I recently read a short write-up in The Express Times on The Widow's Tavern and Grille in Stockertown. Knowing that this was one of the former locations of Widow Brown's, I was intrigued to check it out.

Widow Brown's was a popular family of restaurants in the region for most of my young life. Considered "upscale" for the area, it was the place we frequented for special occasions. Having been closed for many years, a sense of nostalgia set in after reading the article so my boyfriend and I decided to dine there.

Since I hadn't been to this location before (there were three), I wasn't sure how much of the decor had been updated, but it looked clean, contemporary and inviting. The large bar was hopping that night, perhaps because it was a Friday during happy hour. We were seated toward the front of the restaurant along Main Street in a small elevated area aside three other couples.

Interested in a pre-dinner cocktail, I ordered a pink grapefruit martini, which was pleasantly sweet without being too sugary. For my appetizer, I opted for the she crab soup, which had been mentioned in the newspaper article. It was rich and creamy and full of nicely-sized pieces of crab meat. A field greens salad followed next which was fresh, simple and delightful.

Finally it was time for my entree - seared scallops with a creme fraiche sauce and aside of creamy smashed potatoes. The scallops were large and sweet, and the sauce was a lovely accompaniment. My boyfriend enjoyed his meal too, so I think we'll be going back again in the near future.

Oh and by the way, the place is reported to be haunted.

So do you think you'll give the Widow's new place a try?