There are few things I love more than a good beer and a great sandwich. The beer needs to be craft and the sandwich has to be Pittsburgh-style with hot crispy fries all over it and a healthy dose of slaw on it for good measure.
Since 1993 Bowser’s Restaurant in Center Twp. has been and still is a family-owned and operated business offering the best sandwiches and salads around, all made to order Pittsburgh-style. The beer didn’t start flowing until a few years after that, but from day one the food has been big and the quality has been top notch.
Bowser’s is known best for their Pittsburgh-style sandwiches and salads and most notably for the steak sandwich and the special Buffalo Sneedwich, a regular on the menu for almost as long as Bowser’s has been open. The question is though, what exactly is a Pittsburgh-style sandwich or salad? While you’ve probably had one, you may not know how it came to be.
The Pittsburgh-Style Sandwich and Salad
The sandwich we love actually started as a way for truck drivers in Pittsburgh’s Strip District to have a way to eat an entire meal with one hand. Starting off, the traditional Pittsburgh-style sandwich uses two thick slices of Italian bread for the outer layers.
From here you add your favorite meat, which at Bowsers is either the steak or the Italian three meat. The meat is then grilled with cheese, and then stacked on the bread. Next, you add some vinegar-based coleslaw and a nice large stack of fresh-cut fries. Serve it up on a piece or two of wax paper with the sandwich cut in half, and you’ve got just about the most perfect sandwich ever made. Add in some Heinz ketchup and hot sauce yourself and you’re ready for an entire meal in a sandwich.
Speaking of fries, I challenge you to find better, fresher fries anywhere. While this is just one writer’s opinion, I believe Bowser’s to have the best fries in Beaver County.
While the sandwiches are great, Bowser’s is known for their salads, too. Keeping in line with the idea of the sandwiches, each salad is more fries than you can shake a fork at. Make sure to get the house-made ranch dressing and it’s more than your typical salad.
The Bowser’s Menu
Bowser’s is best known for their sandwiches and salads, but there’s a lot more available than you might realize. For starters, the hot sausage that you can get on a sandwich is an old recipe from the original Testa’s Market. For those in the know, this is a pretty big deal.
Sandwiches not your thing? That’s fine because Bowser’s also features daily specials including Taco Tuesday where you can get a hard or soft taco for $1.50, and Spaghetti Thursday (a personal favorite of mine) where you get 1 pound of spaghetti and two meatballs for $5.
Wing night is every Monday and Wednesday, and offers 50 cent wings, too. As you can see, there’s something for everyone. There’s far too much on the menu to list here, but you can check the entire menu out at Bowser’s Site here.
The Best To-Go Food Around
If you’re ordering food to go, Bowser’s has you covered too. I’ve personally called in more than one order, and each time the phone has never rang more than two times, no matter how busy it is. My order is always ready when it’s promised, and I haven’t had a wrong order yet. To me, this is possibly the biggest deciding factor on ordering food.
While you’re picking up an order, you might as well get some beer to go too, and luckily Bowser’s has you covered here, too.
Starting with the upgraded draft system that’s fully and professionally cleaned weekly (a very good thing, trust me), there are 3 domestic “big beer” drafts, 1 root beer (non-alcoholic), and 8 rotating craft beers. From seasonal favorites to local breweries like Helltown and East End Brewing, the craft drafts are where it’s at.
If bottled and canned beer is your thing, then the two coolers filled with over 200 different varieties of craft bottles and cans should make you very happy. Get a 6-pack to go or take a big bottle home to share, and you’ll get the best price on craft beer in the area, at least that I’ve found.
INSIDER TIP: You can actually take draft beer to go, too. Just ask for a growler and choose the 64-ounce or 32-ounce size and they’ll fill it up with your favorite draft.
From top to bottom, Bowser’s is one of my favorite places to eat. I’ve been going to Bowser’s for 17 years now and still love grabbing a few beers after work or picking up lunch.
Bowsers also handles catering and fundraising and will even deliver your order if it meets the requirements. You can get Bowser’s hoagies and pepperoni rolls for your fundraising organization with only 7 days notice. Check out their fundraising site here and their catering site here.
Overall, Bowser’s is a great place to eat and drink, and is one of the most affordable wants to enjoy yourself no matter how old you are.
- Address: 1493 Old Brodhead Rd, Monaca, PA 15061
- Phone: (724) 774-5536
- Site: FriesAndSlaw.com
- Kitchen Hours:
- Monday – Saturday: 11 am – Midnight
- Sunday: 11 am – 10 pm