Lehigh Valley’s Best Appetizers and Unique Outdoor Space: Side Dish

Allentown’s Union & Finch Beer Breaded Fried Cheese Curds are the type of appetizer you really shouldn’t share.

It’s as if a crispy funnel cake had a steamy affair with soft, creamy cheese and from that union a love child was born.

Trust us. Just get yours.

We asked people to let us know their favorite appetizers and small bites from restaurants in Lehigh Valley.

Here’s what we’ve compiled so far, in no particular order.

  • Apollo Grill (Bethlehem): Burrata, with caramelized peach compote, arugula, basil oil, toasted bread wedges, $12
  • Also at Apollo Grill: Filet Noir & Bleu, with blue cheese, grilled garlic bread, $16
  • white orchids (Middle Valley): “Traditional Thai Moneybags:” Crispy, deep-fried golden moneybags stuffed with minced chicken and shrimp, carrots, peas and sweet corn, served with Thai chili dip, $11
  • Chen’s house, Easton: dumplings… with pork and chives, steamed. $7.05.
  • The Bayou (Easton): Clams in white wine, with littleneck clams, garlic, shallot, cherry tomatoes, white wine aioli, toasted bread wedges.

Keep submitting your picks and we’ll include them in a future Side Dish column. Email: [email protected], include “Best Appetizer” in the subject line and your name and hometown.

Aman’s Artisan Indian Cuisine in Easton is known for its award-winning cuisine.

Now Aman’s diners can eat outside in the restaurant’s aisles. The walkway is lined with a dramatic and abstract terracotta floor, which pays homage to the humble earthen pots used for cooking in villages across India. It was a two-year project to create the outdoor space.

The seats are also conveniently located, tucked between the Sigal Museum and the restaurant, so you avoid much of the direct sun. As the number of seats outside is limited, the restaurant asks diners to designate it when booking. The spot is also weather dependent and first come, first served.

The entire outdoor space is also available to hire for groups/large families for private events.

Aman’s is at 336 Northampton St. Easton. information: [email protected]

The Emmaüs restaurant is offering a whiskey tasting evening from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on July 9.

You will enjoy three American whiskeys:

  • Widowed Jane Bourbon 10 years in a row
  • Four Roses Small Batch Select Straight Bourbon
  • Wild Turkey Rare Breed Straight Bourbon

The event will take place in the shed but if the weather is not ideal it will move inside the barn.

How much: $30 per person. Tickets will be limited to 22 people.

Information: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/american-whiskey-tasting-tickets-367608586177