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In a city with hundreds of restaurants, choosing the perfect place to grab a bite to eat can be a taxing decision. Trying to find a place that is not only affordable, but will give you some bang for your buck isn’t always easy.

After a satisfying sweep, my volleyball teammates and I headed to Allentown for a celebratory dinner in the Towne Restaurant.

We were kindly asked to seat ourselves and chose a cozy table against a wall decorated with Allentown Art Fest posters of years past.

After promptly receiving our drinks from one of the many friendly waitresses, we relaxed and relished our most recent victory while looking over the menu.

The Towne offers a variety of meals under $10, which made choosing just one difficult.

While we continued to chat and debate about our dinner choices, I noticed just how spacious and open the Towne is inside. There are many tables and some booths to accommodate a variety of party sizes. A lower section is reserved for bigger groups.

Many casually dressed couples, friends and families ate around us. It was easy to feel at ease in the Towne because of the spacious interior and also it was rather quiet, which can be a nice change of pace.

Finally, we ordered. I chose the Chicken Bruschetta Sandwich ($6.25), and my boyfriend, Mike, chose the Greek Burger ($7.25 with fries). Jon and Karen ordered the half-pound Rib Eye Burger medium cooked ($7.45 with fries) and the Roast Beef ($8.15 with fries) on a plain roll. We all got freshly cut french fries to accompany our meals that were extremely tasty.

It was not an easy decision as the other options like the Reuben, Frisco Melt, Tuscan Salad, Spinach Pita Melt and Open Gryo (all ranging from $6 to $10) seemed equally as savory and affordable.

My Chicken Bruschetta Sandwich was amazing. Even though it was my first time trying it, I was delighted by the quality and the price. Mike, Jon and Karen were equally as impressed with their meals and shocked their dinners came with just as affordable price tags.

We passed on dessert because we were so full, but the Towne also offers a wide variety of desserts such as chocolate crème pie, cheesecake, chocolate cake, apple pie and carrot cake.

All in all, our meals were spectacular and you truly can’t beat a $36 bill for four people.

Towne Restaurant

Where: 186 Allen St. (884-5128)

Hours: 7 a.m. to 5:30 a.m. Monday through Saturday; 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday.

Noteworthy: A senior citizen discount is offered 3 to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Wheelchair access: No wheelchair access to lower level seating which includes bathroom.