“How do you choose a diner to review?” a friend asked. Answering took a few minutes. Sometimes it’s geography, based on a morning’s errands. Or we might pull a name from others’ suggestions. On occasion, it’s pure happenstance. That’s how we ended up at the Westgate Diner this morning. We just sort of happened upon it. A happy surprise.
Westgate Diner sits in a southwestern styled building at the angled corner of Schoenersville and Catasauqua Roads in Bethlehem, catty-corner from the Westgate Mall. Not a huge parking lot, but adequate for the seating inside. The southwest theme is carried into the dining room in color and style.
On walking in, we were met with a warm smile and promptly seated at a booth under a rounded window adorned with tied-back curtains. A dozen or so customers were chatting and enjoying their meals. Our genial waitress handed us menus and took our requests for coffee and water.
The two-page menu held the usual breakfast assortment – egg dishes including omelets, pancakes, French Toast, and various sides. No sausage links we learned, only patties which was fine with me. M. ordered one of his favorites – steak and eggs.
As we sipped our coffee (superbly brewed!) and browsed through the morning news, more folks arrived. Gatherings of families and friends, couples, and obvious old-time regulars. Soon our food arrived on heated plates. Almost immediately, we knew we’d found a jewel.
M.’s steak was a good-size breakfast steak, medium rare as ordered, with two large poached eggs on top, perfectly cooked and steaming. His steak was tender and tasty. Both of us were awed over the homefries, fresh, hot, and deep golden brown. My scrambled eggs were moist and filled with flavor, and the large sausage patty nicely cooked. When our waitress arrived to refill our coffee, we offered our compliments to the cook, something we don’t often do. “He is good,” she said, smiling. I added, “One of the best we’ve found,” (and meant it!).
Our total bill came to $18 (plus tip) for steak, two eggs, homefries, and wheat toast for M. and two scrambled eggs, homefries, sausage patty, and wheat toast for me, plus our two coffees with refills.
What is it that sets one diner apart? The service? Atmosphere? Food? Whatever it might be, we’re pleased to have found it this morning at the Westgate Diner. I hope you’ll visit this hidden gem among the Valley’s diners.
The Westgate Diner is located at 1267 Birchwood Drive, Bethlehem, PA. 610-865-5562. They are open 7 days a week from 6:30 am to 9:00 pm.