Food Porn: The Elmwood Lounge

source: http://buffalofood.blogspot.com/

***UPDATE: Unfortunately since this post, The Elmwood Lounge has closed and is now called Milkies.

Have you ever seen a restaurant and really thought you would like it but for no apparent reason? Well, that was how I felt about the Elmwood Lounge.  Ever since I moved into Allentown I’ve been dying to go there and I really have no idea why.  All I knew was that they had Lance Diamond shows, they advertised a pretty sweet Saturday/Sunday brunch deal, and that they probably were open late into the night.

So for lunch one day I decided to finally go and see what it was about.  I checked out their menu and got excited; I am a huge Greek food fan and looking over their online lunch menu (which, to note, does not have the current prices) I noticed a selection of Greek dishes along with standard sandwiches and breakfast options.  Walking into the restaurant it was completely dead (and not like a joking “there was 10 people” way).  My coworker Sue and I were literally alone, which luckily meant quick service (even though it was kind of awkward to be the only ones there).

Sue decided to see what a “authentic” Chicken Souvlaki (pictured below) was like and ordered the “sandwich” instead of the salad version.  Well, that apparently means only seasoned and grilled chicken, tomato, onions and feta on top of some pita bread.  There were no olives, no lettuce, no cucumbers (however, I have a feeling one could request them).  By Sue’s account the chicken was great and the meal was pretty filling considering it was only a $6 entree.  It wasn’t the greatest thing she has ever had and truth be told, probably not the best Chicken Souvlaki in Allentown/Elmwood.

I had been craving a burger but I also wanted to try something from their Greek menu, so I found the perfect mix and ordered the Father John Hamburger (pictured below).  Honestly it was pretty awesome; topped with feta, tomato and lettuce, the burger itself was ground beef filled with Greek spices.  The flavor of the actual meat is really what separated this burger from others I have had…delicious.  In addition, any time you can give me a crispy crinkle cut fry I will gladly write praises of your restaurant (just a personal opinion of mine, but crinkle cut are on the top of my french fry hierarchy).

After finally trying out the Lounge for the first time I am looking forward to a second trip. Even though their website has outdated prices, it still is a cheap meal.  I am extremely curious about what their brunches are like and I’d like to dine when it is more crowded/later at night (they are open til 11) or go see a Lance Diamond show. I don’t want to give it any credit for being the best Greek; with several Greek options all in walking distance I think that would be a stretch.  That said, they have a very affordable menu, a good breakfast line up, and a great burger selection.

To note, our service at the end of our meal (for being the only people there) wasn’t that great, we actually had to wait about 10 minutes to get our check while our server was no where to be seen.  I actually had to go up to the bar myself and ask for the check (in actuality it seemed like they forgot about us since we were literally the only ones in the restaurant…)  Aside from that, everything else was great.

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