From Casual to Classy, Dining in Meadville Is Always an Experience

April 28, 2011 at 2:32 pm EST


Peppercorn & Vine - the latest option available to diners in Meadville and Western Crawford County - offers a gourmet, upscale dining experience without the cost. The restaurant joins a variety of locally owned establishments that hold their own in the highly competitive restaurant business by adding a bit of local flavor to their menus.

Fire-Hot Wings

Mickey’s Central Fire Station restaurant, housed in a 1915 fire station on historic Park Avenue, is one such establishment. The grill and bar specializes in wings served with homemade sauces, including a “world-famous fire-alarm sauce” that keeps patrons packing in the place. The owners maintained the fire-station motif right down to the brass sliding pole in the first-floor main dining room. Fire department photos and memorabilia line the walls, and the outdoor patio has become a popular hangout after Meadville High football games.

Blue Jeans and Burgers

Another laid-back restaurant is Bosco’s on Lincoln Avenue. You don’t have to have a suit and tie to eat here – blue jeans and a flannel shirt work just fine. Bosco’s serves burgers and steaks along with shellfish. Local musicians perform jam sessions into the wee hours, offering bluegrass, acoustic music and rock ’n’ roll.

Dining at its Finest

If you're in the mood to don your best digs, then head to Venango Valley Inn & Golf Course. Part of the inn is housed in an 1830s Federal-style building with period antiques and linen tablecloths. Adjacent dining rooms have what Kim Loreno describes as a “rustic Colonial” elegance. Customers love the cozy and charming atmosphere. But even more impressive is the menu, starting with a full list of appetizers and soups and healthy entrees such as homemade cannelloni and pecan-crusted salmon. “We try to make each meal special,” Loreno says. Other local favorites include Chovy’s Italian Casual, Ricci’s and Riverside Inn. Chovy’s features six-course “wine dinners” several times a year.

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