Restaurants have always been one of our absolute favorite things to write about here at YBC. Since literally day one, we’ve been profiling awesome local eateries like the Hot Dog Shoppe and Jerry’s Curb Service. Some of our earliest clients were Heirloom and The Wooden Angel.
I actually based my New Year’s Resolution around that fact that I’ve been eating out too much. So I guess that just goes to show how fantastic 2015 was for the local restaurant scene in Beaver County. And since the cream always rises to the top, here are our Top Five New Beaver County Restaurants that opened in the past year:
5. Bridgetown Taphouse, Ambridge
I will be perfectly honest and admit that I have not made it up to Bridgetown Taphouse personally. But they made Corey’s list of the best burgers in Beaver County, so they are definitely legit. I’ve also heard a number of other great things about the menu here, so as soon as I break down and give up on my new year’s resolution (probably any day now), this is going to be one of my first stops.
4. Don Jose, Aliquippa
Early in 2015, I developed a slightly obsessive addiction to El Paso in Chippewa. When I found out that Don Jose was basically like El Paso’s baby brother, I knew I had another favorite to add to my list of regular stops.
Located right next to Subway on Brodhead Road in Aliquippa, Don Jose is a real deal Mexican restaurant with a menu that is almost identical to El Paso. One slight different: I think the salsa at Don Jose is actually a little bit better!
3. Herban Touch Juice Lab, Beaver
Out of the five places that made this list, Herban Touch is the one I have frequented the most over the past year. I’ve been there so much that I actually had to look up when they opened because it feels like I’ve been buying juice from Meg, Jade, and Vinny for years now. (Nope, Just since February of 2015!)
Herman Touch is more than just a juice lab. I am pretty much addicted to their little fridge of salads and dips. Their hummus is dynamite, and the guacamole is even better! I haven’t had their Gourmet Grilled Cheese yet, but it looks great too!
Of course, the juice is also excellent and works really well when you are looking for a healthy option on the go!
2. Mario’s Dockside Grille, Bridgewater
I had heard that Mario’s was opening a location in Bridgewater earlier in the year, but I didn’t actually make it there until about the middle of December…so I don’t have extensive experience with this one. On the other hand, both of my experiences here have been absolutely perfect.
Marc went into a good bit of detail talking about Mario’s Dockside Grille in his article last month, but I want to emphasize that their grilled hot wings are seriously delicious. I have also enjoyed their burgers, ribs and the Ahi Tuna dinner.
1. Soup-Herb Sproutz, Beaver
Every time I tell someone about Soup-Herb Sproutz in Beaver, I have to quote my buddy and occasional YBC contributor David James:
“Their Champagne Vinaigrette dressing is so good that you could just drink it by itself.”
He’s not joking. It really is that good. Put it on top of either their Kale Yeah or It’s a Catch salads and you’re living the life. I’m also a HUGE fan of their baked potatoes with sour cream, chives, and bacon. Yum!
Honorable Mention: Taco Stop Food Truck
I know that Taco Stop isn’t really an actual restaurant, and since it’s run by the people from Biba I guess it isn’t technically a “new” addition to Beaver County. But it feels new to me, and their tacos are so unbelievably good that I felt they definitely deserved an honorable mention.
If you are out driving around Beaver County and happen to see Taco Stop serving (usually in the Beaver County Times parking lot or in front of Snitger’s) up their famous tacos, you should definitely make a point to stop and eat. You won’t be disappointed here.
Did I miss any new restaurants that should have made the list? Which of these were your favorite new restaurants this year? Let us know in the comments!