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Sep 22, 2007 07:03 AM

Lunch on I-78

Taking a two day trip to Dutch Country and back. We're looking for an "out-of-the-way" privately owned (no chains) but not TOO far off of I-78 to stop for lunch. The kind of place you "stumble upon" and are so glad you did. Anywhere between I-287 and US-222. Thanks!

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  1. I do not know of any "out-of-the-way" places from I-287 to the Pa. border near I-78. On the Pa. side of the Delaware, you start with Easton, Behtlehem, then Allentown. Again, hardly "out-of-the-way," You could stay on I-78 beyond 222 to the Rt. 143 exit. Go south a few miles to Virginville. Last summer, my wife and I stumbled upon the Virginville Hotel where we had a nice lunch. The kind of place we would go back to if in the area. Other places to consider, though not "out-of-the-way," would be the Basin Street Hotel in Kutztown (do not take the limited access by-pass), a decent burger and beer type place. Just south of Kutztown is the Airport Diner. Decent diner food located right along the runway at the airport. Further south along 222 is the Inn at Moselem Springs. Nice place to eat -- a little more up-scale than the others mentioned.

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    1. re: jfr

      Thanks, jfr!

      The Inn at Moselem Springs looks great! Good chance we'll try it. Thanks for the suggestion!

      1. re: jfr

        Hey, just to follow up:
        When we passed the Inn at Moselem Springs, it was too early for dinner and too late for lunch. So we kept going and ended up finding the Main Street Depot Restaurant in Bethlehem, PA. It was fantastic! I highly recommend it. It was a warm night so we enjoyed a bug-free, warm-air meal outside. They offered two menus: one a bit pricey and the other was their "light" menu (soups, salads and sandwiches). As we'd not only had a large lunch earlier but several "samples" at Kitchen Kettle Village, we opted for the light menu. I had the soup du-jour: Fisherman's Stew. Absolutely delicious! I would go back there any time!