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Best of the Valley Winners

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Best Appetizer:


The spot you want to come to anytime – your home away from home.  With great steaks and seafood, their cozy, multi-level floor plan features classic yet contemporary decor and a relaxed atmosphere that is perfect for a quick bite, dining and unwinding. They can accommodate all types of celebrations. From lobster to burgers, they’ve got it covered.  stonedcrab.net


Best Bakery:


Original, homemade baking at its finest, the Easton Baking Company provides a family-friendly atmosphere that caters to anyone who enjoys “the highest quality of baked goods at the best price available.”  Having taken over the business when their parents retired, George, Patti and Margaret strive to serve their dedicated  customers with the same great service that their parents did for all those years.  At Easton Baking Company, they make éclairs, cream puffs, doughnuts, pastries, tomato pies and Italian bread and rolls – just to name a few.  They also make specific pies for each season.  (610) 252-6343

Best Bread:


Another frequent winner of our Best of the Valley poll, Egypt Star Bakery makes bread from scratch daily and bakes it over an open hearth to ensure the best taste and quality.  Stop in for some hard and crusty bread or maybe something a little sweeter.  Their cream-filled doughnuts are famous.  Open seven days a week.  There are three locations to choose from, so call for more details.  (610) 434-3762


Best Cheese:


If you love cheese and all its creamy goodness, then Calandra’s Italian Cheese is the place for you.  A small family operation, Calandra’s makes Italian cheeses like fresh mozzarella, provolone and smoked provolone – just to name a few.  They make their own butter and their own curd.  Milk is also locally picked up and delivered there.  calandracheesesofnazareth.com

Best Cheesesteak:


The Brass Rail Restaurant has been an Allentown tradition for over 83 years.  Offering award-winning cheesesteaks and complete meals, the Brass Rail has something for everyone.  Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week with two private banquet rooms.  brassrailrestaurant.com


Best Chocolates:


Using batch recipes developed in the early 1900s, Josh Early Candies is a fifth-generation family business that uses the finest ingredients to make their rich chocolates.  Always handmade in small batches, Josh Early’s chocolates create a sublime experience.  joshearlycandies.com


Best Dessert:


Delicious homemade gelato is all that needs to be said for Stefano’s. Made in-house, the authentic Italian gelato with original Italian flavors – from classic hazelnut and pistachio to the more Americanized flavors of cookie dough and chocolate peanut butter swirl – will satisfy the taste buds of any who partake.  Antonio Lombardo (owner) prides himself on making sure his gelato is as good, if not better than, the gelato he used to taste back in Italy.  stefanosrest.com


Best Hamburgers and French Fries:


Did you know there are more than 250,000 possible ways to order a burger at Five Guys?  Choose from 15 free toppings to create your favorite.  Made from fresh, never-frozen, ground beef, these burgers consistently garner rave reviews across the country.  There are three area locations, so please check their website for more details.  fiveguys.com


Best Hot Dogs:


A staple of the Valley for almost 90 years, the famous Yocco’s hot dog topped with an even-more-famous secret chili sauce is the ultimate fast-food experience.  Yocco’s is a family-owned and -operated business with six locations throughout the Valley.  yoccos.com


Best Ice Cream:


For the past 85 years, The Bethlehem Dairy Store has been a favorite of area families looking to enjoy many flavors of homemade ice cream. Back in the 1920s and ’30s, families would line up along the outside of the store on Linden Street to watch soap-box derby races and then head to the store for ice cream. You may hear many long-time residents refer to the store as “The Cup,” which was due to its original shape as a large milkshake cup. Other people may refer to the store as “Mowrer’s,” in honor of the long-time ownership by the Mowrer family. For the past 20-plus years, William Burkhardt and Frederick Buckenmeyer have been co-owners of the Bethlehem Dairy Store, Inc.  bethlehemdairystore.com


Best Pizza:


Taste of Italy Ristorante serves up the freshest pizza and finest Italian cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere. Catering is also available.  tasteofitalypa.com


Best Produce:


In 1977, Produce Junction was founded, and it is still owned and operated by a local Philadelphia family. It has since been serving the Delaware Valley, striving every day to bring customers the best-quality produce and fresh flowers available. They provide a wide variety of products to serve every customer. Be sure to stop by your local store to see the freshest produce at great prices. If you are looking for wholesale, Produce Junction offers great pricing on case lots and half-case lots. They always say, “The only thing that beats our quality is our prices.”  (610) 782-9701


Best Salad:


No more prepackaged salads with a bunch of toppings you don’t really want.  At Saladworks, you can create your very own masterpiece with all of your favorites.  It’s a no-brainer when you’re in the mood for a great salad.  There are three area locations.  saladworks.com

Best Seafood:


Family-owned and -operated, Beck’s offers succulent fresh seafood no matter the season.  Enjoy their signature crab cakes or something more unique like seared sea scallops or Lobster Bucatini, both served over homemade pasta.  beckslandseahouse.com


Best Steak:


The Shula Cut® sits on top of the beef quality pyramid, taking only the most desired custom center cuts of the Premium Black Angus Beef® brand and making it the best beef money can buy.  The Shula Cut® is more discriminating and selective than USDA prime or choice. Without a doubt, the best steaks around can be found at Shula’s.  shulacentervalley.com


Best Sunday Brunch:


At Hotel Bethlehem, Sunday’s musical brunch combines live music with a splendid buffet.  A holiday tradition for many has become a weekly habit for others.  Whether you desire made-to-order omelets or waffles, the carving station of roasted meats, fresh seafood or luscious desserts, there is something for everyone. Voted one of “America’s Top 100 Brunches” by Open Tablehotelbethlehem.com

Best Sushi:


Bamboo offers an excellently generous menu of Chinese, Japanese and Thai cuisine, as well as sushi.  Available for dine-in or take-out.  thebamboocuisine.com


Best Wings (National):


Authentically awesome and hall-of-fame bound, award-winning Buffalo, New York-style wings spun fresh in your favorite Buffalo Wild Wings® sauce or dry seasoning.  buffalowildwings.com


Best Wings (Local):


P.J. Whelihan’s is synonymous with good wings.  They are so big and meaty that they will make you wonder where the farm with the huge chickens is.  The hot and honey sauce is their most popular, but favorites like buffalo sauce are also available.  Open for lunch, happy hour and dinner every day.  There are five locations, so check the website for more details.  pjspub.com




Best Bar and Beer Selection:


Eat, drink, socialize.  Both Allentown and Bethlehem spots cater to hungry and thirsty sports fan. This bar has become highly regarded for their amazing social scene.  roosevelts21st.com

Best Bartender:


Derek Snyder has won the Best of the Valley award for Best Bartender three years in a row. Quick with a smile and always remembering your favorite drink, Derek has been bar manager at Stefano’s Restaurant for four years. He is a people person who enjoys interacting with customers and is dedicated to outstanding customer service. One of his more popular specialty drinks is the chocolate martini, made with chocolate vodka, vanilla vodka, dark chocolate liqueur, white chocolate liqueur and a chocolate swirl. Stop by soon to say hello.  stefanosrest.com


Best Martini:


Melt is a modern Italian restaurant at The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley in Center Valley.  meltgrill.com


Best Sports Bar:


Starters Pub is where it all began in March, 2000. They had two things on their minds when they opened: offering great food and a great time.  So, they put together the best comfort foods with the best ingredients and loaded the dining room with the latest audio and video equipment for customers to see and hear the games as if they were there.  starters-clubhouse.com


Best Wine Selection:


The wine selection at Blue is unparalleled to others, offering Chardonnay, Merlot and Malbec, amongst others. The freshness of the wine engulfs the taste buds on the drinker’s palate.  Only the finest wine is provided here for the patron who enjoys a nice glass of liquid elegance.  bluegrillhouse.com


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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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