My Favorite Local Restaurants In The Lehigh Valley


Enjoying an early dinner Grain in Allentown. The chard spaghetti squash appetizer is to die for!

Enjoying an early dinner Grain in Allentown. The chard spaghetti squash appetizer is to die for!

Having only relocated to the Lehigh Valley less than three years ago, I wouldn't exactly call myself a local. But that didn't stop my husband, John, and I, from compiling a list of our favorite restaurants. Especially since my parents actually just moved to Bethlehem, too, so we wanted to pass along some great recommendations!

Each of us has our own criteria by which we judge restaurants. And as I get settled into my new "hometown", not to mention, middle age, too, I have become pretty particular about where I enjoy a nice steak, cocktails with friends, or celebrate a special occasion. It's not only about the food - but the ambiance, decor and the acoustics, too!

And although John and I still don't agree on where to get the best slice of pizza, (don't judge me, but I am a sucker for Papa John's thin crust) we do agree on the following favorites:

Favorite Special Occasion
Melt - Saucon Valley

Favorite Overall Food and Atmosphere
Centro - Allentown 

Gorgeous day for an early dinner outside at Tapas on Main street! Bailey agrees! 

Gorgeous day for an early dinner outside at Tapas on Main street! Bailey agrees! 

Favorite Fresh Ideas & Unique Combinations
Grain - Allentown

Favorite Unique Breakfast
Mitzi's Table - Bethlehem

Favorite Steak and Splurge
Corked - Bethlehem
 
Favorite Bar Tender & Sangria
(Joe Wickel and Blood Orange Sangria)
Tapas on Main - Bethlehem

Favorite BYOB
Bethlehem Star Cafe - Bethlehem

Favorite Italian
Fiamma - Bethlehem

Favorite Asian
One Third Asian

Took my folks to the Bookstore Speakeasy for dinner tonight! They loved the ambiance and cool twist on some classic cocktails - plus dinner was delicious! My favorite - the Arizonian!

Took my folks to the Bookstore Speakeasy for dinner tonight! They loved the ambiance and cool twist on some classic cocktails - plus dinner was delicious! My favorite - the Arizonian!

Favorite Music Restaurant
(Hangout for one of our favorite local bands; RED - and my most favorite Wedge Salad ever....)
Stephanos - Bethlehem

Other Notables:

We'd love to hear about other restaurants that are your favorites!