Wert’s Cafe

Diner | Hamburgers | Tavern
One of the best

We both ordered burgers from the long burger menu: Sue a Wert’s Cheeseburger, Bruce an Alyssa’s Barbecue Cheeseburger. Bruce hoisted the burger to his mouth and took a bite, whereupon this virtual Super Soaker of a hamburger took aim on his shirt and pants. These are among the juiciest burgers we’ve ever enjoyed! They also taste very good. The namesake burgers are stuffed with mushrooms and onions. You can also get burgers without the “Wert’s” prefix; these are unstuffed.

Good as the burgers are, they are not the highlight of a visit to Wert’s, in our opinion. No siree! That’s because Wert’s serves baskets of some of the very finest onion rings we’ve ever had the good fortune to enjoy. The mountain of fried onions arrives as an enormous tangle, hot, thinly sliced, freshly fried, and very lightly breaded. A basket of rings looks large enough to feed four generously; by the time our burgers hit the table the two of us just about dispatched the entire serving.

One more item worth mentioning: birch beer. The Lehigh Valley is crazy about birch beer. There are a few local brands, and they even enjoy the flavor in their locally made ice cream, which they call teaberry. This local preference spurred us to do a little research and we learned that teaberry, like wintergreen, is one and the same with birch beer. The key element of all three is methyl salicylate, which is produced by a number of different plants.

Anyway, back to Wert’s. The brand of birch beer they serve, on tap, is called Patt’s, which is a product of the Allentown Beverage Company. Most birch beers we’ve seen are the color of root beer or, like Connecticut’s Foxon Park, clear. Patt’s birch is golden. It’s decidedly less sweet than many others, somewhat less toothpasty in flavor too. We’ve been able to learn very little about Allentown Beverage, and have no idea if they make this themselves, but we happen to know that Kutztown Soda Works, just a few miles away, specializes in an “on tap only” Amber Birch Beer, so we’re guessing that Wert’s birch, which is Patt’s birch, is really Kutztown birch. If you get to Wert’s, give it a try; it’s quite unique.

Wert’s is the kind of locally popular casual eatery that we particularly enjoy (truth is, anyplace in Allentown that is popular is LOCALLY popular, Allentown not being one of the major vacation spots of the East). It’s not quite a diner; it’s more like a “family tavern,” a restaurant style with which we’re quite familiar from our time in upstate New York; the kind of restaurant where even a platoon of red hat ladies would be comfortable dining on Wert’s burgers and onion rings while quaffing amber birch beer.

What to Eat
Wert’s Cafe, Wert’s Cheeseburger
Wert’s Cheeseburger
Wert's burgers are super juicy. Those are fried zucchini slices on the side, ordered in place of the standard potato chips. There is a long roster of fried bar snacks from which to choose.
Wert’s Cafe, Wert’s Famous Onion Rings
Wert’s Famous Onion Rings
Onion ring fans all have their favorite styles: breaded, battered, big hoops, etc. Wert's onion rings are prepared in our preferred style, thin and lightly breaded. These rings are just about perfect.
Coconut Custard Pie
Wert’s Cafe, Birch Beer
Birch Beer
Wert's serves that rarest of birch beers, the amber birch (on the right), which pretty much looks like a glass of lager.
Alyssa’s Barbecue Cheeseburger
Breaded Zucchini
Wert’s Cafe, Pretzel Burger
Pretzel Burger
Wert's has a burger special everyday. This pretzel burger puts Velveeta cheese and honey mustard on top of a thick patty, held by a pretzel roll.
Wert’s Cafe, Strawberry Shortcake
Strawberry Shortcake
This immense dessert includes a generous portion of fresh strawberries on top of a small sponge cake, topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and whipped cream.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Monday11 am - 9 pm
Tuesday11 am - 9 pm
Wednesday11 am - 9 pm
Thursday11 am - 9 pm
Friday11 am - 10 pm
Saturday11 am - 10 pm
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Dessert
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

Other Nearby Restaurants

  • Center City Pretzel Co.

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Center City is the factory from which some of Philadelphia’s best soft pretzels come. Buy them warm, by the bagful.

  • De Lorenzo’s Tomato Pies

    Robbinsville, New Jersey

    Some of the best pizza anywhere is made in New Jersey at De Lorenzo’s, where the crust is thin and crisp and the toppings are perfectly balanced.

  • Steve’s Prince of Steaks

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Steve’s just might be the best traditional Philadelphia cheese steak: a classic topped with Whiz and grilled onions, packed into a shaft of quality bread.

  • Yocco’s Hot Dog King

    Allentown, Pennsylvania

    Browned and crusty Hatfield franks are topped with onion, mustard and Yocco’s famous spicy sauce. An irresistible combo in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

  • Pete’s Hot Dog Shop

    Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

    For well under $10, lunch at Pete’s on chili dogs, fried pierogies and a carton of chocolate milk: a soulful taste of Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley.

  • John’s Roast Pork

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    John’s is a humble restaurant serving some of the best roast pork sandwiches and cheese steaks in Philadelphia and therefore the world.