Operated by the same family for nearly 90 years, the ovens at Keystone Bakery fire up fresh, preservative-free treats every day according to a catalog of more 1,000 family recipes for breads, pies, and cakes. Blackberry pies pack in bushels of berries from Oregon and Washington ($7.99), and each caramel-apple-walnut pie ($7.50) mixes White House apples with nuts cracked by reliable Secret Service interrogation tactics. Other sweets such as the toasted-almond-whipped-cream cake ($12.09) or mini cream rolls ($10.49/24) close out holiday meals on a decadent note. The powerful aroma of fresh-baked french or marble-rye bread ($2.59+/loaf) drifts throughout both bakeries, triggering nostalgic sense memories of peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches and chalk circles etched on sidewalks. Those ordering pies should call the bakery at least 24 hours in advance to make sure crusted pastries are armed for spontaneous food fights.
The berry experts at Triple B Farms invite Pittsburgh-area crop gatherers to fill farm-supplied baskets with fresh-grown seasonal fruits and vegetables. After arriving to the Strawberry Festival and donning the stylish all-day-access wristband, guests are free to roam the verdant rows of leafy berry-bursting plants in search of the perfect pound of flavorful mouth-pleasers (a $1.99/lb. value; prices may vary). The delicious fruit’s devotees turn out en masse every year for the annual festival, which is a celebration of all things strawberry and more, including a visit from the Pennsylvania Honey Queen, an inflatable all-ages obstacle course, a rock shaped like baseball great Darryl Strawberry, and a strawberry-themed pancake breakfast and lunch (not included in the value of the Groupon). Triple B Farms’ Strawberry Fest also entertains children with a playground, farm animals, tube slides, and rope mazes; parents can peruse the farm's expansive selection of fresh-grown produce, baked goods, jams, and rustic lifestyle guides.
Doug Baros loves burgers and hot dogs. But like many people in today’s health-conscious culture, he couldn’t escape the questions that came with eating his favorite foods. What are the ingredients? When was it prepared? Is it loaded with harmful preservatives?
So Doug took matters into his own hands and opened Burgerz and Dogz, where every burger and dog is prepared with the freshest, purest ingredients. Doug took his idea one step further by outfitting the restaurant with an open kitchen to allow visitors to watch their meals come together. Those meals might be custom creations or items plucked straight from the menu, such as the Loaded burger piled high with bacon, egg, french fries, coleslaw, and cheese.
Cuisine Type: Frozen Custard, Frozen Yogurt, and Italian Ice
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 5–10
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Frozen Custard, Sundaes, Milkshakes
Delivery / Take-out Available: Takeout Only
Outdoor Seating: Yes
What’s the best reaction you’ve ever gotten from a customer?
Often times customers who have never truly tasted real frozen custard (made the way it should be made in a genuine frozen custard machine) are almost in shock by how rich and creamy our custard tastes in comparison to hard packed ice cream or soft serve. Many will agree that it is the most flavorful, creamiest type of ice cream that they've ever tried.
Décor can say a lot about the type of food a restaurant serves. How does your décor inform or reflect your culinary practice?
Our shop is outfitted in The Meadows Original Frozen Custard colors of yellow, blue, and white—the same colors that The Meadows has been using since 1950.
In your own words, how would you describe your menu?
In addition to our unique frozen custard, we also offer all of the typical ice cream shop menu items, including sundaes, milkshakes, gelatis, smoothies, arctic swirls, floats, quarts, pints, cakes, pies, and cookie sandwiches. We offer four frozen custard flavors per day: chocolate, vanilla, and two flavors of the day that rotate daily. We have gluten-free and sugar-free options on our menu.
The traditional farmers' market at Trax Farms, owned and operated by the Trax family since 1865, teems with an eclectic array of produce grown onsite, freshly baked goods, deli fare, and gifts amid 325 acres of fields and orchards. The owners eschew imported produce for farm-grown, seasonal vegetables and fruits, and furnish their shelves with local and international specialty foodstuffs, Sarris and Wagner’s chocolates, and the farm’s own brand of flavored coffee. The aroma of freshly baked seasonal pies, homemade breads, and made-from-scratch cookies tantalizes noses as the deli rolls out soups, salads, and sandwiches assembled from premium meats and cheeses. In addition to a selection of quilts, clothing, and jewelry, the shop boasts wines, including award-winning Arrowhead Wine Cellar varietals. Furthering its homey, community-centered approach, the farm hosts flea markets, festivals, and special events, such as its autumnal hayride, which entices young visitors and scarecrows with thinning scalps.