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Green Mango (Regent Sq, Pgh) closing????

Thanks, burghgal. I'm never in the Monroeville area, but perhaps I'll have to occasionally make the trip... :|

Jul 01, 2012
VictoriaL in Pennsylvania

Green Mango (Regent Sq, Pgh) closing????

Thanks.

Very sad, though. But now maybe we can get to that area of town and try other restaurants (DH likes "tried and true", alas). Any idea of when this location will close? I'll need to stop by and pick up a few bottles of their king sauce...

Jun 26, 2012
VictoriaL in Pennsylvania

Green Mango (Regent Sq, Pgh) closing????

Say it isn't so, but after yet another awesome lunch there today I went home, opened the receipt to file, and saw printed on the top of the receipt "this location is closing". I know that they have a location in Monroeville, but I am never in that area. And I have heard that their Waterfont location isn't a restaurant more than just a place to stop for a snack.

Does anyone know if this is true, or is it a horrible joke??? *sigh*

Jun 25, 2012
VictoriaL in Pennsylvania

Suggestions on selling commercial range

Thanks, Rudy. I've decided to give Ebay a go first. The wall in my kitchen is being knocked out (and the floor that the unit will be going over is still the subfloor) so it's no problem to remove the range. A construction crew will be here and we will be taking it to a secondary garage to store it temporarily. I will just have to mention to the buyer that it is heavy (we are taking off the back "shelf" assembly and that amazingly heavy griddle, plus anything else that is easily removed) and they should plan accordingly.

I really appreciate your advice, especially since you're "in the business". :)

Mar 01, 2012
VictoriaL in Cookware

Suggestions on selling commercial range

The range is a Southbend model 323.

Thanks to all for your advice and suggestions (although I was hoping to get more than 10-20%!). :)

Feb 22, 2012
VictoriaL in Cookware

Suggestions on selling commercial range

I have had a commercial range (60", 6 burners, raised griddle) in my kitchen for about 25 years and am ready to sell it. I'm thinking that my best bet would be to target commercial buyers, but I have no idea how to go about it. Local Craigslist or newspaper ad? Or should I somehow target local organizations (fire halls, church halls, etc.)?

It is a nice piece of equipment, used basically for just my husband and me (except for some large holiday gatherings). I have no idea how to price it either. New ones (stainless steel, mine is black painted steel) run around $4,000. I also have a custom-made stainless steel hood (with stainless washable filters). I've looked online and can find nothing similar.

Any ideas on how/ where to advertise and maybe how much to ask for the 2 pieces? I would appreciate any help!

Feb 20, 2012
VictoriaL in Cookware

Best fried fish in Pittsburgh, please!

I've seen a post asking for reccs on the best parish fish fries, and a post asking where to go for fish and seafood, but I'm looking for something slightly different here.

I am craving fried cod, coated with crumbs rather than batter, and really good, crispy French fries. Does anyone have any restaurant recommendations in the South Hills? I usually stay away from fried foods, but it's time to give in... :) Thanks!

Mar 31, 2011
VictoriaL in Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh-made foods?

A friend and I are exchanging foods made in/ common to in our respective areas for Christmas (she is in San Diego). Does anyone have recommendations for me? It has to be able to handle a 5-day trip via UPS (nothing requiring freezing or refrigeration, etc.). I plan to go to the Strip to find some ideas, but thought I'd start here. Thanks!

Oct 30, 2010
VictoriaL in Pennsylvania

Soba (Pittsburgh)

(Life is too short to eat at a whole string of mediocre restaurants while one is travelling just because one doesn't know any better!)

And that is why Chowhound is here! :D I hope that he is feeling better, had a successful trip to Pittsburgh, (and enjoyed a couple of good meals ( perhaps even one at Kaya?!?)

May 16, 2009
VictoriaL in Pennsylvania

Soba (Pittsburgh)

Kaya is my favorite restaurant in that area
http://www.bigburrito.com/kaya

It's not too far from the convention center, probably less than a mile, but not a comfortable walk at night. When I take people there from large cities who have never been to Pittsburgh before, their reaction is usually surprise that we have such a restaurant (???), and they have always been impressed by the food as well.

May 14, 2009
VictoriaL in Pennsylvania

Soba (Pittsburgh)

Spacegyrl, Kaya is an excellent restaurant on the Strip District section, not too far from where your husband is (but not walkable, although I'm sure that a taxi wouldn't be very pricey). I have taken 3 first-time visitors from other large cities there and all reactions were favorable plus they all were surprised that Pittsburgh has a restaurant such as this (???).
http://www.bigburrito.com/kaya

May 14, 2009
VictoriaL in Pennsylvania

a really good, higher end rum for a great Mojito??

My favorite is definitely Rhum Barbancourt. We have about 20 different rums in our bar (which is *phooey* compared with our friend who has over 100-- and I've counted...), and I've made mojitos with all of the light and golden rums. Barbancourt stands out as the best so far.

May 06, 2009
VictoriaL in Spirits

not so sweet/non fruity dark rum cocktails?

And I have a nice selection of scotch (gifts) and never even cracked 'em open because I'm a rum kinda gal! ;)

The Appleton (one of my favorites) is great in a mojito. I also enjoy it mixed with seltzer and a squeeze of lime.

May 06, 2009
VictoriaL in Spirits

Where to Get Great Fake Meat

Shoot, shoot, shoot! I was in the Boston area a year ago, no plans to return, and wish that I had heard about this then!

May 06, 2009
VictoriaL in Features

Beach Food

Guacamole, baked tortilla chips, and a big jug o' mojitos!

May 05, 2009
VictoriaL in Home Cooking

Cilantro

I can keep cilantro for almost 2 weeks in the refrigerator. Just trim the ends of the stems and stand the bunch upright in a sturdy jar/mug. Cover loosely with a plastic bag (one of those bags that you get in the produce department of the grocery store is perfect for this) and refrigerate. Change the water and re-trim the ends every couple of days.

I *heart* cilantro! :)

May 05, 2009
VictoriaL in Home Cooking

clarion clipper

Barely, it has been at least 29 years ago... (good heavens...)!

It was a great treat to have my parents visit this poor college student in the late 70's and take her (and a lucky friend) to lunch or dinner there. I cannot remember what the food was like, but compared to the dining hall or our apartment cuisine, it had to be a step or two up. :)

May 02, 2009
VictoriaL in Pennsylvania

Morgantown, WV

Although we live near Pittsburgh, several years ago we built a vacation home on the Cheat River close to the lake. I enjoy cooking and entertaining, and we rarely venture out to Morgantown, but we do have three favorite places:

Black Bear Burritos, in town, has an eclectic menu of imaginative fillings wrapped in tortillas. Perfect for lunch or a casual dinner, and a decent beer selection. Good prices.

Cafe of India closed downtown a few years back, but relatives of the original owner reopened next to (the worst seafood restaurant I have ever experienced) Back Bay. Good Indian cuisine, and their lunch buffet is a great value.

My favorite, however, is Voyagers located at the airport (Hart Field). It is located in the main level of the terminal building (not very good signage) and will soon change its name to Ali Baba. Yes, the same one that used to be downtown, but some additional menu selections for those unfamiliar with Middle Eastern cuisine. The hummus is to die for, and every thing I have ordered there has been served promptly, hot, and delicious. The Owner usually comes over to say hi, whether he knows you or not.

A few nights ago we went to Voyagers and I was extremely pleased with the Parmesan-crusted Tilapia with mango glaze (served with a decent rice pilaf and very garlicy sauteed spinach). DH enjoyed his citrus-crusted salmon and perfectly cooked mix of green and yellow string beans, zucchini, and carrots (how were the beans cooked perfectly, yet so was the zucchini?). For dessert, since it was my birthday, I ordered Choclava. Is is basically baklava infused with layers of bittersweet chocolate. Warm and melty and absolutely decadent! So good, in fact, that I am thinking of having this restaurant cater some events at our lake house so I don't have to spend days cooking when we have guests this summer. :)

FWIW, we consider Oliverio's to be "okay", just overpriced and a bit on the snotty side (if you know what I mean) for what it is. For Italian, I will wait until I can get to Lidia's in Pittsburgh (or my Mom's house...)

Apr 22, 2009
VictoriaL in Mid-Atlantic

Mileground in Morgantown, WV

It is called Yesterday's, and more details are on the thread which you posted on the Pennsylvania forum. :)

Pgh Restaurant Closings/Changes

We go to Linguini's near Century III a few times a month and I always am amazed at how few people are there. The oven-baked pizzas are very good, and their chicken (and eggplant) parmesan sandwiches are huge and excellent (especially with those homemade chips). We go there mainly for lunch, but a few times for dinner and I would recommend the homemade gnocchi and the linguine with white clam sauce. Their marinara is almost as good as my Mom's, and much better than most I've had in restaurants.

Wonder what the management changes will do to the food/ operation? Sometimes the service can be quite slow.

And nice to know about DeCarlo's, one cannot have too many pizza places! :)

Apr 08, 2009
VictoriaL in Pennsylvania

BYOB in Pittsburgh

I've recently discovered 2 BYOB's in the Pittsburgh area:
Green Mango Noodle Hut in Regent Square (absolutely excellent Thai food)
Mendoza Grill in Greentree (very good Mexican food)
Neither charges any fees (corkage, glass, etc.)

Mar 28, 2009
VictoriaL in Pennsylvania

Mileground in Morgantown, WV

Yesterday's is located in a new shopping center, Northpointe Plaza, about a quarter-to-half mile from Back Bay (heading away from Morgantown). It opened last fall, and I've heard that they are still having problems hiring adequate help so going there on a weekend evening may mean a long wait. We passed it around 9pm last Saturday and it was very busy.

A note, just a couple buildings from Back Bay is a wonderful Indian Restaurant (I believe it's called Cafe of India). If you enjoy that kind of food, definitely try it. :)

Mar 26, 2009
VictoriaL in Pennsylvania

Mendoza Grill in Greentree (Pgh)?

It was a good experience! :) Was this place a gas station in a previous life? The exterior resembles one, but that just added to its charm. It really is tiny, though, I counted 26 chairs but as we were there at 1:30 on a rainy Thursday afternoon there were only a few other customers there. The interior decor is nice and cheerful.

But the food was excellent. All three of us had something different and we sampled each others' meals (I still preferred my basic chicken enchiladas with tomatillo sauce). One note, though, most Mexican restaurants serve refried beans and rice with many of their entrees and they're often rather bland. Both the beans and the rice at Mendoza were much better than the usual offerings at other restaurants. And our server was better than average, too. All in all, a great experience and even though we live on the other side of town (about 50 minutes drive), we will return any time we can possibly be in that area.

Dave, if you live anywhere in that vicinity, I envy you simply for your proximity to Mendoza Grill!

Mar 26, 2009
VictoriaL in Pennsylvania

Mendoza Grill in Greentree (Pgh)?

Thanks,guys, this sounds exactly like the kind of place I like. :) I'm looking forward to it!

Mar 25, 2009
VictoriaL in Pennsylvania

Mendoza Grill in Greentree (Pgh)?

We are meeting friends there for lunch on Thursday and have never been to this restaurant before-- does anyone have any recommendations?

Mar 23, 2009
VictoriaL in Pennsylvania

Why Does Cheese Get Rubbery when Melted in the Microwave?

10) A large dinner party has begun, all six burners on the stove are otherwise occupied, and the queso dip just happens to be in a glass bowl...

Mar 23, 2009
VictoriaL in Features

Pittsburgh - Asian Food

I want to thank everyone for mentioning all of these restaurants. I tend to go to the same places because... I like them... ;)
I will definitely try Me Lyng, and probably tomorrow since I will be in the area.
We enjoy Green Mango (on South Braddock) very much. I have been to Typhoon (on South Highland) and the food is very good and nicely presented, but to pay $3 for a pot of hot water and a Tao teabag seems a bit excessive. Funny about how such a small thing can affect my wanting to return.

Mar 03, 2009
VictoriaL in Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh, BYOB, 8-10 people

Lemongrass Cafe, downtown. Great Thai food, BYOB (no corkage or glass fees!), and the attached parking garage is quite reasonable (for being downtown...). Make reservations, though, I've been there on nights that were packed, and nights where there were only one or two other tables occupied. And don't be too impatient, the service is either good or so-so depending on the server and how busy they are.

BTW, my favorite wine to bring (since we like our Thai food spicy) is a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. A reisling would work for those who like a sweeter wine.

Mar 03, 2009
VictoriaL in Pennsylvania

Can I prepare ravioli ahead of time?

Wow, I had never thought of the fennel & garlic combo! Okay, I now have to concentrate on the table centerpiece and other decorations, so the menu is finalized. But since I love anise I will keep this in mind for, perhaps, Christmas?!
:)

Dec 01, 2008
VictoriaL in Home Cooking

Kaya's Fusion Cuisine

There is a restaurant called Kaya in Pittsburgh, but this is definitely not the restaurant that everyone (with the exception of Tuesday24) is reviewing on this thread!

BTW, the Kaya in Pittsburgh is on darn excellent restaurant.
http://www.bigburrito.com/kaya

Dec 01, 2008
VictoriaL in Philadelphia