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“Atmosphere with food and drink to match”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of The Bayou

The Bayou
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Ranked #3 of 347 Restaurants in Bethlehem
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Bar, Cajun & Creole, Contemporary
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Dining options: Brunch, After-hours, Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Riegelsville, Pennsylvania
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“Atmosphere with food and drink to match”
Reviewed 26 July 2014

This is a joint with zero pretension plus sophisticated takes on southern style cuisine that actually pulls it off, and then some. The owners, Cris and Mo, never stop working and their energy and high standards are found in every aspect of the experience: decor, cocktails, service and food. This place is hopping but the bar seats and tables rotated sufficiently that wait times appeared almost non-existent on the Friday we were there. Renovated exposed brick, old timber and tin exude industrial, the ceiling is low enough to keep everything pulled together and the simple furniture fits in perfectly. The outside patio is the spot if you want a less frenetic, quieter scene. We sat at a high top by the bar and soaked up the energy and the band music (yep... live music) as we sipped a house-original, bourbon based cocktail and a craft beer from their well curated list. Bayou also offers an extensive range of liquors and mixers from which they will assemble just about any cocktail you can think of, as well as the several Mo and Chris have developed. The wine list is brief with all fourteen or so choices available by the glass and bottle. The selection is smart, offering enough variety that will satisfy 99.9% of wine drinkers (my wife had a NZ Sauvignon Blanc and an Argentinean Malbec with her food, both up to par. But you don't come here for a glass of Chateau Margaux... you sit down to dinner at The Bayou when you crave perfectly cooked ribs and Mac 'n' Cheese. Ribs cooked tender and almost falling off the bone, but still with enough structure to stay in one piece, coated with caramelized house Q that had crusted perfectly to stand up to the unctuous pork. Just superb. The M n C... macaroni elbows cooked just right with gooey, (yep.... gooey) cheese that was neither dry, nor greasy and runny, and sprinkled throughout with succulent pork bits and a splash of color from baby peas. The hush puppies and dipping sauce were lovely, the spicy shrimp were plump, cooked perfectly and served with a spicy relish. The star of the evening was the Head Cheese. I have devoured offal-based delicacies on several continents, including one memorable dinner at Fergus Henderson's St John in London, and the Bayou delivers a very fine Head Cheese. It does not have the gelatinous wobble that is a feature of many offerings, rather the texture of a coarse country pate with all the inclusions you'd expect. Four generous slices arranged on a board with a wipe of spicy aioli, a relish, and a sprinkle of greens. paired perfectly with my saison. We ended dinner with beignets and coffee. The former were as you'd get all over NOLA: pockets of fried dough liberally sprinkled with powdered sugar and crying out for the latter... coffee ground fresh and poured fresh. The whiskeys we wrapped it all up with were just two of what appeared to be a score or more to choose from. Prices... modest; portions... generous without being over-facing; service... outstanding. We'll be back.

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Walnutport, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Food, Service and Atmosphere GREAT”
Reviewed 23 July 2014

From the moment we stepped into The Bayou we knew we were going to have a great meal.....we are foodies and love FOOD !!!!!!!!! From Hanna the waitress who is one of the best servers we have ever encountered in our 42 years of marriage to the excellent gourmet food that we devoured! Recommend,Recommend !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Visited July 2014
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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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“Loved it!!!!”
Reviewed 15 July 2014

Went there last night and I was so happy with everything the cocktails were awesome and I had the oxtails and they were outstanding..my husband and I will be returning soon!!! So happy to have found this place!

  • Visited July 2014
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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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“WOW my new favorite restaurant!”
Reviewed 12 July 2014

Tonight we went to what we thought was a New Orleans type restaurant and as frequent travelers to that amazing place we were totally thrilled! Charred shrimp were better than Emeril's by a mile --beignets made Cafe du Monde's taste soggy!! Everything we tasted and tried was great! Service was great--owners were so friendly --it was the complete DINING EXPERIENCE!!!!! Loved it!!!

  • Visited July 2014
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Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, USA
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“Do you know where Main & Broad Are?”
Reviewed 11 July 2014 via mobile

This is just a minute away and yet you will feel like you are in Louisiana... What a great menu, cocktails and vibe. The staff was very accommodating even without a reservation, however call ahead or sit at the bar. We found it to be a little loud but one taste of the side of pickles, mac & cheese and there is plenty to talk about. The BBQ chicken and buttermilk fried chicken was awesome. Enjoy!

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