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Pittsburgh foodies: ISO pre show eats near Heinz Hall

Sorry to hear your experience didn't mirror ours...

Perhaps it was because we got there a little earlier? (6pm)

The place was busy, but we had a (large) table downstairs and our service (as mentioned) was fast. Re: noise, I just assumed it was always kind of a busy, hustle bustle kind of place. It did not inhibit conversation though...

Thought about the duck, asked about the Pork Chop as well and our server recommended the Pork Chop. I was not disappointed. Med rare, with a real smokey flavor that was offset by a plum reduction sauce (not oversauced, which was welcome) My DC really enjoyed the Pork Shank, it was alot, but had real good flavour with some nice crispy bits. She described the flavors as "authentic" (she is German) I thought it was quite tasty as well.

I would rate our experience at Six Penn a solid 7.5/10.

Bill Maher: easily a nine.

about 13 hours ago
kwfoodiewannabe in Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh foodies: ISO pre show eats near Heinz Hall

Just a quick followup:

Had a very good dinner at Six Penn Kitchen, Pork chop was delicious and so was the Pork Shank. Sides were good as well. Casual, friendly service was efficient and speedy. Good value for the price, IMO.

Parking was a bit of a nightmare due to the huge country music show at PNC Park (I had NO idea) the first 3 garages we found were all full. But I managed to find a small lot about a block away for $20. Not sure if that's alot in Pittsburgh, but it's a bargain on an "event night" in downtown Toronto - so all good. Had a nice walk around the district before the rain forced us inside beautiful Heinz Hall.

Thanks again to all for the suggestions. burghgal, hope you enjoyed your dinner and the show.

about 14 hours ago
kwfoodiewannabe in Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh foodies: ISO pre show eats near Heinz Hall

Yeah... read some reviews re: Six Penn and they were kinda all over the place. Since we are coming in from a long way (Toronto area) I really need to have a reservation somewhere. Butcher offered only bar seating, and I thought we might want a little more room after the drive.
Re: Sienna, looks very Italian (not a bad thing, but we have lots of that in T.O.) and not a big fan of Asian (Grit) At this point, reservations are filling up everywhere for Sat. night as would be expected. Will probably stay with Six Penn and hope we catch them on a good night.
Thanks to all!

Jul 22, 2014
kwfoodiewannabe in Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh foodies: ISO pre show eats near Heinz Hall

Thanks yammers, Effort and burghgal for the suggestions. Wasn't able to get in at M & P or Butcher. I have a res at Six Penn.

Everything looks quite nice... any "must haves" on that menu?

Jul 21, 2014
kwfoodiewannabe in Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh foodies: ISO pre show eats near Heinz Hall

yammers thank you very much for the feedback.

I like Proper Brick oven, but no res means that probably won't work pre show.

I'm leaning toward M&P. Any must haves on that menu?

Jul 17, 2014
kwfoodiewannabe in Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh foodies: ISO pre show eats near Heinz Hall

Heading to the Bill Maher show 8:00pm on Jul. 26. Can any 'burgh area hounds advise a good place for pre show eats close to Heinz Hall?

Fancy or casual works... timing/parking and good food most important.

Any suggestions? (Go Steelers!)

Jul 16, 2014
kwfoodiewannabe in Pennsylvania

Best Ontario Food Cities--Beyond Toronto?

Fair enough.

answer: nowhere, IMO.

St. Jacobs is fine for the market (a bit touristy for my tastes, but...) however, I wouldn't bother eating there, especially if you're looking for a "foodie destination", if you just want some eats before/after/during shopping, Crazy Canuck has simple food (fresh cut fries, sandwiches, etc.) mostly made in-house from what I gather. A whole lot better than fast food, but NOT a destination.

There are a few decent spots in KW (MPC Kitchen, Red House) as someone pointed out earlier, but nothing you can't get in T.O. or vicinity, with the exception of some good German fare perhaps and BBQ, which I understand is somewhat lacking in T.O. (Buster and Stockyards notwithstanding). I have been thinking about trying Langdon Hall (which some say is a foodie destination), but with all the lukewarm reviews I've read, it really has not been a priority.

I wouldn't call KW and area a foodie mecca by any stretch. It's taken me years just to find a few good local faves. That being said, it might work geographically as a base for the OP's roadtrip, since it is pretty central to almost all the suggestions in this thread.

Jul 11, 2014
kwfoodiewannabe in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best Ontario Food Cities--Beyond Toronto?

agree re: Monforte. My new fave in Stratford

(thanks, Prima!)

Jul 11, 2014
kwfoodiewannabe in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best Ontario Food Cities--Beyond Toronto?

not suggesting it as a destination for the OP, as that would be simply foolish. It is a dinerish place with some good homemade eats.

I believe you asked the question:
Right BUT where should one eat in St Jacobs?

My posting was simply in response to your question specifically, and while I don't consider KW to be a destination of any sort (except perhaps, Oktoberfest?) I did point out to the OP in an earlier posting re: the merits of using it as a base for various day trips that others suggested.

Jul 10, 2014
kwfoodiewannabe in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best Ontario Food Cities--Beyond Toronto?

not fancy, and nothing like Vidalia's, but the Crazy Canuck is doing some good eats by the St. Jacobs market, FYI...

Jul 10, 2014
kwfoodiewannabe in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Trip to Niagara Falls/Buffalo N.Y. what grocery items would you bring back?

Sahlen's hot dogs. The BEST.

Or you could just eat a charbroiled one at Ted's...

Jul 10, 2014
kwfoodiewannabe in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Best Ontario Food Cities--Beyond Toronto?

True, however the rest of ChefVegabond's comments were a good explanation of the (former?) "rivalry", and if it exists at all, it's probably more of a football thing.

Re: the OP, I wasn't going to recommend Kitchener/Waterloo though we do have some decent family stuff (Children's Museum, Butterfly conservatory - Cambridge) and some good eats (good BBQ, a few gems) then I started reading other's suggestions and it occurred to me...
1 hr. to Toronto (east), 1 hr. to Niagara (south), 40 minutes to Hamilton (south), 20 minutes to Elmira (north), 25 minutes to Stratford (west)

If I was the OP planning a road trip, KW might be a good base. Just a thought. Certainly depends on how much time you have, and specific wants/needs. IMO, all of the suggestions are excellent.

Have fun brooklynsabra! Let us know where you end up!

Jul 10, 2014
kwfoodiewannabe in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Erin ,Georgetown, Acton ??? - foodie thoughts ?

Haven't been for a while, but Saunders Bakery on Main St. Rockwood used to sell some delicious jelly donuts.

If you get there early enough you get them while they are still warm... mmmmmm

Jul 03, 2014
kwfoodiewannabe in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Anybody remember Switzers on Spadina?

I grew up down the street from the Beck family (Switzer's owners) and had many meals at the original Switzer's. Agree re: their knucker on a poppy seed roll, which was always great. While I enjoyed the food there more overall, I always liked Shopsy's corned beef better. Probably something to do with the hand slicing. Of course Shopsy's went way downhill and I never really bothered after they left "the Ave." Always ordered corned beef or pastrami. Never bothered with MSM until CSD brought the Snowdon Deli recipe here and started hand slicing.

Re: "up north", IMO if you want "Jewish deli", you go where the jews are. (generally, up north)

Jun 27, 2014
kwfoodiewannabe in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Anybody remember Switzers on Spadina?

Actually kwass, although I agree with the spirit of your post, IMO, a Bagel World (the originator?) twister beats a Kiva's twister.

Kiva's regular bagels are MUCH better, but for me BW still gets the nod for (an occasional) twister.

Agree re: Steeles deli (nice) and I think Center Street does a great job (cue the haters) certainly not "second rate".

evansl ... have not been to Meyer's but I don't think it's worth the trip to Winnipeg for deli. If you really hate T.O. deli (why?) you can go to MTL (Schwartz) or NYC (Katz) (much closer than the 'peg)

Or do you consider them "second rate" as well? :)

Jun 26, 2014
kwfoodiewannabe in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Union Burger

FT... Don't need well done, and Frat burger is an occasional option (short drive to waterloo) Bauer burger is not bad but $17.00. I'm looking for something a little more "everyday", I guess.

Davwud, I had no idea Burger's Priest was considering expansion beyond the GTA. That would be nice...

Jun 20, 2014
kwfoodiewannabe in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Union Burger

not really... Morty's wings are fine. The BBQ place burgers are just ok in my experience.

Looks like I'll just have to get my burger fix weekdays in Cambridge.

Jun 20, 2014
kwfoodiewannabe in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Union Burger

That's what I figured. I generally don't bother with the chains, but this is walking distance from my home, so I thought I'd ask. Also, we have a Works (meh), but NO Five Guys locally. Not much in the way of decent burgers here in Kitchener, although we do have FratBurger in Waterloo (fresh ground daily and will cook your burger RARE - just not my thing) and Little Louie's in Cambridge (Amazing... better than ANY char grilled I have eaten anywhere in ON - but NO weekends)
I was just hoping for something decent that I could walk to... oh well...

Jun 20, 2014
kwfoodiewannabe in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Union Burger

Bumping this thread to ask if any 'hounds have tried this chain?

No T.O. locations thus far, but I know they have opened a Mississauga location since this thread was last updated. They now have a new location in downtown Kitchener.

Not a fan of Crabby Joe's so I am wary...

Any recent experiences/reviews?

Jun 19, 2014
kwfoodiewannabe in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Authentic southern BBQ spots in TO?

Oh... terrible news. Hope all is well now.

For next time... I like the chicken (thigh) best. but the brisket, pulled pork and wings are all good. Ribs can be hit or miss, but that's likely just me as I prefer baby backs (they smoke side ribs) sides I've tried (coleslaw, fries, rings, hush puppies, collards, mac and cheese) are all good and made in house.

recently, I have been frequenting the original (Hogtails BBQ) no longer owned by the Lanc owner but still consulting(?) or affiliated in some way (recipes?) I found when the Lanc was crazy busy, the kitchen seemed to stumble a bit and food was not as good. I think Hogtails might actually be slightly better...

Jun 09, 2014
kwfoodiewannabe in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Authentic southern BBQ spots in TO?

Not a rib steak fan (NY usually) but it was late and I just went for a smallest steak (filet) and it was surprisingly good. I was tempted to do the 1/2 wellington thing, but didn't want to wait the 30 minutes (it was approaching 10pm)

However, I could NOT resist the Sticky toffee pudding cake for dessert.

Jun 09, 2014
kwfoodiewannabe in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Authentic southern BBQ spots in TO?

Food Tourist: Sorry! just noticed your post today!

I was in LV enjoying Sage and Gordon Ramsey Steak (among others) when you posted.

Did you make it to the Lanc?
What did you eat?
Any thoughts?

Jun 09, 2014
kwfoodiewannabe in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Grocery items that you can't find in Toronto (but you can in the states)

+1 for Entenmann's Choc cake!

Used to be able to find them at Loblaws/Zehrs.

Now only in the U.S. I think... (probably not such a BAD thing - I'd be eating one a week!)

Jun 05, 2014
kwfoodiewannabe in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Stratford Restaurant Commentary (Long)

Had a great lunch on the patio at Monforte 2 weeks ago Sat... crostini, a nice cheese plate, some delicious sautéed fiddleheads and ramps. Everything coming out of the kitchen looked nice.

Thanks for the rec, prima!

Jun 05, 2014
kwfoodiewannabe in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Need North York recommendation for a 50th wedding anniversary dinner

Re: Octagon, I was just thinking about the tableside Caesar salad (one of the better reasons to go, IMO) Pretty sure it's around $30 for two.

I suppose if you're talking group dining (as in preset menu) there are a lot more options. For some reason, I thought the OP was looking for an a la carte meal (although there is no indication of that - so MY bad)

Jun 02, 2014
kwfoodiewannabe in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Need North York recommendation for a 50th wedding anniversary dinner

I think the Octagon might be more expensive than Scaramouche/Splendido !

Jun 02, 2014
kwfoodiewannabe in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Need North York recommendation for a 50th wedding anniversary dinner

+1 for Paese, though admittedly it's been a while.

It was exactly what I thought of when reading the OP.

Jun 02, 2014
kwfoodiewannabe in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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anyone eaten at Schwartz's in Montreal recently? [moved from Ontario board]

It's been a while... sad to hear your review.

Next time try Smoke Meat Pete's.

May 26, 2014
kwfoodiewannabe in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Tunnel Barbeque closing

Lived in SW Ontario about 10 years ago, and the Tunnel BBQ was no longer a "destination". It had gone way downhill since the old days (when it was the BEST).
Not sure if they had a resurgence in the 10 years since, but it wasn't particularly popular (or good) back then.

May 15, 2014
kwfoodiewannabe in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The dreaded steakhouse question....

Have not been to Carnevino but I was at Ramsay Steak last month and thought it was surprisingly good. (had to cancel Carnevino as my dc wanted to stay at Paris) Your "non-foodie" pal will still pay $50.00+ for a steak, but there are other options, and the other three can have A5 ($35.00/oz IIRC) if you want. Starters and sides were all good.
Don't miss the Sticky toffee pudding!

May 15, 2014
kwfoodiewannabe in Las Vegas