Gracious hosts Bill and Monir have revived Dans and continue the tradition of offering the best, most creative food in Berks. Definitely a nice date spot, but never stuffy. They were big fans of the previous Dans and purchased the restaurant due to their love of the what is quite frankly a local legend among foodies.
I am a vegetarian and worried that the wonderful unique cuisine I used to get (no bland salads or pasta with vegetables here; I can make that at home and come to Dans to be wowed) would be gone, but the chef made me a great dish of asparagus, mushrooms, and polenta after he asked me what I liked. He also came out to check on how I liked it. I am very impressed with chefs who can deftly handle special requests like this. You will have to ask someone else about the meat, but I have never heard a complaint. The food style is described as healthy, fresh Californian.
The wine menu is still great too. I really don't get food like this anywhere, even in Philly or NYC and especially for the prices. The owners have updated some of the decor, but it still the same vibe, cozy, friendly, and minimalist/elegant, in the basement space on the corner of 11th and Penn. I am so very happy to see this restaurant back in Berks County.
See images at [--] -- enjoy! Dans is part of berks County's little known sophisticated side, along with the Goggle Works art center, and the Sovereign Performing Arts Center.
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