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Edge Restaurant – Bethlehem, PA

Category : Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, The Lehigh Valley

74 W Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018 – (610) 814-0100 – edgerestaurant.net

           Our ”Gourmet Guy” promotion at WLEV and Cat Country 96 in The Lehigh Valley with EDGE sold out of their gift cards in 90 minutes! This means you should read this and GO there!

My wife and I had the pleasure of dining with our good friends at EDGE in Bethlehem. Edge is located on Broad Street at the intersection of Broad and Main – arguably one of the best “corners” in The Lehigh Valley. There is so much going on in downtown historic Bethlehem with the shops, eateries, etc. that EDGE just feels like it was ALWAYS supposed to be right here!  Living close by, we have frequented it often for happy hour appetizers. My wife, loves the Wednesday “Ladies Night” and of course, I’m NOT invited… But that’s okay! From the beautiful relaxed ambiance and decor, to the restaurant layout, staff, food, and all around experience and knowledge of cuisine – EDGE is by far one of the BEST places to dine in the area. (Legend has it that Larry Holmes’ son had his birthday party there that night so even the stars stop by!)

Our server Jamie has been with EDGE for a long time and Restaurant Manager Jessie Dech said that Jamie is his ‘Floor Captain’. That he is! Jamie has EVERYTHING in his head from the specials, to the regular menu items, to why certain wines go with certain dishes. I highly recommend asking for him!  Jesse is also a master of pairing wine with food at EDGE. The place was packed on this particular Thursday night which means they are doing something right!

We began our EDGE experience with a round of wine. We had the house Cabernet out of California, a Merlot from the same region, and a White Wine Spritzer. 

Appetizers could not come soon enough as we know how good they already are! My wife had one of her favorites-the Escargot special! It was amazing, served with a tomato cream sauce, onions, and in a puff pastry! Not the traditional way I’ve seen it but that is why EDGE is so great…they do things differently. We also had Tuna Tartare with Crispy Wontons and an amazing Tarragon Gnocchi – Duck Confit along with Truffle Parmesan Sauce and Crispy Shallots.

 All of those mixed together in my mouth was heaven. Sherri had their famous Shrimp Cocktail Martini with Caper Horseradish Sauce and Mal had an Endive and Roasted Beet Salad and it honestly was something I never would order but I tried it and it was out of this world! Say hello to a guy that now likes BEETS at EDGE.

Dinner was on my mind since about 11am! I ordered the Black Angus New York Strip Steak Medium Rare, Frisee, Truffle Parmesan Frites, and Au Poivre Sauce! How do you think it was? Right! Perfect! Plus they do it right! Executive Chef, Tim Widrick is amazing. I was speaking with one of EDGE Restaurant’s managing partners, Fran, and he reinforced what I just said. I was talking about the steak and Fran told me they pan sear it first then when it’s cooked to order, they let it rest. NOT a lot of places do it right like that. EDGE does!

 My wife enjoyed the Long Island Duck Breast which was so tender and juicy.  It came with Sourdough Spaetzle, Broccolini, and Dried Cherry Gastrique. Yum!

 Mal went outside the box and got the New Zealand Rack of Lamb with Green Olive Yogurt & Drizzle and I was lucky enough to get a taste!  Those of you who never have had lamb…EDGE is the place to try it! 

 Sherri enjoyed the Grilled Hawaiian Butterfish on a Salad of Baby Spinach along with Hydro Bibb Lettuce, Romaine Hearts, Parsley, Wonton Crutons, and a Lemon Thyme Vinaigrette. I have rarely seen Butter Fish on a menu before and being a seafood lover, I had a bite. It was SO RICH and delicious. Not too overpowering from a fish standpoint so if you like fish but don’t like that ‘fishy’ taste, THIS is a great dish!

We finished up with a sampling of Warm Banana Pound Cake with Maraschino Cherry Ice Cream, a Salted Carmel Chocolate Tart, and Mal and Sherri split a Toasted Coconut Molasses Tiramisu.  Mal said it’s not traditional Tiramisu so he wanted to try it…Mal fell in love! I had some too and the coconut was a nice crunchy addition to pair with the creamy Tiramisu! 

All in all, EDGE is a place we’ve been to before and a place we’ll be back to…a lot! A big thanks to Fran, Chef Tim, Jessie, Jamie, Glenn, and Kim @ EDGE. Gourmet Guy went home stuffed and happy and we had a wonderful night with wonderful friends! We’ll see you soon…my wife especially for “Ladies Night”!

Weaversville Inn and Jessica’s Tea Room-Northampton, PA

Category : Northampton, Pennsylvania, The Lehigh Valley

                       

Weaversville Inn is by far, one of the best all around dinners I’ve enjoyed. My wife and our guests Abby and John all agreed with my assumption!  I’m telling you that if you have not yet experienced this quaint dining establishment just North of Shoenersville Road in Bethlehem then you must  GO GO GO! From Laura who greeted us at the door, to Beth who was our server and Mark who is the Owner/Executive Chef for the past five years, everyone there made us feel like they were there solely there to make sure we had a fantastic dining experience! (Ask Mark when you’re there about the Inn’s history. Ben Franklin actually used to frequent it and so did some “Spook-tacular” friends!)

We started off with glasses of White Zinfandel, Red Creek Merlot, and House Cabernet‘s for drinks and Weaversville Inn does have an extensive drink menu and specials! (The bar area is also beautiful.)  For appetizers, we were treated to cheddar herb biscuits that were to die for! Warm, rich in flavor, and the kind of biscuits that just melt in your mouth.   John does not eat Pasta (what?) but he actually had a sample of my wife’s escargot for the first time and absolutely loved it. (Now THAT should say something- the guy hates pasta but loves Weaversville Inn’s escargot!) I enjoyed a rich bowl of French onion soup that was overflowing with bubbling cheeses that was simply how F.O.S. should be made.  The Tai shrimp was also fantastic and a very nice size!

                                                 

For dinner we all enjoyed wonderful side salads with an assortment of homemade dressings and croutons and then we sampled each other’s entrée’s.  On special, the sautéed medallions of beef topped with a horseradish demi-glaze were cooked perfectly to medium rare like we requested. The horseradish demi-glaze and the oven roasted potatoes with caramelized onion and rosemary  accompanying the dish just made it complete.  Abby’s Bacon wrapped pork tips were tender and juicy and the bacon it was wrapped in just brought out the all around flavor! My wife could not decide so she went with a perfectly cooked piece of salmon, fresh garden vegetables that were phenomenal and light, and Weaversville Inn’s Maryland style crab cake that was indeed “broiled to perfection” like their menu says it is!

                                                                                            

Dessert, (that I normally NEVER order) was a MUST at W.I.! We all enjoyed the homemade crème brule, peaches foster, peanut butter pie with rice crispy treats at the bottom of the chocolate crust that John said was “a delightful treat” and a homemade cinnamon bun sunday with vanilla Ice cream, homemade caramel sauce, walnuts and whipped cream!

Honestly, EVERY sample of EVERY item we tasted from the moment we walked through the door until we left was cooked to order, tasted like heaven, and the portions were “heaping” according to my guests. Thank you to Mark and the staff at Weaversville Inn.  Don’t forget they have a wonderful breakfast and lunch menu along with fantastic assorted teas in Jessica’s Tearoom. Their menu is for all tastes, sizes, and ages. They also do catering, weddings, bridal and baby showers and birthdays.