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Prime dry aged beef near Reading (and surrounding area) for special occasion

Haha yes he's a rare, old-school bred Italian man. I'd get him a lobster tail if he would eat it, but he strictly eats meat (mainly red) so a juicy steak and a beer (or manhattan) will be what he gets and he'll be plenty happy with it...you know how those old-school men are: easy to please. As long as his family is around him he's happy.

Mar 11, 2013
mgt5027 in Pennsylvania

Prime dry aged beef near Reading (and surrounding area) for special occasion

Delucacheesemonger & Tom34, thank you both for the responses. You've pointed me in the right direction. I think we'll try to track down some of the prime dry aged strip. As my grandfather is 85 now, we want minimal work for him.

Appreciate the advice everyone!

Mar 11, 2013
mgt5027 in Pennsylvania

Prime dry aged beef near Reading (and surrounding area) for special occasion

Ahh I see, okay thanks Tom.

What whole cut of meat would you recommend for a solid dry-aged meat experience? Also, the accompanying price associated with it. I know I'm asking a lot of questions, but from reading through the forum it appears you know your stuff when it comes to quality meat so I value and appreciate your input. You mention "any good butcher", but do you have any recommendations for how to find one? Thanks.

Mar 11, 2013
mgt5027 in Pennsylvania

Penn state dining

Really?! That's a shame about Nola's, hadn't been there in a year...obviously won't be returning. Recently had a good meal at the Deli. Well my experiences at those places were good, guess ill be on to bigger & better food in the near future. Clearly your palate is better traveled than mine :)

Mar 08, 2013
mgt5027 in Pennsylvania

Penn state dining

Hello there, future penn stater! I'm an alumni and have many food recommendations. I'll try to keep this as short as possible, but there's a LOT of great food to be had.

Pizza: Nola's Joint, it's a little hole in the wall place with gourmet pizza closest to any I've had in Rome this side of the Atlantic. You can buy by the slice or get a pizza for yourself (usually 1 per person as they're personal size); also it's BYOB if your parents are into that. Faccia Luna gets all the rave in town but Nola's Joint is the hidden gem. Reasonable prices as well.

Lunch/Dinner: I highly recommend the Deli/Z-Bar (same place). Phenomenal sandwiches at reasonable prices, my favorite is their steak bleuz on focaccia bread. Never had a bad meal there.

Ale House: only went there a few times as it wasn't within walking distance of my house, but they have excellent food albeit at a little higher prices than Z-Bar.

Austrian: for a genuine experience go to Herwig's. Amazing food, fun atmosphere (owners are hilarious and great to talk with), BYOB.

Little more upscale: Spatz cafe & Allen Street Grill are 2 excellent spots for food, although they are a little pricier but not excessively. I prefer Allen Street myself. If you go there I highly recommend the brie appetizer, putting cheese on the baguette before topping on the peppers, onion, slice of apple, & honey...trust me ;)

More upscale/expensive: Zola restaurant. Honestly, I never went there as it is vastly more expensive than other options in town and although I've heard the food is good, I don't believe it's worth the cost when so many other awesome options are there.

Obviously hit the Berkey Creamery for some home-made ice-cream.

Bonus: after lunch at Z-Bar/Deli, walk around the corner to Baby's Diner for the best milkshake you can find. My personal favorite is mixing peanut butter with cookies & cream, malted of course! Don't get their food though, it's not good.

I hope that helps you out! I'll add a few quick hitters of other places you may end up & something to get that is their "specialty"

G-man: wedge, it's awesome.
Cafe 210: skillet fries, you're welcome.
Pita pit: all are decent.
Bella's Greek pizza: Hawaiian.
Pickle's: peanut butter wings! They're awesome, & not as weird as they sound.

Feel free to ask if you need any more clarification or have Penn State ?s I wish you the best of luck in your college search. As a recent grad I can honestly say it will be the best 4+ years of your life, enjoy!

Mar 08, 2013
mgt5027 in Pennsylvania

Prime dry aged beef near Reading (and surrounding area) for special occasion

Hello all, in a month we'll be celebrating my grandfather's 85th birthday and as his profession was as a butcher, we'd like to get some top notch steaks to celebrate! Ideally, I'd like to get USDA prime dry aged steaks, probably filets, but really I'm just looking for the best cut of beef we can get without breaking the bank in a big way. I'm willing to travel outside of Reading to Lancaster, Harrisburg, Allentown, or Philly to get some great beef so please advise with that in mind. I will need between 5 and 8 pounds of steak, if that information is helpful. Thank you in advance for your aide!

Mar 07, 2013
mgt5027 in Pennsylvania