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.
After his successful revival of ice-cream parlor and philly-cheesesteak hub Countryside Restaurant, owner Bill Kao decided to expand to a second location where he could pair his popular hard and soft-serve treats with fair-trade coffees and baked goods made fresh each morning. His decision came at just the right time. A sudden fire and burglary forced the Countryside to close, leaving locals to wonder where they'd go to get their fill of banana splits, root-beer floats, and sundaes topped with marshmallow sauce. The answer was Creamery on Main. Now, between chilly spoonfuls of one of the shop's 18-plus ice-cream flavors, mouths can warm up with the coffees and pastries Kao envisioned for his second spot, or take a delicious detour toward savory sandwiches and daily soups. A list of more than 25 8-ounce burgers offers unique topping choices with names such as the Teriyaki Joe, topped with teriyaki sauce, pineapple, and cheese, or the I Hate Cowboys, topped with onion rings, barbecue sauce, and a shredded photo of Troy Aikman. The main draw continues to be the sweet scoops, however, which pile their way onto cones two, three, or four at a time, and synthesize with Oreos and candy-bar pieces in custom-blended flurries.
The confectionists at Louie's Bakery craft every cookie, cannoli, and cake from scratch, letting patrons consume them at home or inside their airy eatery. In the shop, cheesecakes and other baked delights are shielded by glass display cases to protect them from impulsive taste buds that hope to kidnap them. The shop also produces customized wedding and specialty cakes, which add a personal touch to one-of-a-kind life milestones.