just wanted to let you know that I tried Meat and Potatoes (meatandpotatoespgh.com) on friday night (i believe the 2nd night they were open). Considering they had only officially been open for one night, I was really impressed. The space is really interesting. Cozy chairs, nice buzzy atmosphere. Nice bar in the center that would be a great place to get drinks or have dinner if you were by yourself and you wouldn't feel weird.
We tried a lot of different things. The appetizers were nicely sized. Easy to split amongst 4 people so that everyone had a generous bite:
- Fried brussels - if you like roasted brussel sprouts these taste just like them. Not super exciting, but good if you like your brussels
- Devil on horseback- amazing. date with chorio, i think goat cheese, wrapped in bacon. 4 to an order, a little nugget of deliciousness.
- potato skins with pork belly and ramps - how could it be bad? couldn't. was 1 medium size potato cut in half. Easy to split into a quarter per person
- mac and cheese - I try mac and cheese everywhere I see it on a menu. I thought it was better than six penn mac n cheese but probably a 7/10 on my mac and cheese scale.
I LOVE sweetbreads...so when i found out they had sweetbreads piccata style, I was really jazzed...a whole entree of sweetbreads!! nom nom. They were delicious. It was a very very large portion of sweetbreads. They could probably halve the amount and I would be happy.
The table also had the ricotta gnocchi (very fluffy), salmon with brussel sprout kim chi (yummy) and the flat iron (also yummy)
We split an apple pie which I liked (very doughy, almost pancake like) but my girlfriend thought it was a little too doughy...depends I guess on your preference in an apple pie.
All in all, great first experience and I look forward to going back and trying it again! Wonderful addition to downtown. I live in shadyside/eastside and I rarely go downtown for dinner. Not only did I travel specifically for dinner downtown for a non work related dinner, I would do it again.