Food Porn: Hamlin House

After working in Allentown for almost two years I thought I’ve knocked off every potential lunch location off the list.  But last week I tried out a new lunch destination with some fellow coworkers when we visited Hamlin House.  The Hamlin House is actually a hidden gem, driving down Franklin Street you could easily drive by it.  That’s because there isn’t a big flashy sign or really anything to let you know it’s even there.  It’s located within the American Legion Troop 1 No 665 building (there is a banner across the door now).

I haven’t had a lot of experience with American Legions but my understanding was they were filled with an “older crowd” and serve really cheap beer.  Those were both the case when we went but what surprised me was the really good meal that followed.

Their menu is incredibly affordable (4 dollar burgers) and surprisingly large and diverse (burgers, salads, pastas).  Five out of the six people at our table decided to go the route of cheap hamburgers and we all walked away very full and satisfied.  For 4 dollars we got really good, hand made (not the pre made out of the freezer type) patties.  I got mine covered with American cheese, blue cheese and bacon for an extra buck.  While I would have liked the bun to have been toasted, that’s really the only complaint I have.  They gave me a generous amount of blue cheese and two large slices of bacon on top.

Originally we were all going to order a side of fries with each of our burgers but our server told us it would be cheaper to just order the basket, so we did.  They were fried to a crispy, golden perfection to what I would call a “diner” style French Fry.  Not exactly a steak fry but definitely thicker then those shoe string/McDonald’s style.

This place is probably awesome for a cheap pre-game drink and getting a little tipsy before heading out on the town; they also serve dinner. The interior is a little dated (they definitely aren’t catering to the under 30 crowd) but the old time World War I posters are a neat touch.  I walked away definitely impressed with quality of food considering the low prices and I will be trying it out again.

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