Chefs infuse robust flavors into hand-tossed pizza, piquant pasta, and other traditional Italian entrees on The Grotto Restaurant’s extensive lunch and dinner menus. In the pomodoro pasta fini pasta splashes in a sea of freshly diced tomatoes, feta cheese, and fragrant basil alongside freshly baked bread ($13.99). The Sonny's signature, gourmet crab-cakes dish soaks jumbo lumps of white crab meat in a lagoon of cream sherry sauce ($24.99). The culinary crew also hand-tosses 12-inch pizzas ($11.99–$12.99) topped with sausage, feta cheese, mushrooms, and other savories to round off the menu's savory selection and incite envy in neglected baseballs.
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
Frankie I’s artisan pub fare steams beneath 12 big-screen televisions and vibrates with live tunes emanating from a cavernous loft stage. Signature dishes lend a gourmet John Hancock to traditional pub cuisine with entrees such as the Greek-style stuffed salmon florentine, comprising a freshly caught Atlantic salmon fillet packed with spinach, spices, and feta atop wild rice and crinkly parchment ($16.95). Other proteins include the homestyle baked pork chop with sausage and sage stuffing ($12.95), as well as the 24-ounce bone-in rib eye, cut by hand and topped with caramelized onions and mushrooms ($27.95). Diners may also savor the fried-shrimp platter, which chefs bread and haul from the deep fryer to bathe in house-made tartar and cocktail sauces ($15.95).
The culinary experts at Ali’s Grille & Cafe craft extensive menus for lunch and dinner, silencing growling hunger pangs with an array of soups, salads, sandwiches, and more. Pick up one of Ali’s handheld comestibles, such as the three-cheese panini on a ciabatta bun ($5.95) or the bacon-wrapped black-bean burger that rides atop a portobello mushroom ($7.95). An asian oriental salad mixes mandarin oranges, red peppers, cinnamon honey almonds, and chinese noodles with a sesame ginger dressing ($6.95), while a java-rubbed rib steak topped with onions and portobello mushrooms comes accompanied by a baked potato and sauteed zuchini ($15.95). Feeding frenzies get a grand liquid finale with an espresso milkshake ($4) or a fresh strawberry-banana smoothie ($4), and Ali’s can infuse its beverages with health-enlivening vitamins and minerals ($1.99–$2.99), including antioxidants, vitamin B12, and protein to build up muscles before arm-wrestling with a western lowland gorilla.
The Clubhouse Restaurant at Parx Racing fills the bellies of hungry bettors while allowing them to feast their eyes on the horse races that are happening both near and far. Feed your odds evaluator with first-course offerings such as the chicken wings ($9), deep fried and slathered in your choice of sauces including buffalo, teriyaki, or a honey barbecue that is sure to placate even the most bellicose Pooh bears. The popular manhattan clam chowder arrives chock full of tender clams in a creamy broth ($4.50), and the chicken parmesan rests atop a bed of penne and marinara ($11).
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.