STORY WRITTEN BY DIANE HOFFMAN
firstname.lastname@example.org, @ diane5hoffman on Twitter
When you think of Pottstown, do you think of the borough’s amazing food destinations? If not, you should. Here are six hidden gems you should visit for your next lunch break.
When High School Principal Danielle McCoy introduced her newest hire to Pottsown, the first place they went to was Brunish’s Grocery.
Located at 577 Lincoln Ave., Pottstown, Brunish’s is home to its World Famous Hot Sausage. The website boasts that their hot sausages and hot dogs are ready by 7 a.m. This popular hot spot for high school students and locals alike, has an extensive menu of items such as all beef kielbasa, which, along with the hot sausages and hot dogs, can be order in a 5-pound box, cheesesteak, chicken cheesesteak, Buffalo chicken cheese steak, BBQ chicken cheesesteak, honey mustard cheesesteak, cheesesteak hoagie, cheeseburger hoagie, fish sandwich, chicken parm sandwich, cheeseburger, California cheeseburger, French fries, cheese fries, sweet potato fries, onion rings, mozzarella sticks, meatball sandwich, super hoagies and water ice.
While this is a local hot spot, they have customers from around the world, including Saudi Arabia, Spain and Australia.
Brunish’s Grocery, 577 Lincoln Ave, Pottstown, 610-326-1900, brunishsgroceryinc.com. Hours: Monday-Saturday 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Email Dan Brunish, President and Owner at email@example.com. Facebook
This small vegan café and computer training center located at 130 King St., Pottstown, opened in 2012 and has since become THE place to hang out, meet new friends, have a cup of coffee, read, write and watch a movie on a Friday night. Known for their delicious Mediterranean vegan food and organic coffee, this is not your ordinary lunch spot.
Menu items, many of which include gluten free options, include, but aren’t limited to salads, homemade hummus and Baba Ghannoji, flat breads, black bean, falafel and Beyond Meat burgers, wraps and sandwiches, panini’s, traditional Habb dishes like Fattah, which is chickpeas mixed with a little hummus and topped with toasted pita break covered with Tahini sauce, tomatoes, parsley and olive oil, hummus habb, stuffed grape leaves and a vegetarian soup of the day.
Stop in for lunch and sign up for computer training classes as well. iCreate Café offers affordable classes in graphics, architectural, mechanical, animation, 3D modeling, web and more. Tutoring is offered in both English and Arabic languages.
Address: 130 King St., Pottstown, 484-312-0404 (call or text orders), icreatecafe.com.
Hours: Closed Sunday and Monday until the end of October, Tuesday to Friday 11 a.m . to 2:30 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Facebook
Serving breakfast and lunch, the atmosphere at Grumpy’s is anything but grumpy. Gene “Grumpy” Dugan is a ACF Certified Chef, who received his degree at the Johnson and Wales School of Culinary Arts. He has worked in some of the finest country clubs and restaurants around and at Grumpy’s continues to enjoy the challenges the culinary arts presents. Grumpy prepares all his food fresh daily at the restaurant and pastries are brought in from local bakeries. In addition to the standard menu, Grumpy’s keeps things fresh with daily specials advertised on their Facebook page each morning.
Menu items include, but not limited to, the turkey special with chef carved turkey, coleslaw, Swiss cheese and Russian dressing, turkey roseo with chef carved turkey, roasted peppers, sharp provolone and pesto mayo, hot gobbler with chef carved turkey, roasted red peppers, pepper jack cheese and chipotle mayo, simply roast beef with thin sliced roast beef, roasted red peppers, and sharp provolone cheese, Philly beef with thin sliced roast beef, sharp provolone cheese and roasted green hot peppers and the The Grumpy’s sandwich with thin sliced roast beef, sautéed onions and red peppers, sharp provolone cheese, garlic mayo and roasted green hot peppers.
Portions are large (although you can order the “mini version” of any of the sandwiches), so come hungry and leave satisfied.
Shorty’s Sunflower Café is a unique dining experience. Guests are warmly welcomed and expectations are always exceeded.
With locally sourced ingredients, the creative minds of Chef/Owner George Bieber (aka Shorty) and Chef Nathan Stouch are constantly inspired by seasonal ingredients provided by local farmers markets, and they have passed their love of creative food onto their dedicated kitchen crew. Each menu item is made to order.
Lunch offerings include, crab dip grilled cheese with lump crab, spinach, artichoke hearts, gouda and cheddar cheese grilled on sour dough, sloppy burrito with bbq ground beef and jack cheese wrapped in a large flour tortilla and served on a bed of lettuce, Ham and Cheddar is “A Sunflower Classic” grilled on their own zucchini bread, Café Cristo is turkey, ham and muenster cheese grilled in two slices of their French toast and served with a side of sriracha maple sauce, the Brick House is made with turkey, cheese, tomato, homemade tomato jam and coleslaw grilled on rye, and the pulled pork grilled cheese served on Texas Toast and made with American and cheddar cheeses. There is a large variety of salads, wraps and club sandwiches. Breakfast is also served.
The café is available to cater special events and also has a food truck that can come to your home or business.
Shorty’s Sunflower Café, 1494 N. Charlotte St., Pottstown, 610-970-5111, shortyssunflowercafe.com. Hours: Monday – Friday 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday 6 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Information about The Sunflower Truck Stop can be found at thesunflowertruckstop.com. Information about catering and their food truck can be requested at 484-524-8713. Facebook
Located in what was once Positively Pasta, Lily’s Grill offers farm fresh, healthy and great-tasting food at reasonable prices. Located in downtown Pottstown, Lily’s promises that each guest receives prompt, professional and friendly service. Their menu is inspired by tappas and includes, but is not limited to, ravioli of the day, chipotle maple salmon, chicken piccata and chicken Marsala. Sandwiches and wrap options include, burgers (beef, vegetable and turkey), blackened Mahi, Buffalo shrimp, crab cake, salmon BLT, grilled chicken Caprese, Brie and berry chicken sandwich and much more.
Lily’s Grill, 115 E. High St., Pottstown, 484-945-1008, lilysgrill.com. Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Facebook
If there is one eatery on this list that is Pottstown, it can only be Hilltop Drive-In. First opening their doors in the summer of 1952, the restaurant was originally a Carvel Ice Cream franchise, but was converted to the Hill Top in 1958. The vintage-themed restaurant has stood the test of time by providing quality food at remarkably low prices. Menu items include hamburgers, Boardwalk steak sandwiches, cheese steak sub, hoagies, meatball sandwiches, beef barbeque, veil patties, chicken breast fillet, salads, grilled chicken club, BBQ chicken wraps, crab cake sandwich and more. And don’t forget ice cream for dessert!
Hilltop Drive-In, 2910 E. High St., Pottstown, 610-326-2342, hilltopdrivein.com. Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday –Saturday 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Closed Tuesday. Facebook