Erie-area restaurants change menus, hours for fall, Blind Tiger needs votes

Penn Shore Winery10225 East Lake Road, North East is hosting a bike ride on Sept. 10 to benefit the Mercy Center for Women, according to the Mercy Center’s Facebook page.

Riders of all skill levels are welcome on the ride, which begins and ends at Penn Shore Winery and Vineyards in the northeast. Travel the 12, 25 or 50 mile route and stop, shop and refuel at participating wineries including Arrowhead Wine Cellars, Courtyard Winery, Burch Farms Country Market and Winery and Yori Wine Cellars. The organizers will collect your purchases. Then, enjoy live music and a catered lunch provided by Cali’s West Catering and ice cream from The Straw Hat Sundae Shop, featuring Penn State Berkey Creamery ice cream. Joining one of the rides costs $60. Sign up at

The Mercy Center for Women provides transitional housing and support services to homeless women and children in our community. Learn more at

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Blind Tiger Mocktails, born of Erie’s Room 33 Speakeasy, 1033 State St., was recently nominated by USA TODAY for its 2022 @10best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards as a nominee for Best Craft Blender Brand. Blind Tiger’s Prohibition-inspired blends can be drunk as is or mixed with alcohol. Vote by September 26 at

The city’s flagship food hall has extended its hours to accommodate Jo’s Brooklyn Bagels Too, which opens at 6 a.m., according to Mark Inscho, director of food and beverage for Erie Downtown Development Corp. New hours for other sellers can start as early as 8 a.m., according to its Facebook page: Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Purrista Cat Cafe offers fall flavors.

Purrista Cat Cafe, 30 W. Eighth St., introduced its fall drinks in early September, according to its Facebook page. Go get yourself a PAWmpkin Chai Latte, with pumpkin puree syrup and Chai tea mixed with your choice of dairy/non-dairy milk topped with cinnamon, sugar and nutmeg.

Flip Cafe, 103 Meadville St, Edinboro, has a new menu for September, according to its Facebook page. He understands

  • Perfect Bowl of Cereal French Toast – Tres Leches, fruity pebbles, cornflakes, topped with bananas.
  • Ginger Snap French Toast – Brioche French Toast, pastry cream, ginger pears, ginger biscuits
  • Snickerdoodle Pancake – Pancakes with snickerdoodle batter, cinnamon chips, and cinnamon sugar.
  • Better Than You Cafeteria Chicken Patty Sandwich — Chicken-croquette style patty, pepper jack cheese, spicy mayo on a brioche bun.
  • Chili is back, which means Chili Corn Cakes and Chili Mac and Cheese are also back.

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Icing on the lake940 West Erie Plaza Drive, is ready with fall flavors, according to her Facebook page, including gluten-free brown sugar glazed pumpkin cookies. You’re allowed to eat them even if you eat gluten, and they look good enough to try.

Federal Hill Smokehouse, 2609 Peach St., according to their Facebook page, won’t be serving their Brisket Cheesesteak until September because the buns they use are made by Herb & Honey Bakery, which won’t be available because the bakery is closing for a short vacation. . Sometimes when you eat local, these things happen.

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New York Lunch East Avenue, 922 East Ave., was recently “recommended” on Restaurant Guru, a restaurant review website. Also, speaking of Federal Hill, Restaurant Guru lists the Smokehouse as the #2 BBQ spot in Erie for 2022. Even more exciting is that they just added a Fried Bologna sandwich to the menu.

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Main Street Cafe Cakery – Fairview is moving to its winter and fall hours, according to the restaurant’s Facebook page. They will now be open Monday to Saturday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and closed on Sunday.

In another fortuitous team of local producers, Que Abides Pit Stop6990 West Lake Road, Fairview, teams up with North Ball1120 Freeport Road, North East, on Smoked Peach Cobbler, which is made with, um, smoked peaches and Northern Scoop’s vanilla ice cream, according to Que Abides’ Facebook page.

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