Kempton Hotel near Lehigh Valley, PA
We had a wonderful Father’s Day meal at the Kempton Hotel in Kempton, Pennsylvania, which is on the outskirts of the Lehigh Valley, about 25 minutes west of Allentown.
The restaurant, open every day except Tuesday, is housed in a hotel which dates back to 1874, across from the mill in a small, well-preserved rural town. One drives for about 10 minutes through beautiful farmland to get there from I-78.
The food, all of it made from scratch on the premises, is terrific. Everything we had was wonderful, from the clambake to the fried chicken, from the wonderful seafood gumbo included with the salad bar to the apple dumplings for dessert. The restaurant occasionally has family-style Pennsylvania Dutch feasts, and if the to-die-for chicken pot pie we had is any indication, it must be fantastic.
Outstanding rural restaurants like this are a dying breed in this part of Pennsylvania. It would be great if the Kempton Hotel gets the support it doubtlessly needs to maintain a wonderful tradition.
(Posted to Roadfood.com and Chowhound.com.)