It's the vacation tavern with a hometown feel. And at Buxy's Salty Dog Saloon last night, all the Pittsburgh fans drowned their Stanley Cup sorrows in pint after pint of beer.

After the Pittsburgh Penguins lost the hockey league finale to the Detroit Red Wings, the bar was a rather sad place. It was my first experience at Buxy's, which is an interesting tavern on 27th Street.

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Sports memorabilia cover the walls, but what is unique about this location is that all the regional teams are represented. I saw Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburgh Steelers, Penguins, Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins banners posted around the bar.

The bar had a very cozy feeling, even though no more than 30 people were in the big building. I felt less like I was in Ocean City and more like I was in a small town tavern.

After an hour I felt like the bartenders were my best friends, and that I had known them for years. There's something special about Buxy's, but I couldn't put my finger on it.

The menu was more than standard bar food. Buxy's serves a delicious little dish called "crab bagelettes," which is a plate of mini bagels covered in crab imperial.

However, the signature item on the menu is Buxy's chili. Bumper stickers around town warn: "Friends don't let friends eat Buxy's chili."

I didn't have the stomach to try it last night, but I've never heard anyone complain that the chili was bad at Buxy's.

The selection of drinks was out of the ordinary in that they had very few beers on tap. If you're looking for a wide range of draft beers, head somewhere else. Buxy's has a good selection of Pittsburgh beers, like Iron City, in bottles, but nothing special on tap.

The bar often has special DJs entertaining, but last night it was ridiculously loud considering the size of the crowd. I guess it's early in the season, but my ears are still ringing after I woke up this morning.

I'm the complete opposite of a Pittsburgh fan, but I still felt at home at Buxy's. I held off from advertising my disdain for the Steel City, but I'm sure I'd still be welcome there even if they knew my true feelings.

Check out Buxy's Salty Dog's Web site for their full menu and information.

As I wrote a week ago, the Greene Turtle had their big turtle stolen from outside of the restaurant. Turtle owner Steve Pappas said yesterday that the turtle was safely (and mysteriously) returned at 8 a.m. Sunday morning. He seemed glad to have his prized possession back, and I'm happy the punks that stole it had the dignity to return it without vandalizing it.

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