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I feel like I say this in every single article I write anymore, but Your Beaver County has had a really profound impact on my day-to-day life over the past eight months.

I’m constantly out in the community meeting new people. Everyone makes a point to keep me informed of new businesses opening around town. And I get tips on all of the best places to stop for lunch.

It was through one of those tips that I found Eric’s Gourmet in New Brighton.

Finding Eric’s Gourmet

Back when “this little website about Beaver County” I was working on was just starting to get some traction, a guy named Brad (who happens to have a barber shop in New Brighton) mentioned that I didn’t know anything about great food in Beaver County. This was based solely on the fact that I had never heard of Eric’s Gourmet in New Brighton.

I don’t exactly remember my response, but back then it was probably something along the lines of me not being all that interested in dabbling in anything on that side of the river. (Since then, I have come to appreciate places like The Chicken Shack, The Ball Joint, and Wooley Bully’s.) But I agreed to check out Eric’s the next time I ventured over to New Brighton.

Eric’s Gourmet is located in a little house right across the street from Foodland one block back from the main drag in New Brighton. If you make a right after Brighton Music and then make the next left, you’re pretty much there.

The outside of the building is nothing special, and the inside is pretty simple with a couple of chairs and a cash register. I wasn’t sure what to expect here, but I trusted Brad’s recommendation.

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The Gourmet Food

On my first visit, Eric came out and greeted me, let me look over his menu, took my order, cooked my order, and then rang me up for it. This is a one-man operation. That was interesting.

I ordered a steak salad for myself with his Citrus Vinaigrette dressing, and also got an order of Eggplant Parmesan for my wife. Both were outstanding.

They were actually so outstanding that I’ve ventured back to New Brighton on just about every Friday over the past six months.

I quickly got over my salad kick when I spotted items like Eric’s Cajun Chicken Melt, which comes on a fresh bun with an awesome spicy ranch sauce and banana peppers.

After consulting with my man Brad a few more times about how delicious the food at Eric’s was, he turned me on to the Chicken Olio pasta, which is angel hair pasta topped with tomatoes, chicken, and an awful lot of garlic. Bangarang!

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Eric’s Simple Marketing

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I only know that Eric’s last name is Johnson because his culinary diploma is hanging on the wall.

You can search all over the internet and even on Facebook and you won’t find a whole lot of information about Eric’s take out restaurant.

However, he does have one simple marketing tactic in place: his phone number.

You don’t have to bother with memorizing the number or plugging it into your phone (I still haven’t!) because all you have to remember is to dial 847-ERIC. It’s that simple.

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He is open Tuesday through Saturday for lunch and early dinner orders, and if you happen to be picking up your food around 1:30 pm on a Friday there is a good chance you will run into me there.

He also offers a killer catering menu that would be a great option for any party or event you might be planning!

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.