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The Log Cabin:

Modern classics amid Prohibition-era relics
By Susan N. Denaro, Esquire

R

eminders of the incredible ingenuity that bar and restaurant
owners employed to quench customers' thirst during Prohibition
are still prominently on display at The Log Cabin restaurant.

Proud of its heritage as a "speakeasy" in that bygone era, The
Log Cabin's Booth Room, where the liquor was hidden from pesky
Prohibition agents under the seats of the booths, is still maintained in
all its glory.

Although my mother never talked about its place in local
Prohibition history, the Log Cabin was a perennial favorite for her. I'd
never dined there until some friends treated us one night last Fall.

It was so memorable that we returned a few weeks later to see if the
fare would be just as good the second time around. And it was.
The restaurant is about 25 minutes south of Berks County, a short
drive off the Brownstown exit of Route 222.

The country charm strikes you the moment you cross Zooks Mill
Covered Bridge, which leads to the Log Cabin's parking lot. We were
seated in the private dining room upstairs on our first visit and in the
main dining room, which boasted the original log cabin walls, on our
second.

There's a lounge, which often features live music on weekends, and
fascinating art scattered on the walls throughout the restaurant. Servers
are happy to provide 'binders of art' explaining all the pieces.

The Log Cabin
11 Lehoy Forest Drive
Leola, PA 17540
www.logcabin1933.com

As charming as the atmosphere, and as interesting as the art was, we
were there for the food. We did not leave disappointed.
On our first visit, I enjoyed the quail, which was a special. It was
a tasty, if not a small entrée, but I preferred the dish from my second
visit: the pork shank osso bucco. Served over cheddar cheesy grits with
sweet corn, chunks of bacon and green beans, it was just outstanding.
There was supposed to be an orange gremolata on it, but it got lost in
translation.

The Booth Room is a throwback to
the Prohibition era.

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