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The 10 Best Restaurants In Butler County, Pennsylvania

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Courtney Stanley
Updated: 9 February 2017
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.

Not far from Pittsburgh on the western side of Pennsylvania, is Butler County © Nicholas A. Tonelli / Flickr

Not far from Pittsburgh on the western side of Pennsylvania, is Butler County © Nicholas A. Tonelli / Flickr 

Element Café

Element café is a charming breakfast or lunch spot that serves handmade sandwiches, paninis, wraps, and more. The chefs aim to use organic ingredients from local vendors.  Enjoy a relaxed lunch in the atmospheric interior with exposed brick walls and fun artwork, or grab a mug of coffee while you work on the free WiFi. Try a homemade soup or a sandwich like the Cobb-Herbed Focaccia sandwich topped with chicken breast, bacon, bleu cheese, avocado, fresh greens, tomato, and mayo. Or, simply order a warm bakery item to enjoy with your coffee.

Enjoy a lovely breakfast/ ©Pixabay

Enjoy a lovely breakfast/ ©Pixabay

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Mon - Fri :
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Budget
$$
Burgh’ers

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.

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Mon - Thu :
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat :
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sun :
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Budget
$$
Cooper Station Restaurant

Cooper Station is an upscale, family-friendly restaurant that was established in 1994. It is run by the fifth generation of the Lerner family, who have lived on this land since the 1800s. The menu stays fresh with a seasonal rotation of new salads, sandwiches, and entrées and an always-changing selection of domestic, imported, and craft beers. Try the spicy shrimp pasta, filet mignon, or broiled lump crab cakes. The restaurant has events year round, like country dances, open mics, and more.

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Mon - Thu :
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat :
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sun :
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Budget
$$
The Chop Shop

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.

The Chop Shop, 108 N Main St, Butler, PA, USA, +1 724 256 9959

 

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Tue - Sat :
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Budget
$
BRGR

Try a gourmet burger made with fresh Curtze Meats from Erie, Pennsylvania, at BRGR. The small chain of gourmet burger bars has four locations around the Pittsburgh and Butler County area. With a focus on traditional burgers and shakes, BRGR changes it up by adding unique twists to their creations. Try a juicy option like The BRGR topped with pickled red onions, arugula, creamy bleu cheese, and oven roasted tomatoes, (add foie gras to for a little extra). The Double Yoi is another tasty treat that comes topped with pastrami, Swiss cheese, a fried egg, coleslaw, and thousand island dressing. Black bean burgers, fish, and turkey burgers are also available. Adults can order a spiked shake to enjoy with their meal.

BRGR, 20111 Rt. 19 & Freedom Road, Cranberry, PA, USA, +1 724 742 2333

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Mon - Thu :
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat :
11:30 am - 1:00 am
Sun :
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Budget
$$
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.

Freedom Farms Sandwich Shop, 796 Pittsburgh Rd, Butler, PA, USA, +1 724 481 1444

Sandwich | © Tarmtott/Pixabay

Sandwich | © Tarmtott/Pixabay

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Wed - Sun :
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Budget
$
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.

A flight of craft beer | © the NerdPatrol/Flickr

A flight of craft beer | © the NerdPatrol/Flickr

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Mon - Thu :
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat :
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Sun :
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Budget
$
Rachel’s Roadhouse

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.

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Mon - Sat :
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sun :
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Budget
$$
Wunderbar Café

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.

 

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Tue - Sat :
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sun :
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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.

 

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Mon - Thu :
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat :
10:30 am - 11:00 pm
Sun :
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Budget
$