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and bartending. This place is a labor of love for us. I love
this place. "
The couple hasn't changed the restaurant much since
taking over, staying true to the popular menu and concept
developed over decades - there's much debate if the
original Pilot House opened in 1959, 1960 or 1961. " This
used to be a pool hall with a jukebox. It was really just a
bar. For a while it was the only place to get package liquor
on Sundays, " Nicki says. " That is gone now and it's a place
to get lots of sandwiches, steaks, kebabs and our original
barbecue sandwiches. "
That crave-worthy food has kept customers coming
through the door. Popular options to start your meal off
include their basket of onions - fried onion petals - and
oversized Buffalo wings. But, for a Pilot House classic, opt
for the stuffed mushrooms. Mushrooms are loaded up with
their housemade pimento cheese dip and transformed into
a delicious bubbly bite after a trip under the broiler.
Another pre-meal creation to try is Pilot House's salad.
A blend of iceberg and romaine is topped with broccoli,
cauliflower and red peppers. But, what sets this salad
apart is the dressing. " Our salads are known for our
famous hot bacon dressing, " Nicki says. " It's unique and
different. Not too sweet and has a little smoky taste to it
from the bacon. "
A larger version of the salad is available as an entree
with grilled chicken as well.
Customers have been flocking to the Pilot House for
decades for their barbecue sandwiches. They slowly smoke
pork shoulder using hickory onsite and slice it thin. Their
simple sandwich options include doubling your meat or
adding the homemade pimento cheese on top. For a truly
unique combination, go for the Big Hot Cheese. A double
Top: Pilot House's hickory-smoked and sliced pork alongside pimento
cheese, coleslaw, jalapenos and housemade fire barbecue sauce team up
for a unique flavor combination on the Big Hot Cheese. Above left:
A cheeseburger is served alongside seasoned fries which are tossed in
a mixture of Cajun seasoning and sugar. Left: The Tank features prime
rib, ham, jalapenos, Swiss and American cheeses on toasted sourdough.
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