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Best of the Valley 2017

Best of the Valley 2017





Best Overall Lehigh Valley

Carmel Kitchen and Wine Bar



Best Overall Allentown, Best Martini

3501 Grille



Best Overall Bethlehem

Apollo Grill

Casual, friendly, sophisticated and lively describes Bethlehem's Apollo Grill perfectly. The menu was the first in the Valley to offer small plates and half-portions and has continued to create innovative cuisine using the freshest ingredients. A warm and inviting decor adds to the feel of a neighborhood bistro. The professional, yet friendly service welcomes you back again and again, whether it's for burger or a lobster taco. apollogrill.com


Best Overall Easton

Sette Luna



Best BBQ

Grumpy's Bar B Que Roadhouse



Best Breakfast

Billy's Downtown Diner



Best Buffet

Florence Italian Grille



Best Chinese

Bamboo Asian Cuisine and Sushi Bar



Best Coffee Shop

The Joint


Best Deli

Goosey Gander

"Your only destination, our only locations. Making sandwiches for our friends since 1979."



Best Diner

Trivet Diner



Best Indian

Nawab Indian Restaurant



Best Italian, Best Wait Service




Best Japanese, Best Sushi




Best Kids Menu Restaurant & Best French Fries

Red Robin

Found in 2003, Lehigh Valley Restaurant Group is a locally-owned and operated Red Robin casual dining franchise covering the Eastern, Northeastern and Central regions of Pennsylvania. Red Robin is famous for serving more than two dozen craveable, high-quality burgers with Bottomless Steak Fries® in a fun environment welcoming to guests of all ages. Whether a family dining with kids, adults grabbing a drink at the bar or teens enjoying a meal, Red Robin serves a wide variety of salads, soups, appetizers, entrees, desserts and signature beverages. Visit your local Red Robin restaurant and join in the Burger experience today. Red Robin…YUMMM!® redrobin.com


Best Lunch Spot

Cali Burrito



Best Mexican

On the Border



Best New Restaurant

BJ's Brewhouse



Best Outdoor Dining

Limeport Inn

Celebrating 175 years, the Limeport Inn and its team continue the tradition of combining great atmosphere with great food in one of the Lehigh Valley's most unique restaurants.



Best Tea Room

Granny McCarthy's Tea Room





Best Appetizer

River Grille



Best Bakery

Emmaus Bakery

High-quality, made-from-scratch pastries at fair prices, they also make wedding cakes, specialty cakes and cakes for any occasion. They also specialize in large doughnuts, apple fritters, bear claws, sticky buns, Moravian sugar cookies, potato crumb buns, turnovers, breads and rolls. emmausbakery.com


Best Bagels

Johnny's Bagels



Best Cheesesteak

The Brass Rail Restaurant

The Brass Rail Restaurant has been family-operated and an Allentown tradition for over 85 years. Offering award-winning cheese steaks to complete meals, The Brass Rail has something for everyone. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week with two private banquet rooms for 25 to 100 guests. Good food, friendly service and reasonable prices – A Valley tradition. brassrailrestaurant.com



Best Chocolates

Josh Early Candies



Best Cupcakes


Blondies has been feature on the Food Network and Spike TV. They are best known for their outrageous flavors and super large cupcakes, so moist you'll need a spoon. They are family-owned and -operated, have an extensive and fun food menu featured at their two shops and each item is made with love. blondiesfood.com


Best Dessert




Best Hamburgers

Wert's Cafeé

Wert's Cafe, the perfect stop for lunch or dinner, has been serving their delicious signature burgers for almost 50 years. If you have never had a Wert's burger you owe it to yourself to come in and try one. At Wert's there is always a great selection being served with a friendly and family atmosphere. wertscafe.com


Best Hot Dogs




Best Ice Cream

Ice Cream World



Best Pizza




Best Salads




Best Sandwiches

Primo Hoagies



Best Seafood

Youell's Oyster House



Best Soup




Best Steak, Wine Bar

Blue Grill House



Best Sunday Brunch

Hotel Bethlehem



Best Vegetarian

Jenny's Kuali

Jenny's Kuali has been owned and operated by Jenny and Roy Lim in Southside Bethlehem since August 2012. Their homemade Malaysian dishes are infused with exotic spices with various fresh ingredients. Their food reflects the various cultures of Malaysia. jennyskuali.com


Best Wings, Best Sports Bar

PJ Whelihan's






Best Happy Hour & Best Bar

Bar Louie (Center Valley)

Bar Louie came into the Promenade Shops late 2015 to offer great food and drinks to the people of the Lehigh Valley. Known for their Tuesday Burger Nights and awesome happy hour, their scratch kitchen offers everything from shareable appetizers to burgers and entrees, while drinkers rejoice in the 32 signature cocktails and 30 draft beers on tap. barlouie.com



Frankie- Lost Tavern Brewing



Local Pub

Porter's Pub



Microbrew Selection

Weyerbacher Brewing Company

Weyerbacher is proud to call the Lehigh Valley home! It's a place that has always fostered innovation and kept it in the forefront. Weyerbacher uses that same spirit when they craft recipes that push boundaries and stretch style guidelines. Stop by the tap room and let's have a beer! weyerbacher.com





Best Accountant

Buckno, Lisicky & Co.



Best Architect

Howard Kulp Architects, PC

Howard Kulp Architects, PC offers professional services in architecture, planning, programming and interior design. The firm has planned and designed a variety of projects, including commerical/retail, health care, institutional and custom residences. Our primary objective is to provide excellent design services while exceeding the expectations of the client. hkulparchitects.com


Best Attorney Overall

Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., Attorneys at Law

Every business day, the lawyers of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus apply decades of experience to provide our clients with cost-effective solutions to complex matters of commercial law and personal legal issues. As a result, we have become one of the most respected law firms in Pennsylvania, earning the highest rating given by Martindale-Hubbell for the quality of our legal services, our professional reliability and ethical standards. nmmlaw.com


Best Business Law Attorney & Best Place to Work (1-50)

Zator Law

Zator Law is in its third decade offering professional services to business, organizations and individuals. Chances are if you live, work or play in the Lehigh Valley, you have seen the results of their comprehensive business and real-estate practice. Outside of the office, their team is dedicated to community causes and charitable fundraising, including the Miracle League of the Lehigh Valley. Zatorlaw.com


Best Divorce Attorney

Lance Gordon



Best Family Law Attorney

Law Offices of Jerry Knafo

Knafo Law Offices is a Lehigh Valley personal injury law firm that represent individuals and families that have suffered injuries as a result of auto accidents, with offices in Allentown, Easton, Orefield and Whitehall. Knafo.com


Best Bed & Breakfast

Sayre Mansion



Best Cable Company

Service Electric



Best Car Wash (Tunnel and Touchless Automatic)

Kuhnsville CarWash



Best Cell Phone Provider

Verizon Wireless



Best ChildCare Center

Active Learning Center



Best Bank

Lafayette Ambassador Bank



Best Credit Union

People First Federal Credit Union



Best Custom Framing, Best Camera Store

Dan's Camera City



Best Day Spa

Oliver's Salon and Day Spa

Over the past 20 years, Oliver's Salon and Spa has encouraged the importance of treating yourself well. This means taking time out to restore well-being. Their team of strong, passionate professionals continues to provide the Lehigh Valley with luxurious treatments and services. oliverssalondayspa.com


Best Event Planner, Best Landscaping

PLACE-Scott Rothenberger

With more than 24 years experience in the design industry, Scott Rothenberger created PLACE, a one-stop design firm offering landscape design and installation, interior and exterior architectural design, event and holiday decoration and more. With Scott's experience and education in architecture, combined with 19-plus years of practicing landscape and garden design, PLACE serves as one source from designing a concept to project management to completion.


Best Financial Planner

Valley National Financial Advisors

Valley Financial Advisors' mission is to enable people to meet their long-term financial goals. They aim to simplify their clients' lives by giving them advice in as many areas as possible – financial planning, investments, tax, retirement, estate planning, insurance, trust, education planning and ExecutiveEdge™ planning for corporate leaders. valleynationalgroup.com


Best Fitness Center

Steel Fitness



Best Funeral Home

Heintzelman Funeral Home, Inc.

Heintzelman Funeral Home, Inc. is a caring, family-owned and -operated funeral home since 1938, serving the Lehigh Valley with locations in Hellertown and Schnecksville. With state-of-the-art facilities that include a crematorium, themed hearses, customized video productions and Skyping, the Heintzelman Funeral Home offers world-class funeral and bereavement needs. "There is a difference –ask the families we have served." heintzelmanfh.com


Best Hair Styling (Women)

Lawrence Roth



Best Health Insurance Provider

Highmark Blue Shield



Best Home Builder

Tuskes Homes



Best Hotel, Best Weekend Get Away, Best Reception Facility

Bear Creek Mountain Resort



Best Insurance Agent

Justin Beidelman

As a Senior Insurance Advisor and Alternative Risk Advisor for Arbor Insurance Group, one of the area's most-recognized firms, Justin is responsible for the development of commerical insurance clients throughout the Lehigh Valley and surrounding areas while maintaining the relationships of existing clientele. arborinsurancegroup.com


Best Interior Designer

GailGray Home

GailGray is a full-service interior-design retail store in the Promenade Shops. They take pride in their customer service and attention to detail for their clients, whether someone is looking for an accessory for their coffee table or are building and furnishing a new home. gailgrayhome.com


Internet Service Provider




Best Manicure/Pedicure & Best Tanning Salon

Blink27 Salon & Spa

At Blink27 Salon & Spa, their specialty is their love for what they do. Blink27 Salon & Spa is a team of leading hair professional dedicated to quality service. Their cutting-edge style combined with a relaxed, down-to-earth atmosphere provides affordable luxury in an elegant, professional environment. Blink27.com


Best Massage

Healing Hands Massage and Wellness Center LLC

A hidden treasure right in the heart of historic downtown Bethlehem, Healing Hands Massage and Wellness Center has been in the business since 1997. Their facility offers eight treatment rooms and a full menu of services focused on health and wellbeing, including several massage modalities, facials, waxing, colon hydrotherapy and acupuncture. Our email address is healhandsm+c@yahoo.com.


Best Personal Trainer

Joseph Arangio, WorkoutEngine Allentown

The body-transformation program helps turn bulky butter beans into svelte peed pods. Supervised by fat-loss guru Joseph Arangio, aspiring health hounds participate in four 45-minute weekly workout sessions, designed for minimum time commitment and maximum impact and intensity. Clients can lose up to one pound each week. Results are guaranteed. workoutengineallentown.com


Best Pool/Spa

B & B Pools

B&B Custom Pools is the Lehigh Valley's leading designer and builder of custom concrete pools and spas since 1973. Along with our retail store, B&B Custom Pools Inc., specializes in all of your swimming pool needs and pleasures. Let their family build and service your family's dream pool today. custompoolsbybarry.com


Best Real Estate (Residential), Best Real Estate (Commercial) & Best Place to Work (51+ Employees)

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices (BHHS) Fox & Roach, REALTORS®

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices (BHHS) Fox & Roach, REALTORS® is a part of HomeServices of America, the nation’s second largest provider of total home services. With more than 4,500 sales associates in over 65 sales offices across the Tri-State, it is the No. 1 broker in the nationwide BHHS network of 1,400 broker affiliates. berkshirehathawayhs.com


Best Tire Dealer

Jack Williams Tire



Best Travel Agency

AAA Travel, AAA East Central

AAA Travel Agency offers fee-free vacation planning and booking to non-members and members. Members enjoy exclusive value-added benefits and savings. In addition to domestic and international arrangements (including cruises, guided and independent tours and motor-coach excursions), AAA offers air and train ticketing, car rentals, visa and passport assistance and other services and products. aaa.com





Best Doggy Day Care, Dog Trainer, Pet Groomer & Pet Kennel

Leader of the Pack Institute

Leader of the Pack Institute is the Valley's premier, full-service, canine facility offering dog daycare 365 days a year, overnight boarding with cage-free or private stay, all levels of obedience classes, private behavior modification at their facility or in your home and a full-service grooming salon. lopci.com


Best Pet Supplies

Affordable Pet Center

Affordable Pet Center is family-owned and operated by the Ford family. They have a wide selection of suppplies for dogs, cats, small animals, fish, reptiles, birds, wild birds and ponds. Their staff can answer your questions and direct you to the products you need to keep your pet happy and healthy. affordablepetcenter.net


Best Veterinarian

Macungie Animal Hospital






Best Auto Dealer (Domestic)

Rothrock Motor Sales, Inc.

Rothrock is a family-owned and -operated business for over 57 years in the Lehigh Valley. They provide superior customer services including sales, service, parts, reconditioning and a body shop all located centrally in Allentown. At Rothrock, their mission is to provide a truly exceptional buying and servicing experience with integrity and fairness. rothrock.com


Best Auto Dealer (Foreign)

Lehigh Valley Honda



Best Beer Distributor




Best Bicycle Shop

Bike Line



Best Bookstore

Moravian Book Shop



Best Furniture Store

Raymoor & Flanigan



Best Garden Center

Lehigh Valley Home and Garden Center



Best Hardware Store

Albright's Hardware & Garden Center



Best Health Food Store

Queens Nutritional Food

Queens has been a family-owned business for over 40 years. Their specialty is vitamins and herbs. They also have a wholesale division that supplies products throughout Pa. and N.J. Most nuts are roasted on the premises for freshness. They have a knowledgeable staff ready to answer questions. queensnutrition.net


Best Jeweler

Susan Bella Jewelry

Susan Bella Jewelry is the Lehigh Valley's best full-service jewelry store where customer service and quality reign supreme! Susan's welcoming shop, located on the West End of Allentown, is packed with gorgeous fine jewelry you won't find anywhere else in the Valley. The genuine sales advice, expert repairs and heartfelt custom designs are just a few of Susan Bella Jewelry's traits that keep clients coming back. susanbellajewelry.com


Best Mall

Lehigh Valley Mall



Best Men's Clothier

The London Shop



Best Motorcyle Dealer

Keystone Harley Davidson



Best Sporting Goods Store

Dick's Sporting Goods



Best Supermarket




Best Tobacco Shop

Cigar's International



Best Unique Gift Shop

Missing Piece

Missing piece is a unique destination gift shop and women's boutique located in Nazareth. They offer a wide selection of designer lines, including Brighton, Chamilia, Uno De 50, Lizzy James, Vera Bradley and much more. Their staff is professional and friendly and always provide their customers with exceptional service from the minute they walk through the door. They take pride in creating meaningful relationships with customers, and they are always willing to help you find that perfect gift. They are always looking to do something extra for their customers. They will clean your jewelry while shopping, provide complimentary gift wrapping for that special gift and offer Teddy Grahams to their little shoppers. They appreciate their customers' business and want to thank them for their continued loyalty. missingpiecegiftshop.com


Best Vapor Shop

The Vaping Oasis

The Vaping Oasis provides a safe alternative to smoking. They have the largest selection of e-liquid and hardware in the Lehigh Valley and a professional staff to help you with your vaping needs. The Vaping Oasis brand liquid is carried in shops throughout the United States as well as overseas. thevapingoasis@yahoo.com


Best Winery

Franklin Hill Vineyards



Best Women's Boutique

Julia's 4 Seasons Consignment Boutique

Julia's 4 Seasons Consignment Boutique is a women's boutique set in a charming historic building along the Catasauqua's Front Street business district. Julia's offers all-seasons, all-sizes and all-occasions merchandise all year long. Julia's emphasis on offering trendy a d timeless fashions makes it your No. 1 got-to boutique for the fashionable woman on a budget. At Julia's, you will find clothing in sizes junior 00 to women's plus 5X, shoes, accessories, handbags, designer labels, formal wear, costumes, vintage and much more. julias4seasons.com





Best Birthday Party Location

Bounce U



Best Dance Studio

Accent School of Dance

Accent School of Dance provides professional dance instruction in a creative, high-quality studio environment. With over 20 years of experience, students of all ages are encouraged to excel to their fullest potential while having fun. Accent dancers gain confidence, self-esteem and find fulfillment through the art of dance. accentschoolofdance.com


Best Day Trip Destination




Best Festival




Best Golf Course (Private)

Brookside Country Club



Best Golf Course (Public)

Allentown Municipal Golf Course



Best Independent Movie Theater

Emmaus Movie Theater

They would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who voted them Best Independent Theater in the Lehigh Valley. They have recently expanded their programming for live comedy, BYOB cult-classic screenings, free community movies, private parties and as always the current movie hits at a discounted rate. emmaustheatre.com


Best Live Music Venue

Penn's Peak



Best Live Theater

State Theater



Best Martial Arts Studio

Lehigh Valley Martial Arts



Best Mini Golf Course

Putt U



Best News (Local)




Best Performing Arts Center

Zoellner Arts Center



Best Radio Station




Best Radio Morning Show Host

Bobby Gunther Walsh






Aesthetic Physician, Best Eye Care

Lisa Bunin



Best Alternative Medical Specialist

Pure Health + Wellness

Dr. Stacey L. Jones is a chiropractor and owner of Pure Health & Wellness Center where they believe in helping patients achieve a balanced lifestyle and long-term healthful living. They are dedicated to helping patients achieve optimal health through chiropractic care, massage therapy, nutrition and wellness education so that they can live their life to the fullest. Pure Health and Wellness Center has been designed to be a serene and relaxing environment, focusing on enhancing the quality of individual health and lifestyle. Dr. Jones has been in private practice in the Lehigh Valley since 1999 and is a graduate of Texas Chiropractic College. purehealthandwellnesscenter.com


Best Assisted/Independent Living Facility

Country Meadows

Country Meadows is proud to be voted, once again, the leading retirement community in the Lehigh Valley. They have been serving seniors in the Lehigh Valley for over 30 years.Their Allentown, Bethlehem and Forks Township communities are committed to delivering quality living and care. countrymeadows.com


Best Cosmetic Dentist

Oral Dynamics



Best Family Medical Practice

Parkland Family Health Center

Parkland Family Health Center, a division of Medical Associates of the Lehigh Valley, has been a source of medical care in Schnecksville since 1979. The practice currently has six board-certified physicians and 15 dedicated care-team members. Many of whom have been with the center for more than 15 years. We offer evening, Saturday, and on-call services. And strive to preserve the doctor-patient relationship in a medical world that, at times, is difficult to navigate. The goal of our practice is to provide continuing, comprehensive health care for our patients and their families. parklandfamilyhealth.com


Best General Dentistry Office

Emmaus Dental



Best Hospital

Lehigh Valley Health Network



Best In-Home Health Care

CareGivers America



Best Pediatrician

Dr. Michael Schwartz



Best Pharmacy

Dorneyville Compounding Pharmacy

Dorneyville Compounding Pharmacy is a locally owned and operated specialty compounding pharmacy serving the Lehigh Valley area of Eastern Pennsylvania and beyond. Since 1989, they have been hand-making customized prescriptions to help meet individual patient needs. By collaborating with medical providers and veterinarians, they formulate treatments that promote health and wellness within the community and for companion friends. dorneyvillepharmacy.com


Best Wellness Center

Patient First






Best Bridal Boutique

Bridals by Sandra



Best DJ

Rockin' Ramaley



Best Caterer

Culinary Experts

Culinary Experts has been proud to serve the Lehigh Valley and beyond for over 15 years. Specializing in custom-design catering, they offer what the customer wants and deserves. Some of their best dishes are also available weekly at the Allentown Farmers Market. Your request is their service. allentownfarmersmarket.com


Best Florist

Phoebe Floral

Attention to every detail is their promise to you! Phoebe Floral has been recognized and awarded the No. 1 florist in several categories in the Lehigh Valley by Lehigh Valley Magazine, The Morning Call and others. This is a reflection of their experienced staff and personalized attention given to every wedding. phoebefloral.com


Best Invitations

The paperbag



Best Limo Service

J&J Transportation



Best Photographer

Bar None Weddings



Best Rental Items

Action Party Rentals



Best Tuxedo Store

C.E. Roth




Bar None Weddings



Best Wedding Planner

Dream Events

Dream Events is a special-occasion rental company with an in-house event planner with over 30 years experience coordinating and planning special occasions in the Lehigh Valley. We also offer a full line of rental equipment and the most extensive inventory of linens, napkins and chairs. dreameventsonline.com

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