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Signature Dish: Social Still in Bethlehem

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Five years ago Social Still took a gamble on southside Bethlehem. Now it's one of the most popular restaurants there.

"We knew it right from the beginning that we were going to have to be a destination where people wanted to come out and check it out," said Adam Flatt, co-owner of Social Still Distillery.

Flatt said Social Still did that with great food, handcrafted spirits, and a cozy atmosphere for customers.

Craft cocktails started the vision for Flatt, who also co-owns Franklin Hill Vineyards in Lower Mt. Bethel, but the food is setting Social still apart.

The restaurant is in an old bank built in 1915, meaning limited space. It has a kitchen so small there's no walk in cooler.

Some dishes include the scallop appetizer, pan seared and served on a Thai peanut sauce noodle sushi roll. 

All the burgers on the menu are a hit, but the signature dish is the Real Ham burger, an 8oz Mangalista pork patty known as the Kobe Beef of pork.

The burger is topped with a bourbon infused bacon jalapeno jam, Vermont cheddar to hold in the goodness, and a bacon aioli made with bacon fat.

You know it's a special burger when they use a branding iron on the bun.

Don't worry vegetarians, there is something for you as well. The vegan bread pudding, and other items are always available.

Owners say they've built a good following and love the fact more places are opening on the south side.

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· Giant Food Stores opens Beer & Wine Eatery at Wind Gap store. Grand opening with beer and wine tastings on Dec. 6 from 5-7 p.m.

· Goodwill Keystone Area opened a new retail store and donation center at 2675 MacArthur Road in Whitehall Township. The center will be open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

· Your CBD Store celebrated its grand opening on Saturday, Nov. 16 in South Bethlehem.

· Hop Daddy’s Brewing Co. opened its new brewery, restaurant and beer garden in downtown Allentown on Nov. 15.

· Kabab and Chutney, an Indian restaurant, recently opened on 3812 Easton-Nazareth HWY Easton. The hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Sunday (closed on Tuesday).

· Jersey Mike's Subs will open in Allentown on November 6. A grand opening and and free sub fundraiser will be held from Wednesday, November 6 to Sunday, November 10 to support the Salvation Army.

· A Frutta Bowls franchise will open on the ArtsWalk in downtown Allentown in mid-December 2019.

· Toys R Awesome, a new retro store in the Village West Shopping Center, has opened on 3022 West Tilghman Street.

· Taco Bell to open at site of former Wind Gap Professional Center off Route 33 in Plainfield Township.

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