West Lawn Wednesdays

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Church dinners are a tradition in Berks County, just as they are across the country.

On any given weekend, you will find area churches serving up freshly prepared comfort foods like chicken pot pie, ham and beans, and pot roast.

Some church dinners have a loyal following, bringing in people from far and wide to enjoy a meal. Whether it’s once a year, or every month, the dinners become a true community event.

But the West Lawn United Methodist Church takes church dinners to a whole new level with West Lawn Wednesdays.

I first found out about West Lawn Wednesdays during the Wilson Iron Chef event in April. The church was set up in the expo space, handing out samples of their shepherd’s pie, which was one of the best items I tasted throughout the day.

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The ladies running the stand handed us a brochure and two free meal vouchers, and after seeing that the meals only run September through May, I knew I only had a few weeks to  experience a West Lawn Wednesday.

And so it was that we found ourselves in the Community Center on the last Wednesday before the summer break.

According to the brochure, West Lawn Wednesdays began in 2001 with a dinner for about 40 congregation members. The event has clearly grown.

Inside, rows of tables were filled with patrons, with many more having already passed through the doors on this night.

The menu changes weekly with two entree options, starter salad, two sides and dessert. After being shown to our seats, a group of regulars sitting with us were more than happy to point us in the direction of the buffet line.

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Our first stop was the salad bar, which was better than some restaurants I have a seen, with plenty of add-ins and not a speck of brown lettuce to be seen.

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Next we took our trays and headed to the hot bar where the night’s entrees were meatloaf and hot dogs with mashed potatoes, carrots and broccoli on the side.

I politely declined the hot dog, but was happy to have them fill up my plate with the rest of the options. Like any good church dinner, the food tasted like it came right out of a grandmother’s kitchen. The meatloaf, topped in brown gravy, had a nice flavor with just enough onions and spices mixed in. The potatoes were light and fluffy and the vegetables also came out beautifully.

The only disappointment was the announcement that the Rita’s Water Ice had not arrived as planned and there would be no dessert.

We all paused mid-meal as the pastor said a short prayer and invited everyone to the group study classes that would begin after the meal was finished at 7:30.

And though we received invitations from some of our neighboring diners, we never felt pressured to stay for anything beyond the meal.

While our coupons we picked up from the Iron Chef competition provided us with two free meals, we would have gladly paid the $7.50 per person that was being charged (for families of four or more, a $25 flat rate makes it even more reasonable).

Entering last year, the West Lawn Wednesday program had earned more than $60,000, all of which went to benefit the church’s various mission trips (from as close as New Jersey to as far as Tanzania) and to provide food for other outreach programs in Reading and Berks County.

And judging from the full dining area and delicious food, I suspect that number will continue to grow as a year of meals begins.

The first West Lawn Wednesday of 2014-15 is September 3. The meals will continue weekly through late May.

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Two Restaurants Close; An Old Favorite is Making a Comeback; and more Berks Food News

CC’s Wooden Grill Closed, New Restaurant Opens in Kutztown Location

After a long tenure on Constitution Blvd. in Kutztown, CC’s Wooden Grill has closed its doors. On a recent trip into town to visit the Kutztown Fair, we noticed that the CC’s sign had been taken down off the building.

The site did not stay vacant for long, however. A Facebook post from the Kutztown Community Partnership announced the arrival of Potts’ U, the first Berks County location for the Potts’ Hot Dog franchise based in the Allentown/Bethlehem area.

Crab Barn Progressing toward Re-Opening

One year after renovations began on the Crab Barn, the Reading Eagle reports that the building is still a work in progress. An article in the August 22 Reading Eagle newspaper described some of the issues that the new owners were facing in the rehabilitation of the Hampden Boulvevard site as they look to reopen the once-popular restaurant.

Black Dog Cafe Closes

Stouchsburg’s Black Dog Cafe has closed its doors. An August 15 article in the Reading Eagle reported that restaurant, which gained widespread attention after former television personality John Gosselin was hired as a host, abruptly closed its doors. The Stouch Tavern in nearby Womelsdorf has announced that they will honor gift certificates from the Black Dog Cafe at 50-percent value.  

Taste of Hamburg-er Festival Set for Saturday

This Saturday, August 30, marks the 11th annual Taste of Hamburg-er Festival in Hamburg. More than 25 hamburger stands will be set up throughout downtown Hamburg. The event also features professional and amateur hamburger-eating contests, children’s games and activities, a beer and wine garden, four stages of entertainment and more. Visit the festival’s official website for more details.

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Ciabatta – CLOSED

Ciabatta closed at some point during the early fall. It appears as if another restaurant is set to take its place as renovations to the interior are currently underway and a liquor license application is hanging in the window. No announcement has been made yet as to what will take its place. 

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There’s something about ciabatta bread that takes an ordinary sandwich and makes it better.

Bigger, denser and more flavorful than average white bread, ciabatta rolls add that little extra something that makes a sandwich feel more like a meal.

It’s that Italian baked specialty that serves as inspiration for the aptly named Ciabatta in Wyomissing.

Ciabatta sits along State Hill Road across from the Berkshire Square Shopping Center. The sign out front is simple, proclaiming the “gourmet sandwiches – salads – pizza” that are found inside a mostly drab-looking tan and brown building.

Inside, the decor is contemporary Tuscan, a modern take on the classic Italian decor, while a section of oversized lounge chairs and original artwork on the walls gives the restaurant a coffeehouse feel.

As the name implies, sandwiches are a major portion of Ciabatta’s menu, and they are all served on (you guessed it) ciabatta rolls.

But the menu is much more than that as the restaurant also offers grilled specialties like veal saltinboca and Delmonico steaks, build-your-own pastas, salads, and our choices for the evening, pizzabellas.

Ciabatta’s pizzabellas are about 12″ round, making them perfectly sized for a hearty meal for one or shareable for two with the addition of a side.

Or, if you are a hungry food blogger and his wife, you order two pizzabellas and an order of Cajun fries because you can.

Seven specialty pizzabellas and a build-your-own option make up the pizzabella menu. Our two choices were the pollo diavolo (buffalo chicken, mozzarella and blue cheese dressing) and Verona (Genoa salami, capicola, Italian sausage, pepperoni, tomato sauce and mozzarella).

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The former packed a nice punch, both from the buffalo chicken and from the homemade blue cheese dressing, which did little to cool the heat as it added a spice of its own. Despite needing a little extra water to quench our thirsts, the pollo diavolo was very good, especially for those who enjoy a nice mild buffalo wing.

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On the other side of the spectrum was the Verona, which was a much sweeter pie, with only a mild spice from the Italian sausage. For carnivores like myself, it’s hard to go wrong when you are piling on all of those delicious Italian meats.

When it comes to sides, the takeout menu we have sitting at home is very deceiving. There is a coupon mentioning Cajun fries, and dinner entrees that come with two sides, but nowhere on the menu are the sides actually listed. Still, we were able to order up some Cajun fries, and we were not disappointed.

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The fries, thick and battered, where blanketed in a nice coat of Cajun seasoning. Compared to the buffalo chicken pizza, the fries were mild, but still had just enough kick that you couldn’t ignore it.

Pizza is always a reasonably priced option for dining out and Ciabatta’s is no exception. Pizzabellas are just $6.95 each, so even after we gorged on two pies and a side of fries, our bill still came in under $20.

I can’t deny the irony of going to a place called “Ciabatta” and not actually ordering a ciabatta. But with so many other great menu options, I won’t let a name limit by choices.

And after some excellent pizza, I’m glad I didn’t let the name stop me.

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Food & Festivals: Kutztown Fair

 

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The arrival of August in Berks County means that fair and festival season is in full swing.

After neighboring Schuylkill and Lebanon Counties hold their fairs to close out July, the attention shifts to Berks County and the Reading Fair.

But once the last ride has been ridden, the last livestock has been judge, many of the same exhibitors pack up and head north to Kutztown for the annual Kutztown Fair.

“The Biggest Little Fair in the State” is how the organizers of the Kutztown Fair describe the event, which has had a 143-year run in northern Berks.

And while the fair has many of the same draws as Reading: free rides, grandstand shows, live music and agricultural exhibits, what sets the Kutztown Fair apart is the food.

Between the local granges, Lions Clubs and other organizations, there are dozens of delicious Dutch (and other) delicacies waiting inside the gates.

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And no stand garners as much attention during fair week as the Kutztown Lions Club with their deep-fried specialty: Dutch Fries.

Essentially French fries that are cut like potato chips (or is it potato chips that are cooked like French fries?), Dutch Fries are not a side dish as much as they are a required component of the meal.

Sliced extra thin, the fries come out hot and soaked in oil. The irregular shape and size means that some will crisp up while others remain soft. But no matter how you slice them, Dutch fries are greasy and great.

It’s a happy coincidence that the Lions Club stand also serves hot sausage sandwiches. The links are sliced length-wise and grilled flat, then piled with diced peppers and onions and loaded with marinara sauce. Though the sauce is nothing special, the sausage and other toppings make up for it to create a delicious sidekick for the Dutch fries.

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Another favorite can be found at the Kutztown Fire Company stand. That’s where they are serving up the one-of-a-kind grilled sweet bologna sandwich.

Unlike the thin slices at the grocery store, the bologna is cut thick, more like a pork roll. The extra large patties are grilled and topped with cheese. Something about grilling them brings out even more flavor in the flavors that are lost when the bologna is served as a cold cut. It’s a great change of pace from the run-of-the-mill hamburgers you find along most midways.

And when you’re finished with dinner, there’s plenty to keep you entertained.

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The track bustles all week with micro sprint racing, demolition derby and fireworks. The stage is filled with local bands performing the best in rock and country music. And then there is Kutztown’s answer to Reading’s tractor pull, the kids’ pedal tractor pull.

The 2014 tagline was “Love-A-Fair.” It’s a cute play on words, but not too far from the truth. I love the Kutztown Fair. But my real love affair is with the food.

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Emily’s

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A romantic dinner means something different to everyone.

For me, it’s pretty simple. It’s a special night out with my wife where we splurge a little for finer food, drinks (she drinks, I drive) and the ambiance of a nice restaurant.

So when it came time for our third anniversary, I was charged with finding a place for a romantic dinner for two.

Fortunately, Berks County has no shortage of restaurants that could be considered “romantic,” and on this occasion, that led us on a short drive south along Route 10 to Emily’s.

The historic building that Emily’s calls home has stood along Morgantown Road for nearly 200 years. At one time, the restaurant served as a local post office, a history that is celebrated in the uniquely appointed Post Office bar room, with PO Boxes lining the shelves and “Mail Pouch Tobacco” scrolled across the far wall.

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We were led past several intimate dining rooms, through the bar and out the back door to the creekside porch. Our table was along the rail overlooking the backyard, which doubles as event space for receptions and parties, evidenced by the worn out grass where a tent would generally be set up. A family of bright yellow finches enjoyed their own supper at the four feeders set up along the creek, which was merely a small trail of water as it trickled past the building.

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We started our dinner by sharing an order of lamb sausage flatbread. The triangular flatbread pieces were topped with two kinds of cheese (Fontina and Mozzarella), caramelized onions and red currant syrup, garnished with fresh herbs.

The first thing you notice is the chunks of sausage, but the first thing you taste is the red currant. Red currant is a variety of European gooseberry, and when pureed into the syrup, it provides a very sweet flavor. Mix that with the slightly spicy lamb sausage and the mild cheese, and the ingredients combined for one of the best appetizers I have had.

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In between the flatbread and our main course we were served our house salads, which were offered with one of four homemade salad dressings, including raspberry vinaigrette. It was thicker than I had expected with a beautiful purple color and just a hint of sweetness to balance out the sour of the vinegar.

Emily’s has more than a dozen entrees and several more pasta options that include everything from chicken and ribs to duck and scallops, but it was the Two Peas in a Pasta that caught my eye.

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The namesake peas, spring peas and snow peas, were tossed with fettuccine pasta, prosciutto and leeks in a parmesan sauce. The sauce was thick and creamy like an alfredo, but with a lighter flavor. The prosciutto, which was chopped into tiny pieces, added a little bit of salt. Instead of being served al dente, the peas were cooked soft so that as I twirled my fettuccine, a pea pod would often find its way onto my fork as well. It was heavy and filling, but also very good with excellent flavor.

On the other side of the table, my wife enjoyed Emily’s pork rib cap steak, marinated pork steak topped with chorizo sausage and smoky lime aioli, served with a mixed vegetables and wild rice.

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The pork was cooked tender with just a little bit of fat remaining. The heat of the chorizo was tempered by the sweetness of the lime and the rice, which was tossed with walnuts and cranberries, the latter providing a hit of sweetness in almost every bite. With the two meats, it was like eating two entrees at once, both of which were very good.

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In true romantic fashion, we decided to share a dessert to end the evening. Even though neither of us were hungry anymore, we couldn’t pass on the chocolate parfait, a tall glass layered with chocolate mousse and brownie. The brownie was crumbled so that you had a little bit of the cake in every bite. It was very rich, but so delicious and satisfying.

With entrees that ranged in price from $15 to $30, our $60 check (which also included a mixed drink for my wife) was on the lower end of a meal for two at Emily’s and worth every penny.

It was a slower weeknight so we sat and enjoyed the cool evening air for a few minutes after our meal. The finches were fighting for space on the feeders as the sun was just beginning to set. As we sat, full and content from our meal, it was the perfect ending to a romantic night out.

And I was already looking forward to our next romantic dinner.

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

Emily’s
3790 Morgantown Rd
Mohnton, PA 19540

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Food & Festivals: The Reading Fair

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Berks County has proud agricultural heritage. With fertile farmland and a thriving livestock industry, that tradition continues to this day on family farms throughout the county.

And it is that pride that is put on a pedestal every August for the Reading Fair.

Sure there are the unlimited rides on the Ferris wheel, and there are games waiting to test your skill with a ping pong ball or dart in your hand, and deep fried everything along the carnival midway, but that’s only part of the story.

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There’s also the competition in the exhibit halls, the livestock on display in the barns, the horsepower on the track and some of the best fair food around, courtesy of the area’s local Grange organizations.

Beneath the Grange tent, you can find anything you could hope for: from staples like hamburgers and hot dogs to deep fried dishes like apple fritters and funnel cake.

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Me, I will always gravitate toward the barbecue. In this case, that means a barbecue chicken sandwich, a pile of roasted, pulled chicken topped with all the Sweet Baby Ray’s sauce I want. Add on a side of fries and a pint of Clover Farms chocolate milk and I certainly don’t miss the greasy pizza or over-salted pretzels on the food wagons.

But the fair is more to me than just a place to eat, it’s a yearly chance for me to show off my own culinary skills.

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It started with my grandmother’s shoo-fly pie recipe. I started baking the Pennsylvania German dessert about three years ago. I first entered it in the fair in 2012, and last year I took home a second-place ribbon for it.

This year, I entered three items in the baked goods competition, my shoo-fly pie, which again took home runner-up honors (seriously, look at that beautiful pie and tell me how it doesn’t win), a shoo-fly cake, which was good enough for third place, and a pecan pie, which earned a blue ribbon in the one-crust pie category.

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All of the baked goods entered in the competition are auctioned off for charity at the end of the fair’s first night, so if you want to try any of my pies or cakes for yourself, bring your wallet next year.

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It’s always fun to take a look around at the entries in the other competitions, especially the arts and crafts categories where you will find some very unique pieces.

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And of course we have to talk a walk through the stalls to look at the sheep, goats, rabbits and cattle, some of which will end up being next year’s hamburgers.

Out on the track, which hosts a variety of racing events including motorcycle and micro-sprint racing, it was farm equipment on steroids as we watched souped-up tractors (mod-E-fieds as the Dutchy PA announcer called them) pulling a sled down the 300-foot dirt dragstrip.

For 160 years, the Reading Fair has brought together city and country in a celebration of everything that makes Berks County great. Like a fine wine, the tradition keeps getting better with age. Hopefully someone will be writing the same thing 160 years from now.

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Ozgood’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar

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The building is hard to miss as you drive west into Robesonia. Between the maroon paint with green trim and the tall spire above the entrance, Ozgood’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar is unmistakable.

Ozgood’s location has served as a restaurant since the 1930s with the White House Restaurant operating on the spot. Once the White House left, it seemed nothing could replace it: the Furnace Creek Inn, the Furnace Inn, the Toll Gate Inn and the Blue Velvet (which I vaguely remember from my youth) all came and went before Ozgood’s came to stay in 1997.

Robesonia was built as a company town, and there are reminders of that on every wall. A large painting of the iron works hangs in the corner with enlarged postcards of the furnace surrounding the dining room.

Stained glass lamps hang throughout, casting a dim light on every table. For a little brighter experience, Ozgood’s offers an outdoor patio and bar along the slow trickling Furnace Creek.

Ozgood’s menu is lengthy and includes a long list of hearty entrees like steaks, burgers and an entire section devoted to pretzel sandwiches. And of course the menu at a “neighborhood grill and bar” wouldn’t be complete without a beverage list to match.

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Despite the summer heat, the soup du jour, a chicken, potato and herb chowder, sounded too good to resist. The presentation would have been beautiful, if not for the two packs of Club crackers that it was served with. However, that did not take away from the soup itself, a thick, creamy chowder with big chunks of potato and a delicious blend of herbs (parsley, dill and more).

Then it was on the main course, a one-pound chopsteak smothered in onions and mushroom gravy called “The Worley.”

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One pound is a lot more than it sounds on a menu meaning about half of it was still remaining on my plate when I had finished, but that was not to say it wasn’t good. The steak was cooked perfectly and the gravy was good, though it could have used one or two more ladles of gravy to cover the large piece of meat.

My sides for the day were “shoestring” fries and mixed vegetables. Though called shoestring on the menu, the fries were more like McDonald’s than the shoestrings at places like Austin’s. They were still good, just not what I was expecting. Meanwhile the vegetables were very tasty thanks to being cooked in a generous amount of butter.

Every weekend, Ozgood’s has a certain theme for their specials, and on our trip, it happened to be shrimp weekend.

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As such, my wife decided to try a little bit of everything with the shrimp sampler platter. The sampler included shrimp done three ways: fried, broiled and stuffed with crab. All three were good and done just right, but the crab-stuffed was her favorite as the crab added even more flavor to an already good piece of shrimp.

Unfortunately the generous portions left no room for dessert, but we still left satisfied. Our meals were a little pricey, coming in at more than $35 for the pair, but we certainly felt like we got our money’s worth out of them.

Nearly two decades after Ozgood’s ended the musical chairs of restaurants in Robesonia, it is trying to do the same in Kutztown, where it recently opened a second location in the former TC’s Food & Spirits building.

And if the new location is serving the same good food as in Robesonia, Ozgood’s will have another success story to brag about.

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

Ozgood’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar
319 E. Penn Ave
Robesonia, PA 19551

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Food & Festivals: Saint Marco Italian Food Festival

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I love Italian food.

It seems odd because the closest my family blood line comes to Italy is my great-grandfather’s short stay during his deployment in World War I.

But my love of pasta, tomato sauce and Italian food of all kinds is unquestioned.

And it is with that appetite that I look forward to the first weekend of August and the annual St. Marco Italian Food Festival.

For more than 80 years, the Saint Marco Society has been a gathering place where Italian-Americans preserve their Old World food and culture. And for two days each year, their headquarters in Temple becomes a gathering place for people of all backgrounds to come experience the culinary delights of Italy, including their famous lasagna.

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I cannot fathom how many pans of lasagna (both meat and cheese filled) the servers go through over the course of a weekend, but it seems like there is a continuous line for 48 hours. And for good reason.

The paper-thin pasta is piled high (I counted at least 10 layers ) and topped with the smoothest tomato sauce I have ever seen. It ladles on like a thick soup, drowning the lasagna while creating a small moat around it.

Everything about the lasagna is outstanding, which is why my wife has had one every year since we started attending the festival five years ago.

But there are other delicious options as well, including my personal favorite, the porchetta sandwich.

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Slow-roasted, juicy pork heaped on a kaiser roll and (for a well-spent extra dollar) topped with broccoli rabe, the sandwich is everything Philly pork sandwiches strive to be. The pork absorbs so much flavor from the seasonings its cooked in, and the broccoli rabe adds just a hint of bitterness to make a sandwich that I never want to put down.

There are plenty of other options including meatball sandwiches, crispelles (fried dough with or without meat) and, ironically enough, French fries.

And then there are the desserts, which include homemade biscotti, pizzelles and for those who crave something creamy, gelato.

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At first glance, three dollars seems like a lot to pay for a small cup of dessert, but the gelato is very filling, especially after such a big dinner. I decided to try the mixed berry while my wife opted for chocolate chip (chocolate and mocha are also on the menu). There were whole berries (blueberries, I think, though it was hard to tell while frozen) mixed in with my rich scoops while the chocolate chips were mixed in with a creamy vanilla base in my wife’s.

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While we enjoyed our dessert, we ventured around to the opposite side of the building to take in a little of the action on the bocce courts. The tournament seems to have quite a following of its own with lawn chairs surrounding the perimeter and only a few small spaces to stand around the fence.

The Saint Marco Italian Food Festival is one of my favorite food events each year. Even as someone who cannot identify with Italian culture, I certainly identify with delicious food.

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Windy Acres Barbecue Restaurant – CLOSED

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Windy Acres Barbecue Restaurant is now closed. The restaurant closed in late June, but the business continues as a catering company and barbecue sauce maker. The restaurant has not ruled out opening another restaurant in the future.

Berks County is becoming a barbecue hotbed.

Over the last four or five years, the county’s barbecue scene has taken off with the addition of roadside trailers and full-service restaurants.

What I love about barbecue is that all of them are different. Though all of them have ribs, chicken and pork, none of them are doing them the same way. Likewise, each one has its own unique sauce, with its own style and flavor profile.

And as a barbecue aficionado, that variety is what drives me to try as many of them as possible.

Set along Route 222 just north of Kutztown, right where the Kutztown Bypass ends and the traffic jam of two-lane 222 begins, is Windy Acres Barbecue Restaurant, one of the newest additions to the barbecue scene.

The restaurant doesn’t look like much from the outside. Attached to an Agway, you wouldn’t even know the restaurant was there if not for a small sign along the highway and a backlit sign on the building that says “RESTAURANT.”

Inside, it is a cliché of barbecue joints, the walls adorned with wagon wheels, a smiling wooden steer’s head and a pig made out of neon lights that said “Best BBQ.” The wall to the kitchen was made of metal, as if the dining room was built to enclose a tin shed.

Windy Acres prints its menu on its placemats so you can begin planning your meal from the moment you sit down. Barbecue is the main crux of the menu, with rib and chicken platters and pulled pork sandwiches being complemented by burgers and fried foods like corn nuggets and mozzarella sticks.

With my strong desire to try as many menu items as possible in one meal, I could not pass up the combo meal of a 1/2 rack of ribs and 1/2 chicken.

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My chicken was late to arrive to the party, but that gave me a chance to concentrate on the massive ribs in front of me. Size is the first thing you notice. These ribs are not the perfectly shaped baby backs you see at a chain restaurant, instead they form a beautiful triangle with the largest rib measuring about seven inches long. Looking at the plate it was hard to imagine anyone finishing a full rack, or me being able to finish both this and my chicken which was still to come.

Then there is the color, Crayola might call it burnt sienna. The sauce gets its color, and its flavor, from the addition of mustard, which gives it a lighter color and a distinct flavor. Ripping them apart, it was clear the ribs weren’t fall-off-the-bone, and instead allowed me to bite in without risk of the meat falling to the plate.

Of my sides, the mashed potatoes were far-and-away better than the beans. Similar to those served at Muddy’s, Windy Acres uses Yukon gold potatoes, which have a more beautiful color and more pronounced flavor than Idaho potatoes. The beans had some flavor, but were a little runny and were not all that different from a can of Bush’s.

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When my chicken arrived, it too was glossed in a coat of Windy Acres original sauce (they also had apple bbq and hot bbq available on request) with some extra seasonings sprinkled on. Nearly half of my half chicken had to come home with me for later as the breast meat was more than enough to fill me up after having devoured the rest of my meal.

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One of the daily specials on the menu was the southwest pulled pork wrap that my wife order. It featured pulled pork (which is oddly only available on sandwiches and not available as an entree) with chipotle bbq sauce , coleslaw and cheese. The hot pork was mixed with the cold cheese and slaw before the wrap was grilled, and though I am not a fan of mixing hot and cold ingredients, the pork was very good and the chipotle sauce was excellent.  The fresh-cut fries that came with the wrap were also very good, especially if you dipped them in a little bit of sauce.

Though there were a handful of desserts available, it is hard to imagine anyone making it that far, especially if they ordered the ribs. Instead, our stomachs were quite content to quit after our $25 dinner.

The neon pig on the wall may have been overstating things a little. Windy Acres may not be the “best bbq,” at least in my opinion. But it certainly has its own style and I certainly enjoyed it.

And that again is the beauty of barbecue. It’s always different, and it’s almost always delicious.

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