Wood-lined with cold beer on tap, Schmitt's Saloon might seem like an old-timey watering hole?if it weren't for the bluegrass shaking the walls and the calendar that clearly states "Not 1850." That's because, for Owen Schmitt, the saloon's not just a bar. The hero whose 57-yard touchdown run helped the WVU Mountaineers clobber Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl founded it as a celebration of West Virginia as a whole. And part of West Virginia is the country/bluegrass/southern-rock sound that's perfectly captured in the tunes of The Davidson Brothers. So, after retiring from his NFL career, Schmitt returned home and joined forces with that mountain-brewed band to attract not only some of the nation's top touring acts, but also Mountaineers fans and anyone looking for a burger and plate of volcanic wings.
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.
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).
Hot dogs can be prepared many ways—boiled, grilled, or strung onto a piece of thread and worn as a necklace. Champion River Dawgs and Fries, a roving hot-dog stand, flash-fries them. Customers can select from more than 25 veggies and sauces to top the fryer-crisped dogs and pair them with fresh-cut fries made from Idaho Burbank potatoes.
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.