Good chow near Fleetwood/Reading?
I'm coming down from Toronto to take a knife sharpening class in Fleetwood. Are there any chow-worthy eating experiences that I shouldn't miss while I'm there? I will likely be staying in Reading, so any can't miss recommendations there would also be welcome. Thanks!
Two good new places. Muddy's Barbecue is a truck with picnic tables on Rte 12/Pricetown Road. It's on the eastbound side between Mount Laurel Road and Rte 73. It is fantastic! Texas-style bbq - the brisket is especially good, and the sides are terrific. Sommeria is an Italian restaurant in "downtown" Fleetwood with nicely prepared Northern Italian food. Last time we were there, had carbonara with handmade pasta, and pork tenderloin with a red wine sauce and polenta. A little on the expensive side, but they have a liquor license and an outdoor deck.
In West Reading, Good Eatz has healthy food that is well-prepared and creative. Papillon has excellent French bistro food, and a new Banh Mi joint called Van's just opened.
Muddy's looked really interesting, and I would have stopped if it wasn't 95 degrees out! Good Eatz is a great call! Very large and diverse menu (carnivores, vegans, and tweeners), and their selections are a nice change for traveling folks who want more choices than, chips or fries with your sandwich.....
I can't help much in Fleetwood( have not been in the borough for over 10 years) but can offer some suggestions should you wish to vewnture north or northeast.
First the nearest excellant fine dining establishment would be The Farmhouse, in Emmaus, probably about a halfhour away. Focus on locally sourced ingredients. Worth a visit.
If you want to try Pa Dutch there is a good restaurant in Lenhartsville, off interstate 78 Deitsch Eick. They do a really good job with the Pa dutch specialties- Chicken Pot Pie, pork and sauerkraut, Lettuce with hot bacon dressing, etc. The decor is interesting with numerous hex signs by the late Johhny Ott, a locally well known Pa. Dutch folk artist.
Two really good meat markets, if you want to bring sausage, etc, home. Peters in Lenhartsville, and Dietrichs in Krummsville. Dietrichs also has a good selection of Pa dutch baked goods and jellies and preserves (If you've ever wanted to try pickled lambs toungue, this is the place).
Finally, on Route 222 between Maxatawney and Breinigsville, is a superb ice cream and Chocolate shop, Premise Maid. The ice cream is our favorite in the region. The chocolate is very good, although not as superlative as the ice cream.
Hope this helps.
the regional "must have" specialty is baked stuffed pig's stomach. outside of eastern pa, it's not really known (except in parts of germany). the few restaurants that sell it usually sell it as a special, instead of on the every day menu. the following two links have local ads of restaurant specials:
the bar-b-q pit in sinking spring has excellent pork souvlaki and cheap drafts - i can't recommend anything else on the greek side of the menu, not even pilaf, and haven't tried anything else: