Food Porn: Cafe 59

When I first started working in Allentown, Cafe 59 was my escape from greasy Chicken Finger Subs at Jim’s Steakout and endless slices of Pizza for lunch.  I needed a place that offered zero fried foods to help me from ballooning out of all my clothes.  Luckily, I didn’t even have to force myself to enjoy this healthy eating, Cafe 59 was always quite delicious.  I really liked their sandwiches and basically made my way through their entire menu over time.

Well, since I moved into Allentown I haven’t made as many trips to Cafe 59, now that I can eat at home the appeal of paying for a sandwich has diminished greatly.  Lately, however, I started seeing chatter on the internet (Buffalo Rising, Buffalo.com) about new management, renovations and a complete overhaul of their menu.  So for lunch last week, Alli and I made our way over to see what has changed.

For starters you no longer order at the counter, yes that glass food display case and cash register is still there, but only for take out orders.  If you are planning to dine in, grab a menu (see above, there’s a basket near the door) and go take a seat.  The tables and chairs haven’t changed but there are now paper place mats with forks and knives at each table.  Nothing was drastically different except the “tone” of the restaurant.  It now feels like your actually dining at a restaurant and not casually hanging out at a coffee shop.

The menu now has a much larger selection of sandwiches; you’ll now find sausages, pulled pork, reubens and even a French Dip.  Alli and I decided to try out these new “hot” sandwiches, so she ordered the BBQ Pulled Pork (~$9) and after hearing the waitress tell another table the French Dip (~$9) was delicious, I decided to try it out.

We didn’t have to wait too long for our food, my French Dip came with a side of chips and a cup of au jus for dipping.  The beef in the sandwich was pretty tender but I would have preferred it to be a little less well done.  It seemed like they had cooked it for a little too long, however, the melted provolone on top of the sandwich was damn near perfect.  The juice itself had a good beefy flavor and was key in adding some taste to the sandwich (since the beef was lacking).  Alli’s sandwich was pretty standard as far as pulled pork goes.  The BBQ sauce was on the sweeter side, so if that’s your thing, you won’t have a problem.  The bun was incredibly fresh and slightly toasted and the pasta salad was a nice tasty compliment to round out the meal.

There hasn’t been drastic remodeling to the interior of Cafe 59 but you can tell this new ownership is focused on having a real “dining” experience.  Yes, the cabinet full of board games is still there but it seems like the vibe in this place is more structured and less “free wheeling, do whatever you want”.  I enjoy that the menu has expanded and I look forward to more trips during the summer time for lunch.  That said,  not seeing my old go-to, the Honey Mustard Turkey BLT, on the menu was a little depressing.

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2 thoughts on “Food Porn: Cafe 59

  1. I’m a sucker for the apricot scone. Will have to try some hot food some time soon. Really hoping for extended hours. That’d be great to see.

  2. Ben Winter

    Every item on the menu is the most delicious thing you’ve ever eaten. Try the coffee cake on the counter too. It’s amazing. I would eat here every day. The staff is really nice.

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