Built in 1764, The Franklin House has surrounds guests with time-tested elegance complementing a menu of classic American comfort and upscale seasonal dishes. As the building has seen the ages pass, its customers continue to take advantage of its spoils as they eat in the dining room or out on the balcony. These days, guests may be found savoring blackened mahi-mahi salad while dining companions try to fit the provolone- and bacon-layered Franklin club sandwich into their own cheeks. A half-pound of Black Angus comprises the unique foot-long Frankie dog, which chefs heap with chili and cheese, and mussel and steamer dishes top tongues with fresh nautical morsels.
Colors & Bottles' founder Jessica Burley and her band of talented local artists are dedicated to supporting local emerging talent and businesses through art instruction held at nearby venues. Their resident artists travel to local eateries and art galleries, where they teach students of all skill levels to fashion dimensional masterpieces through step-by-step instruction. They also kindle creativity during private parties held at the location of your choice, asking only that the destination be outfitted with enough tables, chairs, and paint-by-numbers templates of the Sistine Chapel ceiling for all invitees. Colors & Bottles has received a nod for their engagingly creative events on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and within the pages of the Columbus Dispatch.
Brew 22's executive chef plucks local ingredients to craft a menu filled with savory twists on classic tavern fare. The bulbous Brew burger ($12) busts up buns as proudly as the Hulk in home-economics class with a juicy cargo of Chapel Ridge Farms beef, Amish cheddar, and a fried egg. Roasted salmon ($16) walks a cedar plank before plummeting into pools of sweet-corn pudding and tomato confit, as hand-piped pork sausage ($14) slow-dances to symphonies of sauerkraut and an encore of roasted peaches. Cap meals with the chef's chocolate pretzel bathed in fudge and warm rivers of caramel sauce ($5).
Boasting an impressive Zagat rating, Manny's Place lavishes its signature crab cakes and delectable menu of seafood and American fare with first-rate ingredients and graceful presentation. Handmade with a savory fusion of 100% jumbo lump crabmeat and fresh roux, Manny's specialty crab cakes coast into palate ports fragrantly broiled or deftly coated in golden panko crumbs ($8.45 each, $10.95 for a combo platter). A slew of hot seafood sandwiches ensconce crab cake, shrimp, oyster, or flounder in a fresh hoagie ($7.95+), and bacon-wrapped scallops stylishly blend the farmstead and sea with the panache of an overalls-clad Poseidon ($9.95 for eight pieces). Water-weary palates can seek refuge in Manny's Famous rotisserie chicken ($8) or chicken potpie ($7.95), taking comfort in the menu's complete lack of additives, preservatives, and peanut-oil pools reflecting the haunting visage of George Washington Carver.
The culinary sovereigns at the King George Inn sate the hunger pangs of all those who enter their domain with toothsome American fare depicted on the lunch and dinner menus, served in a historic building constructed in 1756. Midday munchers can delve into the seafood layers of lobster-and-shrimp crepes interlaced with mascarpone cheese ($13.95) or brandish forks to gleefully capture the chicken dijon with fettuccine with pasta-loving prongs ($10.95). For dinner, reward valorous stomachs for their emotional and abdominal support with tender veal piccata medallions flash-sautéed in lemon-caper butter ($21.95). Or sharpen mouth bones on the Dorneyville Sizzler, a 12-ounce premium-gold Angus New York strip steak gilded with maître d’ butter and served on a blazing-hot pewter plate to discourage entree burglars and hungry snowmen from snatching the precious dish off tables ($31.95). Top off tuck-ins with a treat from the dessert menu, which bursts with renderings of house-made cheesecake ($6.95) and chocolate mousse ($5.95).
Founded in 1924, the Pittsburgh Inn appeases rapacious appetites with a menu of hearty, homestyle American comfort fare. Coronate a romantic meal across from a spouse or a 17th-century skipper with a crab-cake appetizer paired with creamy dill sauce ($4.99). Then move on to the house-favorite almond fried-chicken breast drizzled in homemade maple-honey mustard ($9.99). Eggplant parmesan topped with a melty blanket of provolone cheese presents a fulfilling meatless option ($9.49). Inside the Pittsburgh Inn, walls commemorate Pittsburgh-area legends with framed pictures, including its Honor Roll for local soldiers currently serving in Iraq.
Chicken alfredo, shrimp scampi, eggplant parmesan. More than 30 housemade pasta dishes emerge from the kitchen every night at Piccolo Trattoria of Newtown. Chefs scatter pistachio nuts and goat cheese into fettuccine, smother penne with baby shrimp and pesto cream sauce, and cover fusilli with oyster and shiitake mushrooms.
Earlier in the day, however, these recipes take on a different form: they become pizzas. During lunch, chefs whip up more than 20 gourmet pies, crowning them with classic pasta ingredients alongside non-Italian flavors such as taco and cheesesteak fixings. Besides tossing noodles and flinging dough, the BYOB eatery's chefs cook salmon in a port wine reduction and sauté veal with figs and mushrooms in a cognac cream sauce.