Bolete Restaurant in Bethlehem
Since I learned about Bolete on Chowhound, I think I should report how wonderful this new restaurant really is. We went yesterday for Mothers' Day brunch. Based on the menu they have posted on their website, we ate what must be a "normal" brunch for Bolete. The meal was fantastic -- crispy duck confit with poached eggs, way above the usual steak and eggs, a splendid "appetizer" called "The Egg" consisting of a whole soft boiled egg (out of the shell of course) standing on a small raft of toast in an pool of fantastic mushroom ragu, and wonderful salmon on a bed of spaetzle and greens. Ah, I could go on and on.
Some very interesting cocktails, too. We tried "The Brit" -- Hendrick's Gin, Lavender Essence and Kumquat in a martini glass. And a bottle of wonderful, ice cold, very pale Zardetto prosecco.
And the people are really very accomodating. Erin and her staff were a pleasure to meet.
So, we haven't had dinner there yet, and it's a bit of a ride from New York City, but the changes in the city of Bethlehem in the last 20 years are astounding, and Bolete would sure make a nice stop after a day in the Pennsylvania countryside or in the city itself. Since we can't ever find any place to eat in the Poconos, I think we'll start to come here when we are visiting my parents in Stroudsburg. It's not that far, and we can't wait to come back.
Bolete is at 1740 Seidersville Road, a mile or so from the downtown Bethlehem business area and still very much in the city.
Haven't had a better Mother's Day meal for years, and this rave is by New York standards.