This restaurant is beautiful as the old firehouse is made into a yummy restaurant. Dark wood booths and tables dot the main dining room, which sits adjacent to, but well separated from, the bar.
The price tag is expensive to suit the salaries of the local fair. The French onion soup is one of the best I've had in Erie -- with lots of onions and ample provolone cheese, not Swiss or Jarlsberg. The menu hosts a nice variety of large salads that come in two sizes. Fresh rolls come with. There is a wide selection of filling yet trendy food. The quesadillas arrived hot, and the veggies were steamed rather than grilled, a healthy change. The vegetable lasagna rollups were delicious, and Southwestern and veggie Greek pizzas boast a "hand-tossed crust."
Nothing on the menu would break the bank, but you'll be spending every bit of your $10. Soups run the standard $2.25-$3.50. Appetizers are a bit more, with the hot artichoke dip at $6. Beware as extra toast slices are just that...extra. Sandwiches range from $5.95-$6.95, and most come with a pile of engine-house potatoes. Salads range from $5.50-$7.95 for the large size; $3.50-$5.95 for the half size. The Hearty & Trendy items run from $5.50 for the quesadillas to $6.95 for the pasta.
I like Pufferbelly; however, even when they're slow, the service is lacking. The waitresses only come to take your orders and deliver your food, and even then you may not find the same person twice, but for sure you will see the ordering waitress or waitor when it's time to collect the bill.