Thursday, June 9, 2011

Wert's Cafe (Allentown, PA)

515 N. 18th Street, Allentown, PA 18104, T: 610-439-0951

Wert's Cafe is an Allentown institution, serving its famous burgers and onion rings for more than 40 years now. It looks and smells like an old local pub-annex-restaurant where grandmas cook and grandpas eat.

Wert's Cafe has an extensive menu with many homemade items, some from East European cuisines. One item that directly stands out is their "famous onion rings". They seem quite pricey at $6.75, but the portions are HUGE. However, quality easily matches quantity here. The onions are cut into thin strings, which are freshly battered and fried, and taste absolutely delicious with the homemade horseradish sauce.

Halfway the onion rings, the burgers arrived. I had ordered Phil's Burger, a half-pound pattie with bacon and BBQ sauce. Although the sauce looked watery and thin, the burger tasted very good. However, the real surprise was my wife's Wert's Burger with chopped onions and mushrooms inside the half-pound pattie, grilled perfectly (medium-well), with very tasty pickles and smothered with cheese.

VERDICT: 92/100
Despite the look (and smell), Wert's Cafe is a great pig out spot and the onion rings and Wert's Burger must-eats.

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