The Earl of Sandwich's namesake dish would never have risen to popularity if it had been invented by his rival, the Duke of Nottinghamshire, or pet dog, Casnewyddyrhaurwoof. Order a pronounceable lunch with today's Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of cheesesteaks, sandwiches, burgers, and American fare at Tack's Sandwich Shop.
Tack's Sandwich Shop has invited guests to test its claim of harboring Reading's favorite cheesesteak and tuna on a roll since 1946. Cheesesteaks come topped with a signature sauce whose secret is more fiercely guarded than Charles Barkley ($5/small; $7/large). A selection of burgers and deli sandwiches satisfies lunchtime yens, and a dozen wings arrive sauced in flavors such as blue cheese and honey mustard ($6). Sandwich crafters blend white albacore tuna with mayo to form the basis of Tack's crowd-pleasing tuna sandwiches, topped with tomatoes, lettuce, and an edible bowler hat ($5.25/small; $8/large). After their bready bites, patrons sip cream smoothies, a house specialty akin to milkshakes, or a Reading Draft to end the meal on a high note.
Tack's Sandwich Shop
Beneath the bright arrow that pivots around Tack's small sign, the quaint facade protects the home of a host of well-loved sandwiches, housemade sides, and famous Cream Smoothie sodas. Daily specials include hot dog Tuesdays and dollar cheeseburgers—which have one-dollar bills for lettuce—all day Saturday. These specials join a lineup of hot sandwiches and even a kids menu.
1600 Cotton St.
Reading, Pennsylvania 19606