Southside’s Finest: Bethlehem’s Best Food, Fitness, Entertainment and Culture is Here

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Once an old steel town, the city of Bethlehem has undergone an incredible revitalization. It’s now a hub for amazing dining, arts, entertainment, nightlife, and awesome fitness experiences. Here’s a round-up of some of the best things to do in and around the city.

The Area’s Best Dining

From delicious brunch options to the best cheesesteaks this side of Philly, local foodies have plenty of choices when it comes to culinary experiences in Bethlehem. Roasted, Urbano, and Whiz Kids are just a few of the city’s favorite dining options.


One of best places for breakfast and brunch, Roasted is a favorite among locals of all ages. Some of the most popular menu items include the Fried Egg Reuben, Oreo French Toast, and Vegan Breakfast Tacos. With traditional classics and plenty of decadent meal options, there’s something on the menu for everyone.


If tacos and tequila are more your style, you’ll love Urbano Mexican Kitchen and Bar. The menu features a selection of tacos, appetizers, and traditional Mexican entrees. Stop by and enjoy the daily happy hour, or gather up your friends for Sunday brunch.

Wiz Kidz

When you’re in the mood for comfort food, look no further than Wiz Kidz. Bringing you a blast from the past with ‘80s and ‘90s-themed décor, this quick-serve restaurant serves up awesome cheesesteaks, perogies, and a selection of milkshakes.

Arts, Entertainment, and Nightlife

When it comes to entertaining things to do in Bethlehem, you have plenty of great options. Two of the most popular destinations are The Banana Factory and Sands Casino. Each offers a very different experience, and you won’t want to miss either one.

The Banana Factory

The six-building complex that was once a banana distribution warehouse now houses an art center appropriately called The Banana Factory. The complex features three art galleries, 30 resident studio artists, and several classrooms. Join the hundreds of visitors who attend the First Friday events every month or sign up for one of the studio’s great classes including pottery, photography, and jewelry-making.

Sands Casino

If you really want to have a great time in Bethlehem, you can go wrong with a visit to Sands Casino. Whether you want to give gambling a whirl, enjoy a culinary treat at one of the casino’s many restaurants, or dance the night away, the casino’s got you covered. While you’re there, check out the outlet shopping and make an appointment to get pampered at the spa.

Fitness and Fun

When it comes to health and fitness, our local residents know how to do it right. Whether you’re hiking around Lehigh Valley, having a ton of fun at Dutch Springs, or enjoying a workout at the area’s premier fitness center, you’re sure to find plenty of ways stay fit and enjoy doing it.

Dutch Springs

Who says fitness can’t be fun? You’ll enjoy plenty of exercise while exploring the many attractions at Dutch Springs. Enjoy the water playground at the Aqua Park and challenge yourself with the Aerial Park’s high ropes course, zip lining, and climbing wall. Visitors can also rent watercrafts, scuba, snorkel and play Knockerball. Stay for a day or extend your adventure by renting a spot on the Dutch Springs campground.

Steel Fitness Riverport

The area’s premier fitness destination, Steel Fitness Riverport offers an all-inclusive health and wellness experience. Here you’ll enjoy an array of fitness classes including yoga and spin, Les Mills Body Pump, team training, and The YARD outdoor fitness challenge. Located right next to Lehigh University, Steel Fitness also offers special membership rates for students. Contact us today to learn about our premier offerings and membership opportunities.

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Bethlehem’s Restaurant Scene: Top 5 Healthy Options to Stay Fit with Flavor

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With the new year comes New Year Resolutions. Getting in shape is a common goal and with dedication and a commitment to changing your habits, it is one you can meet. However, a common problem people encounter is what to buy at local restaurants when eating out. When you’re not doing the cooking yourself it’s easy to assume a restaurant won’t have options that fit your dietary requirements. Luckily many restaurants offer healthier options for health-conscious patrons and you don’t necessarily have to go to a specialty restaurant to eat a healthy meal. Here are five healthy and popular local restaurants and the healthier choices they offer.

The People’s Kitchen

The People’s Kitchen offers a breakfast and lunch menu with several classic food choices such as grits, french toast, salads, and sandwiches. If you’re watching what you eat their healthier options include an egg white omelet, an apple and multigrain sandwich, vegan wrap, turkey sandwich, chicken tempura, a hummus plate, and various green salads.

P.J. Whelihan’s Pub + Restaurant

While pub food is rarely thought of as healthy P.J. Whelihan’s Pub + Restaurant still have healthier options on their menu. They offer grilled salmon salads, chicken salads, a grilled chicken entree, and seared tuna steak. Their grilled chicken sandwiches can also be made healthier provided you remove some of the toppings such as bacon and cheese.

Station’s Cafe

This cafe is well known for their high-quality local ingredients. Their menu is class sandwich fair with flatbreads, burgers, sandwiches, and sides such as pretzels, salads, and soups. Their menu is for the most part very healthy and makes use of fish and chicken as primary meat choices with many vegetarian options. If you’re watching your diet Stations Cafe is a good choice if you don’t want to spend too much time analyzing them menu for a healthy food option.

Apollo Grill

The Apollo Grill has a diverse menu with several different types of food to fit a variety of different tastes. Healthy choices include tuna carpaccio and various salads such as green salads, Waldorf salad, chicken cobb, quinoa, and spinach and pear salads. Sandwiches include many grilled chicken options reducing overall fat content and fresh fish entrees such as tuna and salmon offer healthy dining choices.

Tapas on Main

This restaurant focuses on Spanish style dishes and offers many vegetarian options such as a Paella Vegetariana, green salads, melon salads, vegetarian flatbread, and various vegetarian tapas offerings. They also offer various learner meat dishes making use of salmon and grilled chicken.

Healthy Eating Choices And Options at Steel Fitness

Healthy eating doesn’t require you never eat takeout or at restaurants ever again. What it does require is paying attention to what you’re eating and how it is made. The above restaurants offer many different healthier food options with some notably focused on providing healthier choices as a whole. A few minutes of menu research can assure your lunch outing or night out doesn’t interfere with your diet. This awareness of what you’re eating (even when you don’t make it yourself) alongside a good gym membership and you can meet your fitness goals. Getting a gym membership at Steel Fitness of Riverport allows you to have valuable access to a certified nutritionist!

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