Blue Dining’s newly remodeled, 36-seat dining room is a sight to behold, but guests often have a hard time ungluing their eyes from a menu divided almost equally between seafood and meat entrees. This menu can be customized for private parties, though it’s hard to improve on a regular selection that includes lobster risotto, Maryland crab cakes, and sushi-grade ahi tuna alongside grilled racks of lamb. On “Diva Tuesdays,” live entertainment distracts guests from their attempts to memorize all 50 varieties of vodka on offer at the upscale bar.
When you step into Middle Road Inn, you can feel a homey, welcoming atmosphere lingering in the air from its history as both a family home and hotel. The 19th-century building was originally Andre's Silver Star Hotel, a place where people traveling by coach or steam-powered Segway to Pittsburgh would stop for a pub meal and lodging. Wilbert Blazek purchased the site from the Andre family in the mid 1970s, running the restaurant and bar and raising his children in what was previously the hotel area. The Ferragonio family then bought and renovated the space a decade later, adding a new dining room, a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace, a deck for alfresco dining, and a game room. The current restaurant also owes its famous hand-breaded fish sandwich recipe to this era.
Photographs of the inn's early days hang on the walls, joining the hardwood ceilings in creating a nostalgic and inviting atmosphere. The food is no less comforting: a handmade pizza or a shredded-pot-roast sandwich covered in homemade gravy pair well with occasional live music. After the meal, guests can head to the game room for video games, pool, or darts and practice their Victorian quadrille moves on the dance floor.
During the last three decades, Charley’s has shuffled up standard decks of carbs in a fresh, innovative fashion. Though the soul of Charley’s spawns from the beefy abyss of the signature cheesesteak sandwiches ($4.59–$8.99), the entire menu is flavorfully filled to capacity with delicious grilled combinations (prices vary by location). The chicken teriyaki sandwich ($4.89–$9.29) is quaint for a stomach sublet, while the Italian deli deluxe carnivorously conquers with a bed of pepperoni, ham, turkey, provolone, and generous dustings of Italian seasoning ($4.59–$8.99). Diners can load their gastronomic cargo-carriers with a combo meal, complete with Charley's famously crisp fries ($1.79–$1.89 for a regular order), or ascend a mountain of abominably coated fries featuring cheddar, ranch, and bacon
A lengthy lineup of traditional game-day fare and a sports atmosphere captivate fans at Fox and Hound - Bailey's, where the kitchen remains open as late as its neighboring fully stocked bar. Chefs cook until the wee hours of the morning and always until the bar closes, baking Bavarian pretzel starters, crafting towers of onion rings, and preparing hand-battered chicken tenders that are cooked until they are golden brown. They blend their own seasonings to sprinkle over grilled-to-order burgers, and draw from a diverse roster of cheeses and toppings to crown their wood-oven-inspired flatbreads.
While manning the bars, bartenders tap into a stash of libations, such as UV Whipped vodka and Patron Silver tequila, to mix their specialty cocktails. To further foster a sporting ambiance, high-definition TVs glow with sports games and custom music-video playlists, and guests partake in pastimes of ump bashing, billiards, or competitive people watching.
Choices abound at Captain's Pizza & Subs, where customers build their own pies, pulling from ingredient options that include 5 different cheeses, 13 meats, 11 veggies, and a generous slathering of homemade tomato or garlic sauce. Creative types can start by sprinkling a disc of the shop's fresh, daily made dough with ricotta or sharp cheddar, adding on pepperoni, capicola, and gyro meat or lending a pop of color in the form of fresh chopped broccoli, artichoke hearts, and roasted red peppers. Those with indecisive appetites can let the cooks do their picking for them by opting for one of 17 gourmet pies that pile on pre-vetted flavor combinations such as steak, mushrooms, and ranch sauce or barbecue sauce, grilled chicken, and red onions. To round out the menu, the restaurant also offers a smattering of specialty pasta dishes, salads, and 8- or 16-inch hoagies, along with their famous Captain's Wings, which arrive tossed in one of four sauces that vary in both spiciness and drinkability.
The chefs at Monte Cello’s carefully knead, lovingly ladle, and generously pour on sauces made from scratch every day to ensure a menu of fresh, scrumptious Italian cuisine. Diners’ forks dive into the italian sausage cacciatore’s medley of green peppers, onion, and mushrooms to deliver house-made marinara sauce directly to mouths ($11.99). The breaded eggplant parmesan ($10.99) quells vegetarian belly rumblings, or a layer of sauce and cheese vainly shields ricotta-stuffed pasta shells from diners’ detection ($10.99). Patrons dig into a double-baked sicilian pizza with spicy sauce ($14.99) and squeeze in a round of tic-tac-toe atop the square surface with 18 topping choices (+$0.21 per slice per topping).