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Mom Chaffe’s Cellarette – Since 1936! West Reading PA Mod Betty says: "Check" out why we dig this place!

Posted on: July 13, 2016


  • Mom Chaffe's Cellarette: West Reading, Pennsylvania
  • address: 148 Tulpehocken Ave, Reading, PA 19611
  • phone: (610) 374-5733
  • Note: Dinner Only. Closed on Sundays

Restaurant open since 1936 named after a Mom? – Check
Mom Chaffe's Cellarette West Reading PA - Retro Roadmap

Cozy low ceilinged dining room called a…cellarette? (“Daintier than a cellar…it’s a Cellar-ette!”) Check
Mom Chaffe's Cellarette West Reading PA Retro Roadmap

(It’s not really a cellar at all, ‘cept it’s in the ground floor of a house in residential West Reading, PA.)
Mom Chaffe's Cellarette West Reading PA - Retro Roadmap

Great vintage angled sign that they took care to replace when it was damaged a few years back. Check!

When you’re there look to the right and notice the awesome multi-colored terra cotta roof tiles on the roof next door. (I think they may have come from the long defunct Reading Terracotta Works but that’s just a hunch!) Check!

Authentic glass block wall that lets the light in but gives privacy? Check!
Mom Chaffe's Cellarette West Reading PA - Retro Roadmap

Polly the founder at age 95 sitting at the hostess station, answering the old timey phone? Check!
(Polly and her husband Melvin – who sadly passed away in 2009 – were owners, now she and their son John run the place.)

Small menu, filled with classic “Red Sauce / Gravy” Italian favorites (Like spaghetti and meat sauce)- Check!
Mom Chaffe's Cellarette West Reading PA - Retro Roadmap

Daily seasonal specials – like the soft shell crabs pictured here that the folks behind us raved about so much we were not allowed to say no? Check!

Mom Chaffe's Cellarette West Reading PA - Retro Roadmap

Tempting dessert tray even though you had too much garlic bread and pasta and are even taking food home, rationalizing the 2 fork share method because it is your wedding anniversary? Check!
Mom Chaffe's Cellarette West Reading PA - Retro Roadmap

Local place that has become a new fave?

Check!

(oh and PS I was reminded by a fan of Mom Chaffe’s to give the heads up on the Tiniest Bathroom Ever!)

 

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