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(Allentown, unless otherwise noted)
*This is a partial listing of ethnic restaurants in the Lehigh Valley. Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary do not endorse any of these establishments but simply list them for informational purposes.
A Dong Grocery Store
Far East Grocery Market, Inc
ACI Halal Turkish
Nawaab Indian Restaurant
Spice of India
A-1 Japanese Steakhouse
Asian Bistro & Sushi Bar
Musashi Japanese Restaurant
Robata of Tokyo
Teppan Hibachi Steak house
Additional Information: Open daily except Sunday 10 am – 6 pm. Puerto Rican dishes, with the best chicharron (fried pork rind), pastelillos (turnovers), and roast chicken in town. The menu is varied, ranging from fried snacks to Latin style sandwiches, to full meals. Servings are massive here—go hungry! No credit cards but very affordable.
La Mexicana Grille
Additional Information: Open daily 11 am – 10 pm, with a brunch on Saturday and Sunday 11 am – 3 pm. Authentic Mexican specialties, no nouvelle cuisine or Taco bell here! Truly amazing soups, wonderful enchiladas and tacos, sensational chilaquiles (for brunch)….This restaurant was the first, and continues to be the most successful, at drawing diners downtown, A good place to take your parents, a great place on your own! Ample seating in an attractive setting. No credit cards.
La Placita Mexico
Additional Information: Authentic home style Mexican dishes and groceries. Excellent pozole rojo and pozole blanco (hominy corn based soups) and very good, very cheap tacos. A wide variety of Mexican sodas is available. There is a small seating section at the rear of the restaurant, beyond the long deli style counter. No credit cards, but very affordable. Take out party trays are available and very well done!
Additional Information: Open daily except Sunday 10 am – 7 pm.
Additional Information: A small Dominican restaurant, though a new seating area allows you to eat in now.
Amigo Mia Restaurant
Additional Information: The tiny gem of a restaurant has a limited, but both good and reasonably both authentic Tex-Mex/Mexican menu. They also have a liquor license. A good place to take parents!
Additional Information: Though it is a bit beyond Allentown (almost to the South side of Bethlehem), this is the best Columbian restaurant in the area. Massive servings of fresh, prepared to order steaks, seafood and the ever daunting, always delicious bandeja paisa (they call it bandeja montanera here), a platter of steak, chorizo, chicharron, rice, beans, fried eggs, and avocado. Credit cards accepted, very much worth the short trip.
Additional Information: Open Monday-Thursday 9 am - 4 pm, Friday and Saturday 9 am – 7 pm. Delivery available. This restaurant with an oft-changing name (hint: look for the address not the name!) offers a variety of Latin dishes with an emphasis on Salvadoran and other Central American specialties. The prices are unbelievably low and the food is quite good. Try the pupusas (stuffed tortillas with cheese, cheese and bean, chicharron, and chicken fillings), enchiladas, and quesadillas! The seating area is fairly small but immaculate. Credit cards accepted.
Taqueria La Lupita
Solido’s/El Rincon Criollo
Additional Information: Open daily except Sunday 11 am – 6 pm. Puerto Rican dishes, from the freshest in fried foods (great alcapurrias (fried stuff yuca!)) to rich stews, pernil, and roasted chicken. Served with rice and beans, to be washed down with tropical sodas. This restaurant is one of the city’s original, and has just moved to an easily-reached, totally renovated downtown location. Ample seating area. No credit cards but very affordable.
Additional Information: Dominican food with some mexican specialities as well. The pollo al carbon is quite good here, as is the cangrejo mambo (crab) and bacalao (salt cod) with large servings and your choice of sides. Offering lunchtime specials every day. Credit cards accepted. Free delivery with a $15 minimum order!!
Additional Information: Free delivery available. Opne daily. Dominican cuisine with an every changing set of fresh daily specials. Amazing stews: the carne guisada, pollo guisado, and cerdo guisado (stewed beef, chicken, and pork respectively) are all good, but don’t be shy! Try the chivo (goat), patita (pig’s foot) or other unfamiliar but delicious meats! The best deal on a cubano (Cuban sandwich) in town. Everything looks fabulous, and the location is both easy to get to and very attractive. Catering for all size events. A great place for group meetings and activities! Credit cards accepted.
Tu Neuva Casa Restaurant
Additional Information: Excellent Dominican specialties as well as a range of Latin dishes. The meal size asopao de camron (shrimp and rice stew) is particularly good. They have several really yummy fish dishes as well. Open very late on the weekends! The room size TV screen keeps the latest novelas and videos front and center.
Additional Information: The Dominican Republic is famous for its baseball players and its baking. 3-J’s has it all, from fancy cakes to plain bread with an ample selection of guava and pineapple treats in between. They will make just about any design cake for a special event. Now also offering take out sandwiches and full meals.
Additional Information: Dominican foods, to eat in or take out. Will cater large orders.
Casa Latina Restaurant
Additional Information: A small but extremely popularDominican restaurant.
Sandwicheria El Punto
Additional Information: Take out sandwiches, featuring the huge and delicious cubano as well as many other warm and cold options.
Mangos Coastal Cuisine
Additional Information: Monday – Friday: 11 am – 10 pm, Saturday: 4 – 10 pm, Sunday: Closed. An elegant and newly innovative restaurant, with prices to match. Offering a traditional and vegetarian paella, through reports indicate that both have been tailored to local tastebuds.
PACIFICO Neuvo Latino Seafood
Additional Information: Open 11 am – 2pm Tuesday to Friday and 5 – 10 pm Tuesday to Sunday. Closed Monday. Reservations required on Saturday might when belly dancers performs ($2.50 cover charge per person). The extraordinary décor of Aladdin---over the top Moroccan and Moroccan inspired painted wood and cushions—whisks diners’ right out of the Lehigh Valley and into an exotic haven. The food is fresh and good, pulled from across the Middle East. A belly dancer enlivens Saturday dinners.
Additional Information: At the heart of Allentown’s large Syrian neighborhood, Damascus Restaurant is an icon. Delicious meat and vegetarian dishes leave the family style restaurant redolent of warm spices and a close knit community. Their fetoosh salads, dusted with ground pomegranate, stand out as either side dishes or more than hearty main courses.
Additional Information: Lunch, Dinner, Take out.
Kow Thai Take out
Touch of Thai
Pho Vung Tau Vietnamese