The sugar-savvy staff of The Gingerbread Shop furnishes holiday crafters with the oodles of candied accouterments needed to create their own delectable gingerbread domiciles, hosts candy-filled gingerbread-house-building workshops, and constructs premade edible abodes for sweets enthusiasts. Customers may opt to have a customized handmade gingerbread house shipped directly to their homes or to a loved one in all its royal-icing-bound and decorated domesticity. The house can grace your holiday table, be gifted to the acquisitions intern, or serve as a home for errant glazed hams. Each handcrafted house can be customized, allowing meticulous house builders to add a name, date, or Lilliputian real-estate appraiser to each delectable creation. Alternatively, in preparation for each one-hour gingerbread-house workshop, participants settle into the festive shop environs before settling down to embellish houses with a cornucopia of delicious items including red hots, mints, sprinkles, gumdrops, and candy-framed mortgage-payment checks. Royal icing in an array of hues binds walls and roofs together, and punch, cookies, and Christmas music twinkling in the background enhance the nostalgic and festive experience.
Since 1984, the culinary team at Me Lyng Restaurant has crafted plates of traditional Chinese and Vietnamese specialties. Chinese dishes range from boneless duck stir-fried in a special sauce to classics such as stir-fried beef and veggies garnished with a small flower rather than an entire Christmas tree. On the Vietnamese end of the spectrum, chefs pair pho noodles with scallions, plum sauce, and pancakes; crepes can arrive stuffed with beef, chicken, or pork, all of which complement a sweet and tangy dipping sauce.
In 1988, Auntie Anne's founders Anne and Jonas Beiler purchased a Pennsylvania farmers' market stand, where they experimented with dough until they created a pretzel that seemed to strike the perfect chord with their customers. Today, at their more than 1,500 locations worldwide, the pretzel makers still hand roll the original recipe but have added to the menu with inventive options, such as the Pepperoni Pretzel and eight signature dipping sauces. The team constantly explores new uses for the pretzel dough, such as wrapping it around hot dogs or slicing it into bite-size nuggets. To transform the snack into a meal, they accompany it with specialty drinks, including Frozen Lemonade Mixers.
When not twisting dough, Auntie Anne's team partners with the national charitable organization Alex?s Lemonade Stand Foundation, which raises funds to fight childhood cancer. They also reach out to local communities through fundraising opportunities.
If the chefs at Pizza Bistro had their way, no one would ever have to choose between a bacon cheeseburger and a gooey cheese pizza ever again. Their specialty bacon cheeseburger pie combines these two delicious American staples into one mouthwatering meal, topping a fresh-baked crust with hamburger meat, bacon, and a generous sprinkling of cheddar. Prefer tacos, gyros, or philly cheesesteaks to burgers? Pizza Bistro makes pizzas out of them too, along with 11 other specialty pies. Those who like to build their own pizza can choose from toppings like ham, green peppers, french fries, and feta, plus a choice of red or white sauce. Meanwhile, those who like to eat their sandwiches the old fashioned way can order from a list of more than 25 oven-baked hoagies or bite into classic hot dogs topped with chili and cheese. Other all-American eats include nine types of French fries, 12 flavors of wings, and seven styles of burger for those who like to eat something different every day of the week.
If Mulligan's Sports Bar and Grill was in its own country, it would be Steelers country. And Penguins country. And Pirates country. That's because the neighborhood eatery stays loyal to its Pittsburgh fans by hosting the games of Steel City's teams on its 17 flat-screen TVs and two 8-foot projectors. All those views make it easy for groups to witness every broadcast touchdown, home run, or rock-paper-scissors throwdown from their tables or at the bar. From there, they can dig into menu items including buffalo ranch chicken sandwiches, jalapeno burgers, and fresh gyros. With 18 taps and 50 bottles of brews, it makes it easy to grab a perennial favorite or find a new one, with selections like Iron City Light, North Country Firehouse Red, and Yuengling Lager.
For 64 years, Triangle Bar & Grille’s tricornered walls have housed mammoth Italian sandwiches, as well as grilled American-style creations stacked atop crusty, fresh-baked bread. The infamous 24-inch Battleship sub ($12.95) encases 1.25 pounds of just-sliced salami, ham, and provolone cheese, and can serve an alternate use as a barbell. Sandwiches come in two other sizes ($5.50+) with toppings that include homemade hot meatballs or fried bologna. All subs are crowned with lettuce, tomato, and onion, as well as oil and vinegar, spices, and a choice of cheese. Lest yards of sandwich meats fail to appease ardent appetites, customers can fill remaining stomach space with extras such as chili ($2.40) or potato salad ($2.25). Grab a stool along the original, buffed countertops, or wait for your torpedo-shaped sustenance to blast off and choose a seat for you. Triangle Bar & Grille is a cash-only establishment, though they have an ATM and unlimited Monopoly money on premises.