Best of the Lehigh Valley 2016
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When you’re in the mood for some ice cream, a glass of sangria or a tray of French fries, you’re not craving just any old ice cream, sangria or French fries. You’re craving the best, so why settle for subpar? Go for the crispiest French fry in town and the best ice cream that you could eat an entire gallon of. Choose the sangria that trumps all the rest. That's what you'll find here. If you’re looking for a kick-butt trainer, somewhere fancy to take your date or a pro to fix your computer woes, you’ll find their names here, too.
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Best Cheesesteak: Matey’s Famous Steaks & Pizza
Matey’s has been making—and then baking—cheesesteaks long before more well-known sandwich chains became recognized for such a delight. “It really allows all the flavors to come through,” says co-owner Michael Matey. The steak sauce is made daily, and they use rib-eye chip steak—maybe you know their bestseller, the California cheesesteak? You’ll find mayo, lettuce and tomato. “It is a bit messy, but our guests say that’s what makes it so good. Of course, we use only the ripest vegetables possible and even buy from local farmers when in season!” says Matey.
At Matey’s, there’s truly something for everyone, with more than 20 types of sandwiches to choose from, from barbecued beef or buffalo chicken to chicken with gravy and cranberry. The vegetarian offering isn’t an afterthought like it often is in many places. “It’s literally all vegetables,” says Matey. Think tomatoes, green peppers, mushrooms, hot and sweet peppers, onions, cheese, lettuce and mayo.
1305 Broadway, Bethlehem | 610.866.6022 | mateysfamous.com
Photo by Alison Conklin
Best Bar Food: Copperhead Grille
“I hate to say this, because it sounds cliché, but we have taken bar food to another level. It’s done the right way,” says Michael Dontas, Jr., who co-owns Copperhead Grille with his first cousin, Mike Dontas, Sr.
When it comes to hot items such as mozzarella sticks and wings, these aren’t your run-of-the-mill, cheap frozen items. “The mozzarella is cut in-house and hand-breaded and served with homemade marinara. For those wings, the chicken is locally sourced [Bell & Evans], without antibiotics or hormones. The wings are never frozen; they’re made to order,” Michael says. Those wings are available with eight different scratch-made sauces. Sweet and Sweaty, which is their mild sauce plus honey, and Venom, a habañero hot sauce, are the most requested.
The Mediterranean chicken skewers are a signature item, too, with spinach, roasted red peppers, feta and kalamata olives, served with house-made pita and a chimichurri sauce—and their own tzatziki. With 32 draft beers, drop in for happy hour, Wing Wednesday (50 cents a pop) or a late-night appetizer special and see for yourself.
5737 Rte. 378, Center Valley | 610.282.4600 | 1731 Airport Rd., Allentown | 610.403.4600 | copperheadgrille.com
Best Juicy Burger: Wert’s Café
Come for the burger and stay for the legendary, spiralized onion rings.
515 N. 18th St., Allentown | 610.439.0951 | wertscafe.com
Best Pizza by the Slice: Lehigh Pizza
It’s not just the college kids who line up—these pies taste even better after 2 a.m.
13 W. 3rd St., Bethlehem | 610.866.1088 | lehighpizza.com
Best Hoagie with All the Fixings: Primo Hoagies
Award-winning rolls and endless menu options.
Various area locations | primohoagies.com
Best Business Lunch Location: Apollo Grill
The Apollo has grown into a sophisticated yet relaxing spot for unique cocktails, refined bar food, extensive appetizer menu and American entrées with tasty twists.
85 W. Broad St., Bethlehem | 610.865.9600 | apollogrill.com
Best Doughnuts: Emmaus Bakery
There’s a reason people drive for miles for these babies. The cinnamon swirl with white or chocolate icing is an all-time favorite.
415 Chestnut St., Emmaus | 610.965.2170 | emmausbakery.com