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A Little Brass Rail History

In 1917 a 9 year old boy came to America from Italy. His name was Philip Sorrentino. Fourteen years later, Phil took $80 he had saved and opened a hamburger and hotdog stand.

He was originally going to call his stand “Phils Lunch” – however a friend suggested “The Brass Rail”. Phils philosophy was simple: good food, courteous service, and a fair price.

By 1933 The Brass Rail had outgrown the stand. Phil moved into 1137 Hamilton Street. The new location featured a bar room, dining room, and a doggie shop in the front window.

The Biggest year in Brass Rail history was in 1937. This was the year Phil introduced Allentown to it’s first steak sandwich.

The Brass Rail

In 1961 Phil opened his second Brass Rail Restaurant at 3015 Lehigh Street.

Although the original Brass Rail on Hamilton is no longer there, customers still flock to the Lehigh Street location, where Phil’s original philosophy is carried on today by his grandson… good food, courteous service, and a fair price.

The Tradition continues….

Happy Fathers Day! Join us tonight for dinner, and try one of our delicious Fathers Day Specials.

Stuffed Haddock-- Baked filet of haddock with a shrimp and crab stuffing. Served with a cup of soup, tossed salad, vegetable, beverage & dessert.

Prime Rib au Jus--Roasted boneless prime rib in its own juices. Served with a cup of soup, tossed salad, vegetable, beverage & dessert.
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Congratulations to Mark and Leigh from The Brass Rail in Allentown -- voted best cheesesteak in the valley by YOU! -Joel

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Gregory SchneckI have to agree 100%

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Jennifer HorningYou got that right best in the whole world

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Pam Sorrentino RayThe best cheesesteaks ANYWHERE!! Congrats!

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Thank you to all our amazing customers for another successful anniversary week... celebrating 86 years in business!

Here are your specials for 5/27....

Breakfast Special 7 am – 11 am
Two Egg Chili Omelette $4.86

Specially Priced Items
Phil’s Original Steak Sandwich $3.63
Cheese Steak $3.93
Veal Parmesan $8.86
Spaghetti & Meatballs $7.86

Shock Top Draft 86 cents
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Shirley SchaupHere's to another 86 years at one of my favorite restaurants. Had my first date there 40 years ago with the man I eventually married ! Wonderful, fun place back than...still is today !

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Danielle WaznisLisa Campbell shock top now! Lol

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Rosemary Bebensee HoffmanYum! I want one

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Sally BehrYES, YES... I'll have what she's having

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Courtney JohnsonHow do I have my husbands favorite chess-steak sandwiches the only one he will eat delivered to Oregon?

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Sally Hovis RiddleI want some!

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Christine MickelBought my mom a cheese steak today.

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Carl NeffI worked at Lehigh St from around '69 to '72. Steaks were 50 cents, cheese steaks 65 cents. Dale Keller was the manager then, and Phil Sorrentino was still alive. I also worked at the fair stands. I always stopped in for a steak when I came back to Allentown, but I've been gone several years and don't get back anymore.

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Verona McCordwe were their last Wednesday had a wonderful meal.& service

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Janet StarkweatherI visited the LV this past weekend from Texas. Thoroughly enjoyed my TWO visits to the Brass Rail.

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86th Anniversary Specials-- Day 6 -- 5/26

Specially Priced Items:
Hot Dog $1.43
Cheese Dog $1.63
Crab Patties $8.86
Spaghetti & Meatballs $7.86

Miller Lite Draft & Miller Genuine Draft 86 cents
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Jan PetroCrab patties - sure wish I was back there today!

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David JacobsI use to love their hot dogs and of course the cheese steaks. I wonder if they are the same.

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Gloria Christman TonerCheesesteak omelette was yummy! 😋

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Gloria Christman TonerThe Brass Rail Restaurant: great place to go with family and friends!

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Chris DarrohnAny specials on mail order? Colorado is a long way away:)

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86th Anniversary Specials -- Day 5 -- 5/25
Breakfast Special: 7 am – 11 am
Two Egg Taco Omelette $5.86

Specially Priced Items:
Phil’s Original Steak Sandwich $3.63
Cheese Steak $3.93
Filet of Haddock $10.86
Spaghetti & Meatballs $7.86

Yuengling Lager Draft 86 cents
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Douglas SlifkinKatie Thompson will have the haddock

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Katie ThompsonDawn Marie will go without my mother attending.

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Todd CociveraWow

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Kayla YetterChris Yetter I wish we would have known!!!!!

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