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Billy's Roadhouse happy to be quiet and out of the way

Owner Bill Black says the semi-tucked-away location of Billy's Roadhouse in McCandless was not a big help in its first year or so.

"Now, it's a real strong point," he says about the four acres on which the sandwich and beverage spot sits. "It's one of the reasons people keep coming back."

It is at the top of Old Perry Highway, near the southern end of Wexford Flats. Finding it either requires knowing how to get to the bottom of the hill or how to make the sharp right heading north on Route 19.

Once there, though, customers can sit on two patios in nice weather and keep watch for the deer visiting a feed station. Or they also can stop in for happy-hour music Tuesdays and Thursdays or shows most Saturday evenings.

Or they can show up for some beach volleyball, starting May 29 this year. Black says he also hopes to start a cornhole-toss competition this summer.

Or they can stop in for something to eat.

Billy's offers a comfortable spot for lunch or a midday snack in a fairly quiet setting.

The main room is built around the L-shaped bar above which six televisions keep track of a variety of sports and other shows. One bigger TV is in the corner, also visible to seats in a little above-bar area. The collection of TVs are obviously a big reason Black has specials the night of every Pittsburgh Penguins game.

He also has food and drink specials every day and from 9 to 11 p.m.

Appetizers — or snacks — include pierogies ($7.49), pepperoni rolls ($7.99) and pretzels stuffed with cheese ($6.49).

Billy's also has small ($6.49) and large ($8.99) orders of fries topped the cheese, wing sauce and cheese crumbles, and garlic and cheese. Even without any topping, the fries here are first-rate, so this could be a real temptation.

The meal offerings center on Italian, hot sausage, and turkey, bacon and Swiss paninis ($8.99) and a wide run of burgers. The burgers all are a half-pound of meat and $8.99. The most impressive offering is the Pittsburgher, which has cheddar cheese, bacon and onions, and is topped off with a potato-and-cheese pierogie.

Worry not, a plain burger — with cheese, if you desire — also is available.

Billy's also offers a half-rack of ribs for $12.99 and a full rack for $18.99.

But Black says the most popular items on the menu are the wings. There are at least 14 flavors of Buffalo wings offered in servings from five ($5.99) to 30 ($25.99).

Orders of wings out-sell any other item on the menu two to three times, he says.

Saturdays and Sundays, Billy's also is open for the earlier customer. Breakfast items include French toast and pancakes ($5.99), Eggs Benedict ($7.99) and Crab Benedict ($10.99), spinach-and-feta omelettes ($7.99) and a lobster omelettes ($10.99).

Billy's Roadhouse is at 10150 Old Perry Highway, McCandless. It is open 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Mondays through Sundays, plus it serves breakfast 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays and Sundays. 724-934-1177 or www.billysroadhouse.com

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