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When I asked my husband where he’d like to eat breakfast this morning, he said “Find a place in Emmaus. We’ve never eaten there.” A glance through my list of reader recommendations sent us toward The Trivet Family Restaurant, a popular spot in Emmaus that we’d been told offers exceptional home style cooking, including traditional Pennsylvania Dutch food.
Although the weather was a chilly 27° when we left home in Nazareth, and a colder 21° in Emmaus, the morning was pleasant with a golden winter sun and the powder blue skies that often appear in the January cold.
When we arrived, the Trivet’s parking lot was nearly full but we found a few open spaces. Inside, we were escorted to a booth next to a side window. Our waitress delivered menus, along with our requested coffees and water. The menu had an extensive list of Omelets, Belgian Waffles, “Eggsceptional Offerings” and many other breakfast favorites. Both of us were hungry and we chose quickly. We saw that home fries are not included with the dishes, so we each asked for a side order.
In no time at all our waitress delivered our nicely warmed plates. M. chose his favored Eggs Benedict and side orders of home fries, and link sausage. He received six links, superbly cooked. The Eggs Benedict was also cooked to his taste. It had been a while since I’d eaten an omelet so I chose a Bacon, Tomato, and Cheddar omelet from the specialty menu. No salt and pepper was needed; it was filled with flavor. My toast came unbuttered and on top of the omelet so it stayed warm; a dollop of whipped butter came on the side. What a good idea. More restaurants should do that. We both found our homefries crisp and delicious. Great food!
Throughout our meal our waitress kept up a steady round of good-natured conversation with every table she waited on. It was delightful to see her chatting away in such a cordial manner while still seeing to the needs of each and every customer. She was quick, efficient, and friendly. We never wanted for anything, nor did anyone she served.
Our total bill came to just over $16 (plus tip) for an order of Eggs Benedict, a bacon, tomato, and cheddar omelet, whole wheat toast, two side orders of home fries, six links of sausage, and two coffees with a carafe for refills. Reasonable prices, great food, and terrific service. I understand the popularity and am sure you will, too.
The Trivet Family Restaurant is located at 4102 Chestnut Street in Emmaus, PA. 610-965-2838.
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 with 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. She 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. 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!
Family matters at home led to a late start on a shopping trip to the western edge of the Valley this past Saturday. We thought we’d avoid Highway 22′s congestion so we drove the northern route, across open countryside, through Northampton, and south down MacArthur Road. Since our last trip along that northern stretch a few years ago, we noticed several new businesses have opened, including a large Weis Market. Judging by the parking lot, it’s much appreciated. Our offspring would smile to see that Planet Trog is still going strong. When they were younger, they had many fun times there.
It was around noon so we stopped at the Whitehall Family Diner. Stepping from the car, we were slapped by a cold rush of November wind. Winter is coming!
From the road, the restaurant makes an impressive and shiny appearance. The traditional diner feel continued as we walked inside. We were greeted with a bright display case filled with tall frosted cakes and creamy pies. Fresh looking green and white ceramic tiles covered the floors.
We asked for a booth. The hostess escorted us to one in front. We were struck by the hard seats, a minor discomfort and one we would overlook for a good meal.
The waitress brought us two steaming coffees then took our order from the extensive diner menu. Noontime so my husband chose lunch – a cheeseburger and fries. Craving breakfast, I ordered a cheddar and bacon omelet. As we waited, we discussed matters ranging from the upcoming Christmas season to the recent rash of vehicle break-ins in the Valley. Folks, lock your cars!
Our meal finally arrived. His cheeseburger was large but the cheese seemed slapped on as an afterthought. Scarcely melted. Small serving of fries. He later said his entire meal was bland and tasteless. “Institutional” is the word he used. In all our years, I’ve never heard him say that about diner food. I agreed, though. My omelet was a decent size but in the center the cheese was still shredded and almost cold, not melted. My potatoes sprawled across the plate giving the appearance of more than were actually there. Not that I wanted more. They had a slightly “old” taste. Toast and jam were good, as was the coffee, although we seemed limited to our original two cups. No refills. Overall, barely a fair meal with moderate to poor service.
Our meals, including cheeseburger and fries, a bacon and cheddar omelet, homefries, and toast, and two cups of coffee came to just under $15 (plus tip).
The Whitehall Family Diner is located at 3026 MacArthur Road in Whitehall, PA. It is open 24 hours.
The New City View Diner sits proudly at the top of the hill on MacArthur Road in Whitehall, just north of Highway 22. Given its fantastic view of Allentown, it is aptly named. Since we were driving to the Lehigh Valley Mall area, the City View seemed a natural place for us to enjoy a leisurely Saturday breakfast. Apparently many others felt the same because, in spite of the sad downturn in the economy, the large restaurant was nearly filled when we arrived just before 10 this morning. No waiting though. We were seated immediately at one of the few vacant tables.
With its Art Deco influence, this Greek diner is both bright and clean. The long walls of windows bring the outdoors inside. The day’s dark clouds and drizzling rain didn’t dampen the warm, inviting feel in the large dining room. Our tall, young waitress quickly brought us our cups of coffee and glasses of water.
The City View’s breakfast menu contains a broad selection of eggs, a variety of pancakes and French Toast with a number of fruit toppings, as well as many other breakfast specialties. The rainy autumn weather seemed to call for a hearty breakfast. I chose a bacon and cheddar omelette. My husband ordered steak and eggs.
As we waited for our meal we skimmed through the morning papers. We especially noted the sad news about the death of historian and retired history teacher, James Wright. Among his other accomplishments, he was a published author who had written historical articles for the Express-Times for over 30 years. Mr. Wright left a solid legacy and he will be missed. Somehow, the day’s rain seemed appropriate. Our condolences go to his family.
Soon, our poised waitress was presenting our breakfast on hot, white plates. My husband’s strip steak was steaming and medium rare. He enjoyed it along with his eggs, homefries, and wheat toast. My bacon omelette and potatoes filled my plate providing more than I could eat. The food was hot, not greasy, and totally delicious. In spite of the now packed restaurant, our waitress checked back frequently as we ate, keeping our coffee and water glasses filled.
Our total bill came to just over $17 (plus tip) for steak, eggs, homefries, and toast plus a bacon omelette, homefries, and toast, as well as two coffees with ample refills. Considering the tastiness of the food, the warm atmosphere, and the fine service, it was well worth the cost.
The New City View Diner is located at 1831 MacArthur Road in Whitehall, PA. It is open 24 hours and provides a nice spot for breakfast, or any other meal. Click comments (above) to share your own experiences there.
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.
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.
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