different types of bagels as well as muffins, pastries and sandwiches. Catering is now also available. (610) 366-9520

 

Best Indian Restaurant:

SPICE INDIA

Like India, Indian cuisine is varied, diverse and distinct. Recipes are handed down from mother to daughter, from generation to generation. Over many ages, cooking in India has been honed into a fine art. One of the oldest civilizations known to man, India also proudly boasts a culinary repertoire that is electric at the least. At Spice India, they strive to adhere to the same rich tradition of great taste with great ambience and customer service that is second to none.  spiceindia.us

 

Best Italian:

STEFANO’S RESTAURANT

Promising “traditional Italian taste, modern Italian flare,” Stefano’s – a family-owned and -operated business since 1983 – is a well-established community favorite.  They strive to serve extremely good Italian/American cuisine, with signature dishes such as Lobster & Linguini Liguria, Torre Di Melanzine and many more.  The combination of a great family-friendly atmosphere and a great service staff, it is no wonder why Stefano’s continues to be a favorite eatery destination.  stefanosrest.com

 

Best Japanese:

KOME RESTAURANT

Kome is a groundbreaking modern Asian restaurant set in the rolling hills of the Valley nestled in the upscale shops at The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley.  One of their specialties is a “no soy sushi” – seven pieces of custom-designed, hand-dressed sushi.  komerestaurant.com

 

Best Kid’s Menu:

RED ROBIN

Kids are probably the hardest demographic to please, but Red Robin has their number.  Meals that include a wide variety of side-dish options – mandarin oranges, carrots, veggies and fries – are sure to please the pickiest of eaters. Kids also love the milkshakes and arcade.  redrobin.com

 

Best Lunch Spot and Vegetarian:

CALI BURRITO

Striving to provide the healthiest, best tasting food possible in a minimum amount of time is the credo at Cali Burrito.  Sit back and enjoy a burrito, taco, quesadilla or salad, along with one of their specials, in a mellow Cali vibe, and let a ton of bold flavors whisk you into a serenity-filled experience.  caliburrito.com

 

Best Mexican (Local):

CACTUS BLUE MEXICAN RESTAURANT

Cactus Blue Mexican Restaurant creates authentic dishes native to Puebla and select localized dishes to suit every taste.  They take pride in the fact that not one of their guests ever goes home hungry – guests are more like family and friends than actual customers.  So stop on in and try some delicious Mexican cuisine from a family-friendly staff that cares about serving great food to great people.  cactusblue.biz

 

Best Mexican (National):

ON THE BORDER

Whether you’re in the mood for something new or something you’ve already tried, On the Border has you covered.  Make your own combination meal or enjoy sizzling fajitas, chimis and burritos with your complimentary chips and homemade salsa.  ontheborder.com

 

Best New Restaurant:

MAXIM’S 22

Maxim’s 22 Bistro & Brasserie is a classic French restaurant that features the finest in casual bistro fare, including a raw bar, burgers, steaks, roast chicken, pâtés, quiche and an amazing beer and wine selection.  maxims22.com

Best Outdoor Dining:

THE GRILLE AT BEAR CREEK

The Grille is a full-service restaurant and bar offering an intimate dining experience and spectacular mountainside views. They feature delicious contemporary cuisine with an extensive selection of wines and craft beers. Seasonal offerings include outdoor dining in the Rock Garden.  bcmountainresort.com/grille

 

Best Tea Room:

JESSICA’S TEA ROOM AT THE WEAVERSVILLE INN

Step back in time to an atmosphere set in an elegant Victorian style.  Damask table linens, lace accessories and a table set in fine china make it the perfect atmosphere to celebrate that special occasion, such as bridal and baby showers, wedding luncheons, children’s tea parties and social events.  Whether you’re in the mood for scones served with Devonshire cream, lemon curd and jam or a fine dinner or Sunday breakfast, Jessica’s Tea Room fits the bill.  weaversvilleinn.com and jessicastearoom.com

 

 

Best Thai:

WHITE ORCHIDS THAI CUISINE

White Orchids Thai Cuisine is a rare combination of cosmopolitan taste and presentation set in a family-style environment. Become part of their extended family as they bring the best tastes of Thailand from the Virojanapa family to yours. They are proud to bring a unique dining experience to the Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley.  whiteorchidsthaicuisine.com

Wait Service and Happy Hour:

GRILLE 3501

Grille 3501 is the essence of sophisticated yet unpretentious.  In 2001, Grille 3501 brought a new dining experience to Allentown’s West End.  Today, there is no question why this popular destination continues to be a consistent award winner in the Lehigh Valley.  The decadent menu, trendy decor and first-class service make it a dining experience you’ll come back for again and again.  grille3501.com

 

Old to new | New to old
Mar 24, 2015 09:52 pm
 Posted by  Shane

I have been under Dr. Lisa Bunin's care for about 20 years now snd havd been very pleased.
She has been very proactive treating my glacoma and making sure to maintain healthy vision for me.

Shane Fillman

Mar 24, 2015 09:53 pm
 Posted by  Shane

I have been under Dr. Lisa Bunin's care for about 20 years now snd havd been very pleased.
She has been very proactive treating my glacoma and making sure to maintain healthy vision for me.

Shane Fillman

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