How the Japanese Appetizer Salad Became a Staple Meal Starter

If you’ve ever been to a Japanese restaurant in America, you’ve experienced the pleasure of the pre-main course ritual. It starts with a piping hot bowl of miso soup and is completed with a small salad of some sort: shaved cabbage drowned in a creamy sesame glaze, crunchy iceberg lettuce topped with a chunky gingery miso sauce, or mixed greens tossed with slick wafu dressing.

You may have had a version of this at Spoon House Bakery and Restaurant, a wafu pasta establishment in Gardena, California with a famous “one dollar salad” that’s composed simply with lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, and

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Lehigh Valley’s top appetizers plus a unique outdoor space

The beer-battered, fried cheese curds at Allentown’s Union & Finch is the type of appetizer you really shouldn’t share.

It’s like a crispy funnel cake had a torrid affair with mild, creamy cheese, and from that union came a love child.

Trust us. Just get your own.

We asked folks to let us know what their favorite appetizers and small bites are from Lehigh Valley restaurants.

Here’s what we have compiled so far, in no particular order.

  • Apollo Grill (Bethlehem): Burrata, with caramelized peach compote, arugula, basil oil, toast points for $12
  • Also at Apollo Grill: Black & Blue
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Get these ready-made appetizers for parties or camping

When you’re organizing a get-together, there’s not always a chance to prepare sides that are as exciting as whatever’s in the oven or on the grill. Sure you could throw something together, but you want your guests to be excited about what you serve them, and there isn’t always time to make another great dish. If you want a ready-made appetizer that’s suitable for outdoor parties or even camping, you should serve SeaBear’s

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7 unique appetizers you need to try in Birmingham including OvenBird’s beef fat candle

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An OvenBird classic. (OvenBird / Facebook)

Looking for a fun place to try some new starters in Birmingham? We’ve got you covered. We’ve come up with 7 of our favorite unique appetizers in and around the city that you need to try.

1. PBR at Bamboo on 2nd

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Do we have to share? (Bamboo on 2nd / Facebook)

This delicious appetizer takes your greens to a whole new level. The combination of the flash fried Brussel sprouts sautéed with pork and eel sauce served over sushi rice will you have you questioning your decision to share with the table.

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Three easy appetizers for summer gatherings

Summer means casual get-togethers, and with most of my friends and family being double-boosted this year, I hope to have several in-person visits. Having gone two summers without much socializing, I want to spend more time visiting and less time cooking. These three simple appetizers are low fuss but high in taste.

Spinach Dip served in a sourdough boule.

Spinach Dip served in a sourdough boule.

(Anita L. Arambula / Confessions of a Foodie)

Spinach dip for the spinach haters

I didn’t grow up eating spinach; my father found it bitter, so my mom never bought it. That is, until my late teens, upon my doctor’s recommendation,

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5 San Francisco appetizers that are cheap yet delicious

San Francisco is home to such a diverse spread of cultural dishes that there’s no way SFGATE’s food team could cover them all in one swoop. With the cost of living hitting our dining budgets the hardest, we sought to cover as many affordable appetizers as our stomachs would allow. Together, we tasted everything from playful Nepali tapas with spicy tamarind water, the crispiest patatas bravas imaginable, and even got the scoop behind a North Beach favorite in the form of a cheesy stuffed golden bell pepper.

If you’re a foodie at heart and want to keep your appetite satiated … Read more