There's a lot to like about Bethlehem, PA, which terms itself "The Christmas City", and now I've discovered a restaurant that's reason enough to make a trip. After a great day shopping on Main Street (don't miss the Moravian Bookstore - so much more than books), touring the Moravian Historic District and exploring the Hotel Bethlehem, we wound up the hill to Bolete. You immediately get that this stone house on the corner was indeed once a stagecoach stop. The welcome is warm, the wait staff knowledgeable and the dining room charmingly rustic. The revelation is the food - equal in every way to that prepared in longer-established, larger, big-City, star chef restaurants. Our starters included foie gras, cauliflower soup with mushrooms and guanciale, tuna tartar in an apple broth and Duxbury oysters on the shell - each dish delicious, seasonally appropriate and nicely presented. Two of us had pork chop entrees, beautifully sauced, and two had diver scallops, perfectly seared. We were sure we couldn't manage dessert, but succumbed because the choices were great! Yes, the pace was stately and the price not insignificant. But worth every minute and dollar. Our compliments to Chef Lee Chizmar and his staff.
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