I ended up at a few new places over the weekend. A happy hour, a date night, and a gossip session sent me to the following locations:
I) Hofbrauhaus – Southside Works – 2705 South Water St.
A group of coworkers invited me along to an impromptu happy hour last week. We ended up at the newly opened Hofbrauhaus. This place is huge! Tons of indoor and outdoor seating. We sat outside on the upper patio. Beer comes in liters or half liters. I had a half liter of the Hofbrau Hefe Weizen, a light wheat beer. There is a full menu – all German inspired of course. Our table sampled the pretzels with bier cheese. Not sure I would rush here for the food but the ample outdoor seat and jovial atmosphere make this a fun place. I think it will do well in the ‘burgh.
II) Kassab’s – 1207 E Carson St. (Southside)
I have been to Kassab’s a few times before – its close to The Boy’s place and is a BYO with no corking fee. The menu is Lebanese based. I love their hummus and the mint dressing on the salads.
Last Friday The Boy and I headed to Kassab’s with a bottle of red in hand. I had the falafel sandwich and he had the mixed grill with chicken and kafta (ground lamb mixed with herbs and onions, grilled). The falafel sandwich was yummy. Warm pita, well seasoned (not greasy) falafel. The Boy did not say much about his dish, but he ate most of it, so I am assuming it was pretty good! The place can be a little hit or miss (see my previous review here) but the price point, quick service, and BYO keep us coming back.
III) Buffalo Blues – 216 S Highland Ave (Shadyside)
Some friends in desperate need of venting met up with me at Buffalo Blues over the weekend. I have often passed this place but never made it inside. The bar has ample TV screens – a Pirate game and a hockey playoff game were being shown as we sat down at a table in the bar area. We all ordered beers. A turkey sandwich, french onion soup, and french fries were also ordered. I did not taste the sandwich or soup – however, the sandwich looked fresh and the soup was piping hot and laden with gooey cheese. The recipient gave it a ‘Pretty good!’. I did sample a few french fries – they appeared to possibly be fresh cut. Even if they were not, they seemed freshly fried. Everything was reasonably priced, including the beer.
We were there around 10PM on Saturday night – the crowd was a little odd – alot of guys hanging around the bar area. The place closes at midnight on the weekends and 10 or 11 during the week. Its not much more than bar food but seems a decent place to catch a game.
(pics from websites – camera died this weekend – it might be on its last legs)