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Kaya in Strip other suggestions

The seating at Kaya isn't bad. There is a long bar to the right and opposite it is a even longer bench seat with maybe 10 or so tables. Past that there is another dining area with even more tables. Both times I've been the seating has been adequate.

Be warned about the food though, seems to be hit or miss, at least for me. First time I went was around a year and a half ago, my gf and I went for lunch and it was great. She got slow cooked pork and bananna sandwich while I got jerk chicken. Chicken wasn't to spicy, but was savory and the gf liked her sandwich.

So when my parents visited a few weekends ago I choose Kaya on sunday night. Originally wanted to dine in south side, but there was a Steelers game on and my parents and I try to avoid loud sports fans. We started with the three salads appetizer and it was delicious. Ran out of tortillas and our sever happily brought us more. For dinner my parents split a pulled pork quesidilla (sp?), my gf got one as well and I ordered the green curry vegetables.

The vegetables in the curry where good and fresh, but the sauce was kind of lacking. No heat and not to much flavor. My gf and my parents only ate part of their food. Later in the night while getting some leftovers I realized why. It pretty much tasted salty, not as if it had to much salt, but like salt was the only seasoning used in preparing it.

While being an extreme disappointment the second time around, it was good originally and I'd still be open to trying out one of their fried chicken nights. Next time I'll just go on a casual evening, not when my parents are visiting from out of town.

For Jamaican though if you want something more authentic tasting, the Royal Caribbean in East Liberty is pretty good. They have a homemade ginger beer that is hot and delicious. Big downfall though, the service is super slow so don't go if you have to be anywhere sometime soon. As for other restaurant suggestions (non italian), you could try Max's Allegheny Tavern for some german food. Went there with my parents the first time they visited Pittsburgh and we all loved it. Would definantly go again, but I just never find myself going to the North Shore.

Max's Allegheny Tavern
537 Suismon St, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Royal Caribbean Restaurant
128 S Highland Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Nov 24, 2010
Lefthandpath54 in Pennsylvania

Finally, a Pittsburgh pizza for CT transplants

CT transplant here, fairfield county specifically. Haven't lived there for about 5 years and really miss the food. Went back for a wedding in April and the next day I dragged the gf to New Haven just for Modern. While the pizza in PGH is generally better than the stuff I'd find while living in OH, its still not as good as the food from back home.

Gonna have to drive down to Harry's one night to try it out. Probably gonna try Piccolo Forno tonight though as I'm a lazy man and happen to live in Lawrenceville.

Piccolo Forno
3801 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201

Jul 17, 2010
Lefthandpath54 in Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh - North Oakland - Recs for Breakfast/Lunch

I would forget Pamela's. Went there for the first time last weekend and have absolutely no urge to go back. The menu is kinda limited for a breakfast place, which is usually a good sign since it means they want to keep things simple so they can concentrate on what they have the best it can be. Not the case at Pamela's, the food was very forgettable. People here seem to love it though, so they must be doing something right.

Honestly, I'd go to DeLuca's instead. Better food, better proportions, better selection, same pricing as Pamela's.

FYI both restaurants are cash only.

Jun 11, 2010
Lefthandpath54 in Pennsylvania

High End Pittsburgh Restaurant

umm OP kinda titled the thread "High End Pittsburgh Restaurant "

Oct 09, 2009
Lefthandpath54 in Pennsylvania

New to Pittsburgh, parents visiting soon, need help.

I'm currently living in the Crafton/Ingram area, but have spent some time in downtown and South Side. I'd like to move to a more urban area (looking for convenient, pedestrian friendly) in the next few months, so I wouldn't mind grabbing a bite to eat in Shady Side, Oakland, Squirrel Hill or whatever.

Burghfeeder, I might have to try out Elven, one of my old restaurant's regulars in Cincinnati was there a few months back and he recommended it.

Oct 02, 2009
Lefthandpath54 in Pennsylvania

New to Pittsburgh, parents visiting soon, need help.

I just moved to Pittsburgh two days ago and the parents want to visit and try some nice restaurants. So far the only places I've been to have been Kaya, Primanti Brothers, Eggs-R-Us and Burgh's Pizza & Wing Pub. Haven't been anywhere else and have absolutely no idea what else is out there.

What I'd like is maybe a nice Caribbean, French, Mexican, Italian, Guatemalan, or whatever really. The only thing they wouldn't want is pub food, breakfast food, Thai, Vietnamese, Korean, Chinese, sushi or macrobiotic. Price isn't a big deal and I'd like to keep it within the city (gonna be awhile before I'm used to the roads here).

Also, if anyone has any museum or other places to visit ideas that would be nice. I've been to the zoo and was thinking the Andy Warhol museum would be a good spot. Any opinions?


Oct 01, 2009
Lefthandpath54 in Pennsylvania

Jamaican food in Cincinnati?

Thanks for the heads up. I'll try to at least one of those places either today or tomorrow.

Jul 14, 2009
Lefthandpath54 in Great Lakes

New York-style pizza - Cincinnati area?

Fellow Connecticut transplant here, from Fairfield County to Clifton Heights...oh what a change. Really good pizza, Jamaican and a bbq place with good mac and cheese are what I miss most (Montgomery Inn is cool, but I miss Jeffs Cuisine in SoNo :( )

Anywho, as for pizza here is my take on whats available.

The Good

Ramundo's in Mt Lookout, probably the best I've found so far.
Pomodori's in Clifton Heights (stick with their thin crusts, avoid their Chicago style)
Adriatico's in Clifton, get the thick crust. Sure its not NY style, but for the area its good pizza. Also, try their lasagne with meat sauce dinner sometimes.
Mio's, their white pizza is really good.

The bad. (Not bad necessarily, but not really good either)


The Ugly

Dewey's. I can't for the life of me figure out why people rave about this place. I've been there twice, once at the Newport one and once at the Clifton location. First time I got the "Bronx Bomber", the ingredients where far from fresh and the quality of the meat left much to be desired. Same thing at Newport when I ordered the southwest bbq pizza. Aside from tasting like sysco ingredients, it seemed like the toppings where added at the last minute as they where room temperature while the pizza itself was hot. Don't get me wrong, the pizza wasn't horrible, but it just felt like I was getting Papa John quality at Modern or Pepe prices.

Papa Dino's, Clifton Heights. Only stays in business since they deliver to drunk/stoned college students till 3:30 in the morning. You can find better food in your Kroger frozen food isle.

Jul 14, 2009
Lefthandpath54 in Great Lakes

Jamaican food in Cincinnati?

Anybody know of a Jamaican restaurant in Cincinnati? Or even a southern style restaurant that offers jerk chicken, jerk pork, curry goat and such.

I'm in the Clifton Heights area, but would be willing to travel anywhere around 275 for sweet sweet Jamaican food....

Dec 05, 2008
Lefthandpath54 in Great Lakes