Best Spanish and Vietnamese in Pittsburgh
I'm a St. Louis Chowhounder and just got back fro a great food trip to Vietnam and Barcelona. I want to get my brother, a resident of Pittsburgh, a couple of gift certificates to go along with a few cookbooks I am going to send his way for the holidays. Are there any great Vietnamese and/or Spanish/tapas places in Pittsburgh? Any help is greatly appreciated. Happy holidays! Thanks!
I'm not too sure about Spanish, but I have heard good things about Mallorca. For tasty Vietnamese, I suggest Vietnam's Pho in the Strip District on Penn Ave. (It across the street from McDonalds, I usually park in their lot if I can't find parking on the street.) It is the most authentic and has a larger variety than Pho Minh or Trams Kitchen, which I find are a bit Americanized.
There are only four Vietnamese restaurants in Pgh, all on Penn Ave! Two in the Strip and the other two are further up Penn in Lawrenceville and Garfield. In order, I would rank Vietnam's Pho first, Trams Kitchen second, Pho Minh third, and the other one in the strip that recently changed its name last (Pho Van I believe).
There may be a banh mi place opening up sometime next year...of course on Penn Ave! (Garfield/Bloomfield section) Stay tuned!
As far as Spanish Mallorca in South Side (never personally been) seems to get good reviews. I never heard anyone complain about meals. I also do believe now own a tappas wine bar a couple doors down, IBIZA. Both have websites
2228 E Carson St, Pittsburgh, PA 15203