The Willows still a staunch bastion of Pa. Dutch fare

Thank heaven The Willows Restaurant reopened in May. As the Lehigh Valley's last bastion of Pennsylvania Dutch fare, its closing after flood damage in late 2005 meant a native cuisine had disappeared from the ... Full Story
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Bill Allison

Newton, NJ

#1 Jun 28, 2007
Nice article. Why not end with the address for the Willows? "Near Macungie" doesn't help new residents in the area.

“It's Evolution Baby.....”

Since: Feb 07

Allentown Pa

#2 Jun 28, 2007
1935 WILLOW LN
PO BOX 113
EAST TEXAS, PA 18046
Lower Macungie Township, Lehigh County
Bitter

Emmaus, PA

#3 Jun 28, 2007
Bill Allison wrote:
Nice article. Why not end with the address for the Willows? "Near Macungie" doesn't help new residents in the area.
Bill Find Hamilton Blvd and follow to Lower Macungie Road. Go thru 3 lights. tuen right at DAYTIMERS, that is willow Lane, folow it down & it is on the left
Bitter

Emmaus, PA

#4 Jun 28, 2007
wow my spelling was bad
Bitter

Emmaus, PA

#5 Jun 28, 2007
By the way, this is a SECOND CLASS TOWNSHIP.
Thieves are running the show, and the imports want to & have changed everything. It isn't all for the good. They have brought their kids & their kids have brought the gangs & other problems from the city with them. Make sure you are packing, because they only have State Police Coverage.

The Willows is a beautiful place to EAT. BYOB

Since: Mar 07

Allentown, PA

#6 Jun 28, 2007
I had the pig-stomach there last weekend. It is EXCELLENT! Not gamey in the least!

You don't need to be "Dutch" to enjoy it!
Brewhound ZZ

Scranton, PA

#7 Jun 28, 2007
Dennis Mac wrote:
I had the pig-stomach there last weekend. It is EXCELLENT! Not gamey in the least!
You don't need to be "Dutch" to enjoy it!
Yikes! Sounds disgusting. So what are the spices used in Dutch cooking? I'm thinking pretty much salt and pepper, that is it.

Since: Jun 07

United States

#8 Jun 28, 2007
Um, what are you talking about? There are gang problems in Lower Macungie? And you should be "packing" if you dine at The Willows? "Thieves are running the show?" What????
Bitter wrote:
By the way, this is a SECOND CLASS TOWNSHIP.
Thieves are running the show, and the imports want to & have changed everything. It isn't all for the good. They have brought their kids & their kids have brought the gangs & other problems from the city with them. Make sure you are packing, because they only have State Police Coverage.
The Willows is a beautiful place to EAT. BYOB

“Dirk Duncum”

Since: Feb 07

Allentown

#9 Jun 28, 2007
Brewhound ZZ wrote:
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Yikes! Sounds disgusting. So what are the spices used in Dutch cooking? I'm thinking pretty much salt and pepper, that is it.
salt, pepper, fat, and lard. Take it from a PA Dutchman the food is bland! Dont go there!

Since: Mar 07

Allentown, PA

#10 Jun 28, 2007
aginghipster wrote:
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salt, pepper, fat, and lard. Take it from a PA Dutchman the food is bland! Dont go there!
I don't think it's bland at all!

Where would you suggest for authentic Dutchie cooking?

“Dirk Duncum”

Since: Feb 07

Allentown

#11 Jun 28, 2007
Im a Dutchman who will not eat Dutch Food. Chicken Pot Pie and Halupkies are the only exceptions.

Since: Mar 07

Allentown, PA

#12 Jun 28, 2007
aginghipster wrote:
Im a Dutchman who will not eat Dutch Food. Chicken Pot Pie and Halupkies are the only exceptions.
That's great, but Halupki originated in Eastern Europe - Czech, Russia.
Chicken Pot Pie? Love 'em!
Bitter

Emmaus, PA

#15 Jun 28, 2007
la salle wrote:
Um, what are you talking about? There are gang problems in Lower Macungie? And you should be "packing" if you dine at The Willows? "Thieves are running the show?" What????<quoted text>
All I am saying is, is that Lower Macungie has become a cesspool. With all the New Homes, Which are constructed poorly, the Township has deteriorated. The influx of TRASH has infiltrated the area. The gangs are here and if you don't believe me go ask one of the East Penn H.S. students.

The Willows is a nice place to eat.

“Stop the Polarization”

Since: May 07

Emmaus, PA

#16 Jun 28, 2007
Blue Mountain wrote:
<quoted text>Thanks for bringing up that Pennsylvania Dutch chicken pot pie is made with noodles in a pot. I still make my own homemade noodles. When someone says they are making chicken pot pie with bagged noodles, I cringe. I tell them they are making soup, not pot pie. My grandmother was a good baker too. She made the best apple tarts and pumpkin pie(from cooked pumpkin). To all, Thanks for the memories of the past of my Dutch family members and our foods.
My favorite is funny cake. Never did like shoo-fly pie. Funny cake is getting harder and harder to find, but I did find some at the Hausman's Fruit Farm stand at the Emmaus Farmers' Market ( http://www.emmausmarket.com/ ) a few weeks ago. They make apple dumplings too, in season. Yum!

Now, if I could only find someone who makes corn pie...

“Stop the Polarization”

Since: May 07

Emmaus, PA

#17 Jun 28, 2007
Oops! Just read the article...and the Willows makes corn pie. I'll have to go there for sure now!

“Let's Spend and Borrow Forever”

Since: Feb 07

Bethlehem, PA

#18 Jun 28, 2007
Corn pie can be found at the Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia, though it may not be quite the same that you're looking for.
Blue Mountain

Fogelsville, PA

#19 Jun 28, 2007
Corn pie is great. There use to be a bakery at the Allentown fairgrounds farmers market, some years ago, that made a good corn pie. Gonna have to get the recipe out, haven't made it for years. Corn fritters are good too.

“Let's Spend and Borrow Forever”

Since: Feb 07

Bethlehem, PA

#20 Jun 28, 2007
Corn chowder too. If I get my wife's recipe somewhere, I'll post it.
Of course, the price of corn is rising with the ethanol boom but I think we can still spring for a few hundred kernels.
Bad teeth sometimes indicate that long-dead tribes ate a lot of corn, high in natural sugar. That or their was sand in their food.
Brewhound ZZ

Scranton, PA

#21 Jun 29, 2007
I have to say that after suffering through many family dinners at Walp's over the years, I am quite familiar with how plain Dutch food is - and aginghipster hit it on the head - lots of lard! Blah!

Since: Mar 07

Allentown, PA

#22 Jun 29, 2007
Brewhound ZZ wrote:
I have to say that after suffering through many family dinners at Walp's over the years, I am quite familiar with how plain Dutch food is - and aginghipster hit it on the head - lots of lard! Blah!
Walp's was my first introduction to Dutchie cuisine. Everything was laden with starch and fat, and after eating only about 1/4 of my meal, I began to feel stuffed and sick. Looking at the 350-lb waitress didn't help.

The Willows is NOTHING like Walp's!
The food there is expertly prepared, and excellent!

While growing-up in NY, you had Italian places and Chinese. That was about it. One thing I can say about the Lehigh Valley is that the diversity of ethnic dining is amazing. Read through Susan Gotshall's reviews -- we have everything here!

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