Beaver County is home to an unbelievable number of great restaurants that all have their own outstanding specialties. There is no shortage of great places to grab some wings or a slice of pizza. One of my favorite local comfort foods, especially during the winter months, is the hot roast beef dinner with french fries and gravy.
Why Do We Love Hot Roast Beef?
Here in Beaver County, we love decadent food. Probably more than anywhere else in the country. That might be a good explanation for why we are blessed to have so many fantastic restaurants right here in our communities. When it comes to decadent food, there aren’t many things better than a hot roast beef.
Except for chocolate, the hot roast beef hits just about every major decadent food group. There is red meat, white bread, french fries, and of course….GRAVY! This hearty dish is exactly the type of blue collar dinner that many people in our neck of the woods prefer over any type of fine dining.
Who Makes the Best Hot Roast Beef?
If you polled a few hundred people in Beaver County, the majority of them would tell you that there is absolutely no question that the title of “Best Hot Roast Beef” would have to go to the Maple Restaurant in Abridge.
However, there is a small minority who would argue that Bert’s Wooden Indian in Beaver has a version that is every bit as good, if not better. Let’s take a closer look at each and then you can judge for yourself.
Maple Restaurant’s Hot Beef
The Hot Beef Sandwich at the Maple Restaurant in Ambridge is a Beaver County tradition. It’s a rite of passage in some families and the only way to celebrate certain holidays in other families. This sandwich is truly legendary. Probably the most famous sandwich of any kind in all of Beaver County. It’s hard to argue that the level of prestige that the Maple’s Hot Beef has earned is reason enough for it to win this toss up.
The key to this dish is the gravy. The gravy is so rich and creamy that you just know it had to be made from scratch. You will even catch Maple’s die-hards showing up at the restaurant to purchase their delicious gravy by the quart!
In addition to mind-blowing gravy, the Maple’s Hot Beef also contains outstanding quality roast beef, and their bread is a bit thicker than the bread you will find on the version at Bert’s Wooden Indian.
Bert’s Wooden Indian’s Hot Roast Beef
Speaking of Bert’s Hot Roast Beef, the gravy is the selling point here too. It might not live up to the thick creaminess of the Maple’s gravy, but the gravy at Bert’s tends to come out hotter and you generally seem to get more of it than at Maple’s.
Another positive that the Bert’s Hot Roast Beef has going to it is that Bert’s uses french fries that are a slightly thinner cut than the ones you will find on the Maple Restaurant version. This leads to the fries being more crispy at Bert’s, which is a huge selling point for me.
In my personal experience, I have also found the service at Bert’s to be very fast and the quality to be extremely consistent, so they get points for that as well.
Which Meal is Better?
One of the best things about living in Beaver County is that it really doesn’t matter which one of these great dishes you think is better. That’s because we have the luxury of frequenting both of these awesome establishments as often as we like. When I get onto a hot roast beef kick, that can mean multiple trips per week!
I give the edge to the Maple Restaurant in quality of gravy, quality of roast beef, and thickness of the bread. On the other hand, I give Bert’s Wooden Indian points for quantity and temperature of their gravy, extra crispy french fries, and consistently excellent service.