Take one part father's nickname for his daughter, add one part Mustang, sprinkle with some passion and mix with some dedication, and you have the perfect recipe for a restaurant that recently opened in nearby Bridgeville.
"My childhood nickname was Shelbyana, and my favorite car is a Shelby Mustang," said Michele Owens, restaurant owner.
The word, "station," she said, means stopping place. Put them all together, and you get Shelby's Station: A great stopping, eating and drinking place.
Owens, whose 6-week-old restaurant is located at 820 McLaughlin Run Road, is the former owner of Mariani's Restaurant, a well-known dining establishment that used to be located in South Fayette.
The menu begins with popular appetizers, such as zucchini strips for $5.95, and beer battered onion rings and deep friend ravioli, each for $6.95. The menu also features eight different kinds of fresh cut fries, including plain with house spices for $3.45, butter, garlic and parmesan for $3.95, and fries topped with Michele's award winning chili, jalapenos and cheddar for $4.95. We tried the Philly steak and cheese fries, which were served piping hot and covered with mounds of sliced steak, cheese, red and green peppers, and onions, for $5.95.
The soups are homemade and include Michele & Kevin's award-winning chili, which took top prize in the 2009 South Fayette chili cookoff, and wedding soup, which was rated a favorite by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
There are a number of different salads, including the delicious one I chose, which was the honey-basted grilled chicken salad. This salad consisted of chicken, walnuts, cranberries and lettuce covered in a fat free sweet vinegar and olive oil dressing for $9.95. Diners also can choose from the pork tenderloin salad for $11.95, a salmon salad for $12.95, a breaded buffalo chicken salad for $9.95, Shelby's steak salad for $11.95 or Shelby's chicken salad for $9.95.
Also featured on the menu are a variety of hoagies, each stuffed to the brim with various fillings. A half hoagie is $5.95; a whole hoagie is $8.95. Some of the choices include an Italian hoagie, hot stuffed banana pepper hoagie, homemade meatball hoagie and a veggie hoagie.
There also is a wide variety of burgers and chicken sandwiches to choose from. The "Kimba-Mac" is a house favorite and comes with a burger topped with Shelby's special sauce, lettuce, American cheese, pickles and onions for $7.95. For the healthy eaters, there is a carb-free burger that is served over the house garlic salad for $7.95.
Mariani's diners will recognize some of the entree dishes, including the homemade twice baked lasagna for $12.95, the pasta alfredo for $13.95 and the chicken marsala for $13.95.
As most diners would agree, dessert is the favorite part of any meal, and the dessert I ordered did not disappoint. The Sinfully Shelby is a fresh tortilla shell stuffed with cookie dough, then deep fried, drizzled in hot fudge and sprinkled with powdered sugar for $4.95. It was sinfully delicious, although I definitely needed to hit the gym the next day.
Shelby's Station also caters and will make the dishes on their menu or accommodate special requests, with notice of just a few days. In addition, people can text the word "station" to 91944 to receive a coupon for a free drink as well as regular specials and updates.
The restaurant features happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. everyday, with $1 off of drinks and half-priced appetizers. There also are specials during Steelers games as well as regular dinner specials. Amateur singers may want to check out the karaoke night, which begins at 9:30 p.m. on Saturdays.
The hours of operation are 11:30 a.m. to midnight Sunday to Wednesday, and 11:30 to 1:30 a.m. Thursday to Saturday. The kitchen closes at midnight.
For more information, or to inquire about their menu or your catering needs, call the restaurant at (412) 319-7938 or "like" Shelby's Station's page on Facebook.