After spending a gorgeous spring afternoon shopping at the Promenade outdoor shops on Saturday, my husband, son, daughter-in-law and I all headed further West to check out a place that has been on my to-visit list for the past year. We weren’t expecting to find that this restaurant was nestled in a predominantly residential neighborhood, so we were pleased to see that they had a private parking lot in the rear of the restaurant and easily found parking. Once inside we were very pleasantly surprised to find a light, bright & clean restaurant with extremely friendly help. From the moment we entered the front door we were greeted warmly by the hostess and even though we were early for our 6pm reservation, we were immediately seated and assured that it wasn’t an inconvenience at all (yes, first impressions DO count).
We immediately started perusing the drink & main menus and soon Dave, our server, was at our table to thoroughly delight us with his personality & service. It took us a while but after a few samples and some consideration we decided on drinks and I had the Clown Shoes Clementine beer which had sweet orange peel, coriander & summit hops and was light & perfect for what felt like a summer day.
Dave then completely threw a monkey wrench into our meal plans when he started telling us about the daily specials…wow! The special appetizer was a cheesesteak egg roll so we had to try those and we had also read on Yelp that we had to try the poutine as well so that took care of appetizers (the white bean hummus w/veggies was nixed for another time because we knew we just wouldn’t have room for too many appetizers).
We came prepared to try their burgers based on their #1 ranking on the Lehigh Valley Burger Quest Facebook Page but instead of having their Union Burger as planned, three of us had the special burger: The Margherite Burger. This was described as a grass-fed beef burger with mozzarella cheese, roasted tomatoes, a slice of panchetta & garlic aoili on a cheesy ciabatta bun…OMG. Well, no sooner had we placed our dinner order then our appetizers came out and wow, those cheesesteak egg rolls were amazing. I wish we had ordered more! The poutine was equally good, the gravy had a wonderful au-jus flavor, and since this was a first-time for me eating poutine, I’m definitely a fan now.
Probably my only complaint about the visit was the fact that we barely had time to finish our appetizers before our burgers came out. Having said that, the burgers were EXCELLENT! Each was cooked exactly as requested, and we ranged from well-done to medium rare, so kudos to the kitchen staff. Each burger came with fries and a pickle slice. The fries were so fresh & delicatedly coated with coarse salt & pepper along with truffle oil & they were very tasty. We all ate our pickles, they were that good. They actually have a pickle jar on the appetizer menu so we’ll have to try that next time…and there will be a next time.
Probably the biggest compliment I can give to this restaurant is the fact that I could not finish my burger. You might think that is an odd reason to compliment them but the burger was so generously sized that I honestly could only eat half. I have a fairly healthy appetite so this is saying alot. I never even looked at the dessert menu, which is a rarity for me too. I do look forward to visiting again so I can try some of the other items on the menu. The table next to us had the chicken & waffles and it looked like a gastronomer’s delight! #unionandfinch #lehighvalleyburgerquest #thehungryrealtor #burgers&fries #ilovetoeat
Union and Finch 1528 W. Union Street, Allentown, PA 18102 http://www.unionandfinch.com