Dining

Dr. & Sir’s Top Restaurant Picks of the Lehigh Valley

Mary Ellen’s, Jay’s and Coty’s Local Favorites

We always appreciate getting the “inside scoop” on the best places to dine when we travel — from casual haunts to fine dining or simply a great local eatery with great food and friendly service. Here, some of our favorite spots either very nearby or a just a short drive away. Bon appetite!

The Apollo Grill 85 West Broad Street, Bethlehem, PA 610-865-9600  www.apollogrill.com
Voted best overall in the Lehigh Valley year-after-year, this popular “restaurant row” mainstay features signature new American foods with many small plates for lunch, dinner, plus tasty bar menu. Signature menu items include the crab and asparagus soup, always a decadent choice, to palette pleasing signature appetizers, unique personal pizzas, delicious Asian influences, and perfect steak and seafood dishes. Reservations always recommended.

* This local business has helped donate 12,000 plus meals to hospice thru JAACF org.

For more info. visit www.jaacf.org

The Artisan 55 W. Lehigh Street, Bethlehem PA 18018, 610-813-2851  www.artisanwineandcheesecellars.com
A fun, lively eatery with live music located in a historic freight house of Bethlehem’s former railroading days. The Artisan is the non-smoking venue of the Wooden Match Cigar complex, so be sure to check out both eateries. We love the Artisan for its wines, quirky delicious fare, and creative cheese boards. Call or check website for hours and live music schedule.

The Bayou 702 Hawthorne Road, Bethlehem PA 18018, 610-419-6669  www.dat-bayou.com
Great Cajun style cooking in a relaxed atmosphere. Close to the house, but in the opposite direction from downtown, The Bayou is always a great stop for hearty jambalaya, gumbo, fried chicken, catfish, black eyed peas and the best cornbread this side of the Mississippi. Kicking cocktails too, in the likes of the Blue Voodoo. Craft beers on tap and lovely outdoor dining out back when weather permits.

* This local business has helped donate 12,000 plus meals to hospice thru JAACF org.

For more info. visit www.jaacf.org

Billy’s Downtown Diner 10 East Broad Street, Bethlehem PA 610-867-0105  www.billysdiner.com
Not your ordinary diner, this is the place for breakfast and a casual lunch. A line forms every Sunday after church lets out. Menu favorites feature seasonal pancake French Toast creations, omelets, eggs, sandwiches and soups.

Bolete 1740 Seidersville Road, Bethlehem PA  610-868-6505  www.boleterestaurant.com
A short drive through South Bethlehem, the chef and his wife run this rustic stone farmhouse using seasonal, locally sourced foods prepared in elegant French and American style. Wonderful wine pairings, great signature cocktails and desserts. A cozy friendly bar too. A good special occasion restaurant for a leisurely (and expensive) meal. Elegant Sunday brunch as well.

Clove Fine Indian Cuisine 1038 Union Blvd. Allentown PA 610-433-2848  clovefineindiancuisine.com

Edge 74 West Broad Street, Bethlehem PA 610-814-0110  www.edgerestaurant.net
Sophisticated restaurant and lounge in the heart of downtown, chef Timothy Widrick specializes in eclectic New American cuisine with French and Asian influences. From small plates of crispy pork belly, to roasted cauliflower, or coconut crusted tofu, delectable entrees and desserts all shine. Live music and crafted cocktails too.

* This local business has helped donate 12,000 plus meals to hospice thru JAACF org.

For more info. visit www.jaacf.org

The Flying Egg  451 Main Street, Bethlehem, PA 610-691-5100  www.theflyingeggbethlehem.com
We adore this bright new and simply chic breakfast and lunch hotspot located on nearby Main Street. Open daily until 3 p.m., savor frothy cappuccinos, fresh organic omelets, creative “hand-helds,” salads and soups.  The smoked salmon is delectable, and for the hearty appetite, there’s chicken and waffles, towering burgers, or a giant three meat skillet served in cast iron pan.

Fegley’s Bethlehem Brew Works 559 Main Street, Bethlehem PA 610-882-1300  www.thebrewworks.com
A lively lunch to late night mainstay on Historic Main Street, the Brew Works offers a varied selection of their own brews crafted on site, and locally sourced farm to table ingredients for mouthwatering burgers, salads, entrees and bar fare of course. Night life on the lower level features pool tables, additional bar, and bevy of fun special events. Every Sunday, there’s a nice brunch with a Build Your Own Bloody Mary Bar.

* This local business has helped donate 12,000 plus meals to hospice thru JAACF org.

For more info. visit www.jaacf.org

Mama Nina’s  546 Main Street Bethlehem, PA 610-867-9802  www.mamaninabethlehem.com
Traditional home style Italian eatery noted for its gusto with garlic, large portions and festive atmosphere inside and al fresco. From calamari to chicken parmesan, ravioli, pasta dishes and cannoli’s, Mama Nina is a fixture on Main Street Bethlehem for more than a decade.

* This local business has helped donate 12,000 plus meals to hospice thru JAACF org.

For more info. visit www.jaacf.org

McCarthy’s Red Stag Pub 534 Main Street Bethlehem, PA 610-861-7631   www.redstagpub.com
Adventure away to the Celtic Isles sans the plane ticket. Excellent Irish breakfasts, scones, bakery, meats, and oh, of course Guinness and Fish and Chips. Live music too.

Kome 2880 Center Valley Parkway, Center Valley, PA 610-798-9888  www.komerestaurant.com
An upscale Asian restaurant styled with elegant modern decor features lively Hibachi chefs plus large sushi bar, full bar and elegant dining room. We love the contemporary Asian cuisine and attention to detail. Just a few favorite dishes include award winning sushi and gourmet specialty rolls, grilled fish, cast iron dry aged steak, Japanese herb crusted big eye tuna, and delectable Asian-inspired desserts.  Located just 15-minutes by car from downtown Bethlehem at the Promenade Shoppes.

Melt 2880 Center Valley Parkway Center Valley, PA 610-798-9000  www.meltgrill.com
Upscale Italian fare, Melt is located at the Promenade Shop and features robust antipasti, salads, cured meat and cheese boards, to fresh pasta, grilled steaks, seafood and vegetarian dishes. Open for lunch, happy hour, dinner and late night plates. Designed with generous bar seating and an elegant dining room, upstairs is Melt’s newest sibling, Top Cut Steakhouse.

* This local business has helped donate 12,000 plus meals to hospice thru JAACF org.

For more info. visit www.jaacf.org

Molinari’s 322 Third Street, Bethlehem, PA, 610-625-9222  www.molinarimangia.com
Located in the heart of South Bethlehem, Molinari’s changes up its menu according to fresh seasonal ingredients with myriad of dishes not always typical in most Italian American eateries. Hand crafted pizza and pastas join such dishes as roast duck with grilled asparagus, polenta and duck sogo; to pumpkin risotto with radicchio and pickled quail egg; or halibut and calamari with lobster shrimp brodo. Not only does the menu please, so does the friendly wait staff, extensive wine list and specialty beverages and desserts. Mangia!

One Third Asian 3022 Linden Street, Bethlehem, PA  610-867-1313  www.onethirdasiancuisine.net
Highly popular casual Asian restaurant featuring cuisines from three major Asian countries; Japan, China and Thailand with a focus on Japanese cuisine. Located just about 4 miles north of downtown Bethlehem, this triple treat of Asian cuisine pleases every palette. Traditional noodle dishes, soups or Pad Thai, to a selection of curry dishes, teriyaki or Chinese favorites. Seriously delicious sushi too. Call ahead for take out. Excellent quality at excellent prices. BYOB.

The People’s Kitchen 639 Linden Street, Bethlehem, PA 610-849-2080.  www.pkonlinden.com  
Just a short jaunt toward Liberty High School from East Market Street, you will find this hip, cozy early morning through late lunch hot spot.  A casual culinary delight and award winning breakfast eatery, chef Billy Gruenewald (also of 1776 Tavern at The Sun Inn) never disappoints. Signature dishes to consider: Breakfast Mac & Cheese; BBQ Shrimp and Grits Crepes; Croissant French Toast with Bourbon Bananas and Berry Compote. Creative lunch specialties as well.

* This local business has helped donate 12,000 plus meals to hospice thru JAACF org.

For more info. visit www.jaacf.org

Tapas on Main and Cachette Bistro  500 – 504 Main Street, Bethlehem, PA  www.tapasonmain.com 
Owned by the same restaurateur and located adjacent to each other on charming, lively Main Street, the relaxed atmospheres attract often a younger crowd for excellent small plates and Columbian foods at Tapas, and sweet and savory crepes at Cachette. Both eateries offer outdoor seating and a selection of house made daily specials, and fresh sangrias by the glass or pitcher. Frequent live music and a lively bar crowd at Tapas.

* This local business has helped donate 12,000 plus meals to hospice thru JAACF org.

For more info. visit www.jaacf.org

Tavern at the Sun Inn  564 Main Street Bethlehem, PA 610-419-8600  www.suninnbethlehem.org
Located within one of the oldest landmarks in region, in 2017, new owners brought a new vision by opening a locally sourced seasonal restaurant with full bar and rathskeller as the noted 1776Tavern. A distillery is in the works. The Sun Inn is a museum and history abounds. Venture upstairs and Chef Bill Gruenewald offers scrumptious small and large plates, from arugula salad with pear, pumpkin seed, parmesan and lavender honey vinaigrette, to “Peasant Coins” with lobster and tarragon butter, or N.Y. Strip with peppercorn rub.Weather permitting, dine alfresco.

Top Cut Steak House 2880 Center Valley Parkway, Center Valley, PA  610-841-7100  www.topcutsteak.com
A fine steakhouse along the lines of such notable names as Shula’s, Smith & Wollensky and Peter Luger, Top Cut may be the new kid on the block however, it quickly has become a favorite for its large portions of choice prime steaks from the heart of the mid-west. Creative takes on crafted handcrafted cocktails, excellent wines, behemoth shrimp cocktail, fresh oysters to outstanding veal chops, scallops or Dover sole. Located at the Promenade Shoppes on the third floor of Melt Grill (another noted destination) and only a 15-minute drive from the house.

* This local business has helped donate 12,000 plus meals to hospice thru JAACF org.

For more info. visit www.jaacf.org

Twisted Olive 55 W Broad Street, Bethlehem, PA 610-419-1200  www.twistedolivebethlehem.com
A downtown Bethlehem favorite featuring an eclectic, globally inspired menu in a casual atmosphere. Check out the house infused cocktails and Happy Hour menu, with the likes of vegetable spring rolls, steamed buns with house made pork BBQ, or chipotle meatloaf sliders.  From spring through fall, many of the fresh seasonal ingredients are harvested directly from Chef Steve Kershner’s own organic garden.

* This local business has helped donate 12,000 plus meals to hospice thru JAACF org.

For more info. visit www.jaacf.org

Vegan Treats 1444 Linden Street, Bethlehem PA, 18018, 610- 861-7660  www.vegantreats.com
Hip and highly popular, Vegan Treats is a local favorite but also a celebrity online destination (rumors include Gwyneth Paltrow) who special order “animal-free” sweets and cakes here. The 100 percent vegan bakery was named by American Express a Top 10 Bakery in the World and the rest of the competition were traditional bakeries! Open seven days a week and located only a short distance from a Dr. & Sir Airbnb, dig into a giant vegan doughnut, gooey cinnamon bun dripping with indescribable yum, beautiful artistic cakes, delicate berry tarts, pastries, cookies, and more.