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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The Rosecliff Tavern

I've been spending some late afternoons in the Monroeville area and of course, one of the first things that I do is search for a local place that looks like a good place to eat. Now I've been to Monroeville dozens of times...Maybe hundreds, but usually to go to a destination and then leave. I have no clue how I stumbled across the Rosecliff, but I'm glad I did!

First of all, this is not "fine dining". Anyone that reads this blog knows that's fine with me. What it is, is a nice, comfortable, local restaurant/bar where the staff is friendly, the locals all talk to you, and the food is very reliable. The menu includes a nice variety of salads, burgers, sandwiches, and entries. I don't think anything is priced over $10.00, with most items $7.99 or under. The Antipasti salad and a huge fish sandwich both caught my eye coming out of the kitchen. They also seem to sell a lot of pizza.

Happy hour is daily from 4 to 6 with $1.50 domestic drafts and $2.00 bottles, and they always have something set out to nibble on. Most days a couple of different pizzas are available for happy hour, but I've also seen wings (cooked the right way, crispy!), pasta, and sandwiches. That's really a nice touch when you want something to snack on with your drink but don't really want to order a meal.

One thing to note is that this is a smoking establishment, so that may be a turn-off to some of you. Other than that, it's a place where everyone wants to know your name in a nice comfortable atmosphere, with great prices and pretty good food.