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Bites Nearby: State Café & Grill

Downtown Easton restaurant and bar recently celebrated one year in business.

State Café & Grill opened its doors on August 17, 2010 -- little more than one year ago -- on South 5th Street in historic downtown Easton.

If you ask co-owner Juan Martinez how business has been, he can’t help but smile.

“We’re going strong into our second year,” Martinez said. “We have to thank the local community for all of their support.”

The , so named because of its proximity to the , is a casual restaurant with a fine-dining flair. The dining room is outfitted with hardwood tables and a wrap-around bar that encloses an open-style kitchen, where guests can watch the preparation of their meals.

State Café & Grill prides itself on its largely-American cuisine, a menu made up of a diverse array of gourmet burgers and sandwiches, stuffed empanadas, fresh salads, steaks and seafood dishes.

The chicken tortilla soup -- made with black beans, chicken, cheddar and pepper jack cheeses, and tortilla chips -- has gained popularity as one of the restaurant’s best dishes.

“It’s the best in town,” Martinez said. “Really, we’ve had very good feedback from customers.”

One of State Café’s most popular signature dishes is the skirt steak, uniquely served with a chimichurri sauce -- a blend of spices and oil that's similar to pesto.

The full bar, which surrounds the open-style kitchen on three sides, is the original bar from the restaurant that formerly occupied the building before Martinez opened the State Café & Grill with his wife, Melanie.

Although there’s plenty of good beers on tap, like Weyerbacher and local brew Yuengling, head bartender Ian Gilga says mixed drinks are the restaurant's specialty. The extensive list of cocktails includes signature drinks like the State Cosmo and State Mojito -- the café adds its own twist on the classics.

“I can make a mean mudslide martini,” Gilga aid. Good thing, too -- on Wednesday nights throughout the cooler months, the State Café & Grill will hold Martini Night, during which martinis are only $5 each.

Reservations aren’t required at the State Café, but if there’s a show at the State Theatre, chances are you’ll want to call ahead.

“We get full to capacity on show nights,” Gilga said.

The State Café & Grill is located at 14 S. 5th Street in downtown Easton, near the corner of 5th and Northampton streets.

After Labor Day, the restaurant will be open Tuesday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. It is closed every Sunday and Monday.

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