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- Rainaldi’s, Center Township
Rainaldi’s is a hidden gem, plain and simple. It sits adjacent to Burger King and Arby’s at the Beaver Valley Mall. It’s only accessible by a small road, so if you are driving up to the mall from Toys R Us, you make a quick right and then another quick right that will take you back to the restaurant. Their breakfasts are incredible, and it could be the best breakfast in Beaver County. Their menu is too expansive to list entirely, but the Italian pancakes with vanilla and ricotta batter are a favorite, along with any of their insanely creative omelettes, such as the French omelette with meatloaf, provolone, peppers, onions, and topped with sour cream. When it comes to lunch or dinner, it’s just as good. They have so many items to pick from. I recently had a prime rib dinner here, and it was seriously out of this world. The prime rib wasn’t fatty at all, and was cooked to perfection. I never hear anything bad about Rainaldi’s, so if this isn’t in your current rotation of places to eat, it needs to be.
201 Fairview Dr, Monaca, PA 15061
- Biba, Beaver
I feel like Biba doesn’t get enough credit or recognition in these parts. Their menu pushes the limits of creativity in Beaver County. It probably more resembles a place you’d find in the city these days, which isn’t a bad thing at all considering Pittsburgh’s food scene is nationally recognized. Biba’s Latin menu and presentation are off the charts good. It’s cutting edge, yet not overly complicated. One appetizer that stands out is the smoked duck quesadilla with cherryberry salsa, baba ghanoush, and fennel. They offer anywhere from 5 to 7 dinner entrees, such as lamb shank with a coffee stout braise, house-made tagliatelle carbonara, or farm raised short rib with a pepper crust and sweet potato mash. Owner Jason Benegasi also owns a food truck, called the Taco Stop. And their “taco Tuesday” special has always been a fan favorite.
406 3rd St, Beaver, PA 15009
- J.W. Hall’s, Hopewell
J.W. Hall’s is an old staple in Beaver County. The restaurant flourished under owner, Joe Hall. Hall then sold the restaurant, and diners said it wasn’t the same. Hall then bought the restaurant back, and from what I have heard, it’s back to being just as good as it used to be. J.W. Hall’s is known for their lobster kettle, and it’s still going strong on their dinner menu. They offer a wide array of soups, seafood, steaks, chicken, veal, pasta, and sandwiches for lunch and dinner. J.W. Hall’s is the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion. It’s like the gift that keeps on giving to Beaver Countians.
Hopewell Shopping Center, 2284 Brodhead Rd, Aliquippa, PA 15001
- Radici, Monaca
Why should you be eating here more? Because it’s brand new. And you probably haven’t heard of it yet. I’ll have a full review on Radici very soon because I recently ate there. Owner Ernie Mancing has a good thing going and it promises to get even better. Their baked wedding soup is something special, and Mancing makes his homemade pasta by hand. I’m rooting for this restaurant to succeed. Radici has a solid menu of appetizers, pastas, and sandwiches, and it’s BYOB with a minimal $2 corking fee. Reviews have been pretty good so far, and I think diners will be totally satisfied after eating here. Downtown Monaca desperately needs a shot in the arm, and I think Radici could lead its revitalization effort.
1034 Pennsylvania Ave, Monaca, PA 15061
- The Fairport, Rochester
This gem, located in Rochester inside the old Hilltop Restaurant, consistently puts out incredible meals for lunch and dinner. Most of their salad dressings are made in-house, and they also have a pastry chef who makes killer desserts. They specialize in steaks, salads, and pasta, to go with a host of other savory dishes that will definitely appease the pickiest of eaters. Bourbon and whiskey fans will find the Fairport to have one of the most extensive selections in the county.
318 New York Ave, Rochester, PA 15074