Editor’s Note: Relish the Deli-sh is now closed. The location is currently home to Chef David’s Food & Friends.
On Berks County Eats, we are always looking for the best dining in Berks County – whether sit-down or take-out.
And as new parents, Julie and I are also looking for easy meals that we can make at home.
We found both at the Relish the Deli-sh.
Not to be confused with Relish, West Reading’s breakfast and lunch spot, Relish the Deli-sh is located in an otherwise residential section of Wyomissing.
As the name suggests, it is, first and foremost, a deli. But for locals, it serves multiple roles. It’s a place to do light grocery shopping. In the summertime, it’s a spot for kids to grab a cone of ice cream. And it is also a place to get a quick a meal – either grab-and-go sandwiches or prepared meals that can be reheated at home.
We were interested in trying both of the meal options: fresh-made sandwiches and something to make for dinner the next day.
The meal menu is actually quite large, all things considered. It features nine cold sandwiches, eight hot sandwiches, two dinner salads and a range of side salads (pasta, potato, etc.).
One man was working both the cash register and deli station. He grilled my hamburger, built Julie’s sandwich, scooped out our prepared meal and rang us up. It took about 15 minutes – my burger was grilled to order – before we were on our way back home.
I had kept it simple by ordering a hamburger with lettuce, tomato and onion. A half-pound patty, and all the fixings were stacked on an ATV Bakery roll.
The burger exceeded all expectations. Even after a ride home in a plastic clamshell, it was delicious. The vegetables were fresh and flavorful. The burger, itself, was high-quality. And the roll was just the right size so it didn’t get in the way.
It was simple, but it was one of the best burgers I have had on a Berks County Eats visit.
One of the many things that Julie had a craving for during her pregnancy was an Italian sandwich. For nine months, cold cuts were off-limits. But Jakob is with us and this was a chance to satisfy her craving.
Relish doesn’t do a standard Italian sub. The deli offers the garlic Italian. It features all of your standard ingredients – meats, cheese, LTO. Then it gets kicked up a notch with garlic aioli and ciabatta bread.
Julie loved both additions. The aioli provided additional depth of flavor while the ciabatta bread was better than a boring hoagie roll. Overall, it was a great sandwich that more than satisfied her craving.
At the checkout counter, we made an impulse purchase of two white chocolate macadamia nut cookies.
I’ve never met a white chocolate macadamia nut cookie that I didn’t like, and these were no exception.
So our first meal was a winner. What about the next night? That’s when we would try the Asian beef and white rice from the prepared foods.
I cooked off some baby carrots in the skillet before adding in the beef, rice and a little water to steam it in. The reheating process actually went better than I expected, and within a few minutes, we had a good looking meal on our plates.
And the taste was up there as well. The beef was actually cuts of steak, prime meat that was marinated in a sweet and salty sauce. It was simple, but very good. And the flavor held up, even after soaking into the rice.
It was a very good dish, and I look forward to trying other meal solutions from Relish the Deli-sh, but I probably wouldn’t get this again. Though good, I would probably just pick up Chinese take-out if I didn’t feel like making a similar dish myself.
That said, Relish the Deli-sh is certainly somewhere that we will return. With a newborn at home, we’re going to doing a lot of takeout and looking for a lot of easy meals. This is a place where we can do both.
And all for a reasonable price. Our two meals cost us a total of $30. It felt like a real value, especially for new parents like us.
But I’d recommend it for anyone who is looking for a quick bite or an easy-to-make meal at home.
Relish the Deli-sh does both. And they do both very well.
Food: Very Good
Service: Very Good
Relish the Deli-sh
105 Evans Ave
Wyomissing, PA 19610
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