Below is a list of restaurants and bars in the Oil Region excluding the national chains you expect.
- Boonie’s Sports Bar
122 Diamond St. / 814-827-4378
144 Diamond St. / 814-827-4866
- Coal Oil Johnny’s Eatery
117 E. State St., Pleasantville / 814-589-5500
- Cross Creek Resort
3815 State Route 8 / 814-827-9611
- Fat Chad’s Tap & Steakhouse
113 S. Franklin St. / 814-775-0900
- The Mercantile at Towne Square
includes Curbside StrEAT Co., Coffee Days, and Johnson’s Sundae Funday
105 S. Franklin St. / 814-827-3668
- McGranaghan’s City Limits
926 E. Main St. / 814-827-4332
- Missy’s Arcade Restaurant
116 Diamond St. / 814-827-8110
- Orr’s Brewing Co.
109 S. Franklin St. / 814-827-0000
423 E. Central Ave. / 814-827– 6123
- Rustic Inn
12685 Main St., Hydetown / 814-827-2123
- Sam’s & Scoop’s Ice Cream
425 E. Central Ave. / 814-827-7780
- Bella Cucina
1234 Liberty St. / 814-432-4955
- Benjamin’s Roadhouse
1211 Liberty St. / 814-432-7010
136 Warren Road / 814-437-5971
1117 Liberty St. / 814-437-6636
1267 Liberty St. / 814-432-8421
- Liberty St. Ale House
1411 Liberty St. / 814-437-1115
- The Office
801 Liberty St. / 814-432-5502
- TrAils to Ales Brewery
1270 Liberty St. / 814-346-0147
- Bud’s Pizza
236 Elm St. / 814-493-8091
- Casey’s Restaurant & Lounge
630 N. Seneca St. / 814-676-9226
- Double Play
45 Seneca St. / 814-678-4994
- Famoore’s Family Restaurant
18 E. First St. / 814-676-4789
- Fat Dogs
708 Grandview Road / 814-671-4771
- Karma Coffee
237 Seneca St. / 814-493-8628
- Log Cabin Family Restaurant
106 E. State Road, Seneca / 814-676-1011
- Rocko’s Pizzeria
122 E. First St. / 814-676-0806
- Taco Shack
222 Center St. / 814-271-7239
275 Seneca St. / 814-678-2582
- Marvic Tavern
401 E. Second St. / 814-677-9981
- Villa Italia Ristorante
904 E. Second St. / 814-677-1264
- Yellow Dog Lantern
218 Elm St. / 814-676-1000
- Allegheny Grille
40 Main St., Foxburg, PA / 724-659-5701
- Otto’s Tavern & Grille
611 River Ave., Emlenton, PA / 724-867-0952
- Little It Deli
615 Main St. / 724-867-8000
- Plaza Restaurant
Emlenton Truck PLaza, 6406 Emlenton Clintonville Roa / 724-867-1511
Grocery and convenience stores have lots of to-go items to pack for that hike, float or picnic. And, us Western Pennsylvanians are also spoiled by extensive 24-hour made-to-order food options at certain gas stations. Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. It’s a pretty quintessential part of the experience.
As is ham loaf. Yeah, ham loaf. It’s meatloaf made with ham instead of beef, and it’s a pretty big deal around here. You’ll find it on restaurant menus, advertised on roadside signs and available at shops, butchers and farmers markets for take home cooking.
There are good Polish dishes like pierogis and Pennsylvania Dutch inspired fare available in addition to the usual Italian, burgers and pizzas.
We get kind of particular about sandwiches in these parts. Some swear by the Ropp, a salami, pepperoni, mozzarella and hot pepper submarine sandwich at Pasquale’s in Titusville. For others, wedgies are where it’s at. These submarine sandwiches can contain a variety of toppings between two pizza crusts rather than a roll, but they are still more like a sub than a stromboli or calzone.
We’re close enough to Pittsburgh that a lot of our salads come with French fries on them. Why not?!
Treat your sweet tooth to locally made Clarks Donuts, sold at several locations throughout the region or hit up Warner’s Bakery for the legendary Smiley Cookie. Located next to Main Street Elementary School in Titusville, Warner’s Bakery was the after school snack stop of choice for many kids in the mid-twentieth century, including a would-be restaurateur, Jim Broadhurst. When he grew up and began working at the restaurant chain Eat ‘n Park, Broadhurst made a deal with the bakery to be able to sell their sugar cookies with the icing eyes and smiles. Now the iconic cookie is enjoyed by customers throughout Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia, as well as by others throughout the world.
We can be health conscious and environmentally friendly, too. Shops like Core Goods in Oil City and community assisted agriculture (CSA) programs like that of Plot Twist Farms provide fresh, locally sourced ingredients.
Home grown food is popular. Fill up on sweet corn from roadside stands and farmers markets in late July. Apples, cider and pumpkins take over in the fall. Every September, eating local is celebrated at Farm to Fork, an outdoor multi-course dinner made with regional ingredients, wine and beer pairings and live music.
Food is always a big part of our celebrations. Find your fair favorites and all sorts of fried things and food on a stick by checking out our festival schedules.
If you want home brewed booze, check out the area’s wineries and breweries.
If caffeine is more your craving, check out Bossa Nova Coffee Roastery in Franklin, Karma Coffee Company or Spilling the Beans Gourmet Coffee in Oil City, Harmon’s Cafe and Bakery in Titusville, and The Well Coffee House and Gathering Place in Pleasantville.