Food & Drink in Bethlehem

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Only four people know the Joshi family’s delicious secret. By carefully guarding the recipe for Nuts About Ice Cream's specially mixed ice creams, the Joshis ensure the quality and consistency of their frozen treats while also protecting their hard-won creation against imitators. Since placing their first perfectly rounded scoop of ice cream atop a cone in 1988, the Joshis have worked hard to forge unique ice creams and sorbets using skills honed at the Penn State Dairy Ice Cream School.

The ice creams and sorbets that come out of Nuts' kitchens are forged in small batches by chefs who avoid artificial additives when possible, opting instead for wholesome additions such as natural extracts and purées. Along with their roster of classic flavors, the ice creamists whip up specially ordered batches of exotic flavors using ingredients such as cardamom, rose-hip extract, lychee, and cabernet with a mysterious European accent.

In the front of the house, staffers behind the ice-cream parlor’s old-fashioned counter concoct all manner of treats, from cones and sundaes to thick milk shakes. Nuts About Ice Cream’s curbside pickup service facilitates on-the-go treat enjoyment, and a limited lunch menu offers hot and cold sandwiches and hot dogs.

1124 Linden St
Bethlehem,
PA
US

When The Melting Pot originally opened in 1975 just outside Orlando, the location was cozy and quaint, but diners had only three options: swiss-cheese fondue, beef fondue, or chocolate fondue. However, as the restaurant grew in popularity, so did its menu selection and atmosphere. The restaurant first expanded four years later under the leadership of a Melting Pot waiter and enterprising college student named Mark Johnston, who teamed up with his brothers Mike and Bob to open a new outpost in Tallahassee. This location grew in reputation to pave the way for future franchise expansion. Today, the company—now owned by the trio of siblings—reigns as the premier fondue, wine, and drink restaurant, stretching across North America with more than 140 restaurants linked by underground tunnels. The restaurant's menu has also ballooned, and patrons can now expect six varieties of hot dipping cheese paired with salads, meats, and molten chocolate.

On a given night, groups of foodies gather around tables to nosh on signature four-course meals, from cheese-fondue appetizers and various salads to steaks and seafood cooked in a choice of healthy broth or oil. Birthday revelers and couples can share decadent evenings at private tables, capping off meals with chocolate desserts that have defined The Melting Pot for decades.

1 E Broad St.
Bethlehem,
PA
US

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.

81 W Broad St
Bethlehem,
PA
US

Catering to sports fans and families alike, Starters Pub boasts a menu of American comfort eats that includes burgers, sandwiches, and steaks. Filet mignon sandwiches with sautéed onions and Firehouse burgers with spicy wing sauce and jalapeños share menu space with more far-flung offerings, such as cuban paninis and orange chicken. Guests can cheer on their favorite teams on the pub's big screens or take meals on the outdoor patio when temperatures climb.

17 W 2nd St
Bethlehem,
PA
US

Sagra Bistro refuses to be pigeonholed. You'd be hardpressed to place all the flavors in its signature cheese torte, much less all the themes in its fusion menu. The dishes change frequently based on available ingredients, and the chefs don't stick within the boundaries of any one cultural cuisine or ancient family panini recipe. A meal might begin with spring rolls, move on to a Philly cheesesteak-inspired mac and cheese, and then finish with a lemon bar. Multiple influences can even coexist on one plate—if you don't want fresh-cut fries with your burger, then what about a side of pierogis?

Sagra Bistro also switches its specials depending on the day of the week. Tuesday means filet mignon, whereas crab cakes take over the starring role on Wednesday. Whatever the food du jour, though, Sagra Bistro's bartenders can pour the beer, wine, or liquor to complete the meal.

620 Main St.
Hellertown,
PA
US

Morning Call readers named Manor House Inn the best French restaurant in 2010. Five Yelpers and four Insider Pagers give it an average of four stars:

4508 Old Bethlehem Pike
Center Valley,
PA
US