Using the family recipes passed down through generations, the chefs at Latino's Mexican Restaurant & Bar's chefs follow whip up a full menu of authentic Mexican cuisine. Chilies and spices saturate meals with true Mexican zest, and locally acquired meats and vegetables imbue dishes with fresh flavors. Dinner entrees include roasted poblano peppers, pork loin, and enchiladas in green and red salsa or mole sauce. A grilled beefsteak, known as the carne asada, simmers in a homemade sauce alongside grilled onions, slices of poblano peppers, and a tamale.
Rizzo's tosses Italian tradition with sauces made from family recipes and homemade bread dough blended with secret spices. Pizzas come in five savory circumferences and tempt taste buds with specialty flavors that include chicken ranch ($10.20/10", $13.20/18") and Jonesy's BBQ ($9.95/10", $12.95/18"). Tongues transform into lingual letter openers as they dig into layers of ham, beef, sausage, and pepperoni enveloped in meat calzones ($7.75/single, $9.75/large), and house specialties, including shrimp pomodoro ($12.99) and Rizzo’s pasta bread bowl ($10.75), make mouths metamorphose into teeth-lined esophageal openings. Diners can also satisfy cravings for authentic tastes of Italy by tucking into veal parmesan ($13.50) or licking Mount Vesuvius. Hot and cold subs, palate-prepping appetizers, and a mélange of salads round out the mighty menu, which also offers mini meals ($5.25) for hungry bambini.
Located in the historic Modern Tool Building in downtown Erie, Señor Coyote's Cantina and Grille offers a wide array of American and Southwest favorites.
Founded in 1924, the Pittsburgh Inn appeases rapacious appetites with a menu consisting of hearty, home-cooked American comfort fare. Seafood-savorers can coronate a romantic meal across from a spouse or a seventeenth-century skipper by ordering a crab-cake appetizer, where homemade crab cakes come paired with creamy dill sauce ($4.99). For entrees, diners can order up a house favorite such as the almond fried-chicken breast, where boneless chicken is drizzled in homemade maple-honey mustard ($9.99), or engorge on a meatless meal such as the eggplant parmesan, topped with provolone cheese ($9.49). The Pittsburgh Inn's walls commemorate Pittsburgh-area legends with framed pictures, including its Honor Roll for soldiers on duty in Iraq.
George's has served hearty American fare along Lake Erie's shore since 1926. Earn your place in history by squaring off against an 8 oz. sirloin burger such as the Contractor's, an open-faced slab served on toasted garlic bread, smothered in french fries, chili, cheddar cheese, and Verdi sauce with sour cream on the side ($8.95). The scrumptious sandwich selection is built from traditional snacks including the pastrami melt ($5.95) as well as custom stacks of meat and bread including George's Favorite, a grilled Cajun chicken breast on a ciabatta roll, and adorned with bacon, swiss cheese, ranch dressing, lettuce, tomato, and onion ($6.95). Real-deal mashed potatoes pair lucky spuds with colorful flavors ranging from garlic parmesan to onion and bell pepper ($3.50). Slurp up the homemade soup du jour by the bowl ($3.95) or to-go quart ($8.95), and polish off your meal with a decadent dessert such as homemade peach cobbler ($3.95) or a chill 'ya sundae ($2.95). Come back for breakfast and stuff your belly with stuffed french toast, slices of bread crammed with a choice of bacon, ham, or sausage, and american or provolone cheese ($6.95). George's Restaurant showcases a different special most days of the week and a kids' menu for ravenous rugrats.
The seasoned, friendly tendril-tamers at The Hare Hut civilize savage cuticles and pacify surly digits with expert nail services. With a professional manicure, customers relax as grabby grapplers are buffed, filed, and polished to glistening perfection. Meanwhile, the bundled pedicure service revamps toes so they feel gorgeous enough to approach dapper shoes and ask them out on a date. As their phalanges are thoroughly mollycoddled, patrons can soak in the welcoming ambience of The Hare Hut’s brightly colored furnishings and warmly lit space.
Step into Ye Ole Sweet Shoppe's old-timey storefront, which evokes soda shops of yesteryear, and let the succulent smells of sugary snacks and baking bread amplify your appetite. Then gaze into glass cases at more than a dozen varieties of cookies, and choose one with a gooey raspberry ($.75 each), apple, or peanut-butter center ($7.25 per dozen). Ye Ole Sweet Shoppe's seasoned chefs also bake caramel cups ($4.09 per half-dozen) and filled brownie bites ($6 per dozen), the first bite of which releases warm, gooey fudge into the air. If doughy disks don't tickle your taste buds, go for a scone ($.90 each), muffin ($1.20 each), gift basket of treats ($18.99 plus tax for one dozen), or breakfast biscotti ($8.99 per pound). Ye Ole Sweet Shoppe encourages early risers to nab the first batches at its weekday 7 a.m. opening time. Visit the website to view a compendium of goods and pricing.
Johnny B's menu soothes languishing stomachs with classic American comforts. Begin the family-friendly feast by downing bites of deep-fried zucchini ($4.75), or wait 'til his back is turned and sneak slurps of Uncle Pete’s chili (served seasonally, $3.50–$4.75). A honey-dijon dressing complements the crab-cake salad ($7.95), and the Titanic sandwich conquers an unsinkable appetite with a tasty pairing of ham, turkey, mozzarella,
American cheese, and Italian dressing served on a half loaf of Italian bread ($8.95). For more formal fare try an 8-ounce proteinous plate piled high with Peter's Italian strip steak smothered with grilled mushrooms, onions, and alfredo sauce ($13.95), or wrap a seafood-seeking mouthtrap around flaky crab-stuffed scrod ($13.95).
Chick-fil-A's chicken sandwiches became an instant classic one fateful day in 1967, when an anonymous Georgia chicken wandered into a hot, buttered bun and made history. Forty-some-odd years later, or 267 million chicken years, Chick-fil-A chicken biscuit sandwiches are still made the same way, with boneless cuts of breast meat hand-breaded by mystic chicken ascetics, bronzed in 100% refined peanut oil, and kept warm in buttermilk biscuit earmuffs. Like gambling on horse racing, the chicken biscuit is so dangerously delicious that you'll devour two without thinking twice, but unlike gambling, Chick-fil-A's sandwiches never contain dice, poker chips, or knee-breaking goons in track suits.
Vermont Tavern silences boisterous stomachs with platters laden with hearty pub grub. Lubricate rusty jaw hinges with starters such as sausage-stuffed poblano peppers, a gardeny basket filled with mildly spiced italian sausage and topped with homemade marinara and shredded parmesan cheese ($8.50). Main events such as the Ox Roast sandwich, a kaiser roll loaded with slow-roasted beef ($7.95), satisfy meaty cravings, and comforting helpings of V.T. mac 'n' cheese snuggle tongues in a bed of pasta, marinated chicken, and creamy sauce ($11.95). Circle-savoring patrons may sample the Margaretta Villa pizza, which tops hand-flung dough with fresh basil pesto sauce, roasted roma tomatoes, and fresh buffalo mozzarella, quenching appetites and doubling as a disk in the event of an impromptu ultimate Frisbee match ($9.95). In addition to satisfying eats, Vermont Tavern acts as a conductor for an electric atmosphere, hosting live music and energetic events.
Gelateria Barbara takes taste buds on a tour of Italy with a procession of artisanal gelatos and fresh pastas. Featuring fanciful flavors such as panna cotta, salty toffee, and strawberry-lemon cheesecake, gelato justice is served in single-scoop cones ($1.95), triple-dipped waffle cones ($3.25), or three Goldilocks-approved cup sizes ($3.25–$4.25).
Gary's Superette is a full-service convenience store that satiates shoppers with fresh-dough pizzas, hot subs, famous flavored wings, and delectable finger foods. The 16-inch pizza satisfies disk devourers ($10.99), while finger foods such as chicken tenders ($6.99/lb.) and jalapeño poppers ($4.59) keep famished digits from eating typewriter keys. Send senses of taste into a tizzy with more than 20 flavors of chicken wings that coat the tongue in garlic, barbecue, and Cajun spices ($0.54 each; $11.99 for 25; $22 for 50). A plethora of hot sub flavors, including meatball, veggie, and tuna melt, situate comfortably on 10-inch bread and venture into the depths of hungry mouths ($4.99).
Bootleggers Bar and Grill fills hollow bellies with an extensive and eclectic menu of American classics plated up within a warm, casual atmosphere. Share a premeal snack of chicken or beef macho nachos, a mixture of chili con queso, refried beans, sweet peppers, and shredded cheese blanketing house-made tortilla chips ($5.99) while discussing the benefits of naming children Chevy Nova, or prepare solo stomachs with the popular Texas-seasoned baked-potato soup ($2.50 for a cup, $3.75 for a bowl).
Four Insider Pagers give Panos' Restaurant an average of four stars, and 70% of Urbanspooners recommend it:
Located in an Erie landmark eatery, la bella entices appetites with an extensive menu of homemade dishes served in a casual setting. Wanting to look perfect for its big dinner plate, the curly-leaf spinach takes a quick dip into the deep fryer ($6), while the sweet italian sausage prefers a long, hot bath in a sweet-and-sour poached-fig-and-date sauce ($8). Patrons looking for traditional Italian specialties find the ragu bolognese ($15) leading a roster of palate-pleasing pastas, as the lobster mac 'n' cheese ($25) and honey-jalapeño ahi tuna ($18) flaunt their flavors elsewhere on the menu. A nearby plant hatchery supplies the key component for vegetarian classics such as the eggplant parmesan ($18) and the eggplant veracruz ($17). Gluten-free guidelines help diners discern diet-friendly dishes such as the bittersweet chocolate-apricot cake ($8).