THE GOOSE

Address: 102 W. 4th Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015

Today was Day 2 of my “collegiate weekend,” heading up to Lehigh to visit my friends Bryan, Katie, and Rich. The three of them took me to a local sandwich institution called The Goose, famous for serving up some killer combos of deli sandwiches.

A very famous spot frequented by Lehigh students young and old (alumni included), The Goose offers the regular sandwich fare using deli meats such as ham, turkey, roast beef, and chicken (along with other toppings such as lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and bacon). However, those in-the-know can also order off of the secret menu, which contains over 40 different crazy creations.

I opted for the Matador, which consisted of Santa Fe turkey, roast beef au jus, bacon, cheddar jack cheese, and barbecue sauce melted on a hoagie roll and toasted. The first bite was really quite something: you could instantly taste the flavor of the roast beef, coupled with the crunch of the bacon, the slight spiciness brought on by the cheddar jack, and the tanginess of the barbecue sauce. The turkey added a heartiness to the sandwich with the extra meat loaded in. The hoagie roll was crispy on the outside, but the au jus from the roast beef was able to keep the inside of the bread nice and soft.

The entire scope of the sandwich was well executed and tasted fantastic. The inside of the deli had a medium-sized dining area to sit down and enjoy your sandwich, and the open deli counter where Tony and the rest of the staff prepared sandwiches added to the overall atmosphere of the place.

With such an extensive menu of sandwiches to try, I would be hard-pressed to make it through most of the offerings. However, I do look forward to the next time I’m around to try another one of those awesome sandwiches. I would recommend The Goose for people who are looking to pick up a great-tasting, well-priced sandwich during lunch hour. Get there a little on the early side though, as once noon hits the line is usually close to (or out) the door.

Here are my rankings for The Goose:

Food: 5 / 5
My first impression of the place really lived up to my expectations. The food tasted great and there were such an abundance of choices, many of which I’ve been told are quite delicious.

Atmosphere: 4 / 5
The tables put out in the dining area were nice, especially to be able to eat in that deli environment. Gives it a more “authentic feel.”

Service: 4.5 / 5
Tony seems to be a pretty easygoing guy, and the staff turned around the sandwiches in a very quick fashion.

Price: 4.5 / 5
For the price that you pay (around $5 – $6) , it’s a solid sandwich packed with ingredients that will surely make you full.

Overall: 18 / 20 (90%)

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