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Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt, and Lincoln. Four of the greatest presidents in our country’s history adorn a mountain in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Sculpted out of rock in the 1930’s, they represent what amounts to greatness. But what about Beaver County’s Mount Rushmore of restaurants? We listed four iconic establishments we believe are the four most recognizable restaurants in Beaver County.

The Brighton Hot Dog Shoppe

Yeah, everyone fawns over the “HDS,” but for good reason. It’s as Beaver County as you can get. The nostalgia it exudes in every visit is something that has been carried on for generations. When Beaver Countians who live elsewhere return home, you can rest assured this is one of the stops on their list. It still amazes me they haven’t run out of ideas for their famous plastic cups. What’s your go-to Hot Dog Shoppe order?

Mario’s Woodfired Pizza

A relative newbie when in relation to the others, but Mario’s in Beaver is all about consistency and quality. Have you ever had a bad meal from Mario’s? I know I haven’t. Quality? You won’t find it like this in too many other places. I would put their wood fired pizza up against anyone’s from Pittsburgh, because it really is that good, and also what they are known for. Even their pasta dishes are excellent. This is the place to go when you want Italian.

Bert’s Wooden Indian

What would a Mount Rushmore of Beaver County list be without the iconic Bert’s Wooden Indian? Bert’s is a throwback, a classic, a vintage eatery that has been satisfying customers since the 1950’s. I remember my parents taking us to Bert’s after 6 pm Saturday evening Mass and eating their famous clam chowder and curly fries. I loved trips to Bert’s as a kid and I still love them today.


Back Door Tavern

The Back Door Tavern, or BDT, is a titan of Beaver County establishments. It’s known for a variety of different things, but most notably, its fish sandwiches, Pittsburgh style sandwiches, wings, and beer selection. The BDT was serving craft beer before craft beer was even a thing. Where else can you drink over 100+ different beers, and then get your name engraved on a wall? It’s like a who’s who of drinkers in Beaver County. But the fact of the matter is, the Back Door has been doing it right since it opened. Generous portions, friendly staff, and some of the best food you’ll find anywhere.


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