Dad's Pub & Grub
Taps: 43 / Bottles: 1,000
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 22 | Reviews: 18 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by woodychandler:
4.63/5 rDev +14%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
Transcribed from notes taken on T, 27 July 2010.
An old Navy buddy of mine lives in Plum, which is pretty far east for me to come out, but I will always take the bus to Monroeville and have him meet me somewhere. This satellite location of one of my favorite 'Burgh haunts seemed to be just the ticket, especially for lunch.
Previous reviewers hit the nail on the head regarding the building's reuse of a former Pizza Hut, just painted a bright yellow. The entries were on both the east and west sides of the building and we came in on the west side with the m.d.s. directly to the right. The east entryway opened onto their "Mini-Beer Cave" to the immediate right and the bar to the immediate left. Booth seating ran along the west wall, fronted by standard tables and chairs. The center was also filled with standard tables and chairs and the east side of the restaurant area held high tables and chairs. A bank of seven five-shelf coolers ran along the east wall.
Beers: 24 craft on tap plus a total of another 18 imports and standards also being poured.
Food: I love the Chicago-style dog, sans the wee pepper. My buddy digs the bacon 'n' cheese dog since he is on meds and his wife won't let him indulge at home. My visits are his opportunity to hang out and have a good time.
Our server was very patient with us as one of our party was having problems making a decision while the rest of us were drooling in anticipation of hot dogs and beer.
12-13-2010 00:11:52 | More by woodychandler
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3.43/5 rDev -15.5%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$$
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.
04-22-2013 01:21:02 | More by beergirl3
2.96/5 rDev -27.1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | $$$$
I've been in the Monroeville for almost two years now, and I've finally had a chance to assess the local craft brew stores. D's has an OK selection, but the pricing is far higher than any other quality stores (Gateway Grille and House of 1000 Beers to name a few. On top of the incredibly high pricing, throw in the fact that many of the higher end bottles are not marked. Who wants to ask someone what the price of all individual bottles are.
As a direct comparison, I drove directly from Gateway Grille, where I purchase a mix-and-match 6'er, to D's to compare pricing. On average the bottles were $2 more expensive here.
I cannot speak to the draft beer prices or food, but the take-out bottle selection is just plain overpriced.
06-24-2012 17:42:44 | More by soulfly1492
4/5 rDev -1.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
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.
01-14-2012 15:54:03 | More by slander
4.4/5 rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
We were in the Monroeville area and heard this is the place to go. Its definitely a hole in the place joint. A yellow-painted Pizza Hut? Disgusting, but once you finally get inside, you get over it very quickly. They have quite a few different things on tap that are mostly microbrews. I picked up a triple IPA with my burger which was also great as well. They have quite a few TVs along the bar and the rest of the restaurant for watching sporting events. We showed up at an odd hour of the day so not a whole lot of people were there.
Like others have said, they have a decent collection of beers to mix and match a six pack with. The prices aren't great compared to just buying a 6 pack straight up, but for Pennsylvania and other places similar to that style it has decent prices.
Will definitely drop by again if Im in the area.
09-25-2011 19:57:32 | More by jschonert
3.75/5 rDev -7.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
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.
05-04-2011 23:52:55 | More by Marty30
Dad's Pub & Grub in Monroeville, PA
91 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.