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Pittsburgh report

Celery | May 31, 2003 04:32 PM

Just spent a week in Pittsburgh visiting family and wanted to note some of the good eats we had.

1st - a recommendation for the Appletree Inn in Shadyside on South Negley - always a wonderful place to stay. And they've just opened a new inn just down the street called Inn on Negley that looked wonderful in a quick tour.

We had dinner the first nite at Soba, on Ellsworth. Sat outside on the upstairs deck and enjoyed their eclectic wine list as well as mostly appetizers. Three standouts were salmon tartar, mushroom/ginger/drunken goat cheese ravioli and their ice creams (sesame, mocha and goat cheese vanilla). Fried foods (chicken spring rolls, crispy tofu) were a little too greasy.

After a Kennywood visit, we had dinner at Vincent's Pizza Park on Ardmore Blvd. Frosty mugs for the Iron City beer, huge portions and just like the pizza I remember from my childhood, nice and chewy crust and great sauce and toppings. Man I wish that was closer to where I live! Although they do shop via Airborne - if you just have to have one!

Made a visit to the Strip district for some food shopping. Love browsing the Italian markets down there - ours in SF are just not as big - especially Pennsylvania Macaroni Co. The meats from Parma Sausage Products (1734 Penn Ave., www.parmasausage.com) were just fantastic.

There was a family set up on the sidewalk down around 20th(?) with a grill, doing bbq ribs, greens, cornbread and more - smelled great but we didn't get a chance to try that.

Had lunch at Benkovitz Seafood - fried fish sandwiches and fried smelts - MMM!

Stopped at the O for dogs, fries and Iron City - can't believe it's taken so long to get there - that was one of the highlights in our trip!

Tried to hit Kenny B's on 6th, Downtown on Sunday for their Cuban buffet, but they'd closed early for the holiday weekend. Bummer!

So we ended up at the LemonGrass Cafe across the street for Cambodian/Thai food. Best dish was haw mook - the steamed fish in banana leaves - it was chunkier fish than I've had before in other versions - but was really really good. The rest of the dishes we tried were just so-so IMHO.

And lastly, there's a newish (open about a month now) wine bar-paninoteca on Ellsworth, where Bellini used to be, called Eno that we stopped at a few times for a nitecap. Lovely back patio with fountain and huge umbrellas (so we were even able to sit out in the rain), really friendly staff. Didn't try the food, it's appetizers and some panini and salads mainly. But definately a nice spot to get some wine and relax.

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