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It has been a while since we’ve compiled one of our infamous lists here on YBC. But summer is here, people are out and about more (if you can withstand the massive traffic headaches around the county), and it’s always nice to highlight some of our current and newer businesses in hopes you support them. With that being said, here are my top five foods you should be eating right now in Beaver County.

  1. Avocado toast from Herban Touch Juice Lab, Beaver

This item is honestly a home run, or more like a grand slam. This could be one of the best things to eat in all of Beaver County. Avocado toast is more associated with the west coast and millennials. But now, you can eat it in all its glory in downtown Beaver. Herban Touch absolutely kills it. This isn’t just a piece of bread with some avocado smeared on. It’s a nice, thick piece of homemade bread made at the Juice Lab, toasted, and piled high with avocado, a garlicky pesto, greens, apple, and topped with an egg. If you haven’t had it yet, you need to.

  1. The charcuterie board from Don’s Deli, Beaver

Summer is all about meat. Cured meat, smoked meat, grilled meat. At Don’s, which has exploded in business since opening in November 2016, you can indulge in serious amounts of cured meat (and cheese) with their charcuterie board. Did you know Don’s is also BYOB? Bring a bottle of your favorite vino and sit on the “lanai,” as owner Kristin Stanzak calls it, and enjoy the finest meats and cheeses Beaver County has to offer. It’s built made-to-order, and judging from the picture, you’ll need more than two people to polish this thing off.

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  1. Anything from the smoker at Bowser’s, Center Township

Andy, formerly of YBC fame, departed YBC and handed the reigns over to me and Ana Beaverhausen over a year ago. We received a lot of questions about why Andy left. Well, here’s your answer. He wanted to devote more time and effort into Bowser’s, the restaurant he manages in Center. He’s pretty much perfected the art of smoking meat on-site, from brisket to pork butts to chickens. I’ve heard from several friends that Andy’s brisket is the best they’ve ever had, and from what he tells me, his most popular every day item is the brisket grilled cheese, with the brisket “Jon Ambrose” sandwich a close second. No doubt Andy has put 110% into this venture, and it shows. Bowser’s is virtually packed on a nightly basis, often times running of out of his smoked meats before they even close.

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  1. Anything from Annie Lee’s Southern Kitchen, Ambridge

Like I said before, nothing says summer like smoked meat. And Annie Lee’s Southern Kitchen in Ambridge is one of Beaver County’s newest eateries. Located at 1601 Duss Ave., you can get all of your favorite southern soul food here, like black eyed peas, collard greens, dirty rice, and fried chicken. It doesn’t end there. You can also order beef ribs, brisket, pulled pork, chicken leg quarters and thighs. They even have a fried fish special on Fridays, frying up catfish or whiting topped with hot sauce and served on Wonderbread. My mouth is literally watering after typing this. Give Annie Lee’s a try!

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  1. Homemade dessert from Sister’s Eatery, Beaver Falls

Sisters Eatery recently celebrated their one-year anniversary in downtown Beaver Falls. In what was once a thriving 7th Avenue, Sisters has injected a little bit of new life into the business district. Only open on Thursdays and Fridays from 11 am until 2 pm, if you can get there, try one of their homemade desserts! All of their desserts are homemade, and recent features included peanut butter pie, banana sour cream cake, and hot fudge brownie sundaes.

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Marc is a lifelong resident of Beaver County. A 2001 graduate of Center High School and 2005 graduate of Point Park University, Marc is employed by the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School and officiates high school and college football. Follow Marc on Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram @marcgrando