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A Boxty at Monterey Pub

June 30th, 2015 Tweet Facebook Digg Stumble Reddit
Big Mac!

Big Mac!

Just when I thought I knew everything about old school Pittsburgh food pots, Monterey Pub in the North Side was thrust in my face by multiple sources. As an Irish Pub, the place is famed for its Guinness Shredded Beef, which it manages to drop into dishes at every level – nachos, burgers, shepherd’s pie and whatnot. I like Guinness and I like beef, so I was hoping Monterey Pub would satisfy my hunger. Continue Reading»


A Common Burger at The Commoner

June 29th, 2015 Tweet Facebook Digg Stumble Reddit
Stupid, stupid pickles.

Stupid, stupid pickles.

After hearing such great things about the place, I finally had to check out The Commoner in Downtown Pittsburgh. It’s one of those newfangled trendy spots (located inside the similarly trendy Hotel Monaco), but unfortunately the lunch menu isn’t as vast as the dinner menu. But burgers were still on the menu so I was eager to try one out. Continue Reading»


The Roethlisburger at Peppi’s Subs

June 26th, 2015 Tweet Facebook Digg Stumble Reddit
#7

#7

Peppi’s Subs, which has a few locations around Pittsburgh, has a little (big) sandwich called The Roethlisburger (or #7 depending on who you ask). I’m not sure how the sub shop attracted clientele between 1983 and 2004 when Big Ben arrived in Pittsburgh, but I was in no mood to find out when I paid Peppi’s in the Strip District a visit. Continue Reading»


Real Chinese at Chengdu Gourmet

June 25th, 2015 Tweet Facebook Digg Stumble Reddit
Hey hey dan dan.

Hey hey dan dan.

Down at the bottom of Squirrel Hill is Chinese spot called Chengdu Gourmet. I heard rumors that it could produce some real Chinese food, so I went down with a wife and a friend to see just how true this was. It turned out the place has both a traditional Chinese menu and an American Chinese menu, so we ignored the latter. Continue Reading»


A Big Boy Sandwich at Smallman Street Deli

June 24th, 2015 Tweet Facebook Digg Stumble Reddit
Strange pastrami indeed.

Strange pastrami indeed.

Growing up near Detroit and then living in LA, I must admit I have been spoiled by good delis. Thus, when I moved to Pittsburgh I was shocked to learn that apparently the deli scene was pretty terrible. Because of this, it took me nearly two years to get to Smallman Street Deli – the biggest Jewish Deli in town. Continue Reading»


Pigging Out at the Tipsy Cow

June 23rd, 2015 Tweet Facebook Digg Stumble Reddit
Hey Porky.

Hey Porky.

The bar and restaurant once known as Stack’d II quickly became The Ave and has in turn finally become the Tipsy Cow – still in Shadyside of course. And while Stack’d II and The Ave slung cheesesteaks instead of burgers, the Tipsy Cow has taken the original Stack’d’s custom burger concept and upgraded it to make burgers that actually taste like something you want to eat. Continue Reading»


A Lonely Gobi Mongolian Grill

June 15th, 2015 Tweet Facebook Digg Stumble Reddit
That's so Mongolian.

That’s so Mongolian.

Once upon a time, the official Mongolian BBQ chain was like the coolest thing in the world. Pick your own stir fry with ridiculous flavors that always taste good together?! Not bad at all. And thus it was followed by other, similar spots like Gobi Mongolian Grill in Vancouver, Washington that tried to add their own flair to the concept. Knowing I needed a mess of food to put me to bed early, I decided to try the place out. Continue Reading»


A Greek Gourmet Gyro

June 10th, 2015 Tweet Facebook Digg Stumble Reddit
Oh how gourmet.

Oh how gourmet.

In a land where they pronounce gyros like the beginning of gyroscope, a friend of mine never shuts up about the greatness of the gyros at a place called The Greek Gourmet in Squirrel Hill. The Greek Gourmet, by the way, is more of a quickie Greek market than a restaurant, seeing as it only seems to serve gyros alongside its packaged hummus, tzatziki, pita and whatever else you may expect from a Greek grocer. Continue Reading»


More than Venezuelan at Adolfo’s

June 9th, 2015 Tweet Facebook Digg Stumble Reddit
A-maiz-ing.

A-maiz-ing.

It’s not often you find a Venezuelan restaurant. Considering the country’s brutal recent history, it’s no surprise that Venezuela is better-known for kidnapping than cuisine. Yet, in Bloomfield resides a restaurant called Adolfo’s purporting to offer Venezuelan food. Plus, since it’s Bloomfield it also cooks up Italian for some reason. Continue Reading»


A Lamb Good Time at The Cafe at the Frick

June 8th, 2015 Tweet Facebook Digg Stumble Reddit
Now with real lamb!

Now with real lamb!

At some point The Cafe at the Frick came up as a place I needed to grab a meal at. This, of course, came as a surprise because most museum cafes offer up barely passable food to a captive audience. But I figured why the hell not and headed to the Frick for lunch. As could probably be expected, my wife and I were decades younger than the next youngest patron that hadn’t been dragged there by grandparents, but we hoped that our still active taste buds would be rewarded. Continue Reading»


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Street Food Spotlight: Isabel Pinchos

The bread is so necessary.

The bread is so necessary.

While riding our scooters back to Isabel in Vieques, we couldn’t help but be stopped by some street food. The street food in this case turned out to be Pinchos, which is basically a Spanish word for skewer-grilled meat. Or, at least that’s what it means in Puerto Rico.

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