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Fried chicken nights at Kaya? (PIT)

Well we went, and it was fantastic. $15 for a half chicken with refried beans, slaw, and Reyna's tortillas. Brined and crispy. Go between 5-7 and catch happy hour - that's a good Thursday!

Jun 28, 2010
addiegirl in Pennsylvania

Pgh Restaurant Closings/Changes

Has anyone been to La Gourmandine, the new French bakery in Lawrenceville?

Also, Dozen is opening yet another new location - this one in Oakland on Craig St.

Jun 28, 2010
addiegirl in Pennsylvania

Pgh Restaurant Closings/Changes

I live in Highland Park and walk by the Park Brugge building somewhat regularly, and there is not a whole lot going on. I peeked through the window recently and though they've done a lot of work, the building is still just a shell - there's not even a floor inside, just dirt. I had heard that they'd open this summer, but that seems highly unlikely. It will be insanely successful if they can get it open... here's hoping.

Jun 28, 2010
addiegirl in Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh with (and without) a baby

I really like the Sunday brunch at Lidia's in the strip district. I think it's around $22, which gets you a brunch drink, buffet-style antipasti and desserts, and you order your entree off the menu. The antipasti spread is usually pretty great - salads, meats, marinated veggies, soup. It gets crowded but you can make a reservation, and it's loud enough that babies can go unnoticed.

Jun 28, 2010
addiegirl in Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh with (and without) a baby

Some places we've been with our seven-month-old:

Kaya in the Strip District for dinner. We were there early, around 5:30, and it was not an issue.

Abay in East Liberty - pretty great Ethiopian. Totally baby friendly.

Point Brugge in Point Breeze. One of my favorite restaurants. It's in a pretty family-friendly neighborhood, and if you go early there are always lots of families with young kids. It's a tight space, though, so I'd forgo the stroller for a highchair.

Salt will probably not be open by your visit, but I too wonder about its eventual baby-friendliness.

Jun 26, 2010
addiegirl in Pennsylvania

Local Honey in Pittsburgh?

Just wanted to add that there is definitely a guy selling local honey at the farmer's market in East Liberty on Mondays. Unfortunately, I can't remember his name, but he has a good variety and the honey is great.

Jun 24, 2010
addiegirl in Pennsylvania

Best Fine-Dining/Refined Italian in Pittsburgh.

Alla Famiglia got quite a favorable review in today's PG.

http://www.postgazette.com/pg/10175/1...

Jun 24, 2010
addiegirl in Pennsylvania

Fried chicken nights at Kaya? (PIT)

I see on Kaya's website that they're doing fried chicken on Thursdays... has anyone tried it? I love good fried chicken but never know where to look in Pittsburgh, so I'm hopeful!

Jun 24, 2010
addiegirl in Pennsylvania

100% Grass-fed beef in Pittsburgh

Email Susan Barclay, as listed on the website that Panini Guy posted above, and tell her you want to be on the Laptop Butchershop mailing list. The site hasn't been updated, but the program is very active and everything is done via email. At the last event (a few weeks ago) there was some great grass-fed beef from a couple in Ohio, and it was available a la carte for purchase.

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Panini's
317 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Apr 11, 2010
addiegirl in Pennsylvania

BBQ Pit manufacturer in PA?

My husband is on a mission to get himself a barbecue pit/smoker. Naturally, the best manufacturers seem to be Texas-based. Does anyone know of anyone in PA (Western Pa, preferably) who makes and sells barbecue pits, or of a metal-crafter who would be interested in such a project?

Feb 11, 2010
addiegirl in Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh- search for kid friendly with a good draft selection

The first place that comes to mind is D's Six Packs and Dogs - there's one in the city in Regent Square and one in Monroeville. Definitely meets your criteria!

Oct 20, 2009
addiegirl in Pennsylvania

Pierogies in Pittsburgh

I think you mean St. Stanislaus - http://www.saintsinthestrip.org/

Saturday mornings, you say? I may check that out next week. Thanks!

Dec 11, 2008
addiegirl in Pennsylvania

Pierogies in Pittsburgh

I'm looking to bring a few dozen pierogies to a family Christmas dinner out of town. Does anyone have any recommendations for where to buy them? I've been to Pierogies Plus and liked it, but I'm willing to try a new place. I'd also be happy to buy them from a church, if anyone can fill me in on the logistics of that. Thanks!

Dec 10, 2008
addiegirl in Pennsylvania

Dinette, Pgh

The whole development project is called Eastside - from the shopping center where Dinette is, to the new Bakery Square. You'll even notice in today's paper that the new Target planned for the corner of Penn Circle and Penn Ave - the heart of East Liberty - is called Eastside V. The name was actually designed to connect the two neighborhoods - EAST Liberty + ShadySIDE = Eastside.

As far as I can tell, Eastside is a commercial construct - but it'll be interesting if it starts to refer to the actual neighborhood.

Nov 13, 2008
addiegirl in Pennsylvania

Dinette, Pgh

Thanks for the review. I really want them to do well, but I also thought the prices looked a bit steep. I haven't been yet.

Nov 09, 2008
addiegirl in Pennsylvania

'Burgh bakery recs for Anniversary celebration

I know it's an institution, but I've generally been unimpressed with Prantl's.

Vanilla has fantastic cupcakes, so I'd trust their cakes to be good as well. They have some samples in the shop that look beautiful.

Food Glorious Food is sort of a neighborhood secret - their bakery is only open on Saturdays, and everything I've gotten there has been unbelievably good. I know they do custom orders, so it's worth a call - http://www.foodgloriousfoodonline.com/

Nov 09, 2008
addiegirl in Pennsylvania

Anniversary dinner in PGH - Bona Terra or Alla Famiglia?

I'm seeking opinions on where to go for a fifth anniversary dinner - meaning, we're willing to splurge a bit. We've sort of narrowed it down to Alla Famiglia and Bona Terra, not having been to either. I'm intrigued by Bona Terra's local food philosophy, and the BYOB policy is a plus. Is Alla Famiglia no longer BYOB? If you've eaten at both, do you think they're both at about the same price point?

Thanks!

Oct 10, 2008
addiegirl in Pennsylvania

Chowing Suggestions in PGH Please

I agree with the lobster roll oddity - though I must add that I had an absolutely killer lobster roll at Eleven. It's on the lunch menu.

Oct 01, 2008
addiegirl in Pennsylvania

Breakfast in Pittsburgh

I love the brunch at Lidia's in the Strip District - delicious and a good value. They only do brunch on Sunday.

Oct 01, 2008
addiegirl in Pennsylvania

best pizza in Pittsburg

I finally tried II Pizzaiolo recently, and I really wanted to like it, but... I didn't. I had high hopes due to the DOC rating, which I had experienced in DC at Two Amys. Granted, we didn't get the Margharita - we got the pizza with rapini and sausage. The flavor was decent, but it was so soggy - actually wet on the bottom. We asked the server if something was wrong with it, but she didn't seem too concerned. Now I understand that putting vegetables on the pizza could cause some additional moisture, but this was ridiculous. Maybe they need to rethink how they precook the rapini?

Overall, I wasn't interested enough to give it another try - which is a bummer, because I wanted to like it. And the prices seemed too high for he quality. Oh well...

Sep 16, 2008
addiegirl in Pennsylvania

Grad student happy hour, Pittsburgh, early Nov -- help!

I have seen private parties at the Sharp Edge in Friendship, they put them in that little area to your right as you come in the door, where the jukebox is. Not a bad deal, since the entire place is non-smoking now. It's not very convenient to downtown though.

Aug 18, 2008
addiegirl in Pennsylvania

Lunch In Pittsburgh

Will you be downtown, or out near the airport? I'd recommend Lidia's in the Strip district for brunch if you're in the city - great for a group that size and pretty kid-friendly.

Aug 14, 2008
addiegirl in Pennsylvania

Grad student happy hour, Pittsburgh, early Nov -- help!

I went to a CMU happy hour at Six Penn (at the corner of Sixth and Penn natch!) and it was very well done. They had reserved the entire top floor, and there were good beers on draft and good appetizers, and I'm pretty sure the whole place is non-smoking.

Another fun place might be Seviche, on Penn - Latin-American cocktails and seviche. Or Olive or Twist on Sixth - great martinis and appetizers, though unfortunately not non-smoking last time I was there.

Aug 14, 2008
addiegirl in Pennsylvania

New Thai Pittsburgh

I agree - we've only been to Smiling Banana Leaf once, but we were thoroughly impressed with the experience and hope to go again soon. And they are BYOB, by the way. It's great to see a small local business doing well, so I hope people keep going there!

Aug 14, 2008
addiegirl in Pennsylvania

Black Eyed Pea?

I've never been to Black Eyed Pea, but I will be going soon for a family event. Am I doomed, or is there something worth eating on the menu? Chicken fried steak?

Jun 16, 2008
addiegirl in Chains

Pittsburgh Mag's Top 25 Restos: Opinions?

I agree with you about Tessaro's - they do some amazing things with burgers, but it does seem out of place on the top 25.

I'm happy to see Legume and Point Brugge made the list.

I think they included Lautrec because there's nothing in that same league in Pittsburgh - AAA five diamond.

I don't get Kiku - I do think it has "legend" status, but I found it kind of mediocre.

All in all, I'd say it's a pretty good list - better than I would have expected, actually. Too bad my $5 subscription has run out!

Jun 13, 2008
addiegirl in Pennsylvania

New to Trader Joe's

A lot of people have this misconception... and TJ's does have its share of "gourmet" items that are costly, but their prices on staples cannot be beat. Eggs, milk, quality cheese and yogurt, nuts, dried fruit, cereal, rice, pasta - all these items (and more) are consistently cheaper and better quality than what you'd find in any supermarket.

May 16, 2008
addiegirl in Chains

1st time visiting Pittsburgh

I'd suggest Legume in Regent Square for dinner (BYOB). http://www.legumebistro.com/

And for brunch, you can't go wrong with Lidia's in the strip.

May 15, 2008
addiegirl in Pennsylvania

Chicken and Waffles in Pittsburgh?

Just a warning - my husband's family lives in Central PA (Lancaster), and "chicken and waffles" there consists of chicken in a light gravy, poured over a waffle. So, ordering chicken and waffles in PA might not result in the fried chicken dish you're thinking of.

May 13, 2008
addiegirl in Pennsylvania

Yays and nays from Trader Joe's, lately [OLD]

Here's one I always forget to mention in posts like this - TJ's organic mayonnaise. Mayo is not the sort of thing I usually wax poetic about, but my goodness - it's such a delicious, full-flavored product that barely resembles its commercial equivalent. So so good.

May 13, 2008
addiegirl in Chains