The dough experts at the recently opened Bread Box Bakery & Cafe bake seven types of bread fresh daily for building savory panini sandwiches. Dining duos unhinge lips and hips in a midmeal hula over handheld fare such as the hot hawaiian-chicken panini on ciabatta bread with fresh pineapple, sweet onion, and napa cabbage in a teriyaki glaze. Herbivores might opt for the tomato-basil panini, a focaccia-bread base layered with basil pesto, tomato, fresh mozzarella cheese, and fresh basil leaves. Free refills on fountain drinks prevent parchment from remaining dry, and a choice of a french roll, potato chips, or fresh fruit personalizes plate fringes. Paired patrons can sit at the front window's counter, which, according to Susan Gottshall of the Morning Call, "makes a perfect people-watching perch," as diners admire the colorfully tiled walls and use free WiFi to send each other electronic invitations to the next lunch date.
True Blue Mediterranean Café brings fresh Mediterranean food to a pair of Lehigh Valley locations—one in Bethlehem set amongst historic buildings, and another in Emmaus with a seasonal outdoor patio. At both, diners can fuel up with protein-packed bites of lamb kabob, or a steak gyro loaded with marinated hunks of steak and Mediterranean pickles. They can also crunch into meat-free dishes, such as the vegetarian sampler, which features hummus, babaganoush, and grape leaves served alongside warm pita bread.
Donegal Square immerses customers in authentic Celtic accouterments crafted in the British Isles. Customers can bedeck their extremities in custom combinations with stacking rings from Tara’s Diary ($44–$66) or opt for an intricately designed trinity-knot book pendant to adorn their head pedestals in sterling-silver elegance ($54.95). A Celtic family pendant features a choice of 12 birthstones ($44.95), providing a means of conveying familial pride without spray-painting one’s family crest on the most prominent building in town. A collection of kilts woven by a Scottish tartan-weaving company ($79.95-$850) relieve the discomfort of restrictive pants, and capes ($125+) provide conversation pieces during chance encounters with superheroes. An assortment of framed art, crystal, and other decorative elements keep indoor spaces Celtically covered.
Once people find a favorite dish at a restaurant, it can be hard to get them to try anything else. Sweet Indulgence Cafe helps people get out of their dinner ruts by never having set entrees; instead, it's up to the chef to create whatever dish they want that week.
The casual dining and wine bar gets creative with its decor, too. It resembles a European chalet and features separate rooms full of shabby-chic furniture and exposed brick fireplaces. The cozy venue is perfect for a dinner date, girls' night out, or brunch outing with eggs benedict and french toast.