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Jul 1, 2009 10:34 AM

Any new chow places in Pburgh?

Hello fellow chowhounders! Anyone try any new spots, treats, pizzas, or Strip stops in Pittsburgh? I have been trying to get to the French Bistro in Shadyside.

Also, any new word on the new bars/eateries moving in to the Pittsburgh Casino?

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  1. Ate at the Hofbrau Haus a few weeks ago--really cool place, if you're into German beer halls, with huge outdoor seating areas. The beer was quite good and plentiful, and the food was decent. Not as good as Max's for German fare, but worth giving another try. The server was really good and well informed. I had a bratwurst with fries (boring) and kraut (tasty) and my wife had a reuben with potato pancakes (very good). Just make sure you ask for real German mustard so you don't have to use the Guldens that is on the table...

    1. I had a miserable experience at Paris 66 last weekend for dinner. Ate at around 7:30 on Friday and they were out of just about everything. I asked server what he would recommend and he told me "I'm not sure since we are out of everything." Then he said that he would have a hard time making recommendations because he really hadn't seen the food before. He had come in to apply for a job that afternoon, and they had him waiting tables by himself that night. It is BYOB which I like, but if I ever go back I will take my own wine glasses... I have never seen smaller glasses in my life. On the way out (on my way to get another meal because I was still hungry) I overheard the manager or owner talking excitedly to someone about a magazine coming in to do an article and take pictures of the place. I hadn't seen him working the room at all during my meal and I nearly mentioned he might want to focus on making sure people aren't having a similar experience to me or he will never make it to see the issue come out.
      I would like to chalk this up to growing pains, but not sure if I can.

      1. I blogged about Pusadee's Garden:

        I wonder if anyone has tried Bistecca (SP?) yet at the Meadows?

        1. Haven't been anywhere new new in awhile, unless one counts Hofbrauhaus or Dinette (see my reviews here...


          I really want to get to Yo Rita (Southside), since Sousa is doing a stint there..he talks about it on his blog...

          A recent random find: Whole Foods is really good for breakfast/brunch! Prices aren't bad and I love the omelet station. They have a hot bar with breakfast items too.

          Also recently went to Karmic Yogurt (newish) in Shadyside and liked it.

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          1. re: shadysider023

            I can not wait to try Yo Rita. Love Kevin. Very talented.
            I like like the Karmic yogurt, too.
            Have you tried Mio's in Aspinwall? It is one of my many favorites.
   your blog!

              1. re: six dower

                I'm surprised to see Mio as a favorite. I found the food to be too heavy/fatty, over priced, and the environment stuffy.

              2. re: shadysider023

                shadysider - I love your blog! I'm so glad there is someone else out there that likes to try all different places. I was on another forum and got bitched at because I liked to go out to eat and talk about it.

                1. re: burghgal

                  thanks burghgal...I *think* there are people out there that might be interested in reading but its hard to find them sometimes...thanks for taking a look!

                1. re: Panini Guy

                  wow.. the menu at Tamari sounds yummy.. I'll have to give it a try!