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Pittsburgh Weekend

gini | Aug 31, 201107:48 AM

Thanks for all of the great advice posted about Pittsburgh! We just spent a weekend there. Here's the report:

Dinner after we landed: Yo Rita. We started with Albondigas and a couple of Bells. Then we sampled the roasted corn, oyster, trout and duck tacos. The components in each taco complemented each other, but the tortilla was too large, too soft and too bready. I also felt the trout could have used some cutting up.

At Square Cafe the next morning, I had a special of short rib over grits with a fried egg and he had the veggie overload omelet with goat cheese. Both were outstanding and the coffee wasn't bad either.

We also breakfasted at Pamela's P&G, where I was incredibly underwhelmed. My eggs were watery and lyonaise potatoes weren't crispy. The coffee is also just about the worst I've ever tasted. My companion had the tex-mex omelet, which was at least had the decency to not be watery.

Our last breakfast was at Quiet Storm, a location our vegetarian friends picked. Two of us had the ranchero homefries, which is a pile of smashed potatoes, covered in chili with scrambled eggs, fake sausage, cheese, pickled onions and sour cream. Other than the eggs and the fake sausage, this was surprisingly good - though how bad can smashed potatoes covered in melted cheese be?

We had to try the sandwiches at Primanti - a pastrami for him and a steak & cheese for me. I'm glad we tried it - there are a variety of textures going on, though a lack of distinct flavors. I preferred mine doused in hot sauce, which I'm sure is sacrilege.

I finally got to find out what Rita's waterice is all about - gelati with vanilla custard and cantaloupe ice - simply outstanding. I would like this phenomenon to come to the East Coast, please.

Our vegetarian friends also chose NoodleHut for a dinner. This was simply bad thai food. I could relay what we ate, but that would drudge up too many boring memories. BYOB definitely saved this dinner.

The Quiet Storm
5430 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Yo Rita
1120 E Carson St, Pittsburgh, PA 15203

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