I came across a story a few weeks ago about a lady on death row who ordered a ridiculous amount of food for her last meal. This got me thinking about what I might order for my own last meal.
I don’t expect anyone from YourBeaverCounty.com to end up on death row anytime soon, but I thought it might be fun to discuss what we would each order for our last meal in Beaver County anyway.
Here is what we came up with:
Andy – Hollywood Gardens
If I was forced to choose one last meal in Beaver County, it would absolutely be at Hollywood Gardens in Rochester. As far as I’m concerned, it just doesn’t get any better.
Because of my work schedule, it is almost always a Wednesday night when I find myself at Hollywood Gardens, so I am always looking to get involved in their Chicken Thigh Special. They serve their chicken thighs deep-fried and covered in sauce. They’re just like wings, only bigger and with more meat!
Before getting into the chicken thighs, I would have to start with their Spinach and Artichoke Dip. Then I would have three thighs covered with Insane BBQ, Rochester Hot Sauce, and Garlic Parmesan respectively. These thighs got my vote for Best Wings in Beaver County, but were disqualified from the competition for not being wings….clearly a disputable technicality.
In between chicken thighs, I would also have a Frankie Burger cooked to medium-well with a side of fries dipped in more of the Rochester Hot Sauce. The carmelized onions on the Frankie Burger are what sets it apart from every other burger in Beaver County, and the Rochester sauce is fantastic on top of the burger.
Since this is my last meal, there is no holding back, so I am also going to be ordering the deep-fried, bacon-wrapped s’more for dessert. Yes, that is seriously a thing. And yes, it is every bit as amazing as it sounds.
Of course, the other great thing about having my last meal at Hollywood Gardens is that I would have a great selection of craft beer to wash it down with. I would almost certainly go with a rotation of whatever IPAs they have on tap.
Maura – Everywhere in Beaver
Rarely do I ever have a multi-course dinner. Usually I just pick something and eat it.
But when Andy asked me what my last meal would be, there was no one dinner that really stood out. So I decided to create my own. And with convenience on my side, I can get all my favorites on a one town tour of Beaver.
For my appetizer, I would head straight to the Wooden Indian and order a cup of the most delicious French Onion Soup Beaver County can find.
Then for my entrée, I would hop on over to Third Street and get sushi from Yama. I would order the Shrimp Tempura Roll (no cucumber) and the Merry Christmas Roll. And since I’m going to die shortly, I am going to say forget the healthy soy sauce with the green cap and I am going to make my sushi swim in the high sodium stuff with the red cap.
But before I eat my sushi, I will have gone to the Hot Dog Shoppe and asked for an order of chili-cheese fries to go. I will have brought them to Yama with me to eat as a side dish during my sushi dinner.
Normally I’d say that that sushi and french fries don’t mix but since this is my last meal, anything goes.
Just before my stomach would say, “I hate you,” I will have walked down the street from Yama and into the front doors of Kretchmar’s Bakery.
Here is where I order my favorite cookie of all time: a decorated sugar cookie cut out. And I would take no shame in being “that person” and asking for the freshest and softest cookie of the bunch. Because, well, this is the grand finale to my final meal and I clearly can’t have any mistakes.
Marc – The Palms Brazillian Steakhouse
If I’m sticking to one place for my last meal, I’m going to the Palms Brazilian Steakhouse. There are a plethora of other great choices, but the Palms gives you the most variety for one single location.
You can have chicken, lamb, filet and other cuts of beef, sausage, and pork, not to mention the to-die-for grilled pineapple. The gaucho service also includes their highly impressive salad and raw bar that is highlighted by their shrimp cocktail, crab legs, and raw oysters, a personal favorite of mine.
Since this is my last meal, I’m going to indulge, and calories are the last thing I’m worried about. This isn’t as “Beaver County” as some of the other popular picks like the Brighton Hot Dog Shoppe, but I know good food when I see it, and the Palms impresses me.
And if I’m getting dessert, then I’m heading over to Hank’s for a large custard or Kretchmar’s for some Burnt Almond Torte.
Brian – Bowser’s Restaurant
If I had to eat one last meal in my beloved Beaver County, I have to say it would be at Bowser’s Restaurant in Center Township.
I’ve been going to Bowser’s since I was 16, and through the years I’ve become pretty good friends with a number of the staff, even working there for a brief time. You’re not going to find a Pittsburgh-style sandwich outside of our area, so it would be my last chance to enjoy the gluttonous greatness that a sandwich with fries piled on top can achieve.
Pair this with a craft beer from a Pittsburgh brewery like Penn Brewery or East End Brewing, and I’d be sent off in style. This might not be the most inventive last meal in the BC, but it would mean the most to me.
I’d still need to get some Penn State Creamery ice cream at Witch Flavor and one last Kolache at Cafe Kolache too, but when it comes to one all-out last meal before leaving town, a Bowser’s Double Egg and Cheese with fries and slaw on top is the ideal for me.
Corey – Burgers & Ice Cream
Some people might stress the importance of a good steak or a pile of fresh seafood for their last meal…maybe even a bottle of wine. But for me, I like to associate my last meal with fond memories, and nothing speaks to me quite like the combination of a juicy Cheeseburger and some homemade Ice Cream.
Now the hard part, where do I go to fulfill my last meal?
It’s no question we have some killer cheeseburgers around these parts. There is my recent discovery of the burger at the Palms Brazilian Steakhouse, or maybe I’ll go minimalist style and grab two burgers at the Hot Dog Shoppe, side-by-side with some chili-cheese fries. Regardless of where I go, it has to start with fresh beef…absolutely never frozen on my watch!
After any good burger experience, I feel entitled to an ice cream cone. Bruster’s will be supplying me with a heaping mound of one of their delicious chocolate creations – served in a waffle cone.
By the way, this entire concept is based on wherever I’m headed after this having plenty of good beer to wash it all down.