Eat n' Park restaurants are an institution in the Pittsburgh area, but you can only find them in Pennsylvania, much to our dismay.
When we journied from New Jersey to Pittsburgh, we often stopped at one along the way. Eat n' Park offers great salad bars and good old home cooking--the food is hearty, satisfying and reasonably priced. However, there's more to bring us to Eatn'Park--every one in our family LOVES their smiley face cookies, which are decorated especially for the season and are a popular treat!
Casual dining is what they do best and they do it pretty well. So if you are driving through Pennsylvania and spot one, stop in for breakfast, lunch or dinner. You'll be glad you did.
Favorite Dish: Don't forget to end your meal with a smiley cookie!
Eat'n Park began nearly a half century ago as the first Pittsburgh area drive-in restaurant with carhops. The carhops are gone now, and our look has changed quite a bit since then, but one thing remains the same - our commitment to great food at an exceptional value while providing outstanding service.
On June 6, 1949, Eat'n Park began with a revolutionary concept. Led by Larry Hatch, an executive of the Isaly Company of that era, a group of Pittsburghers built a tiny, two-tone yellow, 13-seat restaurant in Pittsburgh's suburban South Hills and, at 2:00 p.m., sent 10 bustling carhops out to serve customers right in their cars. And what a revolution it was. The restaurant was so busy that it caused an enormous traffic jam on Saw Mill Run Boulevard and had to close to regroup a scant six hours after it opened. But the votes were in and the die was cast. Eat'n Park, one of the area's first carhop restaurants, was a smash hit.
Through the years
Four months later, the young company opened a second Pittsburgh restaurant. Within 11 years, the chain had grown to 27 restaurants.
What had begun as a phenomenon, would become an institution. Fifty years since that memorable first day, Eat'n Park has grown to be the leading full-service restaurant chain in the tri-state area, with over 75 restaurants throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio, and over 8,000 employees.
Eat'n Park has succeeded in changing with the times. New trends in customer preferences have prompted shifts in dining style, exterior and interior building designs, menu selections, and employee training programs, all with the primary objective of quality service in mind.
Why Not Park'n Eat
The secret to Eat'n Park's original success was innovation. The original carhop concept was developed by Mr. Hatch, who understood in 1949 that cars meant the future and that the Pittsburgh area needed a restaurant to capture the spirit of the times.
It also needed a name that matched its function. Logically, a customer parked first then ate -- either in or out of the restaurant. However, in the late 1940's, 'Park & Eat' was as common a sight as 'Drive Thru' is today and could not be copyrighted.
In a brainstorm, Hatch and company decided to reverse it -- to Eat'n Park. The catchy name stuck, so much that while the once everywhere 'Park & Eat' signs have virtually disappeared from American highways, 'Eat'n Park' remains a tri-state tradition, even though the name no longer describes the restaurant's dining style.
traditions of serving good quality food at reasonable prices and providing friendly attentive service in clean, pleasant family restaurants.
Favorite Dish: Grilled stickies ala mode.. It is a blend of sweet dough and honey that is grilled with butter making it a sticky treat topped with icecream and heated honey smear. Of course it has zero fat in it LOL
With the average cost of a meal around $6 and over 150 items from which to choose from, Eat’n Park’s menu has something for everyone. For those who want lots of variety,they offer a bountiful Breakfast’n Fruit Buffet in the mornings, and a Soup’n Salad Bar for lunch and dinner. Of course, there’s always the traditional favorites: the Superburger Superburger
the best double-decker burger. Over a third-pound of beef in two patties, cooked to order with melted cheese, pickle slices, shredded lettuce and sauce supreme on a double-decker sesame seed bun&homemade Strawberry Pie
EatnPark is right next to Comfort Inn and is open 24 hours.
Favorite Dish: The breakfast was good. They have a bakery right in the restaurant, then they sell all the goodies up front by the register. YUMMY!