Carrie Havranek

Tacos: everyone has a favorite, and there are probably a couple dozen places in the region to enjoy them—and that’s not even counting taco trucks. Just in time for Cinco de Mayo and outside dining are these local neighborhood faves, the kind of hidde more

May 17, 2017 12:00 AM , Food

Last month, we featured the House, the slightly more upscale half of House and Barn. This month, it’s all about the Barn, which automatically takes its design cues from the fact that it’s a real barn, complete with random equipment, exposed wood beam more

Apr 28, 2017 12:00 AM , Restaurant Reviews

When we featured The Mint in these pages five and a half years ago, chef-owner Dominic “Mimmo” Lombardo, known mostly at the time for Italian cooking and his family’s restaurant Stefano’s, shared his vision for The Mint—and it did indeed include ... more

Feb 28, 2017 9:03 AM Food

Although Pennsylvania has made some strides in terms of alcohol regulations—beer and wine at supermarkets!—it’s still a costly endeavor for a restaurant to obtain a liquor license. As a result, BYOBs have a special following here, encouraging a l... more

Feb 28, 2017 9:03 AM Food

There’s something democratic, egalitarian and crowd-pleasing about good barbecue. It doesn’t lend itself to pretense very easily, even if you tried really hard to gussy it up. It’s still just smoked meat, sides and sauce. The folks behind Queen C... more

Jan 31, 2017 7:49 AM Restaurant Reviews

It’s hard to resist a play on words with a steakhouse that calls itself Top Cut, not only because it offers a superior dining experience but because it’s literally situated above another restaurant. It is truly a cut above the rest(aurant). Al... more

Nov 28, 2016 10:27 AM Restaurant Reviews

The James Beard House in New York City hosts about 200 dinners per year, but how many people make the time to go there? What if, instead, the chefs toured the country and brought the dinner to you? On September 19, the James Beard Celebrity Ch... more

Nov 28, 2016 10:27 AM Food

When Ocean opened in February 2006, tucked away on Ferry Street, it was easily the sleekest addition to Downtown Easton’s dining scene. From its frosted glass window and clean and curvilinear forms to its progressive but approachable New American... more

Sep 28, 2016 9:11 AM Restaurant Reviews

The Easton Public Market opened to what can only be described as an absolutely over-the-top excited crowd on April 15, after about two years in the making. Headed up by Market District Director Megan McBride, along with managers Liz Wyant and ... more

Aug 29, 2016 10:05 AM Business Bits

Bell Hall has a lot going for it. First and foremost, its name references the Revolutionary War, when the Liberty Bell was hidden in the church-turned-museum next door. The space is roomy and lives up to its namesake, as it’s one big, long, hall-... more

Aug 29, 2016 10:04 AM Restaurant Reviews

When you dine at a restaurant that’s located within the Sands casino, it’s a whole different kind of experience. And that’s not just because you dine among the backdrop of chiming slot machines, the entertaining array of humanity on display or th... more

Jul 29, 2016 9:59 AM Restaurant Reviews

If you’ve never been to Aladdin, which sits along an unassuming stretch on Union Boulevard, you have no idea of the delicious, made-to-order food that awaits once you pass through the heavy wooden door. more

Jun 30, 2016 9:58 AM Restaurant Reviews

The Lehigh Valley is a complex web of cities, townships and municipalities, all with their own rules and regulations, which makes owning a food truck tricky business. more

Apr 28, 2016 2:54 PM Food

A spirit of abundance pervades Tequila House Fiesta Olé in Whitehall. Whether it’s the nearly 30 margaritas, the nearly 50 tequilas (and various permutations of flights you can order) or the pages and pages of tacos, enchiladas, burritos and fajitas more

Apr 28, 2016 2:54 PM Restaurant Reviews

Breakfast Mac & CheeseMacaroni, hickory-smoked bacon, maple sausage, potato bottom, eggThe People’s Kitchen Brunch: It’s not quite breakfast, it’s not quite lunch, but it comes with a slice of cantaloupe at the end. So goes the line from The S... more

Mar 28, 2016 7:37 AM Food

Centro, one of the new kids on the block in downtown Allentown, is an Italian-inspired restaurant, but not necessarily in the way most Americans are habituated to think. There are no red-and-white checkered tablecloths on the tables. Chicken Parm... more

Mar 28, 2016 7:37 AM Restaurant Reviews

If you’ve lived here long enough, you know Bolete. Maybe you’re lucky enough to have dined at this elegantly rustic space with a farm-to-table, scratch-made approach. You may have experienced the warm hospitality, a tone that’s been set by Erin S... more

Feb 26, 2016 10:02 AM Recipes

“We have many customers who only know us one way or the other,” says Mary Margaret Cullen, or Mitzy, as she is known, owner of 187 Rue Principale in Emmaus. “We’re kind of like the Gemini of restaurants,” she says, laughing. She is referring t... more

Feb 26, 2016 10:02 AM Restaurant Reviews

Admittedly, it’s a total cliché that so many chefs have larger-than-life personalities, but it’s certainly true with Shawn Doyle of the Savory Grille. more

Dec 29, 2015 9:47 AM Recipes

Andrew Foreman and Marguerite Viola, the husband-and-wife owners of Switchback Pizza Company in Emmaus, have spent countless hours doing all the hard work for your enjoyment of their pizza. And for that, the Lehigh Valley is eternally grateful. ... more

Nov 25, 2015 7:19 AM Restaurant Reviews

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