By Joe Korba
After some stiff competition, our reader’s have chosen their favorite area restaurant in our 3rd annual poll held every spring. Old Post Inn & Backdoor Restaurant emerged victorious after a Rocky-esque battle for the top spot with Lizard Creek Tavern in Lehighton. Lizard Creek was looking like Soviet powerhouse boxer Ivan Drago and just about had them on the ropes, but Old Post emerged victorious in a late-round upset, just like The Italian Stallion himself. Both of these establishments, and also 3rd place finisher Country View Diner, clearly have great food, wonderful service and dedicated customers willing to mail votes in, answer our online poll, and even mail me impassioned arguments about why their favorite eatery deserves to be crowned the very best in 2013.
This is the second consecutive win for owners Jo and Barry Lehr who, along with family members Shirley and Butch Lehr, purchased the business on the outskirts of Slatington over 29 years ago. “We’re small town people, so we keep our business small town based,” Jo said. Over the years, through a comfortable atmosphere and a spirit of camaraderie amongst the regulars, they have built up the Old Post Inn to be a spot that locals and travelers alike can relax and grab a bite to eat. “We have a strong base of customers who like to eat at the bar, and people who enjoy the dining room especially on weekends,” Jo says explaining the allure. “There has been a trend towards casual dining and things like our wings, sandwiches, soups and French Fry menu are really popular.”
Along with the well-liked fry menu, featuring dozens of varieties, Old Post Inn also offers 26 entrée options and a room for private parties and events. Jo said the restaurant’s many specials are a big draw. “We have all-you-can-eat pasta on Fridays from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. for $10.99, five dollar martinis on Tuesdays, mac and cheese specials weekly,” she said. “Comfort foods are always popular. We have a lot of our regulars come in for complementary food on holidays.”
It certainly seems like Jo and everyone else who works at Old Post Inn is doing something right. Many of our local eateries have a dedicated group of regulars, but none so adamant about the excellence of their favorite restaurant as Old Post. Jo couldn’t be more complimentary about the people who make her business a success. “We’re always appreciative of our customers. They’ve kept us going for 29 years. It’s like a family here, like Cheers.”
So, if you’d like to visit a restaurant that hundreds of your neighbors consider the very best, make sure to stop by Old Post Inn at 3337 Old Post Road in Slatington. Their customer appreciation day will be held on April 21st.