West of Pittsburgh
I'll be travelling along I-70 from Ohio and up I-79/279 into Pittsburgh. I'm looking for a place that's not too far off the highway and that I'm likely to find a seat in on a Saturday in early May sometime between 12 noon and 2PM. I'd prefer it to be a quick bite, as well, since I'm trying to make it to the Warhol museum by at least 3PM (I'm on a pretty tight schedule-it's not really subject to change.) And no, it's not a game day-I already checked.
Thanks for your help.
How quick a bite? Or really, how much time is built in for the eating? If you have 1/2 hour, as in if you drove straight through to the Warhol you would get there at 2:30, or earlier, I would eat there. http://www.bigburrito.com/warhol/
I am judging by the Cafe Phipps, which is also managed by Big Burrito. (I've eaten at Phipps, but not at the Warhol.) It's pretty quick, unless they're busy. At 2-2:30, it shouldn't be particularly busy I wouldn't think, and no trouble parking when it's not game day. (Actually, Saturday home Pirates games are typically at night unless they are doing a makeup doubleheader.) Make sure there's nothing else going on at PNC/Heinz that day though if you're on a tight schedule.
It's a tough routing for good ideas near the highway IMO, although I'm not sure what's around in, say, the Bridgeville area these days. You could stop sooner I guess. There's a batch of chain stuff at St Clairsville, OH at the Ohio Valley Mall exit. Or, apparently now rivaling or surpassing that batch of chain stuff is the new batch surrounding the huge Cabela's outfitter store. This is just east of Wheeling and has its own exit, Cabela Drive. And I found a list of stuff that is there: http://www.the-highlands.com/store-di...
What's with Eat'n'Park and Bob's, yaya? No connection. Similar format perhaps, but no connection to Bob's Big Boy. Or do you mean the particular building? Then you would be a typical Pittsburgher, assuming *everyone* including out-of-towners will remember what *used to be* at a certain spot. ;-) ;-) Eat'n'Park does better, IMO, than most of the others of that genre and cheap price range (Denny's, Bob Evans, etc.)
No connection? Do you suppose that Bob’s Big Boy chain would let Eat n Park use their signature Big Boy, the sandwich and the sauce and the statue out front, if there were no connection? Eat n Park in the Pittsburgh area was a franchise of Bob’s. For some reason they could not/did not use the name Bob’s. Eat n Park did some revisionist history on their web site. They even claim that they invented the car hop. I think it far more likely that it was invented in Southern California.
The restaurant I was directing the OP to was built in the late 50’s as an Eat n Park. And it is still an Eat n Park. But a person traveling from another area might recognize the operation as a Bob’s.
Where do the Eat'n Parks have signature Big Boy statues out front? I've never seen one. I've also failed to find where Eat'n Park claims they invented the car hop. I just looked at the site; it says they were the first of the type in the Pittsburgh area. I'm not nearly that old, so I can't claim to know first hand. They do seem to have a double decker burger with sauce, etc. on the menu, but so does McDonald's, right?
Sure enough, though, in the history they were a franchisee of Big Boy, so my mistake there, sorry bout that. I'm young enough to have never experienced the connection (I visited the area routinely before 1976, but I would have been under 5 years old), so sue me for not searching first. ;-) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Boy_...
Eat'n Park dropped it even earlier than Shoney's, in 1976, not sure how far in the past should we live? (Pittsburghers can't let go of the past! Argh!) In 30+ years, I think the connection has grown far enough apart to see a distinction vs some of the other current/former Big Boy outfits. (Looks like only Bob's itself in its latest incarnation and Frisch's can still be considered current Big Boy outfits.) I'm familiar with Bob's, Shoney's, etc, and I wouldn't recognize Eat'n Park as the same. I'd never go into a Shoney's, knowing from experience (all too recent, unfortunately, just a couple years ago) how horrid it is. Eat'n Park, though, can be half decent.
Anyway, someone traveling in from west of here would not likely know Big Boy as Bob's anyway but instead one of the other franchisee names (unless they came all the way from the west coast). A technicality, yes.
There’s a Waffle House just off of I79 at exit 41. This is just after you go from I70 to I79. If you think waffles would do it.
You could drive further on I79 to exit 55. When you get off the highway, turn right on Rt. 50. With-in half a mile there is an Eat’n’Park. You may know this as Bob’s Big Boy. A mile further past the Eat ‘n’ Park is a Bob Evans. Both of these are on the right.
I’m not aiming for fine dining with these suggestions. Just places that are good for reasonably quick service and easy to get to.
The Warhol has a quirky, casual eating place in the lower level. There are also 6 other bar/restaurants within two blocks of the Warhol Museum, with the focus at the corner of Federal St & General Robinson St. Local, national chain & hotel eats. Park once, eat & be enlightened!
Welcome to Pittsburgh.