Winner of multiple awards, Steel Trolley Diner's succulent stable of signature burgers ($6.29 each) is enhanced by symphonic sauces and fresh-cut fries ($1.20 extra). The Marley burger bathes a patty in Jamaican jerk sauce and orange-chipotle mayonnaise, and the Elvis burger derives its flavor from the same bacon, peanut butter, and banana-jam recipe the King used as shampoo. The eatery's kitchen craftsmen traditionally mold each burger's midsection with a half-pound ground-beef patty but will gladly supplant meaty disks with a vegetarian Boca burger, tasty turkey burger, grilled chicken breast, or a printed-out photograph of a burger for no extra charge.
Yama’s owner, Mr. Yeung, opened the restaurant in October 2009 intending to fill a void in the local cuisine scene by offering fresh and authentic Japanese recipes. A glance at the sushi menu confirms the presence of stalwart favorites such as salmon sashimi ($4.50 for two pieces) and California rolls (crabmeat, cucumber, and avocado, $4.50), as well as a wide selection of specialty rolls, including the Greenwich roll (white tuna, avocado, yellowtail and jalapeño, $12) and the snow roll (shrimp tempura and cucumber capped by blue crab and served with lemon sauce, $14). The staff at Yama can help first-time sushi-goers by counseling them on dish choices, the proper way to hold chopsticks, and the pros and cons of providing room and board to circus performers. Along with fresh ingredients and expert preparation, the sushi is enhanced by elaborate, artistic platings.
Dough gurus at Waffles INCaffeinated, which was named Best New Business in 2010 by the Beaver County Times, forge house-made sourdough batter into the menu's array of fluffy disks that support heaps of sweet and savory toppings. Like the Statue of Liberty, the vanilla-syrup-drenched Megaberry waffle ($7) explodes with raspberries and blueberries when bitten into, and the Breakfast Magic waffle ($7) festoons a crispy grid with bacon, cheddar cheese, and a fried egg. Diners can also opt to load an unadorned waffle ($5) with their choice of 28 toppings ($0.75–$1) and 30 batter add-ons that range from chocolate chips to crab meat. The selection of sandwiches includes the Spartacus ($6), which lures bellies into high-noon fork duels with thin slices of seasoned lamb and homemade spicy mayo pressed between sheets of panini-pressed pita bread like a baker's family photos.
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.
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.