Paese Mio is a small, family owned Italian restaurant just off I-78 a few miles west of Allentown. I was visiting my girlfriend's family, and this restaurant was highly recommended. We got a table in the middle of the busy, chilly restaurant and quickly decided to get pizza. We chose the "quattro gusti" pizza with tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, ham, mushrooms, and artichokes. The 16 inch pizza was big, but really just enough for three of us to really enjoy it. The pizza was about $20 and really delicious.
Their menu has a huge variety of Italian foods ranging from sandwiches, to pasta dinners and desserts. The restaurant is family owned and it offers online ordering and delivery.
The best part is that they offer complimentary glasses of wine and other select alcoholic beverages, or you can bring your own bottle.
The King George Inn was built in 1756 and the area directly behind the restaurant was a drill staging field for soldiers in the Revolutionary War. This Pre-Revolutionary War tavern served not as a way station between Easton and Reading--Philadelphia and the Allegheny Mountains, and also as a town hall, meeting house, and courthouse.
In 1976 the King George was designated a National Historic Site by the National Park Service.
Aside from the history, the Inn offers a nice selection of continental dishes. The various meat and seafood meals are all excellent, if a little pricey.
Favorite Dish: You'll get a fantastic steak here.
This small, unpretentious, family-run restaurant offers EXCELLENT Syrian dishes, made right there by the owners and their sibs. The appetizers alone number over 2 dozen. I've been there many times and have yet to sample everything. Prices are very affordable and its BYO. I've introduced maybe 15 friends to this place, all rank it #1 Middle East eats, even those from NYC.
Favorite Dish: Any of the homemade chees or yoghurt dishes; hummous special (w/kibbe on top); chicken schwarma; XL- shrimp appetizer...the list doesn't end!
Been in business since 1985, my wife & I have gone ever since, friends go back as well. Run by a friendly husband-wife (sushi chef-hostess) team, its a 1st rate place. Dark & cozy inside. Good sake selection. FRESH fish (not too far to NYC Fulton Fish Market). We've never had a bad meal here in 20+ years, how often can you say that about a sushi place? Gay-friendly. They have a hibachi room also. Only downer is they're in a dicey part of town, but they're helping the ailing "center city" stay solvent. Be cautious on the street.
Favorite Dish: "Its all good!" Chirashi is great, chef's choice. The uni and other roes are always sea-tastingly fresh. Try also the scallop in mayo appetizer. And the unfiltered sake. And everything else!
As the years go by the portions become tinier; pretty soon the plates will be empty! Did the Hibachi Show thing once, ok food-- theatrical stir fry. The sushi/sashimi is a 6 on a 1-10 scale.What can I say? I don't WANT to dis the place, but after having gone about 20 times, since it opened, its sliding downhill. Full bar, anyway.
Favorite Dish: Go for lunch & ask the chef to choose...
I've been here about 8 times, w/my wife & sushi-loving pals (We're not into the Hibachi Experience so I cannot speak to that). The sushi/sashimi is consistently inconsistent, in both quality and portion size. When its bad it tates bland, semi-frozen. When its good, its good.
Favorite Dish: The Ikura/uni appetizer, sometimes its almost enough for 2 to share; often its barely enough for one person...
Mangos is a quaint spot on Hamilton Blvd, across from Dorney Park. The menu is referred to as "Coastal Cuisine" and is a nice mix of Spanish-style tapas and California seafood and meat dishes. There is a wide selection of drinks and a fairly large wine list. Whenever I have been there the service has been great and the food has been excellent.
For Allentown, the menu is a little pricey, so we usually save Mangos for a special event. The atmosphere of the restaurant is comfortable and romantic. The feel, despite its price and ambiance, is casual and not up-tight at all.
The restaurant offers banquet facilities as well as lunch and dinner dining.
Reservations are needed on weekend nights.
Favorite Dish: The gorgonzola stuffed artichoke hearts are great. As are the dry rubbed scallops (though these were spicier than I had expected).
Southern BBQ in Pennsylvania. If you have a hankering for hush puppies, I don't think there's anywhere else in the area that serves them. The food is typical Southern BBQ, but there are some interesting sandwiches and salads that integrate the BBQ cooking. The restaurant has a full bar and looks like a good place to hang out at night (though we were there for lunch).
Prices weren't too bad, depending on how much food you want. Dinners range from $7 to $15, so any budget can be accommodated.
The atmosphere is simple, no big decorations or gimmicks, the food speaks for itself. A nice place to dine out with kids or rowdy friends and not worry about getting too loud.
Favorite Dish: The chicken and ribs are excellent. I wasn't impressed with the pulled pork, it was a bit dry, but I tried my friends' meals and they were great.
The alligator bites were great. Having not been down to Louisiana in a while, it was a great treat.
OK, seriously, this is the best Chinese restaurant I've ever been to, and that includes NY's China Town. This restaurant changed a few hands after Widow Brown's moved out a number of years ago. But once Hunan Springs moved in, it was quite successful. The restaurant offers a unique ambiance in an old farm house (not where you'd expect to find Oriental cuisine). I've never had a dish here I didn't like or service that wasn't friendly and knowledgeable. the staff knows the dishes well enough to help you select from the large menu.
Hunan Springs offers take-out as well as dine-in. The dining room is open for lunch and is popular during the mid-day hours. If you want to try it out on a Friday or Saturday night, be sure to make a reservation fairly early, it gets booked up fast.
The restaurant is also a great place for functions. I've been to a wedding rehearsal dinner and baby shower here, both times the staff did a great job making sure all the guests were taken care of and that we had plenty of room to enjoy ourselves.
Favorite Dish: Anything labeled as "House Special", especially the Won Ton Soup. It's excellent, filled with veggies and meats in a rich broth.
The outside of Teppan is quite unassuming, but inside you'll find a chic sushi and hibachi restaurant with a modern flair. You can enjoy sushi while listening to a grand piano with live pianist. The back of the restaurant is filled with hibachi tables, always a fun choice for group nights out.
The bar is fully stocked and drinks were good, if a bit strong. Sushi was fresh and you have the option of sitting at the sushi bar or in the dining area. Music in the hibachi area is upbeat and fun. I enjoyed it, but I think it would be a little too "exciting" for a quieter crowd.
Favorite Dish: The chirashi was excellent. A nice selection of fish, more varied than I've had at other places.
The sunset Grille may seem out of the way if you're coming from center city Allentown, but all day long, every day of the week, it's hopping. Tex-Mex style meals and a nice bar, the atmosphere is casual and inviting. The bar is large and offers a lot of high-top and booth seating next tot he bar itself. The restaurant is family-friendly in the day and during dinner hours but late night is just the bar.
Service is always friendly and I've never had a bad meal here. Dishes and drinks are fairly inexpensive and quite varied for all tastes.
Favorite Dish: The ribs are fantastic!
You CANNOT visit Allentown without eating at a Yocco's. Yocco's a local chain specializing in hotdogs (though they also make fantastic pierogies). I'm not a hotdog fan, normally, but add Yocco's chili sauce, some onions and spicy mustard and I'm in heaven. They're not kidding when they refer to themsleves as the hot dog king.
Shops are little and usually kind of run down, so don't be expecting 5-star dining. Stop in for a snack or lunch and you'll understand why the line if often out the door.
Oh, and it's cheap.
Favorite Dish: Hotdogs with everything