Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Daddy's Place Brings Lebanese Cuisine to Easton's West Ward

By Christina Georgiou

Lebanese and Mediterranean goodies, all made fresh on the premises, greet
restaurant guests in the case just inside the front door at Daddy's Place.
Click on any photo for a full size view.
Daddy's Place opened quietly this past Friday, but the new West Ward Easton restaurant isn't likely to stay a secret for very long.

Located on Northampton Street just a couple of blocks outside of the city's Downtown district in the former Northampton Glass building, which has been completely renovated, the new eatery offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner, along with more than 250 craft beers to pair with meals or to take out.

Daddy's Place offers an impressive
selection of more than 250 domestic
and imported craft beers.
With a menu that ranges from Lebanese and Mediterranean specialties that will be familiar to anyone who has ever attended the city's popular Lebanese Heritage Days festival to classic American fare like brick oven pizza, hamburgers, cheesesteaks, fries, and wings, all Daddy's Place offerings are freshly made on the premises, promises owner Lena Koorie, who is running the new bistro with her husband Sharbel.

"The dough, I make it every day," she said, in between preparing mini tomato pies Tuesday afternoon. "I want it that way. That's how we eat at home, so why not."

Just-made tomato pies go into the brick oven to bake.
Lena Koorie, right, makes mini tomato
pies Tuesday afternoon.
Just inside the door, restaurant guests are greeted by a mouth-watering array of ready-to-go ethnic goodies, including spinach and meat pies, hummus, tabbouleh salad, kibbe, stuffed grape leaves, and more.

Even the chick peas for the hummus are cooked fresh, never canned, Koorie said.

"It's a lot of work, but it's worth it," she said.

A batch of stuffed grape leaves in the
Tomato, spinach, meat, and cheese pies, along
with other delectables cool on a rack at
Daddy's Place on Tuesday afternoon.
In the back of the kitchen, three people patiently assembled the next batch of stuffed grape leaves, one by one.

Despite all the labor and love that goes into the food, prices for most menu items are moderate.

Koorie, along with her husband Sharbel and their five children, live just blocks away from their new restaurant, and they want Daddy's Place to be a gathering place for those that live in the neighborhood.

"I want people to feel comfortable," Koorie said. "People can walk here. We don't have anything like this (in the West Ward), and we need it."

Sugar pie, a Lebanese sweet reminiscent
of a baked doughnut, was one of the
special desserts on offer on Tuesday,
along with baklava and brownies.
Daddy's Place, located at 650 Northampton St., is open seven days a week. For now, hours are from 7 a.m. to about 8 or 9 p.m. on Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and noon to 8 or 9 p.m. on Sundays.

Take out orders may be called in at 610-438-4442.

An official grand opening celebration is planned for the near future.

Check out Daddy's Place's menu on the restaurant website,, or keep up with what's coming out of their brick oven daily on the Daddy's Place Facebook page.

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