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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Experts Predict This Fall’s Top Beverage Industry Trends

The last year has completely upended the drinks industry. Bars crumbled in favor of at-home drinking. Consumers drank more, or not at all, fueling a wave of non-alcoholic options. Hard seltzer rose, then fell, then paved the way for a whole slew creative RTDs. Sustainability continued to become a larger and larger part of the conversation, while a proliferation of online ordering options made it easier than ever to order booze.

So what’s to come? Experts predict the top beverage industry trends of the season, from what’s next for

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Trending Food: Get sweet on chunky, fully loaded cookies, Food News & Top Stories

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WTOP TOP 10: 2021 Best Vegetarian/Vegan

WTOP readers and listeners nominated a number of local businesses that have vegetarian/vegan specialties in D.C., Maryland and Virginia. Out of hundreds of restaurants and eateries, GreenFare Organic Cafe was voted the favorite.

GreenFare Organic Cafe was voted a top place to get some vegetarian or vegan food. (Courtesy GreenFare Organic Cafe)

WTOP readers and listeners nominated a number of local businesses that have vegetarian/vegan specialties in D.C., Maryland and Virginia. Out of hundreds of restaurants and eateries, GreenFare Organic Cafe was voted the favorite.

Here are the TOP 10 finalists.

  1. GreenFare Organic Cafe – 408 Elden St., Herndon, Virginia
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Trending Food: 8 National Day-inspired creations, Food News & Top Stories

SINGAPORE – The National Day Parade may have been postponed, dining in banned and social gatherings curtailed, but do not let these restrictions dampen your mood for Singapore’s 56th birthday.

Food and beverage (F&B) businesses are rolling out takeaway and delivery deals, with many coming up with creations specially for National Day.

And what better way to show your patriotism than to support the country’s F&B operators.

The Straits Times checks out eight National Day-inspired items.

1. Singaporean breakfast cheesecake

Robust flavours of locally sourced Nanyang coffee powder are infused into the smooth cream cheese of the Singaporean Breakfast cheesecake

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Grubhub’s midyear report ranks the top trending foods for 2021

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Grubhub released its third “State of the Plate” report on Wednesday, taking a look at how and what consumers ate over the last six months.

The report delved into hundreds of thousands of delivery orders to identify the top trending foods, beverages and restaurants during the first half of 2021. The analysis also offers a glimpse into what to expect as we move into the next six months of the year.

Looking back at the top 10 trending foods to date, there’s a noticeable shift toward plant-based options and global flavors. Coming in at No. 1

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