Well, this was a surprise today. Just a few days ago we were down at the Pine Tree Shoppes in Wexford for our occasional stop at Thai Place, and were oblivious then to what we noticed today just driving by on Rt 19. In fact, since we weren't in a hurry, we ventured in to make sure what we were seeing. Turns out it was this: Passport Cafe http://www.passportcafepittsburgh.com/ It's in the space on the end that used to house a Rotelli Pizza/Pasta franchise. It was mid-afternoon and we did not eat there. It's also, as I see now, a bit outside our normal price range for a dinner out near home. But for those looking for something different out here in the otherwise fairly barren north, this could be worth a shot. Opened in September, it says.
Also of note the new branch of Walnut Grove http://www.eatwalnut.com/ is now open in the former Elephant and Castle building just up the hill on the same side of Rt 19. This place is rightly packed every night we've been by at the moment as everyone works out the pent up demand for something new. This just opened in the last 2-3 weeks. Should be better than most of the crap we have out this way. I'm sure it's drawing people who are tired of, say, Atria's up the road, or such. I only have the original Walnut Grill in Shadyside to compare it to, above average anyway for such a large menu.
The third new Wexford restaurant, open a couple months now I think, is Patron Mexican Grill, down in the long empty building where Rt 19 crosses over Rt 910. We don't do much Mexican and haven't been, but I hear this is pretty decent. Web site is incomplete with no menu yet http://patronmexgrill.com/ Went by one Saturday early on and it was so full that cars looked to be trying to park across Rt 19 in the car dealership!