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High priced meal in Pittsburgh wanted!

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  • Rick Sep 1, 2011 05:49 PM
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I'm asking for my sister. Her Husband's work gives employees an all expenses paid meal in reward for perfect attendance. For the past few years they've gone to Alla Famiglia, but want something different this year. All I was able to come up with was Lautrec at Nemacolin. Umi is out, they don't like sushi, but anything else is in. Wine isn't their thing, so high priced bottles of wine won't do much for their experience. Any recommendations?

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Umi Restaurant
5847 Ellsworth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15232

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  1. Pittsburgh Magazine's Top 25 restaurants for 2011: http://www.pittsburghmagazine.com/Pit...

    1. Eleven should fit the bill. Salt of the Earth if they're adventurous enough (but the no sushi makes me think maybe they really aren't). It also might not run the bill up enough if you really want it to be high priced. ;-) Vivo has reopened in Sewickley (used to be in Bellevue). Can't imagine that won't be good. The opening is very recent though so they'll be working out kinks if this is for very soon. Restuarant Echo in Cranberry is worth a look maybe.

      Things on the Top 25 list are in varying types of spaces and prices but all pretty good food. Legume, if it reopens soon enough, that would be good. I like Avenue B but BYOB sounds like it wouldn't cut it for this particular outing.

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      Vivo
      565 Lincoln Ave, Bellevue, PA 15202

      Avenue B
      5501 Centre Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15232

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      1. re: CrazyOne

        Eleven seems like a perfect choice. I have ate thier twice once at bar for lunch and once for dinner .. Menu also has a nice variation of foods..

        1. re: Augie6

          I'll be the third to recommend Eleven. The food is high quality and prepared expertly. The space is elegant. And the menu can definitely accomodate the adventurous and non-adventurous alike. I doubt the Chef's Tasting Menu or the offering at the Chef's Table would be of interest to your sister and her husband, Rick, because they've always had a sushi-like item when I've gone that route, but for others reading this, I would definitely suggest checking them out.

          That said, I think the best restaurant in Pittsburgh right now is Salt of the Earth. The menu is more adventurous than that at Eleven, but if they check out the menu and see a few things that interest them, I would definitely recommend Salt of the Earth.

          A couple other suggestions:
          Bona Terra - It's a little adventurous, as well, but not so much so as Salt. And it's BYOB. But I've never had a bad meal there.

          Otherwise, I do enjoy going up on Mt. Washington for celebratory dinners from time-to-time:

          Isabela on Grandview - is prix fixe, intimate, with a decent mix of European-American cuisine and an amazing view. I've definitely enjoyed my meals there.

          Monterey Bay - the menu is accessible, the food is very good, and, again, there's the view. The space is quite larger than Isabela, where every table has a good view, so if they choose Monterey Bay make sure that they request a window seat when making their reservation.

          Otherwise, I've enjoyed my experiences at Hyeholde. It's a unique space - the restaurant is in an old stone manor-home (I refer to the restaurant as "The Castle"), and the food, which is exceptional, focuses on Continental European cuisine. For others reading, lunch, outside on the grounds is a really enjoyable experience when the weather is right.

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          Bona Terra Restaurant
          908 Main St, Pittsburgh, PA 15215

          Isabela on Grandview
          1318 Grandview Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15211

          Hyeholde Restaurant
          1516 Coraopolis Heights Rd, Coraopolis, PA 15108

      2. Spoon - Shadyside

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        1. re: six dower

          Some good recommendations above. Check out Pittsburgh magazine. Have not been but if you are looking for something different Notions. Eleven is always good.

        2. Rick, what type of food do they like? Notion in Oakmont is probably the most avant-garde place within a 200mile radius. The dishes taste phenomenal, and there are quite a few modernist techniques/preparations thrown into the mix.

          The Chef and owner, Dave Racicot, was chef de cuisine at Lauretec for a time.

          I've had the tasting menu and it's fantastic - actually very reasonably priced, but perhaps your sister and husband could add a few supplements to it ;)

          for more traditional - but still exciting fare, I agree with the Spoon recommendation. I've never been let down by the cream cheese biscuits are one of my favorite bread basket selections ever.

          I haven't been to Eleven, but big burrito restaurant group rarely disappoints.

          back up plan - order the entire menu at Salt of The Earth. Very doable.

          1. Surprised no one has mentioned Nine on Nine. I have not eaten there, but wife and friends have, and have uniformly heard great things.

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            Nine on Nine
            900 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

            1. Seriously, there is only one answer in our region for such a situation.

              That answer is Notion.

              All of the other suggestions fall short in various ways.

              If you want a better dining experience close to Pittsburgh, you better look into tickets to Chicago or NY.

              1. I'd agree with the following:
                Eleven
                Nine on Nine
                Spoon
                Bona Terra

                and add Hyeholde which is outside of the city a ways, but it is very good. Elements, which is fairly new, is terrific too. Their Chef was up for new chef of the year at Food and Wine, but I honestly can't remember how the prices were.

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                Bona Terra Restaurant
                908 Main St, Pittsburgh, PA 15215

                Nine on Nine
                900 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

                Hyeholde Restaurant
                1516 Coraopolis Heights Rd, Coraopolis, PA 15108

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                1. re: JenEngland

                  Justin Severino actually just left Elements, he's going to be opening his own place in Lawrenceville.