The building that houses Riley's Restaurant & Pub has worn many hats in its lifetime. Erected in 1790 as the Egypt Hotel, it transformed into a store, tavern, and post office as the city around it grew from a clapboard village to a town with trolleys and traffic lights. Throughout prohibition, the building's owners kept spirits high by transforming it yet again into a dance hall and ice-cream parlor. Today, the historic spot continues to entertain visitors, albeit now with an Irish twist: the pub fills bellies with cheesesteak sandwiches, burgers, and homemade specialties including crab cakes. Through a recent $100,000 remodeling effort, it has even rekindled the magic of its former self, restoring the tin ceiling to its original copper color and shaving off its middle-aged love handles.
Barry the Baker, the Bakery Nook’s proprietor, cultivated his professional skills at a university. He ran the bakery department at Lehigh University for 13 years—a mere fraction of his experience, which stretches as far back as the line at a particularly efficient DMV: more than 33 years. These days, he offers a traditional, local bakery experience complete with a variety of baked goods made fresh-to-order. He and his team prepare gourmet cupcakes in flavors such as lemon meringue, orange dreamsicle, and German chocolate. Barry and co. add a cavalcade of fresh pastries including turnovers, croissants, and scones. In addition to custom cake designs, they also gladly prepare cannoli, cheesecakes, and a large variety of pie flavors.
Spice India's chefs follow Punjabi traditions as they cook up authentic northern Indian cuisine to fill hearty lunch buffets with saucy fish curries, lamb vindaloo, and vegetarian paneers. While meaty kabobs cook in tandoori ovens, cooks knead more than 15 specialty breads, including garlic naan, unleavened paneer kulcha filled with homemade cottage cheese, and their house bread stuffed with marinated chicken. Guests can request a preferred level of spiciness to stop dishes from overwhelming their taste buds or setting the tablecloth on fire when spilled. Some nights, a live jazz band plays as guests sip the beer and wine they've brought to this BYOB eatery.