Turillo's Steakhouse in Jennerstown, PA
So, am I the only person in this area to not know about this hidden gem? Dean and I wanted to go out last night, and wanted to try somewhere new. Turillo's is a keeper.
Right on Route 30 at the light in Jennerstown, Turillo's has a retro neon sign that seems to be very popular on Flickr. When you walk in, it is super basic - cream colored walls, a small bar, and some booths split between two rooms. Menu is fairly basic – steaks, pasta, some seafood. We asked the waitress what steak she recommended, and she told us that the Porterhouse was beautiful that day. We ordered it with sauteed mushrooms, a baked potato and salad, and got some onion rings to share. Dean had a Yuengling Black and Tan, while I had a glass of chianti.
Not a high-end bar. Chianti was serviceable. The onion rings were crisp, hot and very tasty. Salad was a highlight. For anyone who remembers the old Fatigatti's restaurant near Bridgeville, this salad is an exact reincarnation (to my memory, at least). Bread was plentiful and served with real butter (often sadly missing from bread baskets in casual restaurants around here).
The steak covered the plate, was perfectly medium rare, and very good. The mushrooms were probably canned, which was kind of an insult to a good steak. Baked potato was perfectly done and happily missing its texture-destroying foil jacket. If you order butter or sour cream, see if you can get it on the side. We could barely see the potato under its mountain of condiments. We happily cleaned up every bite of our meal, and packed the resulting bone to gnaw on in the privacy of our own kitchen.
We finished up with a slice of a tasty pecan pie, probably from some local bakery.
The bill for this feast was $28. On my next trip, I'll likely skip the mushrooms and get my potato condiments on the side, but it was a satisfying meal in a funky place served by some seriously cool professional waitresses. We will definitely go back!