Saturday, April 14, 2018

The Best Lehigh Valley Outdoor Dining Areas

Spring has sprung! Or has it.. Sunday it's suppose to be back into the 40's. Come on Mother Nature, get your act together!!

Anyway, there is nothing I love more then having a drink or some apps on the patio. And when we can get out and do that, it's even better! If you are local to me, I've rounded up the top spots for outdoor dining! These are all my own opinions, but would love to know of any I've missed!

1. Blue Grill House
4431 Easton Ave.
Bethlehem, PA 18020
Blue offers a spacious outdoor patio with huge outdoor bar and middle fire pit. The entire patio is covered so you can enjoy the outdoors rain or shine. The tables consist of high tops, regular and community tables. Great place to meet after work for their happy hour specials, or reserve a table for dinner because it fills up fast!
2. Tapa's On Main
500 Main Street
Bethlehem, PA 18018
If you are looking for a lighter meal with delicious drinks you have come to the right place. Here you can sit and people watch in one of Tapa's outdoor tables located on the side walk infront or on the side of the building. There are only a couple tables, and they fill up fast- especially at happy hour/dinner time hours, so make sure to get a reservation early!
 3.White Orchids
Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley
2985 Center Valley Parkway
Center Valley, PA 18034
Not only is the food amazing, but the atmosphere is great too. I personally like a restaurant where I know I am not being stared out while eating or sitting at the outdoor seating. This place is located in the back of the Promenade Shops, so walking traffic is light. The patio is also gated with large umbrellas, so you aren't getting beat on by the warm sun come Summer. Perfect place to grab lunch or dinner after a day of shopping in their stores. 
4. Slopeside Pub and Grill at Blue Mountain Ski
1660 Blue Mountain Drive
Palmerton, PA 18071
Their motto is where 'every seat is a window seat', you can take in the great views of the Pocono mountains. You can sit at the bar, inside or on the outdoor patio. Every Thursday you can enjoy a free summer concert as well. 

5. The Mint GastroPub
1223 Broad Street
Bethlehem, PA 18018
This place offers TWO great patio's. If you are looking to meet up and sip on a cocktail or craft beer, head to the back patio with fire pit. If you are looking to sit down and enjoy one of their ever changing eats, then I suggest reserving an outside table. There isn't a bad seat in the house whether at the bar, patio or inside. Oh and don't forget to check out the safe where the wines are kept!

6. Hamilton Kitchen
645 West Hamilton Street
Allentown, PA 18101
This place sits right next to the PPL Center, so you can conveniently have dinner, drinks and apps and then catch a concert. With a large outdoor bar, this is the perfect place to meet us for happy hour drinks or sit for a meal. 
7. The Wooden Match
61 West Lehigh Street
Bethlehem, PA 18018
Set along side the railroad tracks in Bethlehem, this place is really only good to eat at during the Spring and Summer. The inside allows for smoking of cigars, so unless I have to use the restroom, I don't go inside. The outside dining is perfect to enjoy on a date or with a group of friends. Each outside table is set up under it's own canopy to shade from the sun. On the weekends, there is typically entertainment on the patio as well. 

Are you local or ever visited the Lehigh Valley area and have a great dining place? Tell me about it! 
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