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Old 12-25-2009, 06:56 PM
Location: South Carolina
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My 2 sons (in their 20's) are here for the weekend, they came in late Xmas Eve......since my husband & I are so new to the area (right outside of Allentown) & we don't go out much (except out to eat once in a blue moon).....we have no idea where to take them . One stop will be the Sands Casino but that's about all we can think of. We'd like to take them out to eat....something they can't get in the Carolinas....good, fresh seafood (especially crab legs) is always appreciated! Also, an awesome diner would be great too (very hard to find in the Carolinas). I'd appreciate any and all ideas thrown at me that we all can enjoy together. (football on TV & Wii is going to hold them over for just so long) Thanks!
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Old 12-25-2009, 09:04 PM
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If the weather is good, why not take a walk down Main Street in Bethlehem. Here's a good site about that city: ChristmasCity.org - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania - Things to Do (http://www.christmascity.org/thingstodo/#heritage - broken link)

The Farmers Market in Allentown is fun. Allentown Fairgrounds Farmers Market - Allentown, Pennsylvania You can eat right there. In downtown Allentown is the Art Museum Allentown Art Museum

Seafood-wise, the best seafood, I've had around here was at Emeril's place at the sands casino, but it is expensive and hard to get a reservation. Second best for me was also in Bethlehem at The Edge. I'm mostly familiar with the Coopersburg diner Coopersburg Diner and Family Restaurant | Coopersburg, PA, but that's a little out of your way unless you are going here - Welcome to The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley
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Old 12-28-2009, 11:48 AM
Location: South Carolina
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Well, considering we didn't have much time as far as in the amount of days of their visit, we went to Sands Casino & then ate at Emerils. We were lucky and got one of the last 2 reservations available (we called first thing in the morning!).You're right in the fact that it is pricey but it's an upscale restaurant & you're paying for the quality of the food, the ambience & of course Emerils name. The one thing that ruined our meal was Emeril's *BAM* spices which were heavily coated on the outside of the meats we ordered (prime rib & rack of lamb). It actually was like eating a teaspoon of pure salt! I'm not sure if that's typical of how they season their meats or if the chef had an off night. Otherwise, everything was cooked to perfection & delicious! Money won and lost at Sands but what can you expect at a casino, right? Thanks for the suggestions, I'll keep the other items in mind while we continue to receive our flow of guests during the holidays!

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Old 12-28-2009, 12:58 PM
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We ate at Emerils for my birthday. I wasnt that impressed. The food is a bit too fancy for my liking-I prefer Shula's as its steak, but really good cuts of beef not ruined by fancy sauces.

If I caught this post earlier, i would have recommended the art museum in Allentown. Every now and then they have some interesting exhibits. Last year I took some out of town friends there to see the "Art of Warner Brothers" exhibit. I dont typically go for art museums per se, but its Bugs Bunny!
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