The Tin Angel has been around Pittsburgh for ages but I finally got around to trying it last Friday during Pittsburgh's light up night. We had to make reservations a few months in advance because of the event. When the two of us arrived we were immediately seated at a table for 6. My first thought was that they were doing a family style dinner, but the quickly removed the other settings. We had a great view of the tree lighting and fireworks from our seat as we had dinner. I hadn't realized that the ONLY option for dining here is a fixed price menu, which I usually try to avoid because it is usually too much food for me. For the first course you have your choice of two soups, tonight it was wedding and white bean. I opted for the wedding soup which was one of the best I have tasted. (those who know Pittsburgh know there are a LOT of places to get wedding soup) the soup had a nice amount of spinach, barely and tiny meatballs. Next they served the 'relish boat' which really is as big as a boat. This dish has carrot, celery, and pepper sticks, cheese, salami, pickled eggplant, artichoke hearts, grape leaves, radishes, hot cherry peppers, baby corn and clam dip. All of the veggies were fresh - the clam dip was creamy and bland, we picked at this course and tried not to get too filled up while the fireworks were going off. Next we had a choice of about 11 entrees half of which were meat, one chicken dish and then seafood. I opted for the seafood platter, which consisted of scallops, shrimp, and a petite lobster tail. The platter was large and the seafood was done nicely, the lobster was sweet and well done, shrimp were fresh but the scallops had been coated with some soft of breading and sauteed, they were cooked well but the breading and butter just sort of fell off on the plate and didn't add much to the flavor. The meal came with one vegetable and a choice of baked potato or rice. The rice was bland and uninteresting which was fine because I was getting too full between the wine and food we had already eaten. My husband ordered a fish dish - done with mushrooms and white wine. This was fine but the sauce was a also bland. We decided to pass on the dessert course. All in all the night was great but the food really was uninspired, more like an old fashioned steakhouse at about $200 including a bottle of wine - I would have expected something more interesting.
So maybe next time we'll stop there for a drink and make reservations at Monterey Bay or Isabella on Grandview.