BBQ restaurant right in the heart of Center City Allentown. Queen City BBQ is the third concept from The Bayou Boys, the team behind The Bayou restaurants in Bethlehem & Easton and Wiz Kidz Cheesesteaks in Bethlehem. Their eye for detail in decor can be found throughout the space.
The walls have been surfaced with multi-colored wood planks, sourced from an old Pennsylvania barn. Old photos of the center city line the walls of the smoke room and they've created a looking box to showcase their "Smoke Room". All of their meats are smoked in house daily.
The sides or as they like to call them "Fixins" are also made fresh in house. If you are in the neighborhood stop in and give them a try. Space is big with an indoor-outdoor square bar, game area and plenty of space for mingling. Their location directly across from the PPL Center makes for some very busy nights. They want you to know that they do accept reservations on Game & Event nights.
That wide appeal is directly solicited by the presence of many televisions, a couple of shuffleboards and a jukebox, along with the 20 taps pouring crowd-pleasers like Pabst and Miller to regional craft brews from Pizza Boy, Weyerbacher and HiJinx. The sheer size of the place—Queen City can seat more than either of the owners’ other establishments, Grain and The Bayou—means it’s prepared for crowds.
There’s also a fair dose of sports bar thrown in for good measure; Queen City is located across from the PPL arena and “When there are hockey games, people are just piling in here,” says Executive Chef Fred Grant. There’s ample space around the bar for spillover, and outdoor seating nearly adds about 60 people to the 120 inside. “Some days are very busy. Some days, well, it’s still Allentown,” says Grant, with a chuckle.