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Campus Square boasts “Best of the Valley”

Lehigh students who want to taste the “Best of the Valley” only have to visit Campus Square.

In the 13th annual Best of the Valley Readers' Poll conducted by Lehigh Valley Magazine, two Campus Square restaurants—The Cup and Johnny’s Bagels—won the coveted “Best of the Valley” designation. More than 4,000 readers completed paper and online ballots to select winners including The Cup and Johnny's.

Owners of the restaurants, along with the other 100-plus winners, were announced at an awards ceremony at the Holiday Inn Conference Center in Fogelsville earlier this summer.

Johnny’s Bagels was awarded the title of Best Bagels. Known valley-wide for their hand-rolled, huge, New York-style bagels, Johnny’s has held fast to the Best Bagels title for three consecutive years. Unique flavors such as cranberry orange and sundried tomato make their selections both appealing and memorable.

The Bethlehem Dairy Store—The Cup won for Best Ice Cream. This also was not The Cup’s first “Best of the Valley” award. More than 40 hard ice cream flavors, including sugar-free, low-fat, and seasonal flavors, continue to draw enthusiastic crowds year after year. Recently, The Cup was also featured as one of The Morning Call’s Top Ice Cream Parlors in the Lehigh Valley.

Bill Burkhardt, co-owner of The Bethlehem Dairy Store, was not only enthusiastic about The Cup’s win, but also about Johnny’s and what it means for Campus Square.

''I am a very big supporter of community and small businesses,'' he says.

So what does it take to earn a “Best of the Valley” title?

“Stop in Johnny’s for a bagel, then pop over to us for some ice cream and find out,” Burkhardt says.

For all of the “Best of the Valley” winners, go online to Lehigh Valley Magazine's Web site.

--Brynn Buskirk



Posted on Tuesday, September 16, 2008

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