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Halloween morning dawned slowly. Early drizzles were soon swept away by a warm drying breeze.  Flame colored leaves blew from the trees.  Harvest GrillPromises of a fair day for folks young and old to march in Nazareth’s Halloween Day Parade. All in all, a good morning for breakfast at a restaurant named the Harvest Grill.

As we entered, we spied a couple seated on a couch and chair near the front window.  Deep in conversation, they seemed to enjoy their leisurely breakfast.  We walked on into the elegant décor.  Earth-toned granite tile floors and salmon-hued walls gave the whole restaurant a solid, classic look.  We chose a corner table near the front.

A pleasant young waitress delivered breakfast menus and took our drink orders. Coffee and iced water, as usual.  Stuffed French ToastAs we waited, we scanned the menu.  Many favorites to choose from but today it just took a minute or so to decide.  When our fragrant coffee arrived in over-sized white mugs, we placed our orders.  Eggs Benedict for M. while I chose Strawberry Stuffed French Toast.

We sipped our coffee, as flavorful as the aroma.  Chatting idly, we paged through the Morning Call and Express-Times, skimming articles ranging from the latest on the flu to the upcoming election. Tuesday, November 3rd – remember to vote!

Our food arrived looking exquisitely delicious on the large white plates.  Chef Bob certainly understands presentation! Eggs BenedictThe waitress asked if I wanted syrup then brought a small pitcher.  I didn’t need it.  The thick French Toast was spread with cream cheese and strawberries, delightfully rich and sweet.   M. enjoyed his Eggs Benedict, every bit as tasty as it looked.  Although the food arrived hot, the one improvement, he said, would have been pre-warmed plates.

Our total bill including tax came to just under $20 (plus tip) for Stuffed French Toast, Eggs Benedict including home fries and fruit, with a side order of bacon, and two cups of coffee with ample refills.  Our food was of good quality, service was excellent, and the atmosphere inviting.  It’s worth a visit!

The  Harvest Grill is located at 4062 Easton-Nazareth Highway, at the intersection of Highway 248 and Main Street in Nazareth, PA.  610-365-2964.  There is adequate parking at the rear of the restaurant, and limited parking along the east side.  They are open Tuesday through Sunday. Dinners allow for BYOB.  The Harvest Grill also caters, and is available for private parties.

Sara

NOTE: HARVEST GRILL is now under new ownership.  Great restaurant but serves lunch and dinner only.

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Saturday’s rains had a poetic quality. Staunch downpours took only an occasional breath to drizzle, then poured again.  The rains are making the Lehigh Valley’s Bistro on Mainlandscape a hundred shades of green.  We might have stayed indoors but it seemed to be the perfect morning to enjoy breakfast at The Bístro on Main in Nazareth.

We’d also been reminded by News Over Coffee and the Express-Times that this weekend marked the Rotary’s fifth annual Barony of the Rose sale.  The 5,000 acre tract of land that is now Nazareth was once owned by William Penn’s family.  Each year, the tax to the heirs was one red rose.  In memory, the Rotary now holds an annual rose sale, with funds raised going back to the community.  So, on our way to breakfast, we stopped to buy our red rose.

The charming restaurant was nearly full when we arrived but we Bistro breakfastfound a lone table that seemed to be waiting for our arrival.  Our server, a tall young man, efficiently dropped off the breakfast menu then returned with two cups of steaming black coffee.  Delicious!  The one-page menu had a nice variety including omelets and other egg dishes, pancakes, and crepes!  Not a dish always found in the Valley.  Of course I had to try them.  I’ve been a crepe lover since a visit to Quebec a few years ago.  M. chose a hearty breakfast platter.

As we waited for our food, we talked and enjoyed the funky atmosphere of the bistro.  breakfast 218Its black ceiling, checkerboard black and white border, gold painted walls, and subdued lighting make it a delightful place to enjoy a meal.

Our food arrived. I was astounded by the crepes. I had chosen a combination of fillings – blueberries, blackberries, and peaches.  The crepes were packed with the fruit and the resulting flavor was exquisite.  Perhaps not quite the same as my memory of Quebec’s French crepes 😉 but very close.  M. also enjoyed his meal.  He’d ordered a platter that included three eggs, two meats, homefries, and wheat toast.  His eggs were exceptionally well-prepared and the meat was tasty.

Service was top-notch with our coffee cups refilled as often as needed.

Our total bill came to just over $15 (plus tip) for two coffees with ample refills, a breakfast platter that included three poached eggs, bacon, grilled sausage, homefries, and toast, and a plate of two large crepes filled with fruit, garnished with whipped cream, and drizzled with sauce.  Quite reasonable.  For its atmosphere, quality of food, service, and price, we heartily recommend a visit to The Bístro!

The Bístro on Main is located at 47 S. Main Street in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, just south of Center Square.  484-298-3360.  They are open for breakfast and lunch.  Stop in and let me know what you think.

Sara

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One of the unexpected joys I’ve discovered in creating this breakfast review blog are the emails and suggestions received from readers, like Valerie & Phil from Pen Argyl.  Recently they visited and commented on The Breakfast Table.  They wrote:

The Breakfast Table“My husband and I discovered a unique and charming breakfast and lunch eatery, The Breakfast Table …. located on Tatamy Road, at the intersection of Corriere Road, in Palmer Township.

The food is wonderful, the coffee excellent, the wait staff is very friendly, the establishment immaculate, the atmosphere is very bright and welcoming and, if you enjoy Sinatra, you will have a very pleasant breakfast experience.”

Valerie and Phil
Pen Argyl, PA

Thank you, Valerie & Phil!  Shortly after it opened, long before this blog, my husband and I enjoyed lunch at The Breakfast Table.  As I recall, it was every bit as charming and pleasant as you describe.

One recent afternoon I drove by to snap the above photo and saw their menu posted outside.  Along with traditional eggs and breakfast potatoes, selections include:  quiche, assorted breakfast burritos, omelettes, steak & eggs, Belgian waffles, pancakes and a lovely variety of sides.

The Breakfast Table is open for breakfast and lunch Tuesday through Sunday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.  They are closed on Monday.  A friend told me that her office reserved the restaurant for their evening Christmas party a few years ago so it may also be available for private functions off-hours.  Their street address is 2 Crown Plaza, Easton, PA.  Phone – (610) 252-8783.

Sara

UPDATE*** September 9, 2009

See another great review of The Breakfast Table at The Fork City blog (click here).

Sara

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Spring is nearly here. The greening scent surrounds us.  Birds flutter through budding trees and chirp at the coming warmth.  Although cool showers are predicted for Sunday, today is a brilliant, blue-sky day diner-2483with the temperature expected to reach 70°.  At 2 AM, it will be time to set our clocks forward and spring into Daylight Savings Time, an idea first conceived of by Benjamin Franklin in the dawn of our nation’s history.  All in all, an ideal morning to sample a fresh new restaurant.

Diner 248 opened recently on Highway 248 between Nazareth and Easton.  It sits across the road from the Hampton Inn, and occupies the former Jack Creek Steakhouse.  With fresh paint outdoors and in, varnished wood tables, tasteful floral carpeting and muted colors, the restaurant is both warm and inviting.   As we stepped inside, a cheerful hostess greeted us and showed us to a booth near a back window.

Our waitress introduced herself with a smile and left us with two menus. breakfast-1363She returned quickly with hot black coffee served in tall white mugs.  The breakfast menu at Diner 248 features an interesting selection.   From a meatlovers omelette to three types of Eggs Benedict to Peach Melba and Banana Nut pancakes, there’s something for all.  I was delighted to see Stuffed French Toast on the menu, three versions.  After first eating it at Morgan’s Restaurant a few weeks ago, I was tempted to order it again, as a comparison.  Maybe next visit.  Today my taste buds called for savory rather than sweet so I ordered a simple omelette.

As we waited, we flipped through pages of the local news.  Of special note – Penn State-Lehigh Valley, now in Fogelsville, will move into the closing Lehigh Valley College in Center Valley.  This doubles the space for Penn State-LV.  It also puts it on public transportation routes.  A good move for the Valley!

Within minutes our waitress brought our food. breakfast-1351 M. had ordered orange juice, traditional Eggs Benedict – toasted English muffins topped with Canadian bacon, poached eggs, and hollandaise sauce.  His eggs were nicely cooked, not hard as can happen if the chef isn’t watchful.  Not a problem here – 248’s chef is skilled.  My omelette was flavorful with finely chopped broccoli and the right amount of melted cheddar.  Both orders came with browned home fries.   Only warmer plates might have improved the otherwise most satisfying meal.  Service was great.  Our waitress was friendly, attentive, and kept our coffee mugs filled.

Our bill came to just under $17 (plus tip) for Eggs Benedict with home fries, a broccoli cheddar omelette with home fries and toast, one glass of orange juice, and two coffees with ample refills.

Diner 248 is located at 3701 Easton Nazareth Highway (Route 248), Easton, Pennsylvania.  Phone – 610-252-4300.   The diner serves breakfast from 6 AM to 2 PM daily.   While there, we glanced at their lunch and dinner menu.  It shows an intriguing variety of sandwiches, gyros, salads, entrees, and other dishes.   We plan to return soon!

Sara

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A friendly reader just wrote to tell me about a new restaurant that has just opened in Nazareth.  It’s called Peter’s Family Restaurant and is located in Nazareth on Route 248, formerly the Peking Garden.

She writes:

“…We got there at 12.  We were in between the breakfast and lunch buffet. We were able to eat from both and the food choices were excellent.  Can’t wait to go back for the dinner buffet.  Mon-Fri breakfast is ordered off a menu, but there is a buffet for lunch 11-3 and a dinner buffet from 3-9pm daily.  Saturday and Sunday there is also a breakfast buffet.   I believe they just opened a week ago so the staff is still getting use to things, but the food in great. If you are in the area I think it is worth a try.”

Thanks so much for the tip and mini-review about Peter’s Family Restaurant, Nicole!   I really appreciate the information, and I’m sure other readers do also.  We’ll certainly stop by there for breakfast sometime in the coming weeks.

In addition to Peter’s, I see that a few months ago Copiers Inc. Internet Deli and Cafe opened their doors at 6 S. Broad Street in Nazareth.  Their ad in the US newspaper says they open at 7 AM daily through the early afternoon and serve coffee, cappucchino, breakfast bagels and pastries, and luncheon foods.  Every Friday is an Open Mic Night.    We’ve also placed them on our growing list of spots to visit in and around the Lehigh Valley.

Sara

The Valley View Diner faces Highway 191, between Nazareth and Bethlehem. In a month or two, as we enter into winter, nearby farm fields will begin to fill with majestic snow geese. Not cold enough yet. This morning the temperature was in the low 60’s, the sky a breath-taking September blue. A slight breeze swept through the air. Perfect going-out-to-eat weather.

My son was my breakfast companion on today’s outing. When we arrived shortly after eleven the restaurant was a little over half-full. The Valley View is a popular diner that appears to do a steady business, morning and night.

On entering we were promptly shown to a booth of our choosing next to a front window. The diner’s traditional decor with classic mirrors made it feel airy and welcoming. A small vase of silk daisies provided an added homey touch to the soft turquoise and gray booth.

Our drinks were delivered quickly – coffee and water for me, a glass of Sprite for my son. A smiling waitress took our orders. The Valley View’s menu featured a broad offering, including a good variety of omelettes and pancake choices. The chocolate chip pancakes sounded delicious but I resisted my sweet tooth and instead asked for a bacon, tomato, and cheddar omelette. He ordered scrambled eggs, smoked sausage, and rye toast.

While waiting, we began catching up. Life changes when one’s child becomes an adult and moves away. The time spent together seems even more precious. We talked about our jobs and discussed other projects we’re each working on. I was warmed to hear about the desk he’s set up for his computer, using an old piece of furniture long in the family.

Suddenly our friendly waitress was delivering our meals on warm white plates. My omelette was delectable with small chunks of fresh tomato, tasty bacon, and cheddar cheese. It was moist and filled with flavor. As we requested, the homefries for both of us were browned and crispy. My son’s smoked sausage was split and grilled. He enjoyed it and the scrambled eggs. Servings were substantial, more than we could quite finish. Our pleasant waitress gave us terrific service.

The bill for our breakfast – my omelette, home fries, toast, and coffee; his eggs, smoked sausage, home fries, toast and soft drink, totaled a little over $14 (plus tip). Food, service, and atmosphere were all excellent and made our morning’s visit an even more enjoyable one.

The Valley View Diner is located on 570 Nazareth Pike (Highway 191) in Nazareth, Pennsylvania. In addition to a great breakfast menu, they also offer interesting lunch and dinner choices. I encourage a visit.

Sara

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Hartman’s Family Restaurant and Ice Cream Shoppe has a homey quality, unusual for such a large restaurant. Their decor is comfortable with wooden spindle-back chairs and wall-mounted antiques. Their home-cooked food is appealing and satisfying. Whenever we’ve visited for lunch or dinner, we’ve wondered why they don’t serve breakfast.

Well, now they do! As of this past summer, Memorial weekend we were told, Hartman’s started serving breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays, from 8 AM to 1 PM. My husband and I couldn’t be more pleased.

As we drove north on Sullivan Trail this morning, the sky was slightly overcast and the road damp with remnants of last night’s rain. Our talk centered around Hurricane Ike. Four million without power. Makes one glad to live in Pennsylvania, although our thoughts surely go out to those in Texas.

When we pulled into Hartman’s parking lot shortly before 9 AM, we saw only a few cars. Then we spotted the large “Open” signs mounted on the doors. I wonder how many don’t know about the new weekend hours.

After we were seated, our waitress quickly brought our coffee and large glasses of water. The one-page menu is deceptive in its simplicity. While many places offer a long list of various omelettes, Hartman’s offers a 3-egg omelette with your choice of three fillings. But it was the Belgian waffles that caught my eye, especially the one with ice cream. Hartman’s is famous for their ice cream. They’ve been making it since 1906. For some reason – still wondering why – I went with my usual breakfast fare – scrambled eggs, home fries, bacon, although I did order a blueberry muffin for a change of pace.

While waiting for our order, we chatted about various news stories – teachers’ strikes in Souderton, in Saucon Valley, and possibly in Northampton. And we talked of the upcoming football season and the Pittsburgh Steelers’ history. Suddenly, our friendly waitress was delivering our food.

My husband orders steak and eggs about once a month. It was time. As he sliced into his thin rib-eye, he said it was a little overcooked (it wasn’t bleeding), but still tasty. My eggs were moist and filled with flavor, among the best I’ve eaten in a long while. The blueberry muffin was still warm – light, homemade and filled with fresh blueberries. Delicious! The home fries were thinly sliced, different from most places. We’d asked for crispy and they were, yet not overcooked. Wonderful flavor.

Great service, great atmosphere, great food! What more can one ask?

Our bill came to just under $20 (plus tip) for a small rib-eye steak, eggs, toast, and homefries for him, and eggs, homefries, and bacon for me, plus two blueberry muffins and two coffees (with ample refills).

Hartman’s Family Restaurant and Ice Cream Shoppe is located at 5920 Sullivan Trail, Nazareth (Belfast), PA. They are open for breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 am to 1 pm. They are also open for lunch and dinner seven days a week.

Sara

P.S. I’m still thinking of that Belgian Waffle with ice cream. Maybe next time!

UPDATE On December 14, 2009, Hartman’s Family Restaurant closed its doors, as reported by the Express-Times. Sad to see another restaurant close.

The Nazareth Diner is an institution in the Nazareth Borough. We’ve seldom driven by it when the large parking lot wasn’t at least half full; more often it’s packed. It’s a popular gathering spot for old and young, families and singles. The Diner is where we first ate after our move here (years ago) and is a dependable regular on our list of weekend breakfast sites.

When we arrived shortly after 9 o’clock this morning, the sky was already gray and heavy in anticipation of Hanna’s coming rain. On entering, we weren’t asked whether we wanted smoking or non-smoking. The restaurant went smoke-free a few months ago, in advance of the new Pennsylvania smoking ban that will take effect September 11, 2008.

We were seated in the main dining room, mid-way along the back wall. The room was crowded with only a few empty tables. Although the sky outside was darkening, inside was cheerful and bright with the light from the many chandeliers. Waitresses and busboys bustled efficiently around the room – taking and delivering orders, clearing tables. Soon a pleasant young waitress set glasses of iced water, two cups of coffee, and a carafe for refills in front of us then took our order.

As we waited for our food, my husband and I sipped our coffee and skimmed sections of The Express-Times and The Morning Call. We discussed a few of the articles. A sad story on mortgages and the nationwide foreclosures caught our eyes. Too much money easily available, too many willing to loan it out. Many excuses, few reasons. A gloomy topic for a gloomy day. We moved on.

Within minutes, our kindly waitress was setting our food in front of us – eggs, bacon, homefries and whole wheat toast for him, French Toast and bacon for me. As always our food arrived hot and filled with flavor. It’s strange how such a basic food as French Toast, bread dipped in egg batter, can so vary between restaurants yet still be so good. The Diner’s version is on thick bread, lightly dipped and grilled. Quite tasty. The bacon was more fatty than usual, but still good. All in all our meal was satisfying. The service was superb.

While we ate the staff started to fill the lunch buffet with iced salads and veggies. The steam tables were turned on. Our waitress checked on us now and then, unobtrusive and pleasant.

Our bill came to a total of $13 (plus tip) for eggs, bacon, homefries, toast and an order of French Toast and bacon, plus coffee. Reasonable. When we left the restaurant, Hanna’s rain had started to fall, but we walked away with a homey feeling inside.

The Nazareth Diner & Restaurant is located at the intersection of Highway 248 and South Broad Street in Nazareth, PA. It is open 24 hours a day.

Have you eaten breakfast at The Nazareth Diner? What was your experience? Please go to the top of the article and click Comments.

Sara

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I love breakfast. Cooking it at home is okay, but eating it out is so much better. This morning we decided to go to The New Sullivan Trail Diner, just south of Wind Gap. It’s become a favored spot since a friend at work suggested it last year.

As we drove north along Sullivan Trail the late morning sky was blue and sunny, favoring us with a light breeze. The diner was full, not quite packed. As often happens, we ran into someone we know. A quick greeting then we took a booth next to the front windows. It was in the smoking section (we don’t) but we wanted a booth and the room was open and airy. Strong black coffee and glasses of water soon followed.

He ordered Eggs Benedict. I chose a Broccoli Omelette. The food, with one exception, was delivered quickly by our young waitress. “Someone stole your toast,” she said with an apologetic grin. Within minutes she brought out another order then hunted down my requested strawberry jam. A sweet girl, spunky, who kept our coffee cups filled.

The food was tasty enough, the home fries well-browned, not greasy. My omelet was large and cheesy with moist eggs. The broccoli was plentiful but was a pale green, slightly overcooked. On our last visit, I’d ordered French Toast – superb! My husband enjoyed his crisp hash browns and said the Eggs Benedict were acceptable. Our shared plate of bacon was tasty and brown.

Our bill totaled about $14 (plus tax and tip) for Eggs Benedict, Broccoli Omelet, bacon, and two coffees. Reasonable. With its friendly service, and clean and airy décor, the diner is a relaxing place to eat, and talk.

The New Sullivan Trail Diner & Family Restaurant is located at 6221 Sullivan Trail Drive, Nazareth, PA.

Have you visited this restaurant? Please share your experience by clicking on comments at top of article.

Sara

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