As its name suggests, OTB is all about bicycles (OTB stands for Over the Bar in case you’re not bicycle inclined). While the eatery has had a location in the city’s South Side neighborhood for some time now, a location opened up in my neck of the woods (i.e. suburbia) and last fall I finally got to try it out.
It’s located in the North Park Boathouse, which makes for a pretty spectacular setting. Paired with the fact that we dined there during the height of fall, the view of the autumnal trees and beautiful lake were just utterly picture worthy. The lunch and dinner menu are one and the same and while its name includes the word cafe, don’t be misled as it really is more of a restaurant.
The menu includes your typical “bar style” fare although I do think it offers more healthy selections than some. And being a bicycle cafe, yes, you guessed it-menu options feature bicycle names. To get started, we split an order of the Tangled Spokes ($7.99). This consisted of four baked soft pretzels that came with homemade pale ale beer cheese. Soft pretzels are my weak spot-I simply cannot resist their soft, ever so sweet taste and the ones at OTB were no exception. The beer cheese was also delectably good.
For my entree, I ordered the Pulled Pork Tacos ($9.99). This featured two double stacked soft corn tortillas filled with Adobo pulled pork that had been slow roasted in their secret sauce with a trace of Dr. Pepper. While the dish overall was good, I was slightly disappointed with the pulled pork and, as I really couldn’t taste much of the sauce, they were quite dry. No, I don’t want my tacos utterly dripping in sauce since that would make for quite an affair being a finger food dish, and yet I don’t want to eat something that tastes devoid of sauce, or that it’s just all been cooked off.
D opted for the Hard Tail Burger ($8.99) which is their basic burger although you can add a variety of toppings for a slight extra charge. He selected the bacon ($1) and crumbled blue cheese ($1.50).
All burgers, sandwiches, and wraps come with your choice of either hand-cut potato chips or coleslaw (D went with the chips). However, you can upgrade to fries or fruit for $1 or a side salad for $2 more. I chose the fries and they were delicious.
The time of year that I dined there definitely made for a memorable meal due to its beautiful view but honestly, I can see even in the dead of winter it still being a lovely view. The food is simple and reliable but sometimes that’s all you want from a place.
Over the Bar
10301 Pearce Mill Road | Allison Park, PA | 15101