In 1989, Dan Gallagher and Dan Smith joined their respective names and began pursuing one common goal: to bring a contemporary alternative to Berks County's dining scene. The 40-seat eatery was successful in the Dans' hands until 2005, when Bill Woolworth and MD. Monir stopped in for dinner, fell in love with the place, and decided to buy it.
Though much of the space's original charm remains intact, the new owners gussied up the decor with white tablecloths and floral arrangements, and they solicited the help of executive chef Jason Hook to lighten the rotating menu. Jason draws on his experience studying in France and working at The Four Seasons in New York to craft healthful, contemporary French- and Californian-inspired dishes. In every preparation, he highlights the ingredients' natural tastes, often pairing local cuts of meat and poultry with fresh, seasonal ingredients and luxurious flourishes such as truffles or Lamborghini-scented foam.
Hook, Woolworth, and Monir also frequently evaluate their wine selections to ensure that they pair well with the evolving menu, which changes every week. While sipping glasses of red or white, diners can question servers about the building's rich history in the Penn's Common Historic District. Before the restaurant settled into the space, it was inhabited by an old-style soda dive, a prison doctor's home, and a grassland populated with roaming dinosaurs.
The 200-year-old stone walls of Christine’s Creekside Inn sheltered an 18th-century grist mill, a knitting mill, and a Prohibition-era speakeasy before hosting executive chef and owner Doug Delong. This is a second homecoming for Delong, who was one of the original chefs here during the early 1990s when the restaurant was called Old Mill Inn. After an apprenticeship at the Green Hills Inn to study American and French cuisine, Delong returned to restore the elegance of the restaurant and pour two decades of experience into his hearty meat- and seafood-focused cuisine. Italian taste dominates the menu, so veal and chicken are draped in traditional sauces with lemon and capers, artichokes, or marsala wine to complement their tiny borsalino hats. Steaks are hand-cut from certified Angus beef and pair nicely with wine or a microbrew from the diverse list of 14 bottled beers.
Delicate iron chandeliers descend from timber beams in the peaked ceiling, but their soft glow seems unnecessary against a wall of arched windows that reach nearly two stories on their tippy toes. The broad hall exudes both cathedral grandeur and country charm, making it suitable for an elegant night out or a wedding reception.
As patrons step into the Western-themed restaurant, their stomachs instantly stop growling to bask in awe of 25 specialty sandwiches and 25 types of gourmet fries. Those who dare to slay The Beast, a snarling made-to-order 3-pound beef patty that doesn't know the meaning of "no"—earn a gift card and a coveted spot in the Spuds Hall of Fame. No less satisfying, but slightly less filling, sandwiches sandwich 8-ounce patties of chicken, ground beef, or steak, and pair well with a helping of gourmet fries, ranging in toppings from gravy to cheesesteak to pizza. An array of appetizers including salads, wings, and pierogies supplement meals or serve as additional burger toppings.
We are a small Cafe. We serve Leiby's Ice Cream, Deli Sandwiches, Fresh Baked Ciabatta Sandwiches, A variety of Salads and Breakfast Sandwiches as well as Deserts. We only carry 100% Angus Beef Burgers. We always offer Daily and Weekly Specials.
The gastronomic gurus at Mi Casa Su Casa Cafe assemble a unique menu of dishes culled from the culinary traditions of both Mexican cuisine and American comfort fare. Noshers can fuel up around the clock with all-day breakfast platters, such as eggs criollos gussied up with onions, tomatoes, green peppers, and diced ham ($5). Midday munching begins with a hunger-defying selection of deli sandwiches, salads, and burgers, including the Southwestern cheeseburger bestrewn with swiss cheese, bacon, and robust cilantro mayo ($4.50). Tuck into Mexican favorites such as the burrito, which nestles chicken, beef, or pork with a blend of beans, cheese, and veggies in a flour tortilla for a meal more portable than a microscopic duffle bag ($5.50).
The friendly poppy seed peddlers at Take Two kettle-broil the shop's New York–style bagels each day on the premises. Enjoy your golden comestible halo smeared with your favorite fresh cream cheese ($2.49–$2.69) or commence dunking with a gourmet cup of freshly brewed coffee from The East Indies ($1.25–$1.75). Morning munchies can be sated with a scromlette breakfast bagel filled with scrambled egg, diced ham, green pepper, and onions ($4.09), or the toasted cinna-bagel, which is buttered and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar ($1.79). Heavier sleepers can fuel up mid-day with a hearty selection of sandwiches crafted from Boar's Head meats and cheeses such as the Godfather sandwich, a cosa nostra of capi ham, pepperoni, salami, and provolone cheese, whose delicious offering cannot be refused, especially when melted with a roasted garlic spread ($6.49).