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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….

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Janet Schmick MrazekWe were there for breakfast

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Janice C ButzWish we were there........unfortunately it is a long way from NC!

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Kristin JaneA month ago Brass Rail graciously hosted our Allen High Class of '67 50th High Reunion-- served 97 members delicious Cheese steaks, salads, FFs & vegie platters, pizza+ cake!! Great food, service & prices!! Thanks again Brass Rail!

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Kathy Scherman DwinalAwesome place!!!!!

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Andrew FickSometimes I really miss working there, don't you? Kristin Guldeman Kate Russo Lauren Jesmain Kyle Beitzer Keri Urban Freyman Cari Schmeltzle boy, this is a random mix of weirdos tagged here

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Keri Urban Freyman

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Keri Urban FreymanHaha. The good old days! Yeah your the head of this weirdo clan

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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

2 months ago   ·  1
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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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Bill FrankWas at Allentown this past weekend and stopped in my favorite place to have my very favorite 2 Phil's Original steaks and they are still just as great as they've always been so I'm happy everytime I bite into either 1 or 2 original steaks. Brought some back to NH. tonight and chowed down on them and soon I'll wish I had more to eat up here. Keep up the great work because u definitely have a very happy and satisfied customer in me no doubt.🙂

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