With hundreds of restaurants spread out across 866 square miles, it’s going to take time to visit them all. Among those are many restaurants that have been on my short list since the blog started that, for one reason or another, I just haven’t been able to make it to.
One of those restaurants is the Station House Grille. I’ve sampled their food on multiple occasions, mostly at Iron Chef competitions.
Every time we see them at an event, our response is the same, “We need to go there.”
This has been going on for more than two years. We tried visiting once before, not realizing that they close early on Saturdays (6 p.m., compared to 8 p.m. on weeknights).
Finally, last week, the stars aligned and the timing was right. On a Wednesday evening with nothing else going on, we made the drive to Tuckerton.
The Station House Grille sits along Tuckerton Road, just west of Route 61, in what looks like someone’s two-story house.
Parking is limited and so is seating – the dining area consists of just four round tables that seat up to four.
We ordered at the counter before moving to the small dining room to wait for our meals to arrive.
The menu is certainly unique among Berks County restaurants: tater tots, pulled pork, sliders and gourmet grilled cheese are among the menu highlights.
I went for a pork tater bowl: an order of tots topped with pulled pork, barbecue sauce and cheese.
The Station House Grille definitely knows how to do pulled pork, and they chose the perfect sauce to complement this dish. It was sweet, tangy and thick, covering everything.
Beneath the mound of meat, cheese and sauce were the tater tots, which had now fallen apart. That meant just about every bite had a little bit of fried potato. And that can’t be bad, right?
Julie decided to separate her meat and her taters, getting a shredded beef sandwich and an order of loaded tots.
The sandwich featured balsamic shredded beef, onion straws and horseradish sauce on a Kaiser roll. The horseradish sauce added flavor. But it was mild, not overpowering like it can sometimes be.
She really enjoyed it, just as she did the loaded tater bites. Cheddar cheese sauce, bacon, chives and sour cream topped the mound of tots. I’m not a fan of cheese sauce. I would have rather had plain (they call them ‘naked’) tots. But Julie loved it so listen to her, not me.
Our total bill was around $20 (including a pair of bottled drinks). It was a fair price for a good little meal.
The Station House definitely has the feel of a neighborhood sandwich shop, but they take that idea in a different direction with their unique menu.
If you’re tired of the same old places along 61 or the 5th Street Highway, it’s definitely worth making the turn into Tuckerton to this little gem.
I’m glad we finally did.
Service: Very Good
Price: Very Reasonable
Station House Grille
157 Tuckerton Rd
Reading, PA 19605