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A Toast to Great Lehigh Valley Dining

The epicurean landscape here is no longer an up-and-coming promise: it’s in full bloom, and we’re sitting at a table in the center of it.

Speckled with culinary sapphires like red snapper ramen bowls and cinnamon-sugar crusted tortilla chips, saffron-pistachio ice cream and pizzas capped with quail eggs or mac and cheese—or both, and wine-infused handmade pastas and deep-fried avocados, there is an abundance of high-brow delicacies and spectacularly indulgent comfort foods about town.

This bounty of choices is what sparked Good Taste, and this issue marks our 10th edition. This is a celebration in and of itself, but also a celebration of our home and all that it has to offer.

First on the list is the town that once served as a hiding spot for the Liberty Bell and inspired a Billy Joel song. Whether you know it as Queen City, City Without Limits, Allentown, or simply “home,” Pennsylvania’s third most populous city is as much of a must-stop for history buffs as it is for foodies. The savory scene doesn’t stop at the downtown restaurant row: flavors overflow into all of Allentown’s pockets and suburbs, creating a scrumptious sprawl of dining options from West End to Whitehall.

Bethlehem is home to a tale of two downtowns, each one offering a distinct flourish. The North Side is steeped in history: it houses the oldest bookstore in the country, hosted Founding Fathers, and is the home of the first pumped municipal water system in the United States. Contemporary salutes to the past extend across the bridge to the host of entertainment that sits against the backdrop of the slumbering metal giant, Bethlehem Steel. A night on either side of town is surely dipped in nostalgia, but the star-bright city is also saturated with enchanting eateries from hill to hill.

Easton’s Centre Square, once called the Great Square, was the stage of one of only three public readings of the Declaration of Independence. Today, the time-fêted circle is synonymous with entertainment and, of course, dinner. Anchored by the Easton Farmers’ Market—America’s longest continuously running open-air market—and a steady stream of ambitious restaurateurs, the community hub pulses with one part tradition and one part flavor.

Beyond the Valley’s three cardinal cities, the Greater Lehigh Valley also serves as a culinary playground with pastoral landscapes, historic buildings, authentic fare, and hidden gems. From Kutztown to Quakertown and Walnutport to Emmaus, some of the area’s best eats are often a quick ride across a city border.

No matter where you find yourself in the Lehigh Valley when a meal time rolls around, we have a recommendation for you. Enough talk—let’s eat!

Good Taste Summer/Fall 2017

The epicurean landscape here is no longer an up-and-coming promise: it’s in full bloom, and we’re sitting at a table in the center of it.

Speckled with culinary sapphires like red snapper ramen bowls and cinnamon-sugar crusted tortilla chips, saffron-pistachio ice cream and pizzas capped with quail eggs or mac and cheese—or both, and wine-infused handmade pastas and deep-fried avocados, there is an abundance of high-brow delicacies and spectacularly indulgent comfort foods about town.

This bounty of choices is what sparked Good Taste, and this issue marks our 10th edition. This is a celebration in and of itself, but also a celebration of our home and all that it has to offer.

Beyond the Valley’s three cardinal cities, the Greater Lehigh Valley also serves as a culinary playground with pastoral landscapes, historic buildings, authentic fare, and hidden gems. From Kutztown to Quakertown and Walnutport to Emmaus, some of the area’s best eats are often a quick ride across a city border.

No matter where you find yourself in the Lehigh Valley when a meal time rolls around, we have a recommendation for you. Enough talk—let’s eat!

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