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Best pizza in the Burg

Spak Brothers in Bloomfield has the best New York style pizza in Pittsburgh. They're also not as obnoxious and busy as Mineos. All of their ingredients are incredible, emphasis on the sauce, which does not use HFCS.

Check out my review of them: http://bit.ly/b9eHEn

Aug 05, 2010
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Conflict Kitchen: Get some lunch and learn a few things.

Anyone try the Conflict Kitchen in East Liberty yet? It doesn't really have a huge focus on food (at least the way I see it) and is more about the concept and message than anything else but I thought the Kubideh was pretty good. The storefront is strikingly decorated. What do you guys think about political messages and food? Do they go together? I think their message is pretty peaceful on a universal scale and what better way to bridge cultural gaps than through food?

Take a look at the rest of my review here: http://bit.ly/9lOA1v if you want!

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Conflict Kitchen
124 S Highland Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Jul 27, 2010
JakeZigler in Pennsylvania

Best Smoothie in Pittsburgh?

Who do you think makes the best smoothie in the city? I've been to the Juice Box Cafe twice now and think they really "get" what a smoothie is. They're somewhat tart because they aren't artificially sweetened and simply taste like the fruit blended into them, nothing fake.

The sandwiches aren't bad either but nothing fancy. I had a panini both times and it was really good but nothing too innovative. I hate all the business Panera gets (and their food and beverages are terrible) when there are local places like this that actually take great care into making their food healthy but still enjoyable.

I put up a larger review on my web site with some pretty photos: http://bit.ly/bmw382

Jul 11, 2010
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My Second Forray Into Vegetarian - Quiet Storm

My girlfriend and I checked out Quiet Storm tonight and were very pleased with it. I've heard some people say the staff was pretentious and that the atmosphere was hipster to an alienating level. The people eating there while we dined were of all age levels and our server was very friendly. The vegetaballs we started with weren't all that great but our drinks and our quesadillas were both amazing. Check out the rest of my review here: http://www.eatinginpittsburgh.com/201...

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The Quiet Storm
5430 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Jul 07, 2010
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Vegetarian Cafe in Lawrenceville - City Cafe

You'll read in my review that I was kind of at odds with this place. The interior was nice and the food was great but it was kind of uncomfortable for a cafe and the decor and atmosphere inside was better suited for a much older crowd which you will not see in Lawrenceville too much these days. I really have to emphasize that the food was incredible and it's nice to see vegetarian represented in Pittsburgh. My girlfriend's omelet was huge and the broccoli inside was still crunchy but cooked perfectly. The milkshake we shared was great, too and I would definitely stop in for one on a hot day. Check out my more in-depth review on my web site, http://www.eatinginpittsburgh.com/201...

4502 Butler Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15201-3050
(412) 621-2460

Jul 06, 2010
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Pho Minh or Tram's Kitchen?

I need to go to Tram's. I just need to make sure I don't question the amount of spring rolls I receive.

Jul 02, 2010
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Pho Minh or Tram's Kitchen?

I know Tram's Kitchen is more infamous but a lot of people tell me Pho Minh has better food. I've never been to Tram's, sadly, but I just went to Pho Minh and reviewed it on my blog. I thought the food was pretty good. The interior suffers from a lack of imagination but the big bowl of Pho I got was delicious. What do you guys prefer? Check out my review if you want: http://www.eatinginpittsburgh.com/201...

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Pho Minh
4917 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15224

Tram's Kitchen
4050 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15224

Jul 01, 2010
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Pgh Restaurant Closings/Changes

I just posted a thread about La Gourmandine and put up a review on my blog if you'd like to read it. (http://www.eatinginpittsburgh.com/201...) to put it bluntly, La Gourmandine is amazing and you should check it out.

Jun 30, 2010
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La Gourmandine, New French Bakery in Pittsburgh

Lawrenceville has had some awesome changes already this year and I'm incredibly excited since it seems I moved there just in time to see the neighborhood go from bulb to blossom. La Gourmandine opened in the beginning of June and I waited hungrily in April and May as they built and painted the facade. As luck would have it, I was out of town for the opening and the consecutive two weeks so I missed the big opening.

Needless to say, now that I'm back in Pittsburgh I rushed right over as it's just down the street. The baked goods are amazing and I mean it when I say they cut absolutely no corners in their process. The stuff is baked fresh daily and in fact, the first time I entered they had just brought out a tray of fresh eclairs to go with the ones that were already out. I haven't tried their bread plain but I've had a sandwich on their homemade, traditional baguette and it was amazing and almost melted in your mouth (as the interior of a proper baguette should).

Back to the sweet stuff, so far I've had their eclairs, a strawberry tart and an almond croissant. I have never in my life had baked goods of this caliber in Pittsburgh. I really hope they get awesome business so they can continue to produce such unadulterated food. I've heard so much criticism of Dozen and their cupcake recipe that even though my cupcake tastes are pretty lax, I know that a lot of bakers are disappointed in their quality and the hype they receive. To all the hardcore snobs and to those of us that just enjoy food in general (I belong to the latter), check out La Gourmandine and try to tell me it's not an experience genuinely unique in Pittsburgh.

Also, even though I got all riled up and posted a sizeable summary of La Gourmandine here, I want to point you to my review on my blog, http://www.eatinginpittsburgh.com/201... it has some delicious photos and goes more into my experience.

Thanks!

Jun 30, 2010
JakeZigler in Pennsylvania

Southside Restaurants - July 1-2

It tends to get mixed reviews, due to the service (I had a good experience) but Yo Rita has amazing a la carte tacos that are really progressive for the city of Pittsburgh!

Check out my food blog, http://www.eatinginpittsburgh.com

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Yo Rita
1120 E Carson St, Pittsburgh, PA 15203

Jun 28, 2010
JakeZigler in Pennsylvania

Fried chicken nights at Kaya? (PIT)

It's a tad pricey but I really enjoyed their fried chicken night as well. When I went the chicken came with a traditionally made pasta salad and the coleslaw you mentioned. Both had a lot of vinegar in them which I happen to enjoy but I think others could be a bit turned off. The chicken with the tortilla and dill dipping sauce was amazing.

Jun 28, 2010
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Pastitsio - Greek Deli in Pittsburgh

A new Greek deli has just recently opened down the street from me and it is incredibly good. At the moment they're serving sandwiches, salads, sides, entrees and desserts. I've had the moussaka and the baklava so far and they were delicious. The guy who owns the place is originally from Meadville, PA and is 100% Greek. The food all seems to be authentic even though I have to admit I'm not incredibly familiar with Greek cuisine. I put a more in-depth review on my blog. http://wp.me/pVPwQ-2M

Jun 28, 2010
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Pittsburgh - Oakland area - need recs

As a loyal Lawrenceville resident I have to recommend Coca Cafe for breakfast one day. It has such a reputation that if you don't line up before it opens you can expect a 40 minute wait. They specialize in fresh, healthier food which would be a great balance when you eat 5,000 calories at Pamela's the day prior (I'm not complaining!). They have some awesome hand made juices such as carrot ginger, ginger apple and pretty much any combo that sounds appetizing. http://www.cocacafe.net/

Jun 03, 2010
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Bubble Pi Baking Arts - A Japanese Bakery in Pittsburgh?

Yep, I was just as skeptical as you are. The place is awesome and, if you've ever been to Japan and experienced the cute little cafes they have you'd know how well she pulls off the charm and atmosphere.

I put a review up on my website, the link is here: http://wp.me/pVPwQ-2w

Definitely check it out and surprise yourself with some delicious baked goods. The owner is incredibly nice, too. She's at the bottom of Murray Avenue across from the Starbucks so it's a place everyone probably overlooks.

Jun 03, 2010
JakeZigler in Pennsylvania

Where can I find Banh Mi in Pittsburgh?

Man, I've never heard of Banh Mi before but now I REALLY need to try it.

http://www.eatinginpittsburgh.com

May 27, 2010
JakeZigler in Pennsylvania