Today the Borough of Palmerton held Summer Sidewalk Sales, but we didn’t know that when we decided to go to Bert’s Steakhouse. We’d planned a visit since May when a reader, Steve, Bert's Steakhouserecommended it. This morning seemed a nice one for our first visit to Palmerton.  M. was pleased the minute we started driving down Delaware Avenue and into town.  “Look,” he said.  “Angled parking.”  We both smiled.  Angled parking just makes sense!

When we entered the ’60′s themed restaurant it looked full.  Booths and tables were all occupied with only a few counter seats open.  Then we realized there was a large adjoining dining room.  It’s homey, country-style welcomed us and a sign told us to seat ourselves.  A waitress brought menus along with our requested coffee and water.   When I heard I felt like I’d stepped back to a more pleasant place in time.  Always loved that song!

A featured item across the top of my menu was Cinnamon Raisin French Toast with Vanilla Sauce.  Too good to pass up.  Bert's BreakfastM. ordered bacon and poached eggs.  Our food was soon brought by a warm and friendly waitress.  I found the vanilla sauce to be a perfect complement to the French Toast.  Too often I think syrup drowns the flavor of French Toast or pancakes.   This was light and lovely.  I’d also asked for a side order of bacon, browned and crisp when it arrived, with a delectable salty flavor.  Throughout the meal, our waitress kept our coffee cups filled in a thoroughly pleasant, non-intrusive way.

Our total bill was under $12 (plus tip) for 2 eggs, bacon, toast, orange juice, and Cinnamon Raisin French Toast with vanilla sauce, a generous side order of bacon, and 2 coffees with ample refills.  Quite reasonable.   We wholeheartily recommend Bert’s for its quality of food, pleasant atmosphere, and excellent service!

After our meal, we strolled up Delaware Avenue.  We were pleased to discover the on the corner and took a self-guided tour.  The First National Bank, built in 1926, donated the building to the library in the early 1970′s.  It is well-maintained with a broad selection of books,  DVDs, and an incredibly helpful librarian.  A large round table holds several computers, all occupied today.  There’s a sizeable childrens’ section in the rear and a young adults’ section downstairs.  Upstairs are more books and a large conference room.  Special Note: The Palmerton Library is currently holding a basket auction with many nice baskets on display.  If you’re from the area and haven’t been there lately, go buy a few tickets and bid!

Across the street from the Palmerton Library breakfast 267is the municipal building with a small park next to it.  The park features an antique clock and one of the many wonderfully painted mules from .  Charming!  We continued our stroll.  M. bought some clothing (really good sales!) and we picked up some locally grown fresh produce at a corner market.

Although we hadn’t planned on touring Palmerton, we really enjoyed seeing the community.  This borough carries a lot of charm and flavor, not the least of which is found at Bert’s Steakhouse! Thank you, Steve, for a great recommendation!

Bert’s Steakhouse is located at 416 Delaware Ave., Palmerton, PA.  610-826-9921.  They are open Monday through Saturday from 6:30 am to 9:00 pm, and on Sunday from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm.