Food Porn: Quaker Bonnet Eatery

source: quakerbonnet.com

When I first started working in Allentown, I had yet to try any of the restaurants in the area.  So, Alli and I made our way down Allen and checked them off one by one, and one of our last visits was to Quaker Bonnet Eatery.  We really weren’t that impressed with our meal, it wasn’t horrible and the service was ok but the food wasn’t anything special.  Fast forward to 3 years later and I figured I should give it another shot.  Quaker Bonnet is one of the healthier options in Allentown; with a menu full of sandwiches and soups it definitely qualified for a lunch during this “wedding diet” phase.  Since it’s within walking distance from my house and work I managed to go there for lunch with my coworker Sue and bring it back to my house.

On their website, where you can also place an order, you get to see what they are offering that day as a special.  Here is how our lunch went…

After looking through the menu, Sue decided to order The Big Greener (pictured below).  Comprised of turkey, monterrey jack cheese, avocado, bacon, lettuce and tomato all piled on white bread.  The only ‘problem’ was the sandwich was stacked pretty high and the bread was falling apart as she ate it.  The bread was so soft that it fell off the sandwich and had to be eaten on the side.  And I know the creaminess of the avocado was suppose to replace a mayo but it still had an issue of being a little dry.

We both decided to try their soup of the day, Turkey Artichoke Soup.  Sue and I had different thoughts of what this soup was going to be like; she was expecting something more creamy while I thought it was going to be more of a vegetable soup.  It really wasn’t either and actually fairly water-ey with some shredded turkey, pieces of artichokes and rice at the bottom.  It really didn’t have a strong flavor (or really any flavor at all).  While the soup was incredibly filling, I definitely wouldn’t order it again.

For my meal, I decided to try out their Cuban, which was their sandwich special of the day.  Now, I’ve had a few other Cuban’s at different restaurants in the past and Quaker Bonnet’s wasn’t anything special.  It was really thin and grilled on Portuguese bread. I’ve never had Portuguese bread before but I really enjoyed the sweetness of it.  However, what was in between the two slices of bread didn’t really impress me.  I’ve had an amazing Cuban at Joe’s Deli and this wasn’t even close to how great that was.  I understand Quaker Bonnet isn’t really a “deli” but there was only one slice of roasted pork and ham and a slice of pickle; not really the filling sandwich I was hoping for.

Even though my lunch wasn’t that great or exciting, I don’t want to turn people from at least trying out Quaker Bonnet.  They are definitely affordable and have a healthy menu.  But I found the food (again) to be bland and they don’t have anything else I’d want to try.  That said, I have heard mostly positive things about their breakfast options, specifically their bagels.  But the chance that I’ll be returning is really low, unless there is a major overhaul of the menu I can’t really see us going back.

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