Tavern 51 [Pittsburgh]
In town for the game and found this little gem. We'll be headed back.
Small bar / eatery, family owned. Cash only. Really nice people. Doing something different with their menu. Had a flat iron steak special that looked good, but we honestly never made it past the appetizer menu.
Was going to get a steak sandwich which the people next to me at the bar were eating, but we ended up with the rice poppers - risotto with finely minced jalapeno then fried. Even the ranch that it's served with works. Cheesy, crispy, creamy goodness, hits all the right notes. I think it demands pancetta or bacon, but then everything does.
The bacon wrapped pretzel log with cheese was just OK for me, but my brother liked it. The mustard it was served with wasn't overpowering, which is often a problem.
Finally, stuffed banana (frying) peppers with tomato sauce. A great ground beef with cheese another layer of gooey mozzarella and some parmesan on top, broiled and covered in a nice light tomato sauce. Really excellent.
Sounds strange, but with the exception of the pretzel, reminded me of the kind of food I got in Rome at bars there. Do yourself a favor and check this place out.