The Cupcake Shoppe passes on cake mixes in favor of all-natural ingredients, making cupcakes from scratch daily and hand-decorating each so the presentation matches the taste. The shop doles out its creations individually, or by the half- or full-dozen, and offers to top off bites with different icings, such as cream cheese and caramel whip. For special occasions, customers can have the shop concoct personalized batches, complete with treat boxes and decorative wrappers.
Located within five miles of both the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg and Seton Hill University, Abie & Bimbo's Pizza tempts students and other locals with Sicilian-style pies and specialty subs primed for delivery and carryout. Pick from 10 meat and veggie topping options to craft a circular creation, and pair it with your choice of Swinger or Original Pizzaroni sub. The Swinger steams with Virginia-baked ham, salami, and provolone, and the Original Pizzaroni defies geometric logic with pizza-inspired fillings packed inside a toasty sub roll. Customers can also opt for the large antipasto salad, a smattering of meats, hot-pepper rings, and cheeses dancing in a garden of fresh lettuce that's less than secretive.
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
Renovated from a historical train station, DiSalvo's Station Restaurant transports diners to old Italy by way of cobblestone flooring, pitched ceilings, and plates of pasta, seafood, and Sunday brunch. A long stone tunnel ushers patrons into an expansive atrium of tables covered in white linen. A fully restored dining car creates an unforgettable dining experience that will only be matched once the moon starts taking reservations. After meals, patrons can take the stairs or trapdoor chute down to the station's basement, where Joey D's Sala Da Fumo & Retail Shop stocks its shelves with a selection of premium cigars, fine wine, and spirits. A large humidor keeps rolled tobacco leaves moist, and a billiard room lets players work on their geometry. Every Friday night, live music entertains diners with such acts as Bryan Cole, Judi Figel, and The Half Knobs.
Scent is one of the main triggers of memory, so lots of memories arise when people pass by The Cookie Store. Here, bakers pull soft, chewy cookies from the oven, evoking childhood scenes of snack times. Bakers create candy-studded varieties such as Heath toffee, as well as classic recipes such as snickerdoodle and milk chocolate chunk. They even assemble giant cookie cakes frosted with custom messages for special occasions. In addition to cookies, staff use the ovens to bake four styles of brownie, and prepare cold, refreshing drinks such as frozen lemonade, smoothies, and frozen coffee.
The owners of Grannies named the spot after their grandmother, a woman they remember as both an "amazing cook and amazing grannie." They recreate her sumptuous recipes inside the cozy Jeanette eatery, preparing rotating menus of comforting Italian, Polish, and American cuisine. Stuffed cabbage rolls, egg-dipped Monte Cristo sandwiches, and chicken pot pies are a few specialties. A chocolate-chip cookie accompanies each dinner, ending meals with a sweet touch.