What are you eating in Pittsburgh?
Hey people, we were doing good there for awhile but the posts about Pittsburgh dining is slacking. So where have you been lately that is worth mentioning?
I tried Wei Wei in Bloomfield on Liberty for the first time. It was good. Mongolian Beef, General Tso, Fried Wontons with Garlic Sauce, Steamed Dumplings, and the egg rolls were delicious. The review in the CP said the lemongrass wontons were good, they aren't. Overall, much better than any chinese place i've had yet in Pittsburgh.
Mike and Tony's, Pizza Sola, Thai Me Up, Thai Cuisine, Church Brewery, and JP's (Cafe Davio) continue to satisfy me but I want to know you everyday eats and what you have had lately that you think we are all missing out on.
I mentioned 17th St. Cafe in another thread, which was very good. But that was a business dinner. For leisure dining, we haven't been "out" to eat in a couple of months.
Other than getting a Harry's pie about every other week, the only non-home-cooked food we've enjoyed was from Pittsburgh BBQ on Banksville on Sunday. They were closing (actually, they'd already been closed for 20 minutes but left the 'open' sign on, turning it off just as I was parking). But they were extremely accommodating. They had a rack and half they were just wrapping up for the fridge. They sold it to me for the price of a regular rack. The only side left was slaw due to the time, but those ribs were pretty tasty - and enough for two meals for two.
Dish for drinks. We sat at the bar and I really enjoyed the atmosphere and the attentive bartender. The by the glass wine list was so so but a bruschetta app was outstanding. I look forward to returning here for dinner. We were told the corkage fee is $15.
Abay for dinner. I went here with a group of four and we sat at one of the small 'authentic' tables. We ordered a sampler platter that consisted of four different dishes (2 meat, 2 veg). I thought everything was well prepared and interesting. To note, the platter was sufficient but not huge and some members of the group complained of still being hungry as we left. (Although I suspect they just hadn't eaten as much b/c some items were a bit foreign to them, etc). However, I felt the prices were reasonable, the food definitely approachable, and I love the BYO. I would like to return here or possibly try Tana (sp?) and compare.
Casbah for drinks. I always enjoy meeting friends here. Nice bar area. Enjoyed some complimentary almonds with rosemary and salt at the bar.
Lidia's for dinner. Pasta trio for me. I don't know if I have ever had anything else. A la carte it is $16 - I think this is very reasonable. I love the pork ragu.
Saturday in the strip - While watching an episode of 'Diners, Drive Ins, and DIves', the BF and I were surprised to see a place called 'Crystal's' located 'in the strip district of Pittsburgh' chronicled. They showcased grape leaves and some other Greek inspired dishes. We had never heard of this place before. So we head to the strip a few saturdays ago, park in our usual lot near Benkovitz and trek down (its located on about 12th, so we are talking the outskirts of the strip). Closed! I am assuming the place is not closed for good but just appeared to be shut down on Saturdays - maybe more of a lunch place during the week or something? Very dissappointing. However, we ended up eating at Enrico's. I had been in the bakery before, sampled the biscotti, seen the little alley - but never wondered down....but I am glad I finally did! Amazing almost calzone like sandwiches, hearty beans and greens. They (or someone they are affiliated with?) is also now producing wine. We sampled a red table wine. It was decent.
Pizza Sola- can we confirm that the quality of the pizza is not the same after 1am? Still tastes divine but just not the same. Also, how are 2 slices somehow $9? I feel like it cannot cost that much regulary. Oh well. I will return and continue to be taken advantage of after a few drinks.
On the radar:
Gypsy Cafe, Azul, Dozen Cupcakes Bakeshop, Vanilla Pastry Studio....also looking forward to this new Wine Loft place in southside works and Kevin Sousa's new place......
Not long on time but in the past month these have been in the rotation:
2. Rose Tea Cafe (amazing kim chi shrimp - especially if you ask for it sauteed and not in hot pot)
3. Enrico's on Ellsworth (terrific veal shank)
4. Richard Chen
6. Aiello's (try a vegetable roll - like a pepperoni roll but with thin sliced zucchini, peppers and mushrooms - really tasty)
7. Mexico City (Wood St)
Does anybody know anything about the new place in Bloomfield - Sausalido?
We've been to a few good places the last month:
R2 (the other Red Room) - they are back to their old menu
Shady Grove (great now that is is non-smoking)
Really want to try Legume, Mio, Smiling Banana Leaf
I'm new to chowhound and thought I'd throw out some suggestions:
Colangelo's for lunch
CC's in Sharpsburg
Lunardi's in Beechview
Aladdin's - decent for the price
re: six dower
Sounds like we are getting a bit of South Hills influence, and I will add to that. Amigos in Peters--decent food, great price, fantastic beer selection. Linguini's in Mt Lebo--really good pizza, great patio. Pasta Too--only for Saturday lunch as the wait is too long at dinner time, excellent pizza, good cheap house chianti as well. On the higher end, tried Luma earlier this month--nice place, a bit expensive for the quality of food, and their wine pours are status quo for Mt Lebo (i.e., small and expensive). I think there is a pact between restauranteurs in Lebo to rip off us wine drinkers.....
My last trip to Pittsburgh I ate at Mallorca, and we ordered the paella and the broiled snapper, both of which were excellent. Other satisfying places were Fat Heads and Taco Loco in the South Side, Tessaro's for dry bleu cheese burger. Tessaro's was interesting - pretty small place, but I went there since Pittsburgh became non-smoking, and I found it a very enjoyable atmosphere. I had heard a lot about the burgers, and though the selection of burgers was simple and limited, mine was cooked perfectly, and was thick and juicy. We also made a trip to Udipi - a southern Indian vegetarian restaurant in Monroeville. It is out in nowhere, and is not the easiest place to find, but we found the food was very good. The atmosphere, as others have noted, is very simple - virtually a shack. The fried sampler was wonderful - not heavy, but well seasoned, and very tasty with 3 different sauces to dip them in. Almost everyone in the room was Indian - a good sign, I think. We also headed to Golden Palace in Robinson Township for dim sum, and had a very enjoyable, fun and tasty meal there. If you go there, get the shrimp meatballs (excellent!) and the chicken feet just for fun!
I'll offer up some lunch time favorites:
India Garden lunch buffet in Oakland
Always forget their name, but the place next door to La Prima in the strip makes a nice lunch for $6 or less
A bahn mi from Lucy in the strip
Worthy's Ribs in Homestead, sells big beef ribs by the bone ($1.50 each) and three bones make a nice lunch, I prefer the spicy sauce.
Dozen Bake Shop is a good place to do paperwork and a grab a coffee and pastry.
Enrico's for lunch in the strip, great macaroons too.
21st Street Coffe is another place I visit often.
I know a lot of people on here don't like Mad Mex, but I really like their happy hour with half off wings and half off draft beer. They always have a good selection of drafts and I really like their wings.
Oh Yeah in Shadyside might be the greatest place on the planet!
We visited Pittsburgh and this place was AMAZING - Cannot wait to return!
Ice Cream for breakfast!
Monthly Ice Cream Passes!
The combinations that are possible and the ice cream was delicious. Asked for something magical with chocolate - he created a chocolate raspberry swirl that I will remember for the rest of my life.
These were some of the choices on the board
morello cherry - muffin - nutmeg - Nutella - oatmeal raisin cookie - orange peel - Oreo - peach - peanut butter - peanuts - pear - pecans - pineapple - pistachio - poppy - pretzels prune - pumpkin - raisins - raspberry preserves - salmon - seaweed - sesame - snickers - squirrel meat - sticky rice - super green super food (alfalfa grass and green algae powder)- Swedish fish - thyme - waffle cone - walnuts - Wasabi - Worcester sauce - Wasabi pea - wheat germ - whipped cream - York peppermint - zwieback Almonds - amaretto - anise - apple - applesauce - avocado - banana - biscotti - blueberry - brazil nut - brownie - buffalo - Butterfinger - candied ginger - candy corn - caramel - cashews - Chai Spice - Chocolate Chip Cookies - Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough - Chocolate Chips - Chocolate Sauce - Cinnamon - Cinnamon toast crunch - Cocoa spice - coconut flake - coffee grinds - corn pops - cosmopolitan - cracklin oat bran - dates - fig Newton - figs - fire nuts - fruit loops - ginger - gingersnap - golden grahams - graham crackers - grape nuts - gummy bears - Habanero - heath bar - hemp protein - honey - honey nut cheerios - hops - kit kat - kix - lemon peel - licorice - lime - m&m - macadamia - malt - mandarin oranges - mango - maple syrup - marshmallow