Berks Food News: PJ Whelihan’s Opens; Reading Eagle Announces Readers Choice Winners

PJ Whelihan

PJ Whelihan’s opens in Spring Township

PJ Whelihan’s has officially opened the doors of its new location in Spring Township. According to the restaurant’s Facebook page, it held mock service nights and a VIP night over the weekend before opening for business on Monday. PJ Whelihan’s is located in the former Toscani location along Van Reed Road. It is the 15th PJ’s location, all found within Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey.

Reading Eagle announces Readers Choice Award winners

On Sunday, the Reading Eagle published its annual list of Readers Choice Award winners. Reading Eagle readers chose their favorite businesses in more than 100 categories, including a variety food and drink categories.

The Pike Cafe led the way with three wins (Best Bar, Best Sports Bar and Best Wings) while Tomcat Cafe (Best Breakfast and Best Brunch), V&S Sandwiches (Best Cheesesteak and Best Sandwiches) and Exeter Family Restaurant (Best Diner and Best Family Restaurant) all earned two nods apiece.

For the most part, the readers picked well. My biggest gripe with the vote is that Dunkin’ Donuts managed to earn a nod over the county’s great independent donut shops and bakeries (Frying Dutchman and Dosie Dough come to mind). I was also surprised that two out-of-county establishments – Boehringer’s Drive-In and Johnny’s Bar & Steakhouse – made the list, though both are at least close to the county line.

Here is a list of winners in some of the food-related categories:

Best Bar: Pike Cafe
Best BBQ: Muddy’s Smokehouse BBQ
Best Breakfast: Tomcat Cafe
Best Brunch: Tomcat Cafe
Best Burger: Five Guys Burgers and Fries
Best Cheesesteak: V&S Sandwich Shop
Best Chinese: China Penn Asian Bistro & Sushi Bar
Best Cupcakes: Sublime Cupcakes
Best Dessert: Sweet Street Desserts
Best Diner: Exeter Family Restaurant
Best Donuts: Dunkin’ Donuts
Best Family Restaurant: Exeter Family Restaurant
Best Fine Dining: Judy’s on Cherry
Best Hot Dog: Schell’s
Best Ice Cream/Frozen Yogurt: Boehringer’s Drive-In
Best Italian: Mom Chaffe’s
Best Lunch: Isaac’s Restaurant & Deli
Best Mexican: Alebrije Mexican Restaurant
Best Pizza: Mama’s Pizza & Grill
Best Ribs: Austin’s 
Best Salad Bar: Ruby Tuesday
Best Seafood: Super Duper Delicious Seafood
Best Soup: Zoup!
Best Sports Bar: The Pike Cafe
Best Steak: Johnny’s Bar & Steak House
Best Sub & Sandwiches: V&S Sandwich Shop
Best Sushi: Go Fish! Seafood Market & Sushi Bar
Best Thai: Thai Cuisine
Best Wings: The Pike Cafe

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One thought on “Berks Food News: PJ Whelihan’s Opens; Reading Eagle Announces Readers Choice Winners

  1. Five guys? Really? Come on Berks County! We have a number of great restaurants around here that outshine that grease pit. Great blog Zach!

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