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Pittsburgh: Dahntahn eats...(LemonGrass, Kenny B's, others)

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Pittsburgh: Dahntahn eats...(LemonGrass, Kenny B's, others)

GreenStreetThrill | Jul 17, 2003 01:35 PM

In the last two days, we've been pleased to discover LemonGrass and Kenny B's Eatery (both on 6th street, in the Cultural District).

LemonGrass, billed as Cambodian, nevertheless has a Chinese section of the menu (e.g. General Tso's), for timid folk, I assume. My chicken basil was quite competent, with good basil flavor, moderate heat (they will modulate on request) and a decent variety and quality of ingredients (bamboo shoots, juicy chicken, peppers, etc.). I look forward to trying some of the more adventurous items on the menu; can anybody recommend any interesting, non-seafood items?

Kenny B's Eatery (right across from LemonGrass) is a very laid-back diner, with a tripartite menu: Cuban, American and Breakfast. The Arroz con Pollo had the chicken already shredded (I'm used to whole leg pieces), but was hot, moist and flavorful. I do wish there were some vegetables in there - either some tomato bits in the rice or some bell pepper chunks. But for $5.80, I'm not complaining. The tostones were freshly fried, hot, and sprinkled generously with coarse salt - yum! Next time, I will try the pancakes. To this Bostonian, Kenny B's is almost confusingly laid back and inexpensive...wish I had it in my neighborhood.

I've been disappointed in Sushi Kim (flavorless and dry Bi-Bim-Bap) and The Original Fish Company (I may give Umi a chance, but TOFC really soured me on 'Burgh sushi), but I'll withhold more detailed reports on those until I try something else there. And I will try not to comment on the comprehensive collection of food mediocrity that is Station Square (not that we don't have tourist traps in Boston).

I just remembered the remarkable gnocchi with braised duck from Lidia's...inexpensive and unsurpassed in my gnocchi memory, which makes it Chowish to me, in spite of the celeb owner stigma that some Hounds presume...

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