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.
Originally from Kiev, Ukraine, Black Forest Deli’s mother-daughter team of owners has been bringing Eastern Europe’s vast culinary traditions to Bethlehem since 2003, earning a nod from Bethlehem Patch readers as one of the area’s best eateries. As Russian music plays in the background, they serve up a menu of homemade borscht, pierogies, and halupkis (stuffed cabbage rolls), as well as delectable sides including macaroni salad. Those seeking more customary Western tastes can grab an italian sub or the arzunian panini filled with turkey, avocado, tomatoes, cheese, spinach, and honey mustard. The deli can also supply its specialty dishes to large events such as weddings, birthday parties, or chain-gang reunions.
Cactus Blue prides itself on serving up authentic Puebla cuisine, as well as popular Mexican dishes that garnered this eatery the title of favorite Mexican restaurant in Lehigh Valley Style's 2010 Decadent Dish reader poll. The massive menu boasts more than 75 dishes, which include the Fajitas Blue with pork, seasoned strips of grilled pig accompanied by pico de gallo, guacamole, flour or corn tortillas, and an elderly bluesman on harmonica ($14.95). Peninsula enthusiasts engage with baja-style tacos filled with beef or chicken and topped with red cabbage, baja sauce, and cheese ($12.95). Opting for a lighter meal of grilled tilapia ($14.95) saves stomachs room for tres leches cake, a sweet sponge pastry drenched in three types of milk ($5.95). Cactus Blue is BYOB, ensuring that diners can sip on their favorite spirits while ensconced in the restaurant's warm-hued, red and burnt sienna interior.
The Chilly Dog's fast-fare fabricators pack fresh ingredients into a fully functional lineup of specialty sandwiches. Tubular meat titans festoon 100 percent all-beef Sabrett frankfurters with chili, cheese, and onions ($2), filling gullets with the tastiest molten meal since the fortuitous eruption of Mount Tapioca. Lunch quests can pit intrepid diners against formidable sandwich behemoths that include the Reuben, a heap of corned beef, russian dressing, and swiss cheese tangled in sauerkraut ($7) that can also shapeshift into a Reuben hot dog ($2). Years of python-impersonation classes finally pay off as jaws unhinge to accommodate the girthy gooiness of tuna-melt grinders ($6). Duos or foursomes can also sink incisors into smaller bites of barbecue pork sliders ($5), which land on tables alongside fresh coleslaw and a choice of soft drink.