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Oct 16, 2010 05:03 PM

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

Any advice?

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  1. 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.

    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.

    1. 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

      1. Thanks so much for your comments but it seems that Salt of the Earth and Bona Terra are both closed on Sunday night!!!! Any more suggestions???

        Bona Terra Restaurant
        908 Main St, Pittsburgh, PA 15215

        7 Replies
        1. re: nyperr

          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.

          1. re: CrazyOne

   seems that my choices are between Habitat and Eleven. How would you rate them?

            1. re: nyperr

              Do not go to Habitat. Eleven is a much better choice....

              1. re: nyperr

                Eleven is solid and I almost mentioned it in my previous post. But it just didn't feel like it would leave much of an impression. It fits the criteria though, and it seems there isn't much choice on a Sunday....

                1. re: CrazyOne

                  ELEVEN or SPOON both open Sundays. What do you think ???

                    1. re: nyperr

                      Spoon is newer, hotter? Read the sample menus and see perhaps. Both will work but it all still feels like a letdown, sorry.

            2. 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.