Not far from Pittsburgh on the western side of Pennsylvania, is Butler County, an area known for its quaint small towns and a recent explosion in sustainable eating. Many restaurants utilize a farm to table cooking method or make an effort to use locally sourced ingredients. Try one of the best ten restaurants in the area from the list below.
Enjoy a juicy burger and a craft beer at the first gourmet burger restaurant in the greater Pittsburgh area. Specializing in farm to table creations, Burgh’ers uses only the finest quality ingredients from the Butler County area in their food and drinks. Collecting ingredients from local farmers, foragers, distillers, and brewers, Burgh’ers is the definition of local cuisine. Try Maggie’s Farm Burger made with smoked gouda, horseradish, caramelized onion, rum aioli, and roasted chilies, or the Pitt’s Burger topped with cheddar, coleslaw, pickle, basil, onion, and special sauce alongside a side of the herby rosemary fries.
Dine in the quirky Chop Shop for a totally unique meal. Owner Bill Atkinson was born and raised in Butler, and he has worked his way up from dishwasher to executive chef. Atkinson aimed to create a small restaurant with a huge amount of personality, and The Chop Shop was born. Enjoy dishes like Hare Tacos, coffee rubbed rabbit, smoked sour cream, house salsa, and pickled peppers, or the Eternal Damnation sandwich, pulled pork, ham, Swiss cheese, sweet pickles and chipotle mayo on a grilled hoagie. Each dish is made in the open kitchen so you can see there are no shortcuts.
Freedom Farms Sandwich Shop
Freedom Farms Sandwich Shop serves true farm to table cuisine. The hormone and steroid free meats come from the humanely raised and grass-fed livestock on the Freedom Farms. Fresh cheeses and vegetables top every sandwich, and the fluffy homemade bread make this a truly fresh experience. The menu includes gourmet sandwiches, signature sandwiches, wraps, hoagies, subs, and hot dogs along with a daily special item and a whole menu of vegetarian options.
North County Brewing Company
When North County Brewing Company opened in 2005, it filled a demand for quality craft beer. The brewpub features more than 100 different types of beers and a menu full of gourmet style bar food. Try the spicy shrimp and crab linguine, a portabella and button mushroom sub, or the roasted garlic burger.
Rachel’s Roadhouse opened in 2012 as a new addition to the Springfield Restaurant Group. The restaurant specializes in Americana style dishes, like cooked to order steaks, fresh seafood, and crisp salads. The restaurant is family friendly, and diners can enjoy the fresh air on the year-round patio bar serving domestic and craft brews. Try an entrée like the sweet basil salmon or the Smoky Mountain chicken. Check the restaurant’s website for daily specials.
Wunderbar Café is located in a historic opera house built in he 1800s. A mix of cultures collides in the food at Wunderbar. Argentinian and Scottish natives serve Italian-inspired coffee and French crêpes in a historically German town. The coffee, drinks, and fruit smoothies are prepared with expertise, and the menu has a range of dishes from sweet or savory crêpes to an array of cheesy sandwiches to fresh, crisp salads. This cozy lunch spot has a fun, vibrant atmosphere and friendly staff.
Bob’s Sub and Sandwich Shop
Bob’s Sub and Sandwich Shop has been serving quality subs at low prices for more than 40 years, and has a loyal following. The subs are served on fresh bread and filled with simple toppings like the Super, an Italian sub made with ham, bologna, and salami, or the pastrami or veggie subs. All sandwiches include provolone cheese, lettuce, onion, tomato, mayo, and Italian dressing, and they can be ordered in three sizes, junior (6 inches), senior (12 inches), or giant (a half pound loaf). Bob’s is the type of restaurant that doesn’t change much over the years, but when you’re on to something this good why would you.
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