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Eat Pennsylvania: A Keystone Plate Special with Dave & Dave
The Commonwealth is the backdrop for a showcase of charmingly different eateries and restaurants.

WQED’s Dave and Dave Showcase the State
in Eat Pennsylvania: A Keystone Plate Special
Where can you get breakfast for dinner?
Where can you buy a 15-pound hamburger?
Where is America’s first pretzel bakery?
Where can you celebrate the mushroom with a weekend of everything that celebrates
mushrooms?
In Pennsylvania, of course!
The Commonwealth is the backdrop for a new showcase of charmingly different eateries
and restaurants as WQED Multimedia Pittsburgh presents Eat Pennsylvania: A Keystone
Plate Special with Dave & Dave. WQED’s dynamic duo known just as Dave and Dave
(Dave Hallewell and Dave Rhodes) bring their humor and appreciation to public
broadcasting starting in October as they visit 11 fun and funky food places. Dave and
Dave do the taste-testing for viewers across the state as they showcase their stops to the
following:
Sara’s
25 Peninsula Drive, Erie, Erie County
Classic 50’s style, summer eatery located on Lake Erie’s scenic Presque Isle.
Denny’s Beer Barrel Pub
1452 Woodland Road, Clearfield, Clearfield County
Home of the 2, 3, 6, and 15 lb. burger challenges, and now the 50 pound, “beer barrel belly
bruiser” burger that is the largest burger in the world.
Texas Hot Dogs
1122 12th Avenue, Altoona, Blair County
A chili dog institution that’s been family-owned for over 70 years. A hot dog “with everything”
means chili, brown mustard and onions. No ketchup.
Sturgis Pretzel House
219 East Main Street, Lititz, Lancaster County
America’s first pretzel bakery founded in 1861 by Julius Sturgis.
Cereality Cereal Bar & Café
3631 Walnut Street, Philadelphia
All-cereal restaurant located on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania.
John’s Water Ice
701 Christian Street, Philadelphia
Family-owned Italian water ice walk-up since 1945, located in South Philly and serving the same
4 regular flavors: cherry, lemon, chocolate and pineapple ever since.
Jerry’s Curb Service
1521 Riverside Drive, Bridgewater, Beaver County
A Beaver County carhop restaurant since 1947 where you drive up, (not in or through!) and are
served in your car. In the nearly 60 years they have been open for business, Jerry’s has never
employed a male carhop!
Triangle Bar & Grille
2122 Monongahela Avenue, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County
An institution in the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Swissvale for nearly 60 years, the Triangle gets
its name because the building is shaped like an isosceles triangle. The battleship sandwich,
measuring in at over 2-feet long is an Italian hoagie. Prince Charles once stopped in to try one of
the famous subs!
Pierogies Plus
342 Island Avenue, McKees Rocks, Allegheny County
Owner Helen Mannarino emigrated from Poland in 1974 and for the past 15 years has turned a
former gas station into Pittsburgh’s finest pierogie parlor. All pierogies are sold by the dozen or
half dozen, hot, cold or even frozen.
Mushroom Festival
P.O. Box 1000, Kennett Square, Chester County
Annual festival held each September for the past 20 years to celebrate the mushroom, in the
mushroom capitol of the World! A fun food festival in every sense of the word!
Penn State Tailgating
Penn State University 127 Bryce Jordan Center, University Park,Center County
Dave & Dave attended the opening game of the 2005-2006 season. Regardless of the outcome of
the game (Penn State did win), 150,000+ tailgaters surrounded Beaver stadium, the secondlargest
college stadium in the U.S.
“What started out as a show to highlight some of the more unique eateries Pennsylvania
has to offer quickly turned into a realization that in almost every town we passed through,
there seemed to be that one local restaurant that held a special spot in people’s hearts,
minds and stomachs,” said Dave Hallewell. “And Eat Pennsylvania was all of a sudden
much more than just a road-trip food show, but rather a celebration of these institutions.
Actually, a delicious celebration of these institutions!”
“There might be something in the water in Clearfield County that blinds people to the
notion of portion control. Just take a look at the 50 lb. “belly bruiser” burger on the menu
at Denny’s Beer Barrel Pub,” said Dave Rhodes. “Who knew Philadelphia’s Italian
Water Ice business was just as competitive, or maybe even more so, than the cheese steak
rivals?”
Eat Pennsylvania: A Keystone Plate Special will premiere throughout October and
November on the following PBS stations in Pennsylvania…of course:
WITF Harrisburg—Sunday, October 1 at 2pm
WLVT Bethlehem—Sunday, October 1 at 6pm; Saturday, October 7 at 4pm
WQED Pittsburgh (presenting station)—Thursday, October 5 at 8pm; Sunday, October
15 at noon
WHYY Philadelphia—Wednesday, October 11 at 5am; Wednesday, October 18 at 9pm;
Sunday October 22 at 5pm
WYBE Philadelphia—Wednesday October 18 at 1pm; Wednesday, November 8 at
10pm; Thursday, November 9 at 10am
WPSU State College—Sunday, November 19 at 6pm
WQLN Erie— Friday, November 24 at midnight
Eat Pennsylvania: A Keystone Plate Special with Dave & Dave is made possible with a
grant from the Pennsylvania Public Television Network (PPTN). PPTN is an
independent, bipartisan commission that provides leadership and accountability in
guiding, supporting, and advocating public telecommunications to educate, enlighten,
inspire and connect the citizens of the Commonwealth.
Additional funding is provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Tourism and the
Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.
WQED Pittsburgh, honored with the 2007 and 2006 Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Award for
Station Excellence, was founded in 1954 as the nation’s first community-supported
broadcaster. WQED creates, produces and distributes quality programs, products and
services to engage, inform, educate and entertain the public within its community and
around the world. WQED Pittsburgh is one of the first broadcasters in the country to be
fully high-definition (HD) in its studio and field production capabilities. It is the parent
company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED-DT; WQED: The Neighborhood Channel;
WQED-HD; WQEX-TV (A ShopNBC affiliate); WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; WQEJ-FM
89.7/Johnstown; a publishing division that includes PITTSBURGH MAGAZINE; local and
national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (www.wqed.org); and The
WQED Education Department.
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