This little place escaped my radar scope until a few years ago when a friend brought me there. It is indeed called 'The Sewickley Hotel' but it is a restaurant and bar.
They offer nightly happy hour specials on their house wine/draft beer and certain specialty drinks. They also have small live jazz bands Thursday through Saturday with some groups and some individuals from Pittsburgh jazz bands who just get together and jam. Victoria, the hostess, occasionally joins in and sings the patrons a song.
Over the last year or so the menu has been changing for the better adding entrees and specials to the already decent salad and sandwich menu. They have a small but good and reasonably priced wine list.
Some of the regular items on the menu that stand out include:
Excellent turtle soup - spicy version including some sausage along with the turtle meat.
Salmon over a bed of sauteed greens.
Trout stuffed with crab meat.
Steaks served on a sizzling skillet with options of mushrooms, onions and blue cheese toppings.
It is tough not being tempted by the homemade ranch dressing or the French Onion soup.
Some recent specials that were sampled:
Scallop gumbo - thick but not creamy, smoky scallops, bits of celery, onion and garlic in a spicy Cajun broth.
Soft shell crab - Cajun style - a little too many panko breadcrumbs but still a very nice flavor - served with a spicy remoulade over julienne vegetables.
Wahoo done in a smoky spicy barbecue sauce.
All entrees are served with slices of crusty baguette and baked potato or vegetable of the evening.
They usually have a selection of 8 or 9 homemade dessert posted on the blackboard near the kitchen, including one of the best coconut cream pies I have tasted.
Like many places in Pittsburgh the smoking and nonsmoking sections are in the same room so during happy hour and weekends it can get a little smoky although cigar smoking is prohibited.
All in all a nice little place, with great service, and good food.
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