Sieb's Pub in Ross is a little of a lot of things
Judy Siebert sometimes fears the imposing size of Sieb's Pub and Restaurant makes it seem more of a banquet hall than a rather cozy pub.
Don't believe it for a minute.
Sieb's, on a busy stretch of Babcock Boulevard in Ross, is a little of everything, but it never gets away from its casual character. It can handle banquets and weddings. It can be a place to settle down for dinner. But it's the pub with 10 beers on tap and music on Fridays and Saturdays that, in many ways, defines the place.
It never loses its “neighborhood place” attitude.
“We get a lot of repeat visitors and frequent faces,” owner Siebert says.
Evenings are steadily busy and weekend dinners can get even crazier, as it is a convenient place to go for nearby residents. Lunches on weekends go the same way as it beckons during shopping and Saturday/Sunday errands.
Weekday lunches are a little quieter, but it never seems deserted. Business talk can be heard at some tables, and various small groups frequently stroll in.
While Sieb's maintains that steady following, Siebert does not relax in making the place attractive with special offerings. On Tuesdays, all burgers are $1 off. Wednesdays are all-you-can-eat-crab-leg-nights. Thursdays are martini nights. Fridays and Saturdays feature bands. In the warm weather, the patio is open for food, and there is happy hour music there.
The restaurant also keeps its name out there with its selection of green shirts, jackets and hats, all bearing Sieb's Celtic logo. (In case you're wondering, Siebert was a Kennedy before marriage, which explains the wearing of the green.)
Besides the 10 beers on tap, Sieb's also is stocking the run of beers from Rivertowne Brewery in Murrysville to support local businesses.
But the food is primarily what keeps the customers satisfied.
The restaurant offers a range of items from Irish items such as shepherd's pie ($12.99) and Kennedy's Irish stew ($8.99) to, naturally, a good run of burgers at a half-pound each. They are led off by the Picksburger ($10.99), which is down to basics with cheese, tomato and red onion, and the Shannon's Supreme ($9.99) with onions, mushroom, provolone and American cheese and bacon.
Speaking of burgers, it would be remiss to not mention the Irish Challenge in which an aggressive diner gets a 2-pound burger and fries. If it is eaten in 45 minutes, it is free and that Stuffedsoul also gets a T-shirt. If not, it is $19.99.
Of course, any good pub-style restaurant should offer a fish sandwich, and Sieb's has a regular and large variety at $7.99 and $9.99.
For something a little lighter, there are chicken ($10.99) and crab cake ($13.99) salads.
But even they are big enough to entice a return.
Sieb's Pub and Restaurant, 3382 Babcock Blvd., Ross, is open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily. Details: 412-364-8511 or www.siebspub.com.
Bob Karlovits is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-320-7852.