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Dad's Pub & Grub

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Dad's Pub & GrubDad's Pub & Grub
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

25 Ratings
Ratings: 25
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 12.93%
Taps: 43
Bottles: 1,000
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery, Store ]

4320 Northern Pike
Monroeville, Pennsylvania, 15146-2808
United States
phone: (412) 856-5666

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Notes:
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(Place added by: tonycpsu on 07-15-2007)
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Reviews by slander:
Photo of slander
4/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Back in the ‘burgh or just shy of, anyway, and the long way around (meaning we hit that middle of nowhere beer store on the way out and looped back this way). Normally don’t get this far out on a weeknight and all, but we’re in need of beering here and elsewhere. Think they call that ‘Monday’…

In what we’ve concluded most definitely used to be a pizza hut. For starters, it’s ‘park like an asshole night’. I may not color inside the lines, but I sure do park inside them. I turn my back on you, parking lot, and will try not to let you ruin all things beer. Inside, you find, an open rectangular space split by dividers of 1 long and 1 short garage door currently up down the center of the room. I cannot image why as it’s still open on both ends (you are aware that you haven’t closed anything off, right? I can just walk around them, you know). No, could not let it go, I had to ask. Oh, apparently it’s to separate the family side from the bar side post happy hour.

Long wood bar on the far wall with baby lip, wood base and stone foot box. It’s straight, with an around the corner piece post post, seating 16 on swivel leather chairs. Drop mini keg lamp lighting over the bar tracing. The Barback holds triangular mirrored pieces, alternating flat screens over shelved booze and micro mirrors over the tap towers. Glassware shelved below, and empties, steins & other beery pieces up atop.

White stucco walls decorated in sports memorabilia and brewery shwag over wood lowers, lino tile floors, and an icky stucco ceiling with sunken spots and mirrors (yes, on the ceiling). The garage door separators, now down to protect me from families, are lined with brewery tins. Nearly a dozen tables on the bar side (a row of 4 tortoise shell hightops adjacent to the bar hugging the divider and the remainder made up of 2-seaters in clusters of 2 and 3 with vintage catalog laminate tops), and a dozen on the family side (8 shortys on the far wall sharing a common bench, a single corner booth, and 3 tables across the floor).

The tap list shows 43 beers on tap (25 American craft offerings, 13 imports and 5 domestics including a single root beer), but it doesn’t seem to jive with what I can see, which are 4 bar towers of 8 each on the barback, plus 5 on an Inbev tower, 2 more on a Heineken/Amstel Light twin, and a single DT pink elephant. So that leaves us a few shy, wait, apparently, there are 3 more taps out back, whatever that means. So yeah, 43 it is.

A couple of very locals (Penn Weizen & Summer Berry Weisse, Church Ambrosia Ale, and the Hofbrau Maibock that I’m assuming is dealt out of the ‘burgh Hof house), and a near even split between regional to here (Weyerbacher Double Simcoe IPA, Great Lakes Holy Moses White Ale, Flying Dog Woody Creek White & Gonzo Imperial Porter, DogFishHead 90 Minute IPA, Brooklyn Brown Ale, Harpoon UFO Raspberry Hefeweizen, Sam Adams Summer Ale, Magic Hat #9), and not near here (Nebraska Hop God Belgian IPA, New Holland Imperial Hatter, Boulder Sweaty Betty Blonde, Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy, Atwater Voodoovator, Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine, Stone Old Guardian Belgo Barleywine, Ale, Mission Hefeweizen, Shmaltz Coney Island Human Blockhead, Rogue Somer Orange Honey Wheat & First Growth OREgasmic). Leaving the remaining dozen and a half or so to meh imports and wah macro everything else. I drank a Great Lakes Holy Moses and a Brooklyn Brown Ale. Jake drank the Boulder Sweaty Betty once and then again.

And coolers to peruse. 2 triple wides and a single at one end of the room, and the beer store corner at the other end, with an adjacent pair of triple wides in a nook for sixers and a double wide for random singles across the way. Combing through them all, hmmm, I see an Orval runs $9, reasonable, hey, I didn’t know Rivertowne bottled, okay, Bells, Great Lakes (but wtf, no goddamn Fitzgerald ), what else what else, locals Full Pint and Church, but no East End to be found.

I caught 2 dogs with spicy brown ‘sturd on poppy seed buns, ‘cause that’s who I am. I will not apologize to you, a known douchebag. And they were just perfect, thank you. I also opted for some sweet potato fries, but they were out, so I opted not. Jake had a Big Ben (dog with fries, a mayo based slaw & cheddar atop) and a chili cheese dog. He cited them both as being ‘very good’ but the chili cheese dog didn’t offer much chili, which was kind of disappointing. He went with the homemade chips (or they with he), and some honey mustard to dip. There’s a bit of heat there, uh huh.

I explained how the other location in Swissvale is a hot dog joint with a bar around it, versus this place which has its own kitchen, and he retorts, “Yeah, ’cause it used to be a Pizza Hut”. I cannot argue this point. Server guy was cool, gave samples, and knows his game and only drinks IPA’s and dark beers, so he can’t be all bad. Not amazingly pretty but a comfortable enough house. Beers were clean and fresh, and the dogs were king.

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Photo of StevensBrewing
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Great food and a fantastic beer selection. There is even a "beer cave" which is wall to wall with wonderful choices. Mix and Match Six Packs is a real treat and the staff is top notch.

Photo of JoshuaNewton
5/5  rDev +22%

Great Beer Selection, Excellent Bar Food, and the food specials are a delight. Great Spot, Highly recommended.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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5/5  rDev +22%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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5/5  rDev +22%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of beergirl3
3.43/5  rDev -16.3%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

After a day of shopping I decided to try out d's or I guess dads as they are calling it now. It is in what looks like to be an old pizza hut. I was not impressed with the atmosphere but the bottle collection was very nice. They have a couple of coolers filled with bottles and some shelves filled with room temp bottles. I thought the prices were high for a suburb area but not so high that I wouldn't pick a few things up. I sat at teh bar and ordered a draft and was told that it kicked so I choose something else. The draft prices were in line with what I would pay at other craft bars and they have a large draft selection. I ordered a hot dog and it hit the spot. Overall it was a nice experience. The bartender did not seem to friendly spent most of his time talking to what seemed to be regulars. I would stop in for a draft and bite to eat when in the area but unless they have something unusual I will stick to buying my bottles elsewhere.

Photo of soulfly1492
2.96/5  rDev -27.8%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3

I've been in the Monroeville for almost two years now, and I've finally had a chance to assess the local craft brew stores. D's has an OK selection, but the pricing is far higher than any other quality stores (Gateway Grille and House of 1000 Beers to name a few. On top of the incredibly high pricing, throw in the fact that many of the higher end bottles are not marked. Who wants to ask someone what the price of all individual bottles are.
As a direct comparison, I drove directly from Gateway Grille, where I purchase a mix-and-match 6'er, to D's to compare pricing. On average the bottles were $2 more expensive here.
I cannot speak to the draft beer prices or food, but the take-out bottle selection is just plain overpriced.

Photo of jschonert
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

We were in the Monroeville area and heard this is the place to go. Its definitely a hole in the place joint. A yellow-painted Pizza Hut? Disgusting, but once you finally get inside, you get over it very quickly. They have quite a few different things on tap that are mostly microbrews. I picked up a triple IPA with my burger which was also great as well. They have quite a few TVs along the bar and the rest of the restaurant for watching sporting events. We showed up at an odd hour of the day so not a whole lot of people were there.

Like others have said, they have a decent collection of beers to mix and match a six pack with. The prices aren't great compared to just buying a 6 pack straight up, but for Pennsylvania and other places similar to that style it has decent prices.

Will definitely drop by again if Im in the area.

Photo of Marty30
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

So the old Pizza Hut. Atmosphere is pretty cool kind of dark,picture the lay out of a pizza hut and after dinner time they pull down some garage doors to seperate the dining area from the bar. Bar has about 25 or so stools with about 30 taps give or take a few.

Selection is pretty good,nice rotation of taps.They give a wide selection of styles from Imperial stouts to belgian's to Ipa's etc.. Bottle selection is pretty impressive if you want them cold they have the one wall lined with coolers,if not to the right of the bar there is kind of a little cubby hole with alot of bottles that are room temp.

Service is average,I love the Hot Dogs they have some tasty combonations,overall food Is pretty good nothing fancy.

Overall this is one of my favorite go to places.My only real complaint is that alot of the bottles aren't priced so you have to go ask and if its busy its kind of a hassle.And it can be a bit pricey on some things,its kind of random.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I can't believe I haven't reviewed this place since every time I hit Monroeville I always stop in for a few bottles.

This place has a great tap selection and basically hot dogs and stuff. I went one time and got a dog with slaw and fries (big ben I think it was called) and a flight. One of the first I ever had so I was pretty excited. They do it right by giving you almost the entire tap list (excluding rare Belgium's) to pick any five beers for 4oz pours at $9.99. Pretty sweet. This way I got to tick four brews (had one before just wanted to see it on tap). Also was a chance to finally try the latest stone vertical, which was pretty OK but not worth the 10 dollar bottle cost.

When it comes to beers I don't think they have 1,000. Seems more like 300 or 400, maybe 500. Still I find a few brews every time that catch my eye, some worth it and some not. They have recently been trying to get rid of some older beer and I snagged a bottle of Serria Nevada Grand Cru for 7 bucks, remembering it once was in the 10-12 dollar mark. Great find. Their six packs are pretty reasonable seeing Full Pint IPA for only 10.99, can't beat that.

Overall the friendly staff and pretty amazing selection keep me coming back to see if they have any new beers and maybe a flight if I am in the mood to drink. Stop in if your in the area!

Photo of woodychandler
4.63/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Transcribed from notes taken on T, 27 July 2010.

An old Navy buddy of mine lives in Plum, which is pretty far east for me to come out, but I will always take the bus to Monroeville and have him meet me somewhere. This satellite location of one of my favorite 'Burgh haunts seemed to be just the ticket, especially for lunch.

Previous reviewers hit the nail on the head regarding the building's reuse of a former Pizza Hut, just painted a bright yellow. The entries were on both the east and west sides of the building and we came in on the west side with the m.d.s. directly to the right. The east entryway opened onto their "Mini-Beer Cave" to the immediate right and the bar to the immediate left. Booth seating ran along the west wall, fronted by standard tables and chairs. The center was also filled with standard tables and chairs and the east side of the restaurant area held high tables and chairs. A bank of seven five-shelf coolers ran along the east wall.

Beers: 24 craft on tap plus a total of another 18 imports and standards also being poured.

Food: I love the Chicago-style dog, sans the wee pepper. My buddy digs the bacon 'n' cheese dog since he is on meds and his wife won't let him indulge at home. My visits are his opportunity to hang out and have a good time.

Our server was very patient with us as one of our party was having problems making a decision while the rest of us were drooling in anticipation of hot dogs and beer.

Photo of bnmir
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Always good service on the restaurant side, most of the servers are fairly knowledgable.
A nice enough place to take the wife, too. Excellent, seasonally changing selection of drafts, from which you can make your own sampler. (Not often you find saisons, ryes, dunkelweiss, and the like on tap).
Food ranges from dogs, burgers, pizza, portabella wraps, fish sandwich and the like. Everything i've tried is good to very good.
Don't forget to ask what has changed on tap, there's often one or two new ones since the menu was printed.

Photo of michael378
4.68/5  rDev +14.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Has become the go to spot for the wife and I. Lucky enough to live a mile away. Amazing selection of beers, has brought the joy of exploring the world through the brewers eyes back to me (still hate ipa's but I digress). The drafts rotate frequently, they provide a well thought out beer menu with a section on what the current seasonal is and means, as well as a bit of "Beer 101". Noticed a few reviewers comments on hard to find "beer cave"; they did move it towards the back to make more room for patrons. Reubens are excellent and try a deep fried hot dog, trust me.

Photo of jzeilinger
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

D's is an unsung beer hero in the Pittsburgh area. I was in town on business and my Pittsburgh beer buddy suggested we try a different location for a change and told me about D's. I was skeptical and wasn't real thrilled about going there, but did...reluctantly. The verdict? I'm glad I did. The food is verage, typical bar fare. Sandwiches and appetizers, no big deal. However, the beer selection was really impressive. They have a selection of beer that is to DIE FOR and the prices are very reasonable.

http://www.ds6pax.com/

When I travel on business, I usually go for places that have stellar beer menu's and as long as they have good food, be it sandwiches or the like, I don't care, it's my kind of place. D's is just that (and more). I would not have considered stopping here if my friend didn't suggest it. I believe the Monroeville location used to be a Pizza Hut. If you stop here, don't expect a high end meal. But, do expect: good sandwiches and an overly HUGE beer selection (about 750-1000). It's worth a stop if you're in the area.

Photo of OneDropSoup
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I'm such a fan of D's in Regent Square that I was skeptical of them opening a new one. Fears of franchising crept in, but luckily I got over them.

D's Yellow Pizza Hut (sorry, you can't just unassociate iconic building design) has some definite advantages over the Regent Square location. #1 -- about 15 more taps. Yes, a few of them are macro pabulum, but it's the burbs, what are you gonna do? #2 -- a few plusses in the menu, i.e. sweet potato fries & "D's Bites," pieces of cod dipped in DFH batter & fried. #3 -- convenient parking, always a plus. #4 -- better crowd control: you walk in, there's a sign that says "Please wait to be seated." It's not every man for himself & you're not standing right next to dining people for an hour.

As for the minuses -- #1 fewer bottles: the coolers have about a third of the original's selection, the "Mini Beer Cave" is roughly a 10th the size. #2 -- convenient parking is irrelevant if you can just walk there, which few can with this location (oh, I miss those days). #3 -- the vibe is not on par with the hyper-beer-geek atmosphere & je ne sais quoi of the original. Yes, what one gains in convenience they tend to lose in character.

I can't really compare the service in the two places, as I've only ever been to this site when things are chill.

So there you go, a blow-by-blow comparison of the two. Overall, a great establishment if only lacking some of the spirit of the original. Oh, and about 800 beers. I still give it a thumbs up.

Photo of emquilxy
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I agree with most of the other reviewers comments, but did want to point out that the prices here are more competitive than at the original D's in Regent Square. While I'll always prefer the original, hot dogs are a buck cheaper in Monroeville. I've seen the same draft up to $2 cheaper in Monroeville.

Also, Monroeville's happy hour is 5-7 (more convenient to me) while RS's is 4-6. Happy hour is a buck off of drafts at both spots, and 1/2 price apps only in Monroeville.

Both are great places to get high quality bar food and a tasty beverage!

Photo of chemicalghst22
3.4/5  rDev -17.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

I used to work in this building a few years back when it was a Pizza Hut, its weird being in there now!
They do have a decent collection but it needs to be better organized. The singles aren't in any certain order just a couple brand brews together.
Food is good.
Staff is nice.
Also if you are going to buy singles the warm bottles are in a corner to the right of the bar! I have no clue it was there the first time i was in there and the last time I saw 5 or 6 people over there and was curious so I went over and was suprised and found a couple bottles I couldnt find in the coolers.

Go during the week itsnever crowded and happy hour is 5-7 $1 off all drinks at the bar and half price apps

Photo of sonicdescent
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Finally a place that has a selection that matches or betters that of the Headkeeper in Greensburg but at reasonable prices.

Atmosphere was dank, which I can actually appreciate. Seemed a down to earth place.

Quality was good, the beers were well organized if a little picked over, and I can't compliment enough on having prices labeled.

Selection was great. As said before they were picked over and the Belgian selection was not fantastic, I have not seen a better selection of local/regional beers.

Prices were reasonable.

If I lived closer, this would be my go-to shop.

Photo of sholland119
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Stopped in to check out the to go selection on our way back home. Atmosphere seemed fine, maybe a bit rundown.

Quality and selection are really excellent. Lots of domestics and Belgians, with a very wide selection of PA craft beers from all across the state. I was hoping to see Great Lakes beers, as they are not available in our part of the state (except at Capone's). They had several, though none of the ones I was hoping to see. Maybe next time.

The coolers were very well organized and well lit, six pakcs on one side and singles on the other. I was tempted to grab a brown bagged "mystery six pack" for $8.99 but did not.

I would stop in next time, maybe for some food too since the lunch we had before stopping here was kind of lousy. Nice place.

HV

Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

A better bar than the original D's but not as complete a selection of bottles for the six packs. Substantially less Belgiums around, much more local stuff. The coolers are more organized. But it is basically a bar and small restaurant. The taps were mostly the macro group, there were a good number of micros listed but only a few I never tried and they were the wheat/amber variety. Nothing to knock my socks off. Monroeville is a much much better part of town, with parking being no problem. Given I could not find the RIver Pour House, I am a little down on the city and coming back so quickly.

Photo of Kolsch
3.44/5  rDev -16.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

I have been here twice now, so I thought it would be time to review.

Like D's in Swissvale, the beer selection is good(Tap and Bottle) and a bit pricey. I like the atmosphere here much better than Original D's. You don't face the fryer when sitting at the bar so you don't smell like you worked an 8 hour shift at Burger King. You can definitely tell it was a Pizza Hut so it is easy to spot just off rte. 48 in Monroeville. Service was Ok as the place was a bit crowded.

My biggest complaint was the samples. They give you samples in those small(1oz) plastic black ketchup cups you get at Wendy's. How can you possibly get any real taste from this? For a place that touts itself as having good craft beer, this was just asinine. I would gladly pay a dollar or two for a decent sample in a "GLASS". For this reason alone, I would go elsewhere as there are much better choices in the area. Most notably Rivertown Pourhouse and John Harvard's.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

After visiting the D's in Swissvale several times, why not check this one out?

Just looking at the building D's is in now, you can tell it was formerly a Pizza Hut. At least I am pretty sure it was. They've done a great job of transforming things into what it now is. The center of the building is all coolers loaded with beer. The side closest to the bar carries more interesting stuff than the other (where you'll find a fair amount of macros). There is a mass of breweriana everywhere. 5 liter kegs have been transformed into lamps and there are signs plastered all over the place. Even in the bathroom. If they had put a sign in the urinal for me to aim at, I wouldn't have been surprised.

Service was good. Everyone was helpful and nice. I kind of got the feeling like everyone there knows that they are part of something that everyone loves, so they are happy to be a part.

I can't say that I found a lot here that was beyond what I see in Brooklyn, but there was a full line of Great Lakes and Bell's on bottles, which is nice for me because we don't get that in New York. With 25 taps too, there is a wide variety of stuff to enjoy, but I didn't feel like there were too many interesting things on to try. The most interesting was the Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald and Bell's Hop Slam. Beyond that, I wasn't overly excited about the list, but it was still decent. Besides that, as far as unusual gems, there were a few things, but not a huge amount. I would have loved to see more unusual stuff, but let's be honest here; I'm spoiled. My perspective might be skewed. You can see how many reviews I have done, so I think it is obvious that I get around. Overall, the selection is very diverse and gives numerous options for anyone who stops by.

Food was good. We got dogs and it was well done, as much as they can be.

Overall, I like this spot a lot more for beer shopping as everything is neatly arranged and the prices are very clearly marked (thank you for that). If you are looking for selection in the area, there is no place that will be able to top this at all. Just keep in mind that 98% of the beer is in the coolers.

Dad's Pub & Grub in Monroeville, PA
92 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.