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May 10, 2007 02:32 PM

Saturday dinner in PIT

From Pittsburgh, but only get back to visit the Moms for quick trips. We need to take them out to a not stuffy restaurant Saturday night (early diners) near the airport, Robinson Township, etc.Any suggestions?

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  1. In that area, they're all chains except for Scoglio's, which is the best out there. If the folks are older, they probably like Red Lobster or Olive Garden. If it's a large group, you'll have a good time at Buco de Beppo. You probably won't find much you haven't seen before.

    Hardly anything anywhere is stuffy these days.

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    1. re: yayadave

      Apart from Scoglio's, a couple are local chains, Mad Mex and Atria's. Never been to Atria's, but Mad Mex is fun, Mexican-type cooking but some unusual tastes and ingredients. Not authentic, but not trying to be. I mean, thai curry burrito, anyone? ;-)

      If you must go to the group of Darden Chains (Olive Garden, Red Lobster), at least try Bahama Breeze. It may not be as good as it used to be service-wise (used to be a notable step above the other two, but last time we tried it it seemed to have fallen off), but the food is atypical for such a chain. Tastes would be at least a little out of the ordinary.

      I dunno if anyone here has been to the Red Bull Steakhouse, and I haven't either, but that could be an option. I dunno if it's "not stuffy", but I wouldn't think it would be, as yayadave said, hardly anything is stuffy now.

      In another year there will be more stuff with a new development, but that will probably mainly bring more chains....

      There's also the North Park Clubhouse, which is a chain of 2, dunno how current the info is. It's a little eerie to see the messages from the owner who died a couple years ago. This would be the extreme opposite of stuffy. ;-)

      1. re: CrazyOne

        Atria's is a good choice....although they have 7-8 locations, they are still kind of a neighborhood bar/restaurant. Great food...burgers, ribs, fresh seafood, good soups.

        Red Bull has been around for years....not bad

        North Park Clubhouse more of a younger crowd

    2. If you like Chinese food, there's also Ya Fei, which is right across from Ikea. I haven't been there in a couple of years, but it's been our family's choice for "airport food" for a long time.