Waltz past Woodside Manor's wall of stained glass dating back to 1594, hand-carved oak staircase, and 20-foot pink-sandstone fireplace to take a seat in one of the manor's nine private dining rooms before examining the menu of seafood, sandwiches, pasta, and creative American classics. Woodside's chef Robert Courser turns French fries into elegant pomme frittes, served with thyme, salt, and spicy ketchup ($5), and replaces corndogs' dogs with shrimp and serves the cornshrimps with mustard cream ($12). Bite into a classically prepared Reuben's peppery corned beef and spicy sauerkraut ($9), or invite new flavors to mingle at your tongue's soirée with a chicken diablo sandwich: mushroom, onion, bacon, barbecue sauce, and cheddar cheese ($9). Marsala and piccata are available with veal or chicken ($14–$18), while more seaworthy plates include Chilean sea bass ($30), lake perch ($18), and lobster mac 'n' cheese, crafted with cognac, sherry, a Mornay sauce, Old Bay Seasoning, cheddar, and gruyere ($18).
Blue Water Tavern resurrects the spirit of the classic neighborhood watering hole with a dinner menu that tastily tiptoes the line between casual and fine dining. Fire up feasting with tapas—small, passable plates that include calamari ($9), hummus ($8), and wings ($9), with the Tavern Trio ($18) collecting your choice of any three tapas. Crop-circle enthusiasts can take a break from extraterrestrial extracurriculars and opt for a veggie pizza topped with artichoke hearts, red peppers, red onions, basil, black olives, and goat cheese ($8), or its pepperoni-topped cousin ($9). Bite into the Pittsburgher burger accompanied by fresh-cut fries ($9), or salute a mermaid mother with the Surf and Turf—a six-ounce filet mignon and a Maine lobster tail ($29). For diurnal diners, Blue Water Tavern offers a lunch menu, while those on a liquid diet can feast upon a few hearty libations from the bar.
At Frescos, the kitchen staff specializes in adding local flair to traditional-inspired cuisine. The aromas of chicken stuffed with goat cheese and artichokes, sirloin filet with petite crab cakes, and pasta tossed with veggies and feta fill the dining space. A semiprivate, earth-toned dining room, which includes glass tile, wood floors, high booths, and local artwork, adds to the warm atmosphere. Meanwhile, a seasonal deck—open May through September—features an outdoor lounge and seating for dining under the sun or stars.
Channeling the comfort and familiarity of a neighborhood gathering place, Dive Bar & Grille is not your typical watering hole. Inspired by local area corner bars, Dive Bar & Grille offers a relaxed twist on local nightlife, providing an all-inclusive dining and late night experience, giving guests no reason to leave.
Mamma Lucia dishes out Sicilian-style pies and fresh Italian eats in a rustic, inviting space. The large 18-inch thin-crust pizza (a $12.75 value) becomes a fetching table centerpiece after being adorned with a single topping (a $2.50 value) such as pepperoni, mild pepper rings, anchovies, or diamonds. Keep free hands occupied by dunking the garlic knots (a $5 value) in an accompanying dipping sauce (a $0.50 value). As the meal nears a close, the crisp, sweet shell of a cannoli (a $3.25 value) sends off diners with luscious suite of vanilla and a tearful speech about staying in school. Guests congregate on Mamma Lucia's convivial outdoor patio, where they're free to take advantage of the restaurant's BYOB policy.