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SF chowhound needs help for Reading and environs

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SF chowhound needs help for Reading and environs

Ruth Lafler | Oct 6, 2003 04:46 PM

Since we on the SF board get really sick of tourists asking the same questions, I was a good girl and did a search -- unfortunately "reading pennsylvania" turns up a zillion posts about the Reading Terminal in Philly, which are hard to wade through for a few on Reading.

Anyway, I'm going to be in Reading for an event at the convention center and staying a few blocks away at the Lincoln Plaza and I won't have a car after I arrive. What I need are:

-- suggestions on where to get breakfast and lunch stuff, especially any delis or ethnic markets (what's the primary ethnic in Reading?). Bonus points for anywhere in the area where I can get Greek/Middle Eastern yogurt to stock my hotel room fridge on the way into town.

-- a place for a nice Sunday brunch for a group (we will have a car for this)

-- a place walking distance from the convention center where I can have a quick, casual dinner, preferrably something that features local cuisine/ingredients, or failing that, any decent ethnic

Please don't let me spend almost a week eating arena food!

Before I hit Reading I'm going to be spending a few days with a friend in Phillipsburg and we'll be travelling around, seeing the sights. What's the latest word on the best places to sample local specialties in the greater Berks/Lancaster county area (I printed out a bunch of stuff on the Pennsylvania Dutch region, but because I'm not familiar with the geography of the region, it's hard to figure out what's going to be in our path and what isn't)? What "can't miss" local specialties should I keep an eye out for?

Thanks so much for your help! I promise I'll report back on how any tips panned out.

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