Instead of documenting all my eats, I have decided to go a different route on this rainy, cool, windy Tuesday – a ’round up’ of all the various foodie and Pittsburgh related events or moments I have heard off/read about/experienced over the last few weeks.
- Return trip to Yo Rita – Southside
After a so-so first visit, The Boy and I returned to Yo Rita (1120 East Carson Street) on another Sunday night. To note, I appreciate the Sunday night hours. Sunday nights always seems like a great time to squeeze in a dinner out. However, many independent places are closed. I realize these people work crazy hours and need their downtime and Sunday night is likely slow. Its just nice to have a Sunday night option though!
Anyway, our return trip provided the same great food and much better service. I had the pork taco and The Boy had a soft shell crab taco and a veal tongue taco. The veal tongue was awesome – tender, filling. I was expecting a chewy texture but got none of that. The Boy was loving everything and we will be back!
- Sushi Bar at Wholey’s – Strip District
Right as you enter Wholey’s (fish market in the Strip – 1711 Penn Ave) you will see the smiling face of Andy behind the sushi bar. He will make you just about anything for a pretty decent price. If you would like, you can even take your sushi upstairs (not a glam setting, but does the trick) and eat in house. This is pretty tasty sushi – maybe not the best I have ever had but quick, fresh, satisfying. (Note: Penn Avenue Fish Company is another great Strip District spot for sushi – it may just edge out Wholey’s but its hours are more limited- check out my previous reviews here and here).
- Pittsburgh Local Restaurant Week – October 12-18, 2009
I stumbled across information on this event while trying to see if Pittsburgh was having a Restaurant Week this fall (I can never remember the dates of this and vaguely remember there being two last year?). Anyway, the website seems a bit bare but perhaps more restaurants will sign up soon? I would love to support this.
- Dozen Cupcakes comes to Southside!
I found out about this article via some Twitter action by the man behind Foodburgh. I think the Southside could definitely use and support a place like this. Don’t get me wrong, I love the bar scene dahn the Sahside- however, I think the area could use some more places like bakeries, delis, cafés, etc. Often, The Boy and I struggle to find somewhere to get a tasty brunch or a relaxed casual lunch. Not sure if Dozen will exactly serve that niche, but I think its a step in the right direction. Yay!
- Shadyside 5K
There is a Shadyside 5K (get info here!) benefiting the Shadyside Boys and Girls Club on Saturday, October 3rd. I am not sure I will be participating but may change my mind. Regardless, it seems like a good event and hopefully the weather will be nicer than last week’s Great Race!
Note: If you do run the 5K and are looking for brunch/breakfast afterward, you can try Pamela’s (Walnut – open at 9am?), Cappy’s (Walnut – open at 10am), Crepes Parisienes (Filbert off Walnut – check out my review – open at 10am), Bagel Factory (Ellsworth – open at 7am), or even Whole Foods (open at 8am – Centre Ave – surprisingly tasty and lots of options!). If anyone has any other suggestions, please chime in! Some other spots, including Casbah (South Highland – open at 11am), Paris 66 Bistro (Centre Ave – open at 10am – check out my review), and Walnut Grill (Walnut – newer to the breakfast scene – open at 11am) appear only to be open for brunch on Sundays. Too bad!
- Cafe on Main – Sharpsburg
This point is The Boy’s contribution. He dined here with his mom and was pleasantly surprised by the menu options and tasty food. He appreciated that Cafe on Main (914 Main Street) was doing things like pesto, ciabatta bread, sundried tomatoes, fresh fruit, etc. Although that may not sound mind blowing, many places in Pittsburgh are stuck in kind of a ‘bar food rut’. Nice to see a place stepping out of that zone!
- Nine on Nine – Downtown
I lunched at Nine on Nine earlier this week. Nine on Nine is located at 900 Penn Ave, in the Cultural District. The place is tiny but well polished. Dark wood, lots of windows, a stylish bar area. I had the seared tuna salad. The tuna was perfectly cooked and of good quality, but I was not overly impressed with the rest of the salad. For $14, I wanted some other wow-me ingredients. However, I got so so mixed greens, tomatoes, and cucumbers. Hmm. Just wasn’t the type of composed salad I expect for $14. The lunch menu also contained appetizers, sandwiches, and entrées. Prices ranged from under $10 (apps) to high teens for entrées. One plus for Nine on Nine – they got us in and out in a respectable amount of time (hour-ish). (Please see other downtown lunch reviews of Kaya and Eleven).
- Las Velas – new Mexican joint opening in Market Square
Husband of infamous blogger Pittgirl of That’s Church (got that?) is opening a new place in Market Square this Friday, October 2nd. Las Velas will be serving lunch and dinner. The website is up, so check it out!