Written by on July 7, 2012 in I Eat America, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

( – Allentown, Pennsylvania

How I heard of this place: We saw a sign, on our way home from Camelback, for Friendly’s Ice Cream and Samyar mentioned the Reese’s® Pieces® Sundae (contains peanuts) with 5 Scoops of Vanilla ice cream, peanut butter, marshmallow, hot fudge and Reese’s® Pieces® candy. We couldn’t turn away.

Type of cuisine: Breakfast classics including everything from waffles and chocolate chip pancakes to French toast and sirloin steak & eggs, omeletes, skillets, sandwich melts, and a special Seniors menu. For lunch and dinner, enjoy salads, burgers, more sandwiches, entrees like New England Fish ‘n’ Chips, a roasted Turkey Dinner, Bourbon BBQ Chicken and quesadillas. Friendly’s also offered munchies or appetizers of deep-fried Mac & Cheese, Crispy Bacon Potato Skins, Buffalo Chicken Strips, fried Mozzarella Cheese Sticks, and Spinach & Artichoke Dip. I think the real reason people go to Friendly’s, though, is the Dessert: sundaes, brownies, cakes, waffle sundaes, fibbles, shakes and floats, and even a Friend-z.

Ambiance: Bright red exterior awning and lamps hang over the red-framed floor-to-ceiling windowed entryway, directly across from the gated patio with red benches and tables under red umbrellas. Continuing the view out onto the parking lot, trailers and minivans run the show. Indoors, patrons have the option of squeezing into the line for take away ice cream, or play on the claw machine in the lobby while awaiting a table in the packed-with-families dining area. The tiled floor helps keep the lobby and take away area cool on this hot summer day, while red fans whiz overhead. A large school clock face on its own grandfatherly stand separates the lobby from the cafe, as you walk by the framed certificates hung askew on the wall to your right. We stuck with the take away menu and found ourselves enjoying our delicious treats on the patio.

What I ordered: Samyar and I shared the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Sundae ($5.29) with 3 Scoops of  Vanilla ice cream, peanut butter topping, hot fudge and sprinkles, topped with a Reese’s® Peanut Butter Cup. Chris enjoyed a Cookies & Cream Double Thick Milkshake ($4.29), and Paola savored one big scoop of Black Raspberry ice cream.

What I loved: Melted peanut butter in my ice cream. Yum.

Why I loved it: A perfect treat for the whole family. Everyone enjoys something at Friendly’s after a day in the sun at the water park.

Cost: Average to high ($4-$7 per ice cream concoction)

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