Flow catches current of fresh cuisine
By Susan Gottshall
Special to The Morning Call
September 18, 2008
A heavy rainstorm pelted the car as we drove north for dinner at Flow in Jim Thorpe, and I was sorry I wasn’t tucked away safe and dry at home. As it turned out, this farm-to-table restaurant was worth every raindrop we fought to get there.
Lodged in a 19th-century stone factory as part of the Carbon County Cultural Project, Flow’s quarters adjoin a contemporary art gallery. The sense of old-meets-new lends an urbane air to the casual eatery, which opened in January.
The soft patina of beautiful, buffed wood floors set a neutral stage for bold yellow, orange and green walls and samples of the gallery’s art. A charming alcove offers a sequestered table for two, complete with a curtain that can be drawn to keep privacy (and romance perhaps?) paramount.
However, it’s the glass wall showcasing the Mauch Chunk Creek flowing through the basement that gives this restaurant the cornerstone of its decor, as well as its name, of course.
When I visited, the overhead transom was open, bringing the sound and fury of the pounding creek, full flowing from the rain, into the dining room.
The force of nature that drives the stream fits well as a metaphor for the restaurant’s fare, which honors the environment and promotes sustainability…
Susan Gottshall is a freelance restaurant reviewer for Go Guide. Gottshall attempts to remain anonymous during restaurant visits. All meals are paid for by The Morning Call.
268 W. Broadway
Jim Thorpe 570-325-8200