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“Best breakfast in Bethlehem” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Billy's Downtown Diner

Billy's Downtown Diner
10 E Broad St, Bethlehem, PA 18018-5902
610-867-0105
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Ranked #28 of 315 restaurants in Bethlehem
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch
Englewood, NJ
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“Best breakfast in Bethlehem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2008

Based on reviews we ventured into Bethlehem and found Billy's Downtown Diner at 10 East Broad Street www.billysdiner.com. (Frankly, the Courtyard Marriott charged $10.95 for a mediocre breakfast so we decided to branch out from the hotel if we were going to have to pay anyway.)

Fantastic meal! The good news, despite a rather large crowd waiting outside, we (party of 7) were seated in 10 minutes. The owner Billy is also the doorman and personally greets all guests at each table. There is no ambiance whatsoever in the decor, but the music is great - diverse and cool. The food is a little slow in delivery, but well worth the wait.

To be fair, the time spent waiting for the food was because the pklace was simply so popular it was croowed. The charming wait staff seem to be speeding around as if on rollerblades, but they are not - they just work that hard to cover all the tables and with smiling faces!

We had french toast, stuffed french toast (adorned with fresh fruits), quesadilla (there's also a lunch menu), salmon Benedict, salmon omlette, snazzy pancakes (filled with strawberries, choc chips and peanut butter), and a great specialty drink call Iced Cocoa...there was not one complaint and we really enjoyed the meal.

Truth is, we SCRAPED our plates!

Billy's is a very busy place and could use a little help with bussing - I asked the waitress to do a second wipe on our table, and the floor could use sweeping more frequently, but the bathrooms were spotlessly clean.

If you are in this area, it's well worth the trip. Under $70 for 7 including several rounds of drinks (tea, coffee, juices, soda, and...iced cocoa). Charming staff too!

Billy took the time to thank us for visiting, and we DEFINTELY will again.

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“love, love, love this spot.. everyone i take here gets hooked. creative food for reasonable prices!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2008

love, love, love this spot.. everyone i take here gets hooked.
creative food for reasonable prices!

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“Good little diner in a wierd town”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2008

We stopped off in Bethlehem on our way to VA last fall. We'd never been to Bethlehem before and were kind of creeped out to see the old steelyards and th ghost town feel that the town had to it. It was really quite unnerving.

However the one bright spot was Billy's. We stopped in for lunch and the food was actually pretty good as was the service. The only thing I didn't like was that they had some wierd techno music playing on the speakers.

If you ever find yourself passing through Bethlehem and need a bite to eat, this is the place to go.

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“Great breakfast place, busy though!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2008

Great breakfast place, busy though!

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“Another northside fav.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2008

Another northside fav.

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