5 Second Takeaway
This unassuming highway stop serves up unexpectedly upgraded American staples.
Go For The
Bacon & Shrooms Burger, $9
Pop’s has ostensibly been here for 22 years, but I’d never heard of it. Initially opened under the name “Interstate Market,” it emerged from renovations in 2009 with the new name “Pop’s,” a tribute to owner John Crivellaro’s father.
It’s almost anti-glam: from the dining room, there is a panoramic view of an Exxon gas station. A smattering of outdoor tables provide dining al freeway—the restaurant is literally a stone’s throw from I-78. Inside, handcrafted bar stools, made from old kegs, provide a comfy place to sit while you sip on a brew: Pop’s has a dozen taps spouting craft beer. Meanwhile, the menu offers hoagies and sandwiches, hot wings and fried shrimp, salads, and burgers.
The burgers are a 6 oz. portion of brisket blend that aren’t formed into patties until they’re dropped on the griddle. I opted for the Bacon and Shrooms Burger, which was messy, unpretentious, and incredible: the BBQ sauce was an accent—not a cover—to the meat, which was one of the juiciest burgers I’ve had. Fried mushrooms and onions added a ton of flavor, and the ciabatta roll was fresh, soft, and fluffy. This burger—and the entire establishment—is perhaps one of the Lehigh Valley’s most hidden gems.