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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