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doodle79 Jun 1, 2011 08:45 AM

We're headed to Pittsburgh in a few weeks and are looking for a good place to eat after the day game. Somewhere where we could make a reservation or that won't be too slammed after the game. Nothing too fancy, since we will have been sitting at the game all afternoon.

  1. Jay F Jun 29, 2011 03:01 PM

    I ate at the Sharp Edge in Friendship once. The service was fine, the food mediocre. I've never gone back.

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      Chowrin Jul 3, 2011 04:40 PM

      I love the place, myself. couldn't ask for a bar with a more varied and eclectic clientele, too. Had some beef carbonade there that was to die for!

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        bagofwater Jul 7, 2011 07:57 AM

        I never regarded it as an eating place myself. On a good day it was nothing special. It was always the beer selection that would draw me there.

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          Jay F Jul 7, 2011 08:47 AM

          I live right in the neighborhood, and don't drink. I was hoping for an inexpensive, walkable-to restaurant that wasn't the hot bar at Whole Foods.

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        doodle79 Jun 29, 2011 12:13 PM

        So Pittsburgh was fun. Very friendly city, even to Red Sox fans. (I am not one, but the rest of the party was). I realized way too late that I had said the game was on Saturday, when really it was on Sunday. So... Piccolo Forno, and SixPen, and almost EVERYTHING else near the park was closed by the time we were finished with the game and ready to eat (6-ish). We stopped for a drink and to re-plan at McCormick's and Shmicks, and our bartender recommended a place, and some random customers also recommended a place (which was closed at 7, when we got there). We went to the Sharp Edge Bistro (the place the bartender recommended) and was open (with an hour wait for 7 people, but again, they were the only place open). The food was ok. The service was not good. We ordered brie and were abruptly told "we don't have that" with no apology or suggestion of another app, or really even a pause in our waiter's stride. Same thing happened when we ordered a particular pizza. At least that time we were able to drag a more detailed explanation, out of him, since we were interested in a different pizza, and didn't know if all pizza were 86d or just chicken, or just pesto, etc. That was basically his style; walk by the table quickly and slam something down, or ask if we needed anything but barely even slowing down. Even if we needed beers, which is just money in his pocket. We were seating back to back from the rest of our party, and they might have ordered 5 minutes before us and were completely finished eating by the time our food came. I don't think our server noticed until he was clearing their plates. Then he said he "hadn't forgot about us, but the kitchen was really backed up..." which of course, COULD be true. Just odd timing that it would get backed up immediately before we ordered. Our food came out fairly soon after that. I had mussels and frittes (the frittes didn't come, and I had to ask twice for them) and they were ok. Not spectacular, but I hardly ever had anything bad to say about a mussel. The other 2 at my table had a chicken avocado sandwich and a jerk chicken pizza. They both said they were good. We also got desserts to share with the rest of our group, and the waffles came out immediately, yet it was probably 10-15 minutes for the other desserts. By this time, they were not busy. The food was fine to good, and I would never blame an entire restaurant for one grumpy server on a bad night (hopefully that wasn't a GOOD night), but he was such a stark contrast to rest of the friendly people we met that it was really noticeable. But again, they were open, and had food and beers, and that is what we were looking for.

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        Piccolo Forno
        3801 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201

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

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          Burghfeeder Jun 29, 2011 12:44 PM

          I'm sorry you received such poor service, but please know that is not typical! I'm glad you enjoyed our city (I sure do enjoy yours) and had a good time. At least you got to see the Sox win...Even though it was a hideous game for the Pirates!

          http://burghfeeding.blogspot.com/

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            doodle79 Jun 29, 2011 01:50 PM

            No, everyone from the hotel staff to strangers yelling out of their cars about who won the game were really, really, friendly. It was fun. And a beautiful baseball park too!

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            agocleve Jun 29, 2011 02:08 PM

            Sunday's in Pittsburgh are tough...sorry to hear about Sharp Edge, but I can't say I'm surprised. Hope you'll give our city another shot! Lots of good dining options out there.

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

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              Panini Guy Jun 29, 2011 09:25 PM

              That particular Sharp Edge seems to get a number of negative comments.

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              skoledin Jun 1, 2011 12:31 PM

              You could give Six Penn (http://www.sixpennkitchen.com/) a shot. It's right across the bridge from PNC park. They should take reservatons, and I've never felt under-dressed (or over-dressed) there. If it's a nice day, you may even be able to snag one of the loungy spots on the roof deck.

              If you're looking for less-formal or more formal, there's a bunch of options once you cross into downtown -- just let us know and we'll try and point you at some good choices.

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                Augie6 Jun 1, 2011 01:28 PM

                Some prefrences on food type or style will also help... PNC Park IMHO one of the best attractions of the city, by far. I am not a real baseball fan , but love going to a game there...

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                  doodle79 Jun 1, 2011 02:14 PM

                  Six Penn looks great to me, but possibly a little too much for the whole group (price and appetite-wise; we have some very, very, plain eaters). Maybe a little cheaper, Italian always works well for this group, or something Pittsburgh-y (it's my first time, so I don't know what that even means).

                  Thanks!

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                    Jay F Jun 1, 2011 02:37 PM

                    Bop on over to Piccolo Forno in Lawrenceville, just a little east of downtown. My favorite pizza and The Best Lasagne (Bolognese) in Town.

                    http://www.piccolo-forno.com/

                    They only take reservations if you have more than six, but if you get there right after the game, you shouldn't have a problem getting a seat. And I think you'll find the price is right.

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                    Piccolo Forno
                    3801 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201

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                      doodle79 Jun 2, 2011 05:26 AM

                      that looks great. Thanks!

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                        Jay F Jun 2, 2011 05:57 AM

                        You're welcome. Let us know how you liked it.

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                        Augie6 Jun 2, 2011 06:24 AM

                        Once again Jay hits it on the head... Piccolo is a great place...located in a new (still in progess) up and comming area of the city. IT is also very close to the STRIP DISTRICT cannot get more Pittsburgh-y than the STRIP.. some of the food shops might be closed by 5 , but still worth a walk up and down PENN or Smallman-- some cheap PGH items

                        If your party is under six and explain your are vistiing city , they should help you out.. Piccolo is just great !!

                2. Jay F Jun 1, 2011 10:04 AM

                  What day of the week? Baseball? What time is it over?

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                    doodle79 Jun 1, 2011 11:42 AM

                    Saturday afternoon baseball. Probably over around 4-ish.

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