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Augie6 Jan 4, 2011 07:27 AM

My fellow hounds need some more of your wisdom. I am planning on catching up with a former "friend". She is not exactly a foodie and is not prone to try something entirely different. I would like to try and take her somewhere her friends wouldn't immediatley flock, i.e fat heads.

Requirments:
1. Do not want it to feel like a romantic setting nor too fancy.
2. Would prefer a more "hip" atmosphere, we are both in 20's. Do not need total silence while eating.
3. Something that will leave a impression, that we should "catch up more often"

My initial thoughts ( even though never have been ) was Kaya or Brgr. Kaya mostly on the vibe i hear and location. Brgr is suppose to be wonderful, but the menu is very limited. Feel free to open the flood gates on this one.

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    MonMauler Jan 4, 2011 07:36 AM

    Kaya or Brgr are good ideas. I would also consider Yo Rita, in the Southside.

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    Yo Rita
    1120 E Carson St, Pittsburgh, PA 15203

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      CrazyOne Jan 4, 2011 08:54 AM

      Yeah, those sound good. Yo Rita too, though it could be perhaps a little foodie. Also Dinette, again maybe a little foodie, but it's foodie *pizza* and Yo Rita is foodie *tacos* so that kind of mitigates the foodie-ness a bit. :-) Good luck.

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        Augie6 Jan 5, 2011 07:53 AM

        Forgot about Dinette!!!

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          Whigsboy Jan 13, 2011 11:35 AM

          I'm hoping your saying this because you think it will be too "foodie" for your date, because it seems inconceivable to me that it could be a reference to the food.

          Dinette seems like a great choice, though. Good, affordable wine selection. Can always find at least one pizza and app that would appeal to those with a more limited palate, so to speak. Heck, we take our 8 and 6 year old there, and they do just fine.

          As for a coupon, to me that would say to your date, "I took you here 'cause I could save some money," not because you thought she would enjoy it.

          All that said, Kaya and Brgr seem like great choices.

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            Augie6 Jan 13, 2011 12:18 PM

            Dinette, just never came to my mind... It would a great place for it.. You are right , if you dont' like pizza or any of thier apps... i shouldn't be talking to her in first place

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          mlipps Jan 7, 2011 04:57 PM

          Yeah, I went to YoRita w/my non foodie boyfriend, he was NOT happy....haha turns out that foam is not fun for everyone, who knew??!

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            melkay Jan 13, 2011 06:56 PM

            I tried to go there with two non-foodie friends, and they said that they wouldn't eat anything, but they would sit there if I wanted to eat. I apologized to the waitstaff and we left. I was so embarrassed.

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              Jay F Jan 14, 2011 04:00 AM

              I'm as "foodie" as the next person here, but Yo Rita's taco menu gives me pause. I'm sure I'd like something, though it's not immediately clear just what that might be, and that the shredded cabbage they put on everything would be more edible than it sounds. But now that I've seen their menu, I can't say I feel like running over there and making a Yo Rita taco my very next meal.

              Why would you put key lime mustard on the same taco as grapefruit marmalade?
              And a tuna taco with _pickled_ shitake and chipotle BBQ?

              I could go on, but why? The place sounds like a parody of itself, or else a temple of food fashion victimhood.

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              1120 E Carson St, Pittsburgh, PA 15203

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                CrazyOne Jan 14, 2011 09:06 AM

                Dude, don't knock it until you've tasted. Then if you don't like, you can knock it. ;-) Might take a bit of a leap of faith as a first-timer, but man what sound like crazy concoctions come out good. Admittedly I don't think I've been since Sousa stopped working in the kitchen, but still, it seems to be operating along the same lines as then. So certainly don't rush to Salt of the Earth either. More room for everyone else. ;-)

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                  Jay F Jan 15, 2011 06:11 AM

                  Thanks. I'll remember this.

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                  Panini Guy Jan 25, 2011 09:27 AM

                  Think of it this way: It's also an opportunity to try new things for $6 or $7 instead of investing in an entire entree you might find disappointing or not to your tastes.

                  Besides, it's certainly not like every single thing on the menu is for the uber-adventurous - on the current menu the chicken, short ribs, banh mi, calamari and chorizo options are pretty tame. If nothing else you get a couple of bowls of great salsa. And the grits at $4 are fantastic.

                  Been there a few times with Kevin and the two chefs since then. Personally I think it's the best sit-down restaurant food deal in the city. Two tacos are filling (and creative) and with a beer/tip, you're sated for well under $25.

                  And I never really noticed the shredded cabbage!

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                    yayadave Feb 2, 2011 10:51 AM

                    And they have soup.

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            Effort Jan 6, 2011 05:01 AM

            The Point Brugge Cafe is nice but you may have to wait. Food is good and have some nice Belgian beers.

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            Point Brugge Cafe
            401 Hastings St, Pittsburgh, PA 15206

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              six dower Jan 6, 2011 08:05 AM

              Tamari

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                goldy12 Jan 8, 2011 04:27 AM

                2nd Tamari.

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                  Augie6 Jan 10, 2011 05:37 AM

                  mlipps.. i agree with you on yorita, nonfoodie friend was like we should of just went to taco bell i at least know what im getting there (almost smacked him in public ) ...

                  OPEN QUESTION-- Should a guy use a cupon on a date? its for Tamari, I felt it is not a good impression??

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                    Rick Jan 10, 2011 06:24 AM

                    Here's my take. You WANT to use the coupon. If she won't like you because you want to use a coupon, then maybe that relationship won't work out so well. I think using a coupon shows you don't like to waste money. If a date doesn't like that, then that couple obviously has a different set of ideals when it comes to spending money.

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                      Effort Jan 10, 2011 06:37 AM

                      Tamari would be good and use the coupon. Just shows you are a smart cookie who uses his head.

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                        Jay F Jan 13, 2011 11:55 AM

                        Where can I get a Tamari coupon?

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                          Augie6 Jan 13, 2011 12:19 PM

                          Someone gave it to me, either groupon (hard to belive) or another similar website..

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                            melkay Jan 13, 2011 06:58 PM

                            Yeah, I would not use a coupon on a first date. It makes you look cheap, not smart. I love coupons and can't resist a deal, but I agree with Whigsboy. Also, Kaya is awesome.

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                              dmjordan Jan 14, 2011 07:30 AM

                              On Jan. 3 Groupon offered a $50 gift certificate for $25 for Tamari. Yes, I was surprised to see Tamari participating. I bought two; can't wait!

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                          Chowrin Jan 14, 2011 03:48 AM

                          use it. but order UP. don't use it to order something cheapy... and, if you have to declare before buying, make sure she knows she's free to order anything -- and you REALLY MEAN IT.

                          $10 off is ten off, but the date'll be happier if she knows that spare ten is going towards her.

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                            CrazyOne Jan 14, 2011 09:11 AM

                            Eh, I think the coupon is really hard to spin. At the stage it sounds like, it's hard not to have it come off like you've chosen the place because of the coupon, not because it's a great place. So valid as it may be to use the coupon, it's hard to reconcile with this particular occasion. If I were the OP I wouldn't do it, even if you go to Tamari anyway. Assuming the coupon has some validity left, it can be used another time.

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                              Augie6 Jan 17, 2011 08:03 AM

                              Thank Everyone who helped me out !!! I'll give a quick up date..Even though I would of prefered to go to any number or the places listed above, the unknown powers of the female race overpowered me. I ended up going to a local italian place that she missed.. (actually a very good place to eat , slightly impressed she knew it existed) As far as cupon, i could not find any possible reason to use one on a date.. practical yes, but not worth the chance. Once again, thanks

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                                Burghfeeder Jan 18, 2011 10:07 AM

                                Well.....Where did ya go?

                                http://burghfeeding.blogspot.com/

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                                  Augie6 Jan 18, 2011 10:28 AM

                                  Burghfeeder... Its a very small italian place (hard to call it a restaurant) in Greensburg, PA called La Vita's ..its run by one lady, who cooks, cleans, waits tables all by herself or possibly with one helper. Must call her to schedule a meal, walk ins are frowned upon. Chicken Piccata is amazing .. most of her food is amazing. ...if you want more info let me know.... La Vita's is not a well known place, almost underground to an extent.

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                                  La Vita's
                                  123 W Pittsburgh St, Greensburg, PA 15601

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                                    Burghfeeder Jan 23, 2011 04:10 AM

                                    Augie6, Thanks for the reply. La Vitas sounds just like the quirky kind of place that I really enjoy. While I don't get to Greensburg that often, I'll keep it in mind for a future trip!

                                    http://burghfeeding.blogspot.com/

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                                    La Vita's
                                    123 W Pittsburgh St, Greensburg, PA 15601

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                                      yayadave Feb 2, 2011 10:54 AM

                                      That's a big time pay-back, buddy. Thanks.

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                                        Augie6 Feb 3, 2011 04:30 AM

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                                          yayadave Feb 3, 2011 06:51 AM

                                          Outing a good, small, little known, out-of-the-way restaurant is big on these boards. It was good of you to share this information. If someone from the Pittsburgh area wants to take a little drive or ride with a nice meal at the end, you have given them a destination.

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                                            Augie6 Feb 3, 2011 07:50 AM

                                            I am happy to help out!! This is site , especially the Penn borad, is nothing but great ideas. Not living in the city directly, even though work is in PITT, it great to hear these gems.. East liberty might be my next home with all the fine dinning.

                                            Little word of caution, with my rec, La Vita's. This is not a service apt, decorated place.. I have been asked to get my drinks out of the cooler, (BYOB too ), or help carry my tables' meals into the dinning room , that is not exactly high deceration. Think soup nazi, with a italain touch and great food on mix matching plates..

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                                            La Vita's
                                            123 W Pittsburgh St, Greensburg, PA 15601

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                                              yayadave Feb 3, 2011 08:29 AM

                                              That's called "comfort." For your next opportunity with this lady, try Piccolo Forno on Butler Street. Also BYOB and not pretentious.

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                                              Piccolo Forno
                                              3801 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201

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