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Upscale restaurants in Pittsburgh?

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Jessie B Mar 25, 2009 12:35 PM

Do you have any suggestions for upscale restaurants in Pittsburgh. We are particularly interested in the quality and creativity of the food rather than the ambiance. We do like quiet restaurants however.

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    kesues RE: Jessie B Mar 25, 2009 01:09 PM

    http://www.wqed.org/mag/features/0608...

    Above list the top 25 restuarants in the 'burg with descriptions. It's pretty accurate. Some of my fav's that I have been to:
    Bona tera, Iovino's cafe, casbah and eleven (both big burrito group), mio kitchen and wine bar.

    for a great lunch i would reccomend dining at the cafe at the frick... it's really picturesque, and the food is locally sourced and top notch

    for brunch, i really like point brugge cafe

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      zinfanatic RE: kesues Aug 8, 2009 11:23 AM

      Kesues, I am hijacking this entry! I like your suggestions. I looked them up online. The food at each sounds seasonal and fresh which is what I am looking for. However several of the suggestions are out of the downtown area I am looking for. Casbah and Eleven sound close and are open on Sunday and Monday the only two nights We will be in Pittsburg. Any other suggestions within taxi or walk of downtown- something more casual is fine too. We want good food!

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      emn76 RE: Jessie B Mar 25, 2009 01:16 PM

      Hey Jessie B, Bona Terra - no question. Don't pay much attention to the Pittsburgh list, there are only handful of places they mention that are worth going to but that is it. Every year I say the same thing..."people do not know what good food is" - you must call for a reservation early for Bona Terra. If you like foie gras let them know when making reservation because they will make sure they have it on that night.

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        Panini Guy RE: Jessie B Mar 25, 2009 09:17 PM

        The need for "quiet" might cancel out some great meals. I think you'd be down to Mio, Eleven, Nine on Nine, Soba, The Carlton and hotel dining. Nothing quiet about Casbah, Point Brugge or even Bona Terra.

        Noise would have to be jackhammer level to affect my enjoyment of a bowl of moules and frites ;-)

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          burghgal RE: Panini Guy Mar 26, 2009 05:12 AM

          I'm going to Nine on Nine on Saturday and doing the tasting menu - I can't wait. I'll give feedback!

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            chinacat1969 RE: burghgal Mar 27, 2009 03:08 PM

            Best tasting menu in Pittsburgh IMO. I love Eleven as well though....

            I recommend Dish on the Southside as well.

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          six dower RE: Jessie B Mar 28, 2009 06:31 AM

          Try Isabella's in Mt. Washington. Very small and intimate. Beautiful view of the city and decent food. Give it a try.

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            burghgal RE: six dower Mar 31, 2009 05:43 AM

            I went to Nine on Nine on Saturday before I saw Lewis Black. I didn't do the 3 course (theater) tasting menu -- only because the two entrees to pick from were chicken and salmon. I pretty much eat that stuff all the time.

            I had the filet on filet appetizer (carpacchio and tartare), frisee salad and the filet with creamed spinach, wild mushroom polenta... The amuse bouche (sp?) was very tasty (prosciutto with a fresh salsa).

            The service and food was fabulous!

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            mrmojo2000 RE: Jessie B Aug 8, 2009 06:09 AM

            NineonNine is highly overarated. We dined there last night and...
            * Had to request bread after 15 minutes
            * Took 10 minutes after ordering for our wine to arrive.
            * The mussels were very fishy tasting and served with a very bland saffron broth
            * A steak ordered medium was delivered rare
            Only the risotto was good, but at $14 a plate, it is more expensive than in Milan, Italy.

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              burghgal RE: mrmojo2000 Aug 10, 2009 05:16 AM

              wow mrmojo - I was there in the fall and probably had the best meal of my life on NineonNine - what a shame! I hope it was just a bad night for them and they're not going downhill!

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              j.rally RE: Jessie B Aug 20, 2009 07:47 AM

              "Upscale" in Pittsburgh seems an oxymoron. Personally, I wish there were more mid-range places that focused on quality, creativity and cleanliness..and no SMOKE!

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                dmjordan RE: j.rally Aug 20, 2009 02:10 PM

                Smoking is prohibited in Allegheny County (Pittsburgh) restaurants.

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