Not dinner theater, a dinner concert –rock, blues, hip-hop– at Musikfest Cafe'[classic article]

It’s not easy to find places that you can sit, be comfortable like a grown-up, with a full kitchen prepared dinner, yet hear the hottest music concerts in an intimate atmosphere. In Maryland’s northern neighbor, Pennsylvania, the new Musikfest Cafe’ has a restaurant to appeal to all the senses and all tastes. It’s located in the ArtsQuest Center at Steel Stacks: the former site of the original site of Bethlehem Steel. Tens of thousands of folks from Baltimore used to work during any given year at “Beth Steel’s” site at Sparrows Point, Maryland.Musicfest Cafe’ has a setup for its caberet seating where no seat is more than 60 feet from the stage. Performers play in front of floor to ceiling windows, overlooking the old steel stacks. At night, the steel stacks are lit in a kalaidoscope of colors. You’ll see acts like Rusted Root, Shawn Colvin, Pat Metheny, and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.

All the materials and layout for the cafe’ are state-of-the-art to enhance acoustics.

Their menu includes:

Musikfest Signature Pierogies – Potato and cheese filled with sautéed onions and sour cream

Artisan Cheese Plate- Geit-in-Stad, Vermont cheddar, Grana Padano, Mycella cheese with quince paste, dried cherries and crustini

House Made Fried Mozzarella -Egg battered rustic Italian bread, mozzarella, basil and grated parmesan with house made marinara

“Golden Gate” – Field greens, roasted red peppers, goat cheese, candied walnuts, grilled yellow squash, tarragon and barrel aged balsamic vinaigrette

Add grilled chicken 4. or jumbo shrimp 9.

Artisan Ham and Grilled Cheese -Pit ham, beefsteak tomato, Fontina cheese and dijonnaise on an onion roll

Grilled Chicken Club – Local tomatoes, apple wood smoked bacon, iceberg lettuce and chipotle mayonnaise on a griddled wheat roll

Flourless Chocolate Cake -Espresso crème Anglaise

Linny’s Lemon Curd Tart with raspberry coulis

Blast Furnace Bread Pudding with a light Vanilla sauce

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