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).
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.
At Bistro @ Bella Sera, located in Bella Sera Event Venue, diners converse across white-linen-covered tables tucked below painted Tuscan archways after adorning plates with an infinite supply of gourmet fare. The trattoria—first in Pittsburgh to nab a certification from the Green Restaurant Association—surprises palates with a daily rotating menu of Italian antipasti, salads, soups, entrees, and desserts. Past delights include Tuscan minestrone soup, breaded chicken milanese with lemon pepper confit, and chicken romano with roasted redskin potatoes. For a quick preview of what’s in store, diners can check out today’s all-you-can-eat menu on the Bella Sera Facebook page or sneak into chef Josh’s dreams.
Red umbrellas cover the patio area of Frenchy's Bistro & Wine Cellar, where you can settle into dine on traditional Italian dishes and bistro fare as you take in the sunset. In the kitchen, a crew of skilled chefs whip up entrees from wholesome ingredients, including homemade marinara, fresh basil, and fresh mozzarella. If you want to share your meal with local birds, servers can whisk your dishes outside to the patio. Or instead sit in the indoor dining room, which evokes the feel of a quaint country house; it has wooden booths and glass-lamp lighting.