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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….

The Brass Rail with Chloe Wilhide and 8 others.

It's that time of year again-- The Morning Call Readers Choice Awards!

If you think we have the best breakfast, best cheesesteaks, and friendliest service.. show us some love!!

Voting is open! Directions down below..

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Mark Sorrentino, the 3rd generation owner of The Brass Rail.
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Cathy BendigI miss those cheese steaks so much.

6 days ago
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Pam Sorrentino RayLooking good, Mark! (The food does too of course!)

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Jennifer HorningI love the Brass rail but I miss it because I moved

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Terry Menalis LeskoWell, that picture certainly made me hungry❗️

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Jonathan StevensThank you for keeping the Rail an awesome place

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Mindy J RyanMark looks just like he did when we were kids. Our mothers were good friends. And in the meantime I've been back to the Brass Rail many times to share with my family a real cheese steak sandwich. Keep up the great work.

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Samp Hudson Jr.Fantastic place! The way it should me!!

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Bill FrankMMMMM. Love those original steak sandwiches whenever I'm in Allentown and stop at the Brass Rail.

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Doug HelffrichLove the Brass Rail! Great food, Great Vodka Martinis, Great Service, love to see all the wonderful, cheerful, and smiling employees!

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Reese Johnsonmiss this place

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Rick LacknerWent there twice when I visited home a few weeks ago! A trip home is not complete without a visit to the Rail :)

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Laurie BrooksWish there was a Brass Rail in the DC metropolitan area!

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Karen KunkleMiss it so much ! Mark you are mean 😜. Looks so good my mouth is watering

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Lisa M. SheldonThe place is legendary in our family. Love The Rail.

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Barbara McLaughlinI lived so much of the Brass Rail, even back to the chicken B Q next to the Rail on Hamilton St. Miss it & try to get in when I come to Emmaus.

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Anne Marie RiepenselloNE OF MY FAVORIT RESTUARANTS.

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Terry BourWe head to the Brass Rail whenever we're in town.

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Joseph SmithNo fair! Let the cravings begin!

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Sue Effting KolarikOh, man Janice you're killing me!

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Patti Santoro TritleMiss all the great LV food!

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Make sure you save the date, and visit at one of our two stands at The Great Allentown Fair ---August 30 - September 5. We will have all your favorites... Cheesesteaks, Steak Sandwiches, Pot Roast Sandwiches, Pizza, etc. Yum! See you then.. ... See MoreSee Less

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Summer Beers are here! Time to travel down to the Brass Rail Bar for a few drinks....

Summer Draft Beers:
Victory Summer Love
New Belgium Heavy Melon

Summer Bottled Drinks:
Samuel Adams Summer Ale
Leinenkugel Summer Shandy
Newport Storm Blueberry Beer
McKenzies Black Cherry Hard Cider
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Alan RitterCheesesteak omlets are the best also eggs benedick

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Apgar OilThose sound delicious!

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Two of our most popular breakfast items...

Our famous Eggs Benedict, and another favorite... The Taco Omelette.

Don't forget.. Breakfast served Monday-Saturday until 11 AM, and Sunday's until 1 PM.

Yum!
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