Based on how popular our Lost Beaver County articles that focused on the Beaver Valley Mall were, I thought it would be really fun to put together a list of the Top Five Restaurants that have ever operated inside the walls of our local shopping mall.

I’ve been eating at the mall for pretty much my entire life. I definitely remember the excitement when the mall first introduced the food court. I also remember some of the great restaurants that didn’t make it…and I still eat at many of the ones that are there today.

So with that, here are my Top Five Restaurants in Beaver Valley Mall History:

5. Bocktown Beer & Grill

Since taking the spot that was vacated by one of my favorite restaurants of all time, Bocktown has done an admirable job of offering really good daily special and lots of great craft beer options. If you are looking for a place to grab a beer in the mall today, they are the place to go!

4. Orange Julius

Way back before they occupied the spot next to the Steakery in the food court for a while, Orange Julius had their own corner where they served the best smoothies the mall has ever seen.

I know that I’m not alone in attempting to duplicate these delicious concoctions at home as a kid…which usually just resulted in a big sticky mess.

3. The Mexican Restaurants

In my family, you get to pick where we go out to eat for your birthday. And for many years, Chi-Chi’s was ALWAYS my pick. That’s because when it was your birthday at Chi-Chi’s, you got to take a polaroid picture wearing their sombrero…and you got a free fried ice cream dessert!

(Allie reminded me that their song went a little something like “Happy, happy, happy birthday to you, to you, to you, ole!)

After Chi-Chi’s unfortunately went out of business, there were a few different Mexican places that tried to make a go of it in this spot. Out of each of those, I thought Three Amigos was the best. Today, this spot is the home of the new Shogun hibachi restaurant.

2. Humphrey’s

I fell in love with Humphrey’s back when it had the spot on the side of the food court opposite from Chi-Chi’s. It then moved to the other side of JC Penney and I really enjoyed sitting in their front room with the windows and always ordered the cajun chicken dinner.

Then, after I turned 21, I fell in love with Humphrey’s all over again for completely different reasons. This was my spot to hang back when I was attending classes at Penn State Beaver. They had karaoke every Sunday, and the infamous Dollar Bottle Night every Wednesday.

I also spent many late nights hanging at Humphrey’s back when I first started dating Mrs. YBC.

1. Antony’s Pizzeria

There are a ton of places that have really strong arguments for being #1 on this list, but I think you would be hard pressed to argue that Antony’s doesn’t deserve the spot more. As far as I can tell, they’ve been holding down the food court since it opened and were legendary even before that.

No one in the mall has been doing it right as long as Antony’s has. Even today, Antony’s is still considered one of the Top Five Pizza Places in Beaver County.

Honorable Mentions

In this case, the honorable mentions list is actually really long. Depending on your own personal criteria for what “Top Five” means to you, I could definitely see a lot of other places deserving spots on the list.

If you are talking about the best of the best in terms of food, you could argue that Mystic Bay was a really good, but short-lived, operation. I’ve also heard that Bobby Rubino’s had fantastic ribs and that York Steakhouse was also a great spot.

If you think long tenure is a good qualification, I could see arguments for Roy Rogers, Subway, or China Max/Panda Express in the food court being reasonable.

If we are focusing more on reminiscing about the past, Top of the Mall and the place inside Woolworth’s are definitely on the list. Hot Sam’s could probably earn a spot there as well.

As you can see, there are A LOT of options, but for me, the Top Five Restaurants in Beaver Valley Mall History are going to be Bocktown, Orange Julius, Mexican Places, Humphrey’s, and Antony’s.

But what do I know, right? Weigh in with your vote for your Top Five in the comments below!

Andrew is a professional freelance writer and lifelong resident of Beaver County. He created Your Beaver County to promote and showcase all of the positive aspects of our incredible local culture! You can find more of Andrew’s professional information at Brooklyn Content, or you can also follow him on his personal twitter account, @theAndrewSelby.