Hall of Flame BBQ & Wings – CLOSED

Hall of Flame BBQ & Wings is now closed. A sign in front if the building is advertising that it is now for lease.

Hall of Flame BBQ & Wings is the latest edition to Berks County’s growing list of bar-b-cue restaurants. Opening in late 2012 in the former Pizza Time building on Lancaster Avenue, the Hall of Flame specializes in wood-smoked meats and deep fried chicken wings.

A plain white and brown exterior is not nearly as appealing as the smells coming from inside. A small counter sits in front of the kitchen area, which is in full view of customers.
A couple other customers were standing by the counter waiting for their food. One of them sampled one of Hall of Flame’s fatality wings, which he managed to eat without taking a drink. He raved about the flavor of the wing, and how you got the heat without the messy sauce.
I wasn’t nearly as brave, but my black cherry habanero BBQ wings were the highlight of the meal. The wings were deep fried to perfection, and the sauce was one of the best I have ever tasted, with an incredible sweetness from the cherries, and a slow burn from the habanero that built up as I tore through my order.
For the main course, I chose the Hall of Famer sandwich, an oversized roll loaded with beef brisket and pulled pork, with potato wedges on the side. The meats were tender and flavored well, but the brisket still had some fat on it, and there was just too much meat for the tiny cup of sauce that came with it. A little more sauce would have made a world of difference.
The wedges were about six inches long and golden brown, but I was expecting more flavor. There are several seasoned and loaded options that I would suggest trying instead.
The Hall of Flame’s most intriguing menu item is the BBQ parfait, a monstrous mountain of barbecue, sides, and cheese sauce.
“I don’t sell too many of them,” the owner told me when he delivered the parfait, “but it’s more of a novelty item. You can’t get it anywhere else.”
The parfait starts with your choice of side dish on the bottom, then it gets covered in BBQ and cheese sauces, followed by your choice of meat and more sauces. The whole thing is topped off with a big scoop of coleslaw.
It’s definitely not for everyone. The flavor combination is interesting to say the least. The coleslaw can be overpowering as its flavor seeps into the whole dish. If you don’t like coleslaw, you’re not going to like it. If you do like it, and you like trying new things, give the dish a try. For $5.95, it’s worth it to say to you ate a BBQ parfait.
Sandwiches range from $6-9, while BBQ platters run $9-23. The Hall of Flame has only three tables so it’s best to plan for take-out. Wing prices vary depending on quantity. Open seven days a week until 10:00 pm.

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Christine’s Creekside Inn

Nestled along the Allegheny Creek south of Gibraltar, Christine’s Creekside Inn seemingly appears out of nowhere on Green Hills Road. Built originally as a grist mill, the 18th century building was transformed into a restaurant in the 1970s, and finally became Christine’s in 2008.

On a Thursday night in December, my wife and I made our first visit to the Christine’s. Three chandeliers hung from the center of the ceiling, their light revealing the beauty of the nearly 250-year-old building. Every table was covered in white linen, with red napkins that matched the upholstered chairs. One original stone wall remained untouched on the far side of the room.

It was disappointing to see such a beautiful room nearly empty as only one other couple was in the dining room with us for most of our meal. The waitress’s footsteps on the hardwood floor echoed through the cavernous room.

Maybe it was because it was a slow night, but our service was incredible.  Our waitress doubled as the bartender, and she went out of her way to make sure we enjoyed our dinner.

To add to the ambiance, all diners receive a warm towel to freshen up with before their meal. It’s a nice touch that really makes it feel like you are not just eating out, you’re dining.

I started my meal with the soup du jour, a tasty ham and bean soup, which like the rest of the menu, is made from scratch. The dinner rolls were also fresh and still warm from the oven when they arrived at our table.

My main course for the evening was the “Touch of Italy,” which features grilled chicken, sausage, peppers, mushrooms, onions and linguine tossed in a light tomato sauce.

The “Touch of Italy” could easily have fed two people. The waitress brought it out in a large serving bowl, and after filling my plate it looked like the bowl had barely been touched.

The natural sweetness of the fresh tomatoes came through in every bite. Unlike a thick marinara sauce, the oil in this sauce helped it stick to everything, blending flavors perfectly. My side of vegetables tasted like they were picked from the garden that morning. The bright orange color of the carrots glowed in the room’s soft lighting.

My wife ordered the Steak Alexander, served with red onions in a confit sauce, a balsamic base that was still sweet, which added a unique flavor to the choice cut of steak. The home fries were more like potato wedges, deliciously seasoned with an herb blend.

The only downside to our meal was the portion size left us no room to try any of the Inn’s homemade desserts.

Our bill totaled about $65, but we took advantage of a restaurant.com coupon for $25.00 off. Christine’s website also offers coupon promotions throughout the year so be sure to check before you go. Because the food is made fresh, reservations are highly recommended, so try to plan your visit in advance. It’s definitely worth the visit.

BCE Rating
Food: Very Good
Service: Good
Ambiance:Very Good
Price: Reasonable

Christine’s Creekside Inn
1250 Green Hills Rd
Birdsboro, PA 19508

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