This is likely to turn into a very mish-mash Pittsburgh based post. I apologize in advance for my rambling…
First off, GO PENS! I watched the game Friday night with my friends and was certainly more than happy with the outcome.
I even managed to get myself to the celebration parade yesterday. Working Downtown does have its perks. Its great to see the city so energized.
This weekend also brought a return trip to Hofbrauhaus (see my first visit here). Hofbrauhaus is located in Southside Works and is designed to resemble the orginal Hofbrauhaus in Munich, Germany. I went on Saturday night and the place was jammed. The group I was with (about 12 ppl) planned on dining and we ended up waiting almost 2 hours for a table (the website does claim it takes reservations for parties of 12 or more – apparently no one in our group was aware of this). Luckily, the Bier Garden is open. The Bier Garden sits along the river and has open seating at picnic style tables, a large bar, and a great view of the city. You currently have to navigate down a pebble filled hillside to get to the Bier Garden (or traipse through the main dining room and down the stairs) but I am assuming there are plans to pave this area. I believe you can order food in the Bier Garden.
After a long wait in the Garden and many beers, we were seated. This really is a fun place. A live band plays polka and covers. Lots of toasting and yelling and rowdiness. Shouts of “Let’s go Pens!” and “Geno! Geno!” erupted frequently. (Geno was not in fact there – this is just how P-burgh operates).
Be prepared for loudness and drunkenness. Most seats are at long communal tables. I ordered a schnitzel sandwich – it was huge. I easily could have split this with someone. There was no problem or extra charge for subbing a side salad in for fries. However, I think the health factor of the salad was largely overshadowed by the fried schnitzel and generous globs of ‘bier cheese’ covering it. It was nothing mind blowing, but tasty enough and priced decently at $8 or so. The menu has variations of Bavarian dishes (schnitzel, wurst, etc) but also has a selections of more Americanized salads and sandwiches.
And one can’t leave without doing a ‘shotski’.
Literally a ski with shots attached. Meant for multiple users. As I predicted, the ‘Burgh is lovin’ on this place.
In other Pittsburgh foodie news, I noticed Pittsburgh chef Kevin Sousa has mentioned on his blog that he will be doing a stint at Yo Rita, located at 1120 East Carson Street in the Southside. To be quite honest, I think this place is a tattoo parlor every time pass it. However, it is apparently a Mexican joint (conveniently located very close to The Boy). I am intrigued to see what his influence brings to Yo Rita. To note, I was visiting Sousa’s blog in the first place because he abruptly canceled his July 12th BBQ. Damn! I was planning on attending after the press he got in the PG.
Whew! Check back later for the continuation of ‘Total Tuesdays’!