Food is life. From classic diner fare to exotic ethnic cuisine, there is plenty of life in Reading's 18th Ward. For a March 2020 tour of many of the 18th Ward family-owned restaurants, try this quick link. 

Afghan chicken & gyro


Casual dining experience with a mix of Middle Eastern and American fast foods.

Chapman's deli


Dine-in or take-out homemade soups, salads, and sandwiches on homemade bread and rolls made daily onsite. 

the dog house


Everyone ends up in the dog house, which serves dogs, burgers, chicken, and fries all with unique toppings in imaginative combinations.

dynamite subs


Dynamite Subs claims to make the best hoagies in Berks County. Be careful arguing with them. You're playing with dynamite.

giannotti's pizza & subs

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Take-out, dine-in, or dine-outside on delicious pizza and subs.

the liberty ale house


Come celebrate life, liberty, and the pursuit of beer. Great food. Great atmosphere. Even better selection of tasty beers. 

mimmo's italian restaurant

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Authentic, family-owned, full-service Italian restaurant with full bar, large banquet facility, and outdoor dining.

oakbrook brewing

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Located in a refurbished firehouse, Oakbrook is consistently rated one of the best local brew pubs. Enjoy their sandwiches. Love their beer. 

paradise island smoothie cafe


A yummy taste of the tropics with healthy smoothies and more. Drive through window too!

pizza time


Pizza Time. The name says it all, except they also serve great subs, wings, strombolis, and fries. They're more than their name.



Known for deep dish Chicago-style pizza, they also serve thin-crust New York pizza and wings, cheesesteaks, subs, salads, wraps, and more. 

screpesi's sandwich shop


An 18th Ward tradition since 1949, Screpesi's take-out sandwiches will have you returning again and again. 

the steak shack


One of the best Philly Cheesesteaks outside of Philadelphia can be found at The Steak Shack, tucked inside the Citgo convenience store. 

trooper thorns


An authentic, full-service Irish bar and restaurant with outdoor seating serving bangers & mash, fish & chips, and more.