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In aboriginal October, Golazo Abode took over the south Bethlehem breadth that already was the broadly adored Horns It was followed by the Publick House, a restaurant that never seemed to booty off.
Golazo House, the name apropos to the agilely screamed chat cogent an accomplished soccer goal, is the latest dining atom at 123 W. Fourth St.
Operated by cousins Javier Alvarado and Sergio Martinez, Golazo serves Colombian aliment with a advantageous ancillary of soccer. The Bethlehem Steel FC soccer aggregation has alleged the restaurant its official pub accomplice for the accessible season, and examination parties will booty abode there for abroad games.
Soccer aside, Golazoâ€™s card is diverse, affordable and abounding of absurd house-made items. Traditional Colombian aliment dominates best of the menu, with items like arepas, empanadas and bunuelos, all at $1.50 or less. The restaurant additionally serves burgers that use arepas as buns, or the patacon burger that uses two tostones as buns. For those weary of comestible adventure, craven tenders, nachos, wings and hot dogs ample out the menu. Golazo now has a liquor authorization and serves a bound alternative of alcohol and 13 ability and macro beers.
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Golazo House, a soccer-themed Colombian and American restaurant, opened Oct. 26 at 123 W. Fourth St. in Bethlehem.RYAN KNELLER / THE MORNING CALL////BUSINESS////
Golazo House, a soccer-themed Colombian and American restaurant, opened Oct. 26 at 123 W. Fourth St. in Bethlehem.RYAN KNELLER / THE MORNING CALL////BUSINESS//// (RYAN KNELLER / THE MORNING CALL)
Setting and decor: It should appear as no abruptness that Golazo has a soccer theme. Scarves from clubs beyond the apple beautify the walls in the advanced of the restaurant, with affected jerseys and ancestors photos on a rustic wood-paneled wall. A Foosball table is beyond from the bar. Two ample TVs consistently acquainted to soccer are aloft the bar, affected by an American and a Colombian flag. In the advanced of the restaurant at the window is array of a lounge breadth with addition TV and a gaming amalgamation to comedy soccer video games. The aback of the restaurant appearance a abundant beyond dining breadth with agnate decor: TVs, jerseys and photos accoutrement the walls.
Appetizer: I ordered the chorizo and arepas ($5). I accepted the chorizo to be from a purveyor, and became aflame back the bartender said the sausage was house-made. The chorizo was denticulate and charred, and artlessly sublime. While not as ambrosial as abounding chorizos Iâ€™ve had, it was adorable and delicious. The ablaze and adorable arepas, or broiled cornmeal cakes, were appetizing on their own but alike bigger back commutual with a chaw of chorizo. An apprehensible dish, it came artlessly busy with two adhesive slices. For the price, it was adamantine to go amiss here.
For my capital advance I chose the El Campeon ($10), which was ample and spectacular. The aperitive acclimatized pork was the capital star, a agreeable accumulation of semi-shredded meat. A ample confined of white rice accompanied, and was alloyed with the chocolate-colored Mexican beans alleged frijoles. I chose the patacones â€” absurd plantains â€” as my ancillary (the added advantage was yucca fries). The baby confined was twice-fried and a candied delight.
My wife got the patacon burger ($8.50), adapted able-bodied by default, with American cheese on top and sandwiched amid two patacones with lettuce, onion, tomato, salsa rosada and a abode cilantro sauce. It was aloof bushing abundant for a meal with no leftovers. Instead of chips she ordered a bloom for a $1 upcharge, with beginning greens topped with onion slices, amazon slices, burst feta cheese and a house-made vinaigrette.
Service: The bartender that served us was adorable and alike remembered me from a antecedent visit. Amid regaling us with ability of Colombian drinks and discussing their food, he seemed absolutely absorbed in what we anticipation of Golazo.
Bottom line: With acceptable Columbian aliment and affable staff, I can brainstorm myself at Golazo abounding times throughout the soccer season. Dinner for two with a hot tea and a beer totaled $34.09 with tax.
123 W. Fourth St., Bethlehem
Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Tues.-Thurs.; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri.; 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat.; 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun.
Prices: Appetizers: $1-$15; salads: $6-$8; entrees: $5.50-$15; sides: $1.50-$2.50; drinks: $1-$6.50; desserts: $2.50
Credit cards: Yes
Handicapped accessible: Yes
Location: Amid Brodhead Avenue and Vine Street, a few blocks from Route 378 abreast NYC Village Pizza and the Tally Ho Tavern. Metered parking on street.
Glenn Koehler is a freelance writer. He attempts to abide bearding during restaurant visits.