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Pittsburgh 21 st birthday for vegetarian

Going to Pittsburgh in March to celebrate a 21 st birthday for a daughter. My wife and daughter are non meat eating but are not strict vegans so they find good choices in the seafood pasta items. saw the restaurants at the top of the incline would there be a good choice, the view looks great. I guess I'm looking for something different and special as well

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  1. Isabella should do veg. dish if you let them know when making reservations and it is atop Mt. Washington with a good view.

    1. If you don't have your heart set on Mt. Washington, I vote for Kaya in the Strip District. I'm always impressed by the originality of their food - vegetarian and otherwise. (There was a discussion about Isabella a day or so ago. )

      1. Monterrey Bay has stunning views from Mt. Washington and ok food. I've had very good fish and mediocre fish but it seems to be a special occasion type of place. If you like Thai, Typhoon on South Highland Ave. in Shadyside has excellent food in elegant surroundings that would be very nice for a birthday dinner.

        1. Eleven, also on the Strip, always has at least one great vegetarian entree (usually an excellent house-made gnocchi), and also offers a 5-course chef's vegetarian tasting menu for $45. (They have a non-veg 5-course tasting menu, too, which I think is $65). The tasting menus are always fresh, creative and give you lots of food (an appetizer, three little entrees and dessert) -- all in all pretty good deal for what you get. You can look at the current menus online at bigburrito.com. I think they change daily. And, if you go, be sure to tell whoever takes your reservation that it's a birthday and the chef will throw in a little something extra. Oh, and the bigBurrito restaurant group (owners of Eleven, Soba, Kaya and others) has a free online birthday club which gives you a free entree any time during the week of your birthday. All their restaurants are pretty veg-friendly, so you might want to tell your daughter to sign on.

          1. McKormick and Schmidt....hope i spelled that right...it's delicious...and it's basically all high quality sea food in the heart of the South Side shopping district...great experience

            1. Wow... McCormick & Schmick... what, are we in Harrisburg?

              For a 21-year old, I'd skip the Mt. Washington scene. I'd think more along the lines of Soba or Umi - much cooler neighborhood. Soba would be probably be the better choice - there are some misses, but it's always an interesting menu with good fish/seafood/vegetarian entrees. Umi is just great sushi. Heck, do both since they're next door to each other.

              1. Girasole in Shadyside is quite nice with a variety of options. It is cramped but festive. I would also agree with Kaya or anything Big Burrito. You may also want to look into Bangkok Balcony in Sq. Hill.

                1. enrico's, soba, umi, eleven, six penn, red room, deja vu, bossa nova are all more "hip" places

                  1. ooo i love bangkok balcony!

                    1. one more...this isn't fancy, but it's cute. in college, veghead friends of mine always liked spice island tea house in oakland.

                      1. I'll agree with most Big Burrito places but don't forget Mad Mex is one of theirs as well and not one of my favs

                        1. I concur with the Kaya suggestion, they have a once a month vegetarian prixe fixe that cannot be beat. There are plenty of choices for vegetarian and non vegetarian diners on their regular menu as well, and if your daughter would like to enjoy a cocktail in honor of her 21st they have a fine selection.