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Old/new lunch option in Allentown

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Old/new lunch option in Allentown

Bob Frable | Apr 24, 2001 10:06 PM

For those old enough to remember Joseph Clark's old
Celery Garden restaurants from the late 70s/early 80s,
with their all-you-can-eat salad, soup, sandwiches,
fruit and yogurt, a revival of Clark's concept can now
be found in center city Allentown.

Yours truly was among a handful of early-arriving
customers at the opening day of a new lunch special at
an unlikely place, the normally-raucous nightclub
Crocodile Rock on Hamilton St. in what many years ago
was the redoubtable retailer Eastern Light / Eastern
Furniture. The special is offered weekdays from 11.30
to 1.30, although opening was delayed at least 20
minutes from when I and a bunch of mostly secretaries
from the nearby Lehigh County Courthouse showed up at
the door.

The layout, to one side of the main dining room, almost
faithfully resembles that of Clark's former locations,
which eventually reached three before the business
(which later tweaked its name to Broc'oli Garden)
folded in 1982. First comes the greens and tomatoes,
followed by other toppings and dressings, a trio of
soups (I loved the Garden Pepper Pasta with bowties), a
selection of bite-size pita sandwiches, =huge= tubs of
yogurt (I like it with the bananas!), and finally the
fresh fruits.

$4.89 is an unbelievable price for everything
mentioned except the drinks. I meant to say something
to the chef about Mr Clark, but I didn't.

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