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what restaurant in PGH, cost not factor

Hi all,

So i won a contest at work where the prize is dinner anywhere in pittsburgh. Cost no object. Help me jog my memory on contenders! Here's what I could come up on the PGH scene in no particular order:

Capital Grille
Isabella's
Alla Famiglia
Nine on Nine
Eleven

My husband is particular on fish (doesn't like most) so an omakase is out of the running.

Thanks!

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Nine on Nine
900 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Capital Grille
1338 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

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  1. I like Nine on Nine and go there for lunch, always been nice. I usually have a hard time choosing what to order since everything looks good (and that's after having studied the menu before entering the restaurant!) I've never been to Le Pommier but apparently it is one of the pricier places in town and might be worthwile (search here for comments on it).

    Some people like Umi also. Never been there but it is also another place that might be worth looking into (Japanese food in Shadyside).

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    Nine on Nine
    900 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

    Le Pommier
    2104 E Carson St, Pittsburgh, PA 15203

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    1. re: DukeOfSuffolk

      I've been to Le Pommier. It is not so pricy. It probably should not be put on a level with Nine on Nine or Mio for food level, either. I like it as a restaurant, but I don't think it's trying to be at that level, either.

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      Nine on Nine
      900 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

      Le Pommier
      2104 E Carson St, Pittsburgh, PA 15203

        1. Avenue B or Toast in Shadyside

          1. For food alone, I think Nine on Nine is the winner on that list. Someone mentioned Mio - I'd consider that if wine were included in your prize. Might also consider Bona Terra or Avenue B. Can't see going Italian or steak for a prize unless you really like those above kitchen creativity.

            Personally, best three meals I've had in past year were at Nine on Nine, Kous Kous and Golden Pig, but the latter two aren't what you'd consider special dinner places.

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            1. re: Panini Guy

              Can you please tell me more about the Golden Pig?

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              Golden Pig
              3201 Millers Run Rd, Cecil, PA 15321

              1. re: six dower

                There's more on Golden Pig here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/644313

                It's tiny. 11 seats. 2 three-tops and five "counter" seats. There are a couple of picnic tables outside. BYOB and I don't even know if she charges for corkage since whenever we go she just tells us the total - no bill.

                I don't know much about Korean and have made mistakes ordering (e.g. the spicy squid and the spicy noodles have the same sauce, so I won't order those two together again!). It is a small menu, but everything we've had so far is wonderful. A bargain for what you get too.

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                Golden Pig
                3201 Millers Run Rd, Cecil, PA 15321

              2. re: Panini Guy

                Don't do Bona Terra (though it's great!)--it's BYOB, which makes it a bargain, not a splurge.

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                Bona Terra Restaurant
                908 Main St, Pittsburgh, PA 15215