A good sandwich is never hard to find in Berks County. There are dozens of great sandwich shops that offer quick meals for lunch and dinner.
You’ll find at least one in almost every little town. And like with pizzerias, everyone has their favorite sandwich shop.
For Julie and I, one of our favorites has always been D&J Sandwich Shop on the edge of Wyomissing and Shillington.
Julie and I have both been to D&J often. I needed an outsider’s perspective for the blog so I called up my brother, Matt.
The location is not ideal for a restaurant — or any business. The corner of Revere Boulevard (Route 724) and Old Fritztown Roaddone a tremendous is heavily trafficked, but the restaurant lacks parking.
Customers are welcome to pull up in front of the building in unlined spaces. It can be challenging to get in and out, however, especially if another car is entering or leaving the lot. It’s also a challenge if you drive a Toyota Tundra like my brother.
But there was still a steady flow of customers while we were there so they either found space out front or did what we did and park along Old Fritztown Road.
D&J’s interior has been retrofitted, literally, with the classic look of a 1950s-era diner. The stainless steel counter stools are covered in teal and purple leather seats. The same colors are used on the chairs around the half dozen tables that sit on the black and white checkered floor.
Everything else seems to have a Coca-Cola logo on it, from the napkin dispensers to the ceiling fans, where every blade is in the shape of a glass Coke bottle.
After ordering at the counter, my brother and I took a seat and waited for dinner to arrive.
We ordered a lot of food: two sandwiches, an order of fries and some mini tacos that my brother ordered on a whim (because I was buying).
The mini tacos were the size of a folded over tortilla chip, filled with beef and deep fried. And they were actually pretty good. I’m sure I could find something similar in the freezer section of the grocery store, but we downed them quick.
I ordered a meatball sub for my main dish. I’ve had them before at D&J and always enjoyed them. The meatballs are big; the sauce is good; and they always add the right amount of peppers and onions. With all of the other food, I probably should have just had a small, but I managed to finish it.
Matt felt guilty about ordering his ham and cheese because he thought it was boring. It actually was anything but.
D&J doesn’t make their grilled ham and cheese with slabs of lunch meat, but with chopped ham. It looked like a steak sandwich where someone grabbed the wrong meat. But the chopped ham worked, and little bro enjoyed it.
One of my favorite things about D&J is the fries: crinkle cut, crispy (but not burnt), well-salted and addicting. Matt agreed.
Fries here are shareable, even for two hungry eaters like us. (If you’re going solo, ask for the more manageable half-order).
Our more than $30 total was a little more than I usually expect to pay at D&J, but we can blame that on getting large sandwiches and an extra side (plus our two drinks).
D&J has been one of our favorite sandwich shops for many years now. And after taking my brother, I think there was another convert.