Allentown seafood restaurant introduces Saturday lunch service to ‘offset the consequences of mandated restrictions’

Adella Miesner

Bang bang shrimp tacos, lobster po’ boys and Maryland-style crab cake sandwiches are now being served at a popular seafood restaurant in Allentown. © EMILY ROBSON / THE MORNING CALL/The Morning Call/TNS Interior of Youell’s Oyster House in Allentown. Youell’s Oyster House, at 2249 Walnut St., on Oct. 3 began […]

Bang bang shrimp tacos, lobster po’ boys and Maryland-style crab cake sandwiches are now being served at a popular seafood restaurant in Allentown.



a living room filled with furniture and a large window: Interior of Youell's Oyster House in Allentown.


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Interior of Youell’s Oyster House in Allentown.

Youell’s Oyster House, at 2249 Walnut St., on Oct. 3 began serving lunch items 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. The restaurant’s full dinner menu also is available during these new hours.

The introduction of Saturday lunch service comes two months after Youell’s owner Christian Filipos initiated Sunday brunch service “to avoid laying off staff or closing” as a result of “unsustainable” state-mandated coronavirus restrictions.



a dining room table: Interior of Youell's Oyster House in Allentown.


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Interior of Youell’s Oyster House in Allentown.

The restrictions, which limited indoor dining capacity to 25% through much of the summer, now allow self-certifying restaurants such as Youell’s to operate at 50% of their maximum occupancy.

“These are trying times for operators and employees, but Youell’s is still actually able to serve a relatively high volume of customers due to our open concept,” Filipos said in reference to social distancing guidelines. “The addition of lunch and brunch have helped offset the consequence of mandated restrictions.”



a man sitting at a table eating food: Youell's Oyster House proprietor Christian Filipos poses in the dining room with a plate of plantation scallops inside the Allentown restaurant in 2014. The pan-seared sea scallops are served over a reduction of bacon, dried cranberry and balsamic vinegar before they're topped with salmon roe and then finished with sesame soy scented purple cabbage and baby carrots.


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Youell’s Oyster House proprietor Christian Filipos poses in the dining room with a plate of plantation scallops inside the Allentown restaurant in 2014. The pan-seared sea scallops are served over a reduction of bacon, dried cranberry and balsamic vinegar before they’re topped with salmon roe and then finished with sesame soy scented purple cabbage and baby carrots.

Youell’s, whose roots date back more than 120 years, is presenting a chef-curated menu of “handhelds” for lunch, including a fried chicken sandwich, pork belly BLT and Walnut Street burger, featuring bourbon bacon jam, smoked gouda, sliced tomato, house-made pickles, crispy shallots and a fried egg.

Handhelds, most $14-$15, also include crab, lobster, scallop and shrimp rolls, each featuring a quarter pound of chilled seafood in a toasted bun.

All handhelds are served with fries and coleslaw, with crab bisque smothered fries also available for an additional $3.

During Saturday lunch, customers are also welcome to order any item from the restaurant’s dinner menu, including appetizers such as bacon-wrapped scallops and grilled octopus, raw bar selections such as a variety of clams and oysters; pastas such as seafood Bolognese and shrimp scampi; and house specialties such as paella, broiled seafood combos and 1.5-pound Alaskan king crab legs.



a dining room table: Interior of Youell's Oyster House in Allentown.


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Interior of Youell’s Oyster House in Allentown.

Seasonal dishes include fall-inspired scallops and pumpkin cheesecake.

“With the advent of the fall season we have moved from summer flavors to autumn accompaniments for our half dozen daily fresh fish offerings,” Filipos added. “The selection of oysters we have access to has been outstanding. We’re offering about eight varieties that run the gamut of size and flavor profile.”

Due to limitations on dining capacity, Youell’s asks customers to please observe a 90-minute time limit for all tables. Limited outdoor seating also available.

For reservations, call 610-439-1203 or visit youellsoysterhouse.com.

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