When mobile eatery The Little Black Truck closed its doors, it left behind a loyal following addicted to its slow-roasted Carolina-style pulled pork, half-pound burgers, and homemade sides. To appease The Little Black Truck's dispirited regulars and lonely frying baskets, the mobile cooks went stationary by opening Official BBQ & Burgers in a building on Lyters Lane. The simple 35-seat restaurant serves up a small menu, which includes smoked chicken wings, creole potato salad, and Grandma's chili, which is crafted from Angus beef and several secret ingredients.
At MoMo's BBQ and Grill, sauces aren't just a messy byproduct of eating barbecue. Rather, they are spotlight-snatching costars, having pulled in 13 awards of excellence from the National Barbecue Association, highlighted by mango habanero's 2011 distinction as tops in the citrus class. Long before MoMo's gourmet sauces receive a call to action, though, their meaty counterparts are busy getting slow-smoked, in-house, with a combination of applewood and hickory. Seven days per week, finished creations arrive on the tables of diners in the form of Texas beef brisket and "high on the hog" racks of ribs. A selection of more than 100 bottled beers washes over satisfied taste buds, and every Friday, live blues bands infuse meals with passionate riffs and lyrics about the heartbreak of finishing a pulled-pork sandwich.
The Railroad House's corner bar appeal and faithful airing of favored sporting events helped it earn the honor of being named best neighborhood bar in 2009 by Berks County Living magazine. Their 8 oz. Black Angus burgers beg for customization, with an abundance of complimentary extras that cover everything from spicy patty rubs to extra meats, cheeses, sauces, and more. The menu also offers chicken and cheese steak sandwiches and a variety of specialty hot sandwiches like the Country breaded steak with gravy, the fried cod fish, and the hot dog. In addition to televisions showcasing the latest backgammon tournaments, their bar also has non-sports-related entertainment aplenty, with trivia challenge events, open mic nights, and live music performances.
Instead of limiting themselves to one type of cuisine, S & J Crab Ranch has included two of their favorites—Maryland seafood and southern barbecue. Local flavors pile up at the raw bar, where diners can order gulf shrimp by the pound or plates of clams and seasoned mussels; however, as the restaurant’s name implies, crabs are the signature item. They can be steamed and served whole, as jumbo lump crab cakes, or in a creamy soup spiked with a bit of sherry.
Of course, the seafood seeps into the southern-inspired meals as well. A selection of classic southern sandwiches includes fried catfish with creole mustard. Regional cuisine builds out the rest of the menu, giving diners options such as slow-cooked Texas brisket, Carolina-style pulled pork, and st. louis ribs rubbed with secret spices. Even the classic American dishes take cues from S & J’s penchant for the ocean—fresh crab meat bulks up the mac ‘n’ cheese, and pulled pork and barbecue sauce enhance a pile of nachos.
The Midtown Tavern's menu's burger selection invites diners to wrap mitts around a fiery pepper burger kissed with jalapeño peppers and pepper-jack cheese ($8), or a greek burger crowned with tangy cucumber sauce and feta ($7). The towering Fat burger melds two massive ground-beef burgers with melted cheese and hearty slabs of bacon ($10), while the fresh bison burger swaps out a beef patty for a leaner alternative kissed with provolone ($9). Sidekick a meaty meal with mashed potatoes and gravy ($3), a side salad ($2), and coleslaw ($1), and quench parched palates with a sweetened phosphate. Although this Groupon is not valid for alcohol, a broad drink menu tickles the tongues of beer and cocktail connoisseurs.