Coconut Pie at the Grant Bar and Restaurant 

Coconut Pie at the Grant Bar and Restaurant 

My wife and I found ourselves traveling hungry along Route 28 near Millvale discussing dinner options when The Grant Bar and Restaurant entered the conversation. Three minutes later we were walking through the bar section of this 85 year old establishment on our way to a dining area. When our waitress told me that their famous Homemade Turtle Soup was only available on Friday and

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The Grand Concourse: Pittsburgh’s Grand Dining Experience

The Grand Concourse: Pittsburgh’s Grand Dining Experience

There are a plethora of restaurants in Pittsburgh that serve excellent food. There are restaurants in Pittsburgh that have beautiful settings. But there is only one restaurant in Pittsburgh that is situated in a history-steeped building that combines excellent food and a beautiful setting for an unparalleled, upscale dining experience. And that restaurant is the Grand Concourse. Eating establishments come and go, but since 1978,

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Risotto Del Giorno at Piccolo Forno

Risotto Del Giorno at Piccolo Forno

Since it opened in 2005, Piccolo Forno, this ever-changing Lawrenceville destination at 3801 Butler Street, has given its customers a unique dining experience. In its early days it wasn’t easy to find a parking spot, and with Lawrenceville’s star growing brighter with each coming year, this task has only become more difficult. If it wasn’t such a damn great place to eat, I would never

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Pittsburgh Lebanese Food Festival

Pittsburgh Lebanese Food Festival

Each year for the past 26 years, Our Lady of Victory Maronite Catholic Church in Scott Township has hosted the Pittsburgh Lebanese Festival. The only thing more phenomenal than the festival’s food is the amount of work it takes from the volunteers to make the event a success. Ellen Ayoob has been involved with the festival off and on for the past 20 years and

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Pittsburgh Area Happy Hours We Love

Pittsburgh Area Happy Hours We Love

They call it Happy Hour for reason. During this magical time of day, restaurants and bars offer discounted drinks and appetizers to help you unwind after a long day and put a smile on your face. While not comprehensive (we do care about our livers, after all), below are some of the Happy Hours we’ve sampled in the region, why we like them, and why

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Zuppa Di Mare at DiPietro’s

Zuppa Di Mare at DiPietro’s

My wife, Carol, and I were debating where to head for our Saturday evening meal.  Distance, price, how long has it been since we’ve been there, where Carol says she wants to go were all factored into the decision. The last element had considerable influence on where we would go.  After a very brief discussion, we found ourselves entering DiPietro’s Restaurant in West View.  It

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Bonjour from Jean-Marc Chatellier’s French Bakery

Bonjour from Jean-Marc Chatellier’s French Bakery

Excellence has a way of asserting itself. That is the case with Jean-Marc Chatellier’s French Bakery. Located at 213 North Avenue in Millvale, the eponymous bakery was established in 1992, by French native Jean-Marc Chatellier. Before the age of social media, most people discovered this out-of-the-world bakery by word-of-mouth, one customer touting the treats to friends or family. Gazing at the goodies in the glass

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A Burger at Tessaro’s

A Burger at Tessaro’s

At 4601 Liberty Avenue in Bloomfield stands a building that was constructed around 1892 and has been home to a Bar/Restaurant named Tessaro’s since 1980. In 1984 the Herrington Family bought the business and it has been in the family ever since.  Most of us have probably heard claims that they have really good burghers.  I’ve had a  few people have tell me that they

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Farmers Markets of Pittsburgh

Farmers Markets of Pittsburgh

It’s that time of year. Farmers Markets are popping back up all through the area. There’s nothing like summer produce, homegrown tomatoes, local corn, and freshly picked strawberries. Not to mention the bustling people enjoying the nice weather and supporting local farmers and small business owners. A few markets open in May, while most open the beginning of June. Below is a bushel basket filled

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Hasenpfeffer Review

Hasenpfeffer Review

Occasionally, I have consumed and, more often than not, enjoyed German food. From sandwiches with Bratwurst, Weisswurst or Knackwurst to Sauerbraten and an assortment of Schnitzels, I am not a stranger to German fare. But one famous German dish that I have been tempted to order but have shied away from is Hasenpfeffer. I like to be a little adventurous when dining out; I enjoy

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