When I defend South Bethlehem to people of the Lehigh Community I usually get stares filled with bewilderment. Lehigh students often have this negative connotation of our college town engraved in their minds, and it is because of the gossip that has been passed down from year to year. Rarely do they venture off campus to explore the eclectic range of small businesses and quirky landmarks. There is much to offer, but students often quarantine themselves on campus, hardly ever getting passed Campus Square. At least, one must give the Southside a chance.
Make a reservation at Asian Bistro one Saturday night and you are guaranteed to have a good time (if you like Asian food). The servers are quirky, the atmosphere is lively and the food is delicious. Not to say that it is a free-for-all inside, but the staff is extremely accommodating with all your needs. Comradery is welcome. Being from New York I am a hard critic when it comes to sashimi, and Asian Bistro provides some of the best I have ever had. The chefs are true masters of the art and their custom rolls are out of this world. Many eateries in South Bethlehem offer unique experiences like this. Sotto Santi’s provides college student dinner specials which are inexpensive and tasteful. Molly’s Irish Grille and Pub has a plethora of draft beers on tap and serves tasty traditional Irish dishes. If you are looking for a quick fix late at night then grab some hotdogs or sausage from the vendor on East 4th, you’ll be sure to fill your stomach and hear some entertainment. Wherever you end up going it will surely be a pleasant surprise.
Drew Cohen, Lehigh University '13