Post Updated August 29, 2020

I get asked all the time, “What’s the best restaurant in Berks County?” The truth is, it’s impossible to choose “the best” restaurant – how do you compare great barbecue to fine dining? But with more than six years and 300 reviews under my belt, I definitely have my favorites. Here are 10 that are on the top of my list. All of them are on the list for different reasons, but those are the reasons we keep going back.

Andy Peppers – Limekiln

I can’t say enough good things about Andy Pepper’s. The tiny eatery shares a building with the Limekiln Post Office and is out of the way for most people, but worth the visit for their inventive – and always delicious – breakfast and lunch.


Austin’s Restaurant and Bar – West Lawn

chicken florentine pasta from Austin's

This is a long-time favorite of ours. In our experience, Austin’s always puts out consistently good food – including some of my favorite ribs – with seasonal specials that never disappoint. And because the restaurant’s servers work as a team, you can get anything you need quickly.


Exeter Family Restaurant – Exeter

Best Diner: Exeter Family Restaurant

One of our favorite diners in Berks County, especially for breakfast, Exeter Family Restaurant has become a favorite of ours. We’ve tried a lot of dishes on their large menu and have never had a complaint about the food or the service (or the price).


Fork & Ale – Douglassville

A white brick wall painted with a yellow fork and the words "Fork & Ale"

This is a restaurant and bar that has impressed on every one of our visits. Fork & Ale serves what can best be described as elevated bar food – burgers and sandwiches that are just done a little better and hearty dinners that have a fine dining flair to them.


Let’s Taco Bout It

Photo of a banner hanging on a storefront that says "Let's Taco Bout It" with image of two cartoon tacos in a wrestling match.

Let’s Taco Bout It is a family favorite, especially for my son. At two-and-a-half years old, his favorite food just might be Let’s Taco Bout It’s version of Mexican street corn. And we are all big fans of the restaurant’s “Luchadors,” oversized mash-ups of tacos and quesadillas.


Mangia! Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria- Mohnton

A margharita pizza (pizza topped with tomato sauce, mozzarella and basil)

Mangia has been a family favorite. For a while, it felt like we were visiting every week. They have an extensive menu of pastas, sandwiches, and pizzas, but what sets Mangia apart for me is two dishes: the Pasta al Parmigiano Reggiano and Cacio e Peppe. These dishes are prepared tableside with pasta tossed in cheese wheels imported from Italy.


Nonno Alby’s – West Reading

Photo of a pizza topped with cured ham, shaved cheese and arugula

Nonno Alby’s has delicious wings and burgers, but the pizza is what lands Nonno Alby’s on this list. The restaurant’s artisan wood-fired pizzas are our favorite in Berks County. I’m particularly fond of the namesake Nonno Alby’s pie with sauteed rapini, Italian sausage and red pepper flakes.


Savory Grille – Macungie

A photo of a room with a stone wall one on side and a long dining table with wooden chairs

Our favorite fine dining in Berks County can be found at the Savory Grille. Though this country inn has a Macungie address, we are happy to say it is within Berks County’s borders. Savory Grille serves top-tier foods and their patio dining area can’t be beat.


Shirley’s Cafe & Tequila Bar – Laureldale

A bowl filled with vegetables and pork topped with soft baked bread

We haven’t frequented Shirley’s as often as some of the other restaurants on this list, but we’ve had some really good experiences – both dine-in and delivery. I recently had the Cabo pollo – twin chicken breasts with sauteed baby spinach, avocado, bell pepper and chorizo cream, and I can’t say enough good things about it.


Stampede Barbecue

Home to some of the best ‘cue in Berks County (and beyond), I’ve loved Stampede Barbecue since I first visited their old trailer along Route 23 in Morgantown. They haven’t lost their touch since moving to their current location in 2018. Instead, they’ve been able to expand their menu with indoor and outdoor seating, earning a place on my short-list of favorites.


What are your favorite Berks County Restaurants? Share your favorites with us by email at berkscountyeats@gmail.com or on our Facebook page at facebook.com/berkscountyeats