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Jan 11, 2011 10:30 AM

looking for good places - Robinson Twp, west side of Pittsburgh...

My husband has recently moved to Robinson Township (from Harrisburg, PA) for some contract work. It's quite a hell of sprawl and chain restaurants. Are there any places, expensive or not, foodie or not, that people would recommend? We like just about anything. I spend a couple weekends a month with him.

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  1. In Moon there is the Hyeholde but very expensive. Go down Rt 60 to Crafton there is the Creekhouse that many like. Get in your car and go Downtown (Six Penn, Eleven, The Carlton, Seviche), to Sewickley and Mt Lebanon (Kous Kous, Bistro 19, Aladdin, Luma) they have many more none chains. The drive is about 10 minutes to most, Sewickley a little longer. Try the Golden Pig, it is in Cecil a few miles off of 79.

    Bistro 19
    711 Washington Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15228

    930 Penn Ave Apt R1, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

    Hyeholde Restaurant
    1516 Coraopolis Heights Rd, Coraopolis, PA 15108

    Golden Pig
    3201 Millers Run Rd, Cecil, PA 15321

    1. Not much of note out that way except the Hyeholde.

      Usually when we're out that way it's either Lonestar or Quaker Steak and Lube in the Sam's Club area. We find those two perfectly acceptable for what they are. On the bright side, you're near the best Market District on the planet.

      Couple of places I haven't been to yet that I've heard recommended are Bocktown (sandwiches/brewpub food) and Doshinii (Korean).

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      1. re: Panini Guy

        we've been to Bocktown. It's nice, nice carnivore's platter that my husband likes, but suffers from being too popular :) they need to expand into more of that strip mall.

        Also been to Sharp Edge Creekhouse. I really liked that place.

        and my husband has become addicted to Steak n' Shake....

        I've been wanting to go to the Hyeholde since I spent a few years in the 'burgh going to Chatham.

        will probably end up downtown and in the strip at some point. Too bad there's a playoff game in town this weekend when I'll be visiting.

        Hyeholde Restaurant
        1516 Coraopolis Heights Rd, Coraopolis, PA 15108

        Sharp Edge Creekhouse
        288 W Steuben St, Pittsburgh, PA 15205

        1. re: Panini Guy

          PG, just noticing, I can't believe you actually eat at Lonestar. And admitted it. ;-)

          (Quaker Steak I get, though only sorta because I'm not into wings, but if you like 'em I can see why you go there.)

          1. re: CrazyOne

            Yeah. Once or twice a year I have a thing for an ice cold salad with a cup of industrial southwest dressing and a frosted glass of cheap beer that leaves a puddle on the table.

            The Slow Food people don't need to know about that :-)

            However, if you ever catch me next door at Don Pablo's, you'll know I've given up all hope and crossed to the dark side!

        2. Clarks in Airport Office Park is a nice, comfortable choice. They are just off of the Thorn Run exit near the airport. You might also consider Ditka's steak house which is right in Robinson.

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          1. re: Burghfeeder

            If you try Clarks, just beware when you enter turn right to the dining room. We went there for lunch one time and went to the left to eat quickly in the bar not realizing they allow smoking still (caught us off guard, wasn't expecting a smoking bar where you could still order food). Yuck! Honestly my only memory of the place was the overpowering smoke. It was so bad we asked to move halfway thru lunch to the dining side.

            My usual rec for the west side is, of course, Armstrong's. Also off the Thorn Run exit, in the shopping plaza next to the post office.

            Bocktown is good bar food, I agree with all who have recommended it.

            Sweet potato fries at Uncle Sam's (in shopping plaza across from the former Barnes & Noble) are a sweet deep-fried treat.

            Barnes & Noble
            1 Campus Dr, Mont Alto, PA 17237

          2. Hyeholde is quite a spend and some say food not as good but really nice setting for a romantic dinner.

            On the opposite end of the spectrum, try Eggs N'at on University Blvd in Moon, probably for breakfast though they also have lunch. Assuming it's still there. Their web site doesn't respond right now. They're not open at dinner but definitely good for breakfast.

            The huge Giant Eagle Market District has some interesting prepared to order food options you wouldn't expect in a supermarket. And you can get a beer too and even, somehow, a glass of wine (and I don't mean out of the wine vending machine).

            It's not too far a drive up 79 to get to Andora. But it wouldn't be a much longer drive, probably, to get downtown anyway, or to the South Side. Unless there's some reason to avoid going into the city (can't think of one) then this opens up more options. There won't even be any traffic most of the time.

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            1. re: CrazyOne

              the Giant Eagle is rather monstrous isn't it? :) Already been there, though not for a meal. Good beer selection, though. Andora seems like a definite possiblity. I think as soon as it gets nicer, we'll be doing South Side etc.

              1616 Mount Nebo Rd, Sewickley, PA 15143

              Giant Eagle
              5550 Centre Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15232

            2. Not in Robinson (which is dominated by chains) but you could try Leetsdale's Azul Bar y Cantina, which is not too far away.

              I lived in Robinson for 9 months after moving from Pittsburgh from Atlanta in 2009. Pittsburgh itself is not a great restaurant town IMHO and Robinson is just a big shopping center. But Sewickley and Mt Lebanon aren't far. And the City is pretty close, too. Some pretty good places in the city.