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Sep 23, 2011 10:10 AM

6 Penn Kitchen

This past week, before a concert, I ate at 6 Penn Kitchen across from Heinz Hall and ordered their
Chicken, horseradish mashed potatoes, cornbread crusted stewed tomatoes at $25 per dinner ...and this was chicken.
I thought a bit pricey but it was downtown.

What I received was 1/2 of a rosted chicken. I thought OK I'm getting a lot of good food.

My critique:
1.) the horseradish mashed potatoes were different and pretty good.
2.) the stewed tomatoes - for whatever reason left a metallic after-taste in my mouth which was a strong negative to me. Did not like the stewed tomatoes and I am a huge tomato fan - not this time.
3.) Then there was the chicken, this wing, breast, leg carcass that I had to dismember,with some difficulty, and with not too much grace. At $25 per dinner (there were two of us) could they not have presented the chicken sans skeleton? How it was presented, well I have seen better at backyard picnics.

The meat was very bland and I really had to work to get it off. Skin was rubbery. I don't normally eat skin and this was a put off. Re: the meat, "bland" was a kind word.

The table looked messy when I was done and I tried to keep it presentable.

Quality/taste of the food:

"D" only because of the mashed potatoes. I've had better chicken from Giant Eagle or Cosco. Sorry 6 blew this one.

Presentation: "C-"

Value "F"

Not a good score or dining experience. It will be a while before I return, if ever.

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  1. Is this the place that's owned by Eat'n Park?

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    1. re: Jay F

      Yes it is. With 6 Penn they have to learn that; "You only get one opportunity to make a good first impression".

    2. PGHMIKE, I have to agree with you, generally.

      I live and work downtown and have occasion to dine at Six Penn. I too find the value to be subpar. That said, there are a number of items on their menu that I think are fairly good, and I do still willingly patronize Six Penn from time-to-time.

      For example, I was just at Six Penn on Wednesday for lunch. I ordered the Grilled Cheese and Roasted Tomato Soup, which I think is amongst their best offerings. The grilled cheese is cheddar and fontina, and the soup is very tasty. I prefer it over almost all of the other grilled cheese offerings I've had downtown. Also, the pizza is actually quite tasty. I have not been impressed with most of the other items I've sampled.

      Otherwise, they actually have a pretty good brunch service on the weekends. It's not as good as several others around town, but if it's in the immediate vicinity, and you don't feel like traveling, you will not be disappointed.

      I have gone for dinner several times and always left underwhelmed. The dinner offerings I've had (and sampled from others at my table) have uniformly been excessive in price and lacking in taste. Although I live quite close, Six Penn is never a viable dinner option if I have a say.

      I can't quibble with your scores, PGHMIKE, except to say that the food is, usually, my favorite part of the experience. The prices are high, the service is slip-shod, and the ambience leaves a lot to be desired.

      But, they do usually have at least one good beer on tap, the liquor supply is serviceable, and, like I said, the grilled cheese, soup and pizza are all quite good.

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      1. re: MonMauler

        I agree Sunday brunch seems to be their best offering.