The Crafty Jackalope

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Hear me out, you work hard for your money, and when you go out to eat and enjoy a drink, you want delicious food, good service, and a comfortable atmosphere. You also want somewhere that pours love and passion into their restaurant giving you the best experience possible. Look no further than The Crafty Jackalope!

This is a place that anyone is welcome that wants a great meal, excellent service, and an inviting, laid back atmosphere. It is not your typical bar food either, The Crafty Jackalope features creative dishes and everything that can be is made from scratch. They also have a plethora of a selection of craft beers. Let us explore what makes this establishment such a hit in the Bridgeville and South Hills area.

The Culinary Vision – This is not your typical bar food. The food at the Crafty Jackalope is unique, well thought out, and seasoned to perfection. Their philosophy is using a synergy of ingredients resulting in food that is full of flavor. They describe their food as “traditional American fare on its head.” The goal is that every item on the menu is unique, and their menu is comprised of all kinds of creative dishes. They also have seasonal menus depending on the time of the year, and they are always changing, giving you immense variety. Their chef takes considerable pride in giving you a ton of imaginative variety to choose from.

The atmosphere – The theme is relaxing and inviting, and their mission is to provide you with a comfortable atmosphere. Upon entering you will notice the cleanliness of the establishment. There is plenty of space, multiple rooms and bars, and an outdoor patio. They also have live music, happy hours, and it has been voted best trivia in Pittsburgh for the past three years!

Appetizers – The appetizer list is extensive. A few that caught my eye were the Grape Leaves which are served with freshly grilled pita. The Crafty Kabobs feature grilled sirloin, peppers, mushrooms, peppers, and onions finished with a Crafty kabob sauce. They also have sweet potato fries, fried pickles, pizza dunkers, Hawaiian shrimp, and Ahi Tuna. They also have your more traditional appetizers as well such as onion rings and chicken tenders.

Chicken Wings – The Crafty Jackalope uses fresh, never frozen chicken, and fries their wings extra crispy. They have a multitude of sauces including hot, mild BBQ, garlic parmesan, honey BBQ, honey mustard, honey teriyaki, Asian spice, hot garlic parmesan, hot garlic, hot ranch, hot Cajun, blackened Cajun, BBQ Cajun, wet Cajun ranch, honey jalapeno, honey habanero, sriracha BBQ, zesty garlic, ghost hot, and Thai chili. They also have boneless wings as well if bones are not your thing!

Handhelds/Sandwiches – You can get traditional sandwiches such as an Italian or Steak Hoagie or go with something a little more complex. The BBQ Beef Brisket features slow cooked brisket, applewood smoked bacon, caramelized onions, mushrooms, pepper jack cheese, tangy BBQ sauce, and is housed on focaccia bread. The Guinness French Dip sandwich has slow cooked brisket, melted Swiss Cheese, and is housed on a Mancini hoagie bun with a side of homemade Guinniess au jus for dipping.

Burgers – The Crafty Jackalope uses a special blend of meat in their burger patty. They use a combination of brisket, prime rib, and ground chuck. You can create your own burger or go with one of their specialty burgers. The burger patty size is generously portioned at 8 ounces. If you like heat, go with the Burning Burger. It has roasted jalapenos, pepper jack cheese, habanero peppers, and a house, bourbon based sweet heat ghost pepper sauce. The Spicy Bison Burger features an American Bison burger patty, and is topped with pepper jack cheddar, roasted jalapenos, and is finished with a spicy aioli sauce.

Mac N’ Cheese – You can create your own Mac N’ Cheese with meat selections such as pulled chicken, shrimp, or chili, or go with a specialty Mac N’ Cheese. The Buffalo Chicken has pulled chicken tossed in hot wing sauce and is finished with ranch dressing. The Bacon Chicken Mac consists of big and small pieces of Applewood smoked bacon, seasoned pulled chicken.

Other Menu Items – They have some of the freshest tuna in the Burgh! Just try the Ahi Tuna Salad and you will see! The Crafty Jackalope also has delicious salads, flatbreads, chili, wraps, and more!

Craft Beers – If you are looking for an extensive beers list, you came to the right place. They have over 20 draft selections and 50 bottle selections stocked at all times!

My Final Take

At the end of the day, it all comes down to treating people right. When you take a genuine interest in giving your customer the ultimate hospitality experience, the rest will fall into place. When you bring a relentless level of enthusiasm and excitement about your mission every day, people take notice. The Simoni family’s enthusiasm filters throughout their staff, and they will give you excellent customer service. Those that are regulars know this place is a hidden gem, and if you have not tried it yet, make your way to Bridgeville, Pennsylvania. You will be glad you did!

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