Though Moon Flight Car Wash and Coffee might seem like an unusual assemblage of businesses, its mission is clear: to offer clients fast, efficient services that don’t require them to leave their vehicles. Customers can cruise through an automated car wash, pick out their favorite drinks and treats from a drive-thru café menu, and finally have that car-horn honk-off they’ve always been meaning to do. For night owls, Moon Flight's self-serve washes are open 24 hours a day, and the coffee shop serves Kiva Han Coffee and Enrico Biscotti starting in the early hours of the morning.
Pets also can receive a cleaning in one of Moon Flight’s self-service dog-wash rooms, which are stocked with two shampoo formulas, skunk-odor remover, conditioner, and a blow dryer. Left smelling fresher than a rose auditioning for the lead role in a bouquet, well-behaved dogs can trot over to the drive-thru window to receive a free treat.
The Sewickley Cafe offers a menu of elegantly prepared, traditional American fare. Begin your gustatory odyssey with truffle French fries ($7.50), savory grilled lamb chops partnered with a choice of mint demi-glace or pomegranate glaze ($15.95), or mini crabcakes ($10.95) from the shrunken seas of Microtopia. For the main event, pick from among a bevy of pastas, including mushroom ravioli with tomato, leeks, and gorgonzola cream ($17.95), or opt for chicken saltimbocca stuffed with fontina cheese and prosciutto ($19.95). Like the rescue dogs of the French Alps, rib-eye ($26.95) and bone-in strip steaks ($28.95) can arrive sporting Burgundy mushrooms, lobster scampi, or gorgonzola cream.
Ovens at Gianni's Pizza & Wings melt the cheese and bake the crusts of specialty or custom-designed pizzas as cooks coat wings in 34 flavors of sauce and spice. They adorn bacon-cheeseburger pizzas with three types of cheese, bacon, and ground beef and philly steak pies with steak, green peppers, and onions to fill in the large cracks ringing them like the Liberty Bell. Crusty strombolis and calzones surround steak, mushrooms, and A-1 sauce or vegetables and cheese, and toasted hoagies sport gyro meat and meatballs with red sauce.
Inside Mike’s Place, a relaxed setting dotted with sports paraphernalia and a pool table, classic Italian-American recipes meet standard bar eats. As guests alternate bites of homemade lasagna and jumbo wings doused in 1 of 10 sauces, bartenders keep glasses brimming and campaign-finance-reform discussions to a minimum. On Friday nights, live musicians and DJs take center stage.
A light snow has begun to fall on the town of Ambridge, dusting the shoulders of regulars as they began to make their way towards Rook's East Side Saloon. They call out greetings to the bartender as they step into the warm pub, pulling off their scarves and mittens and stomping the snow off their boots. The cold winter outside is soon forgotten as friends and families gather into cushy booths and order pints of craft beer. Servers emerge from the kitchen, bearing plates of juicy burgers, spicy wings, and crispy Atlantic cod. Others bring out kid-sized plates of spaghetti or bowls of housemade soup brimming with fresh and local ingredients. Flat-screen TVs broadcast the night's hottest games, flickering off the glass frames of the sports memorabilia speckling the walls. Come Saturday, the air will fill with lively tunes as daring customers take the stage for karaoke. Throughout the year, the pub hosts special events, including holiday-themed parties and holiday-themed thumb-wrestling tournaments.
While boasting a new owner and new look, Schmidt's Tavern still serves up a 78-year old tradition of simple American suds complemented by a hearty, homestyle bill of fare. Under the glow of big-screen televisions showcasing the season's sports, diners are invited to boldly bite into the Big burger ($6.50), which can transform into a Schmidt's mushroom-topped Deluxe with the wave of a magic wand or pinky finger. The restaurant's chefs hand-bread two cod fillets for their famous large-fish dinner, which is accompanied by fry and coleslaw chaperons ($13). Whether munching midday or in the evening, patrons might also choose to fill their plate and palate with Schmidt's reuben sandwich, which binds corned beef, swiss, sauerkraut, and thousand island dressing ($7) as surely as sisterhood binds ballerinas with the same brand of velcro kneepads.