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Craving is a Welcome Addition to Hertel Ave
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Craving is a Welcome Addition to Hertel Ave

I was a little upset when I found out that Sample Restaurant was moving out of Allentown. I live right down the street and they offered a more upscale dining option that really can’t be found in the immediate area. It was one of those restaurants that I wish I had visited more often, I enjoyed the atmosphere and it was a great spot for a drink and a couple small bites at the bar. We had a few smaller meals there but never properly reviewed it ourselves. So, when I learned that Chef Adam Goetz and his wife Jennifer were going to be opening a new restaurant called Craving, I was excited to follow their progress as they made the move to Hertel Ave.

The atmosphere inside is very reminiscent of Sample, the design is modern but still casual. They have a large covered patio but we decided to dine inside to escape the humidity. The beer and cocktail list has improved with the move, not that it wasn’t good before but there’s a large selection now. Their beer selection in bottles is really impressive and their draft selection is smaller then most but carefully selected. When our lovely server mentioned they had the 90 minute Dogfish IPA on draft, I ordered it immediately.

Our meal started off with a good sampling of their appetizers. We ordered the Fried Chicken Dinner ($8), Poutine with Beef ($11), Bone Marrow ($12) and Iberico Ham ($15). The Fried Chicken Dinner included two pieces of fried chicken on top of greens and cheddar grits drizzled with truffle honey. The sweetness from the honey gave the different components an interesting flavor contrast. It cut through the savory grits, lessened the kick from the bitter greens and created a ‘chicken and waffles’ flavor profile with the fried chicken. The dish wasn’t that large but enough for two to share as an appetizer. It was delicious and we could have easily eaten another serving. The Poutine included a large pile of fresh cut fries, topped with melted cheese, a generous amount of beef and of course, gravy. This was a favorite dish of ours from Sample and we started devouring it before we remembered to take a picture. The serving is very generous and can easily satisfy a few people. I would have been fine with a little less beef (as crazy as that sounds), but we still gladly finished the entire order.

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