Ben Franklin’s Taproom & Grille

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If you are from New Castle, Pennsylvania, you are proud to call yourself the Firework Capital of America, backing it up by having two major commercial firework companies in Zambelli International and Pyrotecnico. Not to mention on the outskirts of town having attractions such as McConnell’s Mill State Park and Moraine State Park which offers outdoor leisure activities including hiking and biking. Another destination locals rave about is Living Treasures Wild Animal Park. It is here that guest get an up-close look at more than four hundred animals from all over the world. If you are in the area and your appetite comes a calling, people are raving about Ben Franklin’s Tap Room & Grille. Let us see what why so many people from the area are calling this place one of their favorite places to dine.

Appetizers – Standard appetizers on the menu at most restaurants include provolone sticks, onion rings, zucchini, etc. These are delicious do not get me wrong, however, Ben Franklin’s takes it up a notch. The Jalapeno Manicotti’s features Jalapeno’s hand-stuffed with a 4-cheese blend which are accompanied by your choice of ranch or marinara. Other favorites are the Bavarian Pretzels and Grandma Jacobs Syrian Bread.

Mac & Cheese – An American classic! Ben Franklin’s takes Mac & Cheese takes it to the next level with creations such as the Taste of Pittsburgh Mac which features a house made white mac and cheese sauce combined with pastrami and finished with fries and coleslaw. The Pulled Pork Mac has house made mac and cheese coupled with beer braised pulled pork. It is served with fried jalapenos on top.

Entrees, burgers, and sandwiches – This is the sleeper item on the menu. These are not just any ordinary plain ribs with barbecue slathered on them. They are cooked low and slow so that the ultimate tenderness is achieved. They feature their famous Bayou Bomber Barbecue Sauce. Who does not love meat on a stick? The Lamb on a Rod gives you a choice of 1 or 2 lamb rods atop a bed of rice. It is served with Grandma Jacobs Syrian Bread with garlic and pepper sauce. The Hell’s Hollow burger kicks up the heat with pepper jack cheese, grilled jalapeno peppers, bacon, and a spicy sambal sauce. It is served with your choice of fresh cut fries or sriracha fries. The Rodeo Brisket Sandwich has slow cooked brisket, fried onion rings, BBQ sauce, and bacon. It is served with house cut French fries.

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My final take

Not only does Ben Franklin’s Tap Room & Grille have delicious food, but they have an extensive craft beer selection as well. It is a relaxed atmosphere, and the restaurant is always trying to innovate to keep up with the times. Bottom line, if you make Ben Franklin’s your choice, you are going to get delicious food and a cozy atmosphere.

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