There were but a few positives that came from working in the city of Reading. I never had to worry about what to do with all of my spare change, because someone was always willing to take it. I never had to ask myself, “How will I ever finish this pack of cigarettes?”, because someone was always willing to help me the minute after I bought them. I never had to feel bad about not talking to people, because they were all talking to themselves. The only thing I had to worry about was where I was going to have lunch because let’s face it, who packs a lunch after fifth grade? That’s how I met Pauline.
After Subway got old, and snubbed my rewards card, and pizza started getting lazy, I felt that it was time to move on. I was going back to the same old things because they were so comfortable. Chicken parm sandwiches, Chinese food, microwave dinners, and canned soups all had their run. Some days it seemed like a commercial where the voice-over guy came through the intercom and said, “Are you tired of the same old boring lunches?” as plates of food were dropped onto the table one dull frame after the next.
It was then I decided to stop into Pauline’s Soups and More. It was really a matter of getting there before they closed at 2:30. I had a strange schedule that was stuck somewhere between first and second shift, so I often didn’t get “lunch” until around 4 or 5. But when I was able to make it, I was hooked. Simple as that.
The location is right in the heart of the city, on the corner of 5th and Penn., but it’s almost tucked away. When you walk in, cozy is the only word to describe it. There are a few small tables, a counter with some stools, and the kitchen right in plain sight where you can interact with Matt and A.J. as they cook away.
The food is always delicious, and I haven’t been disappointed once. I have to admit, I order boring food. I order the things I would cook for myself if I was at home. But it’s so easy to mess those simple things up, and it doesn’t happen at Pauline’s. I never have to worry about going alone either, because the entire staff is engaged and creates a social environment.
Even though I’ve moved on and I no longer have the pleasure of working in the city, I still make sure to check in every once in a while even if it is out of my way. Make sure to keep an eye out when you go to see your Reading Fightin’ Phils as well. Pauline’s has some prime real estate within the walls of First Energy Stadium where you can get hooked without venturing into the city.
Many things in life can get monotonous and impersonal. Spending time and money on food shouldn’t be one of them. After being in the service industry for as long as I have, I’ve learned that many of the things that keep people coming back have more to do with the experience than anything. Pauline’s Soups and More is that, with delicious, home-cooked food as well.
Don’t wait. Make sure to stop in today. Also, make sure you like their Facebook page so you can be in the know with all of the daily specials.
Open Monday-Friday 7:00 AM – 2:30 PM