One of the more memorable restaurants in Lehigh Valley has to be Grumpy's Bar-B-Que Roadhouse and here are 5 reasons why:

  1. They have flying pigs! No joke. They're in the bar (which is where I'd suggest sitting when you go to Grumpy's). They also have old license plates from all over the world and other cool "roadhouse" decor on display to keep you occupied while you wait for your food.
  2. They serve Kutztown birch beer. Grumpy's is the only restaurant outside of Kutztown I've found where you can get this refreshing PA beverage, which is a shame in my book but a huge bonus for Grumpy's.
  3. They use a hickory wood BBQ pit to cook the food. Unless you're at a picnic, you don't get this type of cooking. For instance, Grumpy's large roaster wings (probably the biggest wings in the Valley) have a wonderfully smokey flavor you can taste even under the sauce - something you won't get from fried wings.
  4. Their BBQ spare ribs. At other places in the Valley, I've always ordered a full rack of ribs, but not at Grumpy's. Grumpy's ribs are HUGE; I'm talking 5 inches long! When the menu says a full rack of ribs at Grumpy's is a "non human amount of food for the seriously hungry" they're not kidding, so order with care.
  5. They offer authentic Southern and Cajun cuisine, which I know this because Kent used to live down south, so he knows good southern food, like spicy jambalaya, po boys and collard greens. They even have gator bites (breaded and fried alligator meat), which actually weren't bad.

So now that I've made you hungry (wink, wink), here's the catch - Grumpy's is so popular, there's usually a wait to get a seat. BUT, while I was trolling their website, I saw that they'll be taking their hickory wood pit goodness on the road to SportsFest, which starts this week, and Musikfest, which starts at the end of the month.

If you try Grumpy's, I'd love to hear your thoughts on it.