Dining – Sauce – Bridgeville – Pittsburgh

Sauce – 02-20-2010

This month the Nightwire crew headed out to Bridgeville where we found Sauce, a cute bar/restaurant where the food is not Italian, as the name may suggest but very American with a twist.  They do however have plenty of sauces available to compliment everything on the menu.  Upon entering this establishment, you will  immediately be greeted by the friendly staff and notice the long bar in front of you, to the left are intimate semicircular booths.  In the back, past the kitchen you will find another dining area to accommodate customer overflow. Sauce reminded us of an old fashion diner blended together with an upscale urban bistro, which creates a unique and very interesting look and feel.  To me a nice long bar usually signifies a great drinking establishment and Sauce is no exception.  They have super fun drinks, micro-brews as well as nice Happy Hour specials.  I’ll tell you more about that later…

According to some locals Sauce is such a popular spot that at lunch time the place is packed!  At the mere mention of the place, I got some really good feedback from someone who said it’s their favorite, and another friend chimed in to say that his dad (who lives in Bridgeville) loves it there.   So let me get to the food.  We started with appetizers – “First Stops”- Not Your Typical Nachos & Buffalo Chicken Dip.  The nachos were piled high and topped with a melted cheese sauce, jalapenos, and salsa.  They are definitely big enough to share.  The Buffalo Chicken Dip was very creamy, saucy & spicy, a perfect accompaniment with a nice beer.  We had Magic Hat a micro brew.  Sauce has a great selection of beers and specialty drinks.  Some of the drinks that we tried were a Pom-A-Politan, a Shirley Temple All Grown Up and a Grape Fusion.

Sauce makes what they call “Soda Jerk” Drinks that are very fun as well as refreshing.  My favorite was the Shirley Temple All Grown Up!  And the Grape Fusion tasted just like a grape popsicle.

Our excellent server Paulette began bringing amazing dishes starting with the Steak Wedgy Salad.  Sauce makes their Steak Salad with Filet Mignon so you can see why it’s a favorite of the local clientele.  Their fresh wedgey salad is served in a warm tortilla bowl topped with onion, bacon, eggs, tomato and filet mignon served with your choice of dressings.  We sampled another favorite- the Skillet Burger served without a bun and in tribute to the famous Strip District restaurant they put homemade cole slaw on top.  The sizzling hot skillet makes this burger so delicious.  Next, the skillet Macaroni and Cheese  we were served was scrumptiously delicious that we actually couldn’t pick a favorite.  Our host, General Manager, Vicki Morabito, joking called it “Mac & Crack” because its so addicting and the best macaroni and cheese we’ve ever tried.  I’ll let you decide – it’s a must try!  Dave Donatelli, Sauce’s resident Chef came out to greet us and told us to save room for some signature desserts but we weren’t quite through sampling Sauce’s dishes.  Next we tried their twist on a good old Ham & Cheese- Sauce serves it in a skillet on a pretzel bun.  Our dining mate Tim loves a ham & cheese and orders it almost any time it’s offered at any restaurant he happens to find himself.  To say that he is a Ham & Cheese aficionado is an understatement.  He absolutely loved the Black Forrest ham and was happy to take the remainder of this sandwich home with him!  One last entrée sent to us by Chef Dave was the Shrimp Skewer served over rice.  This was sauced with a bourbon glaze that Paulette suggested we try on the Sweet Potato Fries that accompanied our burger.  We were reaching our limit and becoming quite full when just as promised, the desserts arrived- a delicious Berry Cobbler served warm in a skillet, topped with ice cream.  There’s also a joke about getting blue teeth because the berries are so plentiful.  Believe me- it’s worth the blue teeth!  I couldn’t think of anything better and then Chef Dave brought us a Chocolate Chip Cookie Skillet topped with ice cream and chocolate sauce.  It looked so beautiful and tasted sinfully delicious.  What could be better than warm cookies & ice cream?  At this point I wanted to kill him because we were so full and this was sooo good!  What a treat!  Thanks Chef Dave!

Entrepreneur and Owner Clint Pohl has certainly created another award winning restaurant with Sauce!

Sauce is a short drive from the City, easily accessed by Rt. 79 & it’s definitely worth the drive!  In March they will be celebrating their 2 year anniversary and as restaurants go- this one will be around for a long time.  They really do it right with simple atmosphere, great staff (ask for Paulette, she’s been here from the beginning with a winning personality and an enthusiasm that’s hard to find!), reasonably priced, great food and fun desserts!

Sauce is open daily for lunch & dinner.  On Saturdays & Sundays breakfast is served from 8am till noon.  Happy Hour Monday through Friday offers ½ price appetizers at the bar and ½ price appetizers form 10pm till Midnight.  Wine is offered by the glass and you’ll find specialty drinks to meet every taste.  Our experience was welcoming, warm and wonderful and the food was simply delicious.  Tim is looking forward to lunch there as his job will take him through Bridgeville soon and we’ll all return with friends to have a burger or salad.  As always……don’t forget to tell them your friends at Nightwire sent you!

500 Washington Ave
Bridgeville, PA 15017