Bada Bingg assembles ingredients into epicurean-gratifying gourmet sandwiches. Chomp into the namesake Bada Bingg, packed with herb-encrusted top-round steak and caramelized onions coddled in a Portuguese roll and smothered in horseradish aioli ($8). Try the Untouchable, Bada Bingg's twisted take on the BLT topped with Alderfer smoked-bacon confit, house-smoked tomatoes, and crisp lettuce on freshly baked foccacia with cracked-pepper aioli ($6.75). Herbaceous-based noshers can opt for the Goomba, a grilled-portabella cap decorated with sundried tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, avocado, and alfalfa sprouts served on a garden gnome’s head ($7.50).
The Asian cuisine experts at Gourmet Buffet & Grill stock a bottomless, self-serve buffet with more than 300 different types of Chinese, Japanese, and American classics that range from sweet-and-sour chicken to noodle dishes to spare ribs. Chopstick-wielding twosomes carve initialed hearts into the sides of fresh sushi rolls or foxtrot toward unlimited helpings of crab legs, washing down midday or evening meals with a refreshing soda. Traditional American foods such as macaroni or three-bean salad comfort stateside-leaning palates, and hibachi chefs perform flame-defying acts with a choice of fresh meats and veggies. Meals end on a sweet note with vanilla wafer-topped pudding and other assorted desserts. The restaurant's colorful Asian mural and jade figurines craft an all-you-can-see feast for the eyes, and a soothing waterfall and fountain invites dining quartets to test folded napkin boats for buoyancy.
Louie’s Restaurant has been an Allentown family favorite since 1958, when Sue and Gino Belletieri–parents of Louie and his two brothers–first opened the restaurant that grew to become the Louie’s of today. Their trademark sauces, such as the marinara with its robust flavors and garlic kick, are made with original recipes and are sold at area supermarkets. At lunch and dinner, families feast on signature Italian dishes at Louie’s checkered tables, where time-tested recipes continue to impress decades later. In addition to playing sports games on flat-screen TVs, Louie’s also hosts musicians on Friday evenings, providing entertainment aside from the pasta, glorious pasta, twirled around forks.
At The Grid Code, an 11,000-square-foot arena lays the field for bouts of recreational trigger pulling. The indoor NERF arena shelters players from the elements as they duck behind tires, wooden structures, and poles to elevate these Hasbro instruments, which expel soft foam ammo, to a truly competitive degree. The Grid Code rents out all necessary safety gear, masks, and supernatural force fields, and can organize spaces to accommodate parties and corporate teambuilding.
Philly Pretzel Factory's dough-benders hand-twist pretzels and bake them throughout the day to ensure freshness. Party hosts can quell belly rumblings at their next football game or Party of Five cast reunion with a full-size rivet tray. The tray includes approximately 192 bite-sized pretzel nuggets and a choice of three 8-ounce dipping sauces, including melted cheese, honey mustard, and cinnamon dip. The eatery's signature cheesesteak pretzel ($3.25) packs a soft pretzel shell full of real Philly cheesesteak, and the 25-pretzel box comes with a bottle of classic yellow, spicy brown, or hot mustard ($10) so that snackers don't have to listen for the ringing melody of the mustard man's truck. Huddle around spicy pretzel sausages ($2.25) as a source of warmth, or relish a different kind of spice with a cinnamon pretzel ($1.50).