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Read about the journey from celebrated hotel to award-winning restaurant. more

Aug 18, 2017 7:18 AM , Restaurant Reviews

The restaurant, named for a type of mushroom, has twice been named to OpenTable’s 100 Best Restaurants in America. more

Jun 6, 2017 7:08 AM , Restaurant Reviews

The House and Barn offers a one-stop, multi-venue experience for the adventurous diner craving a night out. The House offers an elegant, slightly more formal experience in a space with a modern farmhouse vibe (think Fixer Upper, but more spare). ... more

Apr 1, 2017 12:00 AM Food

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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

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Chef and Owner Kevin Spiegler with his daughter, MaeLee.

“If I’m not going to do this like this, I’m not going to be open. Why bother?” says Kevin Spiegler. Such is the conviction of the chef/owner of Bistro Pomme Verte in Palmer Township. Spiegler’s talking about the ethos behind his restaurant: fresh... more

Aug 26, 2015 8:02 AM Restaurant Reviews

There seems to be no limit to what George Paxos and his stellar team of chefs, beverage managers, staff, architects and designers can dream up for diners: they are theatrical experiences that strive to combine unique, dramatic environments with b... more

Jun 26, 2015 9:02 AM Restaurant Reviews

Little has changed about the exterior and the concept of the Trapp Door Gastropub since its previous iteration as The Tap & Table Gastropub in Emmaus. It still feels like walking into middle Europe with its vaulted ceilings, exposed wood beams an... more

Apr 29, 2015 8:05 AM Restaurant Reviews

These days, we seem to need a lot of hyphenated adjectives, or at least compound ones, to convey the essence of a restaurant. No longer does it suffice to say, oh it’s contemporary American fare, or Italian-American—the marketplace is far too com... more

Feb 27, 2015 9:44 AM Restaurant Reviews

It’s hard to miss that Taste of Italy is sandwiched between two businesses with the word “dollar” in them. The restaurant, though, likely predates both of them, having set up in that shopping center in 2001, long before the development of Airport... more

Nov 25, 2014 1:31 PM Restaurant Reviews

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Chef Tim Plante and Christian Filipos

Youell’s Oyster House in Allentown, as you may have heard, was decimated by a fire in January 2013 that reduced it to rubble. Undaunted, that very same day, owner Christian Filipos went downtown to file the paperwork to start over. As for what ca... more

Sep 26, 2014 7:51 AM Restaurant Reviews

Numbers speak volumes. What do 1,800 apple barrel cocktails tell us? What is revealed by 3,000 orders of mac ‘n’ cheese with bacon and peas? What sweet nothings do 1,100 brown sugar beignets whisper? Those figures reflect some of the early return... more

Jul 29, 2014 7:35 AM Restaurant Reviews