Among the many traditions in Berks County is the meal of pork and sauerkraut on New Year’s Day. The Pennsylvania Dutch believe that eating the meal will bring good luck throughout the year. And if you are looking for pork and sauerkraut, you’re in luck because Berks County has plenty of options this year:

Restaurants Offering Pork & Sauerkraut

1787 Brewing Company

1787 Brewing Company
Hamburg

1787 Brewing, one of two brewpubs in Hamburg, will be featuring a yet-to-be disclosed pork-and-sauerkraut inspired special on New Year’s Day. Last year the restaurant offered bratwurst with sauerkraut and two years ago it was a pulled pork Reuben. Facebook Page

stainless steel diner with a sign out front that reads "5th Street Diner"

5th Street Diner
Temple

The New Year’s Day specials at the 5th Street Diner in Temple include a $12.95 pork and sauerkraut dinner. All New Year’s dinner specials at the restaurant include a cup of soup, two vegetables, rolls with butter and dessert. Facebook Post

Stainless steel diner with a sign out front that reads "American Diner"

American Diner
West Reading

West Reading’s American Diner is honoring the New Year’s Day tradition with pork and sauerkraut on the specials menu. The cost is $11.99 at lunch and $17.99 at dinner. Also available on New Year’s Eve. Facebook Post

exterior of Americana Diner in Bechtelsville, PA

Americana Diner
Bechtelsville

The Americana Diner has been offering pork and sauerkraut as a special leading up to January 1. The diner will be open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on New Year’s Day. Facebook Page

Austin’s Restaurant & Bar
West Lawn

As has become tradition at the restaurant, Austin’s in West Lawn (along with its sister restaurant in Wyomissing, Coastal Grille) is offering a pork and sauerkraut special on New Year’s Day. The dinner is served with green beans and garlic whipped potatoes for $16.99. The restaurant is open from 3 to 8:30 p.m. on January 1 and takeout is available. Reservations and pre-orders are accepted. Facebook Post

A photo of the entryway of a diner with a hostess stand with painted black wood that matches the trim on the walls.

Berkshire Family Restaurant
Wyomissing

Wyomissing’s Berkshire Family Restaurant will have pork and sauerkraut on the menu for New Year’s Day, along with additional specials that include prime rib, shrimp or chicken alfredo, stuffed shrimp, and roast pork over stuffing. The restaurant is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on January 1. Facebook Page

Candy’s Homemade Ice Cream
Shoemakersvillle

Best known for their ice cream, Candy’s in Shoemakersville also serves up meals year-round, including a pork and sauerkraut dinner for New Year’s. Meals are available December 31 and January 1 for $13 – dine-in or takeout. The restaurant is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Facebook Post

Sign above the door to a restaurant that reads "Crossroads" with two intersecting lines

Crossroads Family Restaurant
Muhlenberg Township

Crossroads Family Restaurant – located at the “crossroads” of Routes 61 and 222 – will be offering pork and sauerkraut on January 1. The restaurant will post full details of their New Year’s specials in the coming days. Facebook Page

Deitsch Eck
Lenhartsville

The Deitsch Eck, a traditional Pennsylvania Dutch restaurant in Lenhartsville, is offering a pork and sauerkraut special on Sunday, January 1 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The full menu will also be available that day. Facebook Page

Best Diner: Exeter Family Restaurant

Exeter Family Restaurant
Exeter Township

The Exeter Family Restaurant is celebrating New Year’s Day with a special menu featuring pork and sauerkraut with homemade mashed potatoes for $15. Other specials for New Year’s include steak champigon, shrimp and scallops casino, and haddock imperial. Facebook Post

Falco’s Tavern
Robesonia

Falco’s, the corner bar along Penn Avenue in Robesonia, is getting in on the pork and sauerkraut tradition by offering it as a special this weekend. Faceebook Post

Heidelberg Family Restaurant
Robesonia

The Heidelberg is open New Year’s Day with an all-you-can-eat pork and sauerkraut dinner. Enjoy pork, sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, soup and salad bar, and dinner rolls. Facebook Post

Kempton Kitchen
Kempton

While the restaurant is closed on January 1, the Kempton Kitchen is offering pre-order takeout dinners for New Year’s. The cost is $30 for a half-pan of mashed potatoes, half-pan of pork and sauerkraut, rolls and butter and dessert. Pickup is December 31 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Facebook Post

Lilli’s Ranch House & Creamery
West Lawn

The new Lilli’s Ranch House is bringing back an old tradition by offering pork and sauerkraut as one of the weekend specials this week. The dish comes served with mashed potatoes and salad for $18. Lilli’s is open 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on New Year’s Day. Facebook Post

exterior of Ozgood's Kutztown

Ozgood’s Grill & Bar
Kutztown

While the restaurant is closed on New Year’s Day, the Kutztown location for Ozgood’s Grill & Bar is advertising a twist on pork and sauerkraut for its New Year’s Eve menu – a grilled boneless pork chop with brown sugar and apple sauerkraut, available from 4 to 9 p.m. Facebook Post

Penn Girlle
West Lawn

The Penn Grille in West Lawn will be open on January 1 to celebrate both New Year’s Day and the seventh anniversary for the restaurant. Pork and sauerkraut will be on the menu for lunch, with the restaurant also open for breakfast starting at 9 a.m. (closing at 2 p.m.). Facebook Post

Order counter at a restaurant with a sign above that reads "the Creamery at Plum Creek"

Plum Creek Farm
Bernville

While Plum Creek is closed on Sundays, the restaurant is offering grab-and-go pork and sauerkraut platters with mashed potatoes in the market. The market closes at 2 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and is closed on January 1 and 2. Facebook Post

Whoo’s Cooking at the Boxcar Grill
Robesonia

Whoo’s Cooking is offering takeout or dine-in pork and sauerkraut meals both December 31 (takeout only) and Jauary 1 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. There is also a sauerkraut-free roast pork dinner option. Meals start at $7.99. Facebook Page

exterior shot of a restaurant with a sign out front that reads "Wyomissing Restaurant & Bakery"

Wyomissing Restaurant & Bakery
Wyomissing

The brunch buffet at the Wyomissing Restaurant & Bakery is getting a lucky addition on January 1 as pork and sauerkraut will be added to the hot bar for New Year’s. The dish will also be available a la carte and is available for takeout in family-sized portions. The buffet is on from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Facebook Page

New Year’s Day Pork & Sauerkraut Dinners

Brecknock Township Volunteer Fire Department
Mohnton

The Brecknock Fire Department is hosting a family style, all-you-can-eat pork and sauerkraut dinner from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on January 1. Adults are $13; seniors are $12; Children 6-12 are $10; children 5 and under are free; and takeout is available for $11. Event Page

Epler’s Church
Leesport

Epler’s Church on W. Leesport Road is hosting a takeout dinner that includes roast pork, homemade sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, bread and dessert for $12 ($6 for a kids portion). Pre-orders are appreciated and can be made through their Facebook page. Event Page

takeout container with pork and sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, and dinner roll

The Inn at Centre Park
Reading

The special events venue in Reading’s Centre Park Historic district hosts several meals each year, starting with pork and sauerkraut on New Year’s Day. Meals are takeout only and include pork, sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, roll and butter for $13. Pre orders are appreciated. Event Page

Pike Township Sportsmen’s Association
Pike Township

The Pike Township Sportsman’s Association, located on Hill Church Road north of Route 73 (between Oley and Boyertown), is open to the public for pork and sauerkraut on New Year’s Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition, the Association is open early for breakfast from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Facebook Page

Ruscombmanor Volunteer Fire Company
Pricetown

The Ruscombmanor Fire Company is hosting an all-you-can-eat pork and sauerkraut dinner on January 1 from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Adults are $14; children ages 5-10 are $7. Takeout is also available from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Event Page

Shartlesville Fire Company
Shartlesville

The Shartlesville Fire Company is hosting a pork and sauerkraut dinner on January 1 starting at 11 a.m. at the Social Quarters. Event Page

St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
Hamburg

St. John’s in Hamburg hosts its 16th annual pork and sauerkraut dinner from 3 to 6 p.m. on New Year’s Day. Dinners include pork, sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, roll, applesauce and homemade desserts for $12 ($6 for children). Takeout available. Facebook Page

St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
Sinking Spring

St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sinking Spring is offering takeout dinners on New Year’s Day. For $12 ($6 for children), you get pork, sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, dinner roll, applesauce and dessert. A link to preorder can be found on their Facebook event page

St. Paul’s UCC
Robesonia

St. Paul’s UCC in Robesonia hosts its annual pork and sauerkraut dinner from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on New Year’s Day. Dinners include pork, sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, green beans, roll, applesauce, dessert and drink for $12 per person and $8 for children 6-12 (kids 5 and under are free). Dine-in or takeout. Event Page

West Lawn Methodist Church
West Lawn

The West Lawn UMC is offering pork and sauerkraut with “all the trimmings” from 12 noon to 3 p.m. on January 1. Dine-in and takeout are available. Adults are $10 and children 12 and under are $5. Event Page

Did we miss your favorite pork and sauerkraut? Let us know by emailing berkscountyeats@gmail.com and we will add it to the list!

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