Pittsburgh restaurant - need advice for creative cuisine/ locally sourced ingredients
We will visit Pittsburgh from New York this week for only ONE night and want the best high quality ingredients, some creativity but not necessarily formal dining experience. Suggestions given to me are SALT OF THE EARTH, BONA TERRA, HABITAT, CASBAH, AVENUE B and NINE ON NINE
I think if we were going to send you to ONE restaurant at this point it would be Salt of the Earth. It's just not the same kind of experience you'll get anywhere else. Definitely creative, not formal. http://www.saltpgh.com/
FWIW, I would cross Casbah and probably Avenue B off the list. I've actually been to the latter, and it's good, but I don't think it's worthy of being the ONE place you go. I don't think Habitat is either. Nine on Nine and Bona Terra may be, but the obvious suggestion is still Salt.
If creativity is an important criterion, it's not even a contest: Salt.
Nothing against Bona Terra or Nine on Nine (or Legume for that matter) which are all wonderful, but Salt is just playing an entirely different game
Stay another night. ;-)
Seriously, Nine on Nine, Legume, even Elements all also appear to be closed.
Habitat should be open since it's attached to a hotel.
You might want to bag it and save the good meal for another time when you can go to Salt. Not too much else that will leave an impression here if you're coming from NY.
I hope you didn't mean last night. Heh. Never realized just how many restaurants are closed Sundays here. I'm all for having a couple days off in the week, but selfishly prefer it not to be Sunday. ;-) Although granted, it may be Sunday because it might be the worst day to get fresh ingredients.
Have you considered Elements? It's a new restaurant (only been open several weeks) that we ate at for the first time last weekend.
It's definitely seasonal with tapas style food and a good selection of cheeses and cured meats.
We enjoyed our experience there and would definitely return.