Our annual end-of-year tradition continues as we take a look back on the best things we tried last year. Here are our five favorite entrees of 2019:

Wagyu Steak with chimichurri sauce

Wagyu Beef Steak – Heritage Restaurant

At the chef’s tasting meal at Heritage Restaurant, the star of the show was unquestionably the Wagyu beef steak. It was finished with lemon-lime sea salt and chimichurri sauce. What an incredible combination, especially the zesty, salty flavor from the lemon-lime. It brought out the natural flavors of the beef. The end result was a perfect steak. Read Full Review

Belly Kitchen Brooklyn Pan Perdu

Pan Per Du – Belly Kitchen & Drinkery

One of the coolest experiences we had this year was attending the Sunday Jazz Brunch at Belly Kitchen & Drinkery. It also featured one of my favorite entrees – the pan per du. It looked like French toast, and it essentially is, but instead of a white bread, it’s made with Green’s chocolate babka, a sweet kosher bread. After an egg wash and some time on the grill, it was topped with a salted caramel maple drizzle and served with a yogurt “smear” with pieces of Cinnamon Toast Crunch. It was a melt-in-your-mouth meal that was packed with flavor. And while Belly may have closed their kitchen at the Goggleworks, the Sunday Jazz Brunch continues at their new home, the Barley Mow in West Reading. Read Full Review

Lamb Burger – Other Farm Brewing Company

Burgers are good. The lamb burger at the Other Farm Brewing Company in Boyertown was great. Ground lamb makes an excellent base thanks to its rich flavors. But it was the sweet-and-sour tomato chuntey that really made it for me. (The Parmesan truffle fries on the side didn’t hurt, either). Read Full Review

1787 Brewing Company Honey Ham Flatbread

Honey Ham Flatbread – 1787 Brewing Company

Flatbreads are often enjoyed as appetizers, but I made a meal out of the honey ham flatbread at 1787 Brewing Company and it was one of my favorites of the year. The flatbread was topped with ricotta, shaved ham, fig puree and cranberries. The fig puree was sweet, but it was the cranberries that really popped against the savory ham. Read Full Review

Four Twelve Southern Pecan Comfort Waffle

Southern Pecan Comfort – Four Twelve

I normally prefer French toast or pancakes to waffles, but that was before I tried the Southern Pecan Comfort from Four Twelve. The waffle had bits of bacon in it, and it was topped with bananas, whipped cream and pecans. It had notes of sweet, salty and savory with a nice crunchy texture from the pecans. It was almost like having dessert for breakfast. Read Full Review

Have a favorite dish in Berks County? Tell us in the comments below or email us at berkscountyeats@gmail.com.

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