BEAVER COUNTY’s BEST KEPT SECRET – RESTAURANT SERVING DOWN HOME AMERICAN QUALITY FOOD is a MUST TRY!
People now more than ever place emphasis on eating at restaurants that are family owned and support local farmers, especially in small towns. The American farmer, they rise in the early hours of the morning to grow, raise, and harvest animals and crops that feed our society. Their blood, sweat, and unbelievable work ethic sets the foundation to create vital agricultural resources to fuel and keep our great nation running.
There is something special about growing up in a small town. Small towns teach you a sense of community, to help each other, and to pick and build each other up. Growing up in a small-town builds and shapes your moral compass and sets the framework for the rest of your life. 68’s Feed Mill in New Brighton, Pennsylvania embraces these concepts providing patrons a family atmosphere where everyone is welcome. Let me show you why if you have not tried this place yet, it needs to be a regular stop on your dining to do list.
Breakfast – 68 Feed Mill is regionally famous for their breakfast that features massive portions. They have your standard breakfast where you can get eggs, bacon, toast, pancakes, French toast, hashbrowns, etc. Now we start getting into the nitty gritty. They feature their “Slop Buckets” such as “Cluster Pluck,” which is two biscuits topped with choice of potato, peppers, onion, mushrooms, bacon, sausage, ham, cheddar cheese, sausage gravy, and two eggs. You will not leave hungry and will be taking some food home. “Trough Trash” features choice of potato with bacon, sausage, ham, cheese, peppers, onions, mushrooms, and sausage gravy, topped with two eggs of your choice. “Saddle Blankets” are their breakfast wraps. Choices include sausage, ham, veggie, bacon, and steak egg and cheese wraps. They are served with your choice of home fries, hashbrowns, or potato pancakes. “Coop Scramblers are their omelets. Choices include cheese, ham, sausage, bacon, veggie, and mushroom. They also have a Meat Lover’s Omelet which is ham, sausage, bacon, and cheese. You can also get a Western Omelet which is ham, peppers, onions, mushrooms, and cheese. In summary, this is a good old fashion country breakfast!
Bacon – Boasting “best bacon in the valley,” 68 Feed mill Delivers on this promise! It is thick cut and simply delicious, everyone loves bacon, right? We are going to get a little technical here. When the fat breaks down during the cooking process the cell membranes of the muscle tissue have fatty acids that disintegrate and produce flavor compounds such as furans giving a sweet nutty taste, aldehydes which gives a grassy note, and ketones which give off that buttery goodness! This combination produces a “Maillard Reaction” which happens when amino acids and sugars syndicate under high heat. Hungry yet? You can get a side of this bacon for only around $4.00.
Lunch/Dinner – 68 Feed Mill has an extensive appetizer list; a unique item is the “Buffalo Chicken Cheese Balls”. Check their menu for the full list. I am going to highlight some menu items which as mentioned previously, are sizable portions.
Chicken Wings – Their wing night is on Thursdays and draws a large crowd. I have mentioned it repeatedly, but the combination for good wings is fresh, not frozen chicken, and deep fried an extra 5 minutes to get them nice and crispy. Their sauce list is extensive. I will not list them all, however, some interesting ones are 68’s signature sauce, burnt bacon BBQ, and hot strawberry. Their sauce list includes dry and wet sauces.
Create your own burger – This is an excellent feature on a menu, you get to have fun! The burger patty is a generous 8-ounce prime angus beef. Start with your basic topping’s such as ketchup, mustard, mayo, lettuce, tomato, onions, and pickle. Next, select your cheese. Finally, get creative with toppings such as onion rings, bacon, egg, ham, and sausage patty.
Farm Hand Fillers (fries and cheese) – Simple but delicious. Not in the mood for a salad and just want fries and cheese? You get a substantial portion size and choices include prime angus sirloin, steak and chicken combo or by themselves, or “Philly” style.
Entrees – Popular entrees include spaghetti, chicken parmesan, country fried steak, meatloaf, and liver and onions.
Other menu items – 68’s Feed Mill also has tasty salads, soups, baskets, sandwiches, wraps, kid’s meals, and fish Fridays.
My Final Take
After speaking extensively with owner Janelle Dean, you pick up quickly her passion not only for her business, but also for giving back to the community/charities and her appreciation for her employees. She is not afraid to get her hands dirty and do anything that the restaurant needs whether it is cooking to scrubbing the floors. She believes in keeping her staff/employees happy, as happy employees are most productive. She is also big on giving to charities/causes where most of the money goes directly to that cause. An example is K9 dogs for Veterans/Police.
Upon entry, you first notice how clean this place is. It is spacious, you do not feel like people are breathing down your neck when you sit down to eat. The food is delicious, and there is a good chance you are taking food home. You can grab a drink at the bar, and it has an ambience of a farm setting and has photos/memorabilia from local farms. They have live entertainment and feature Morgan Gruber from American Idol. The secret is out, if you did not know about this place, you must try it. Once you try it, you will keeping coming back!