Hip American Cuisine on the Northside

Serendipity Bistro on Urbanspoon

Serendipity Bistro is one of the newer additions to Pittsburgh’s Northside.  This restaurant uses the tagline “Hip American Cuisine.”  I think the Urbanspoon voters much judge them on their tagline and not on their food.  The food was great, but I didn’t see the hip-ness about it.

The best part of the meal, to me, was the appetizer.  The “house made chips with horseradish cream” for $3.00 off their Spring Menu.  This is the thinnest house made chip that I’ve ever experienced and it was good.  Although I can’t tell exactly, it tasted like there was a mix of white and sweet potatoes.  The horseradish dip was the perfect compliment.  When the server came to clear the table, I even kept the dip because I wanted to continue to enjoy the dip with my french fries.

I believe TasteBud A shares my feelings about the appetizer.  My main course was “smokey mountain burger bacon, smoked gouda with chipotle aioli on a toasted Kaiser.”  I couldn’t taste the gouda or the aioli.  It was well cooked (as ordered).  I felt like it was a regular ol’ burger.

TasteBud A had a pork chop with sweet potato mash and grilled asparagus.  He thought the meal was wonderful!  Having had a taste of the sweet potato mash, it was very good.  They had a whipped smoothness to them.

As far as service goes, the service was good.  Which we expected it would be, because when we walked in we were the only people in the place sitting on the restaurant side of the room.

I don’t exactly think the word is out on this restaurant.  The only real reason we came across them, was they participated in Chili With The Works and they handed out coupons.

Skyline Dining at Vantage Point

Vantage Point on Urbanspoon

Work has had me traveling to DC every so often.  On my most recent trip, I stayed at the Holiday Inn in Rosslyn, VA.  Rosslyn is a cute little part of Arlington with a lot of great options for social and work activities.  After a long day at work, I didn’t feel like venturing too far for dinner.  As a Priority Club member of Holiday Inn, I was given a 20% off coupon for Vantage Point – the hotel’s top-floor restaurant.  I figured with 20% off, the dinner couldn’t break the bank.

My meal was amazing.  I ordered Roasted Red Pepper and Crab Soup, Grilled Chicken Breast Sandwich and Crunchy Apple Top Custard Pie.  Here’s a breakdown of my meal:

Roasted Red Pepper and Crab Soup
The soup came out and it wasn’t quite what I had pictured in my mind – and I don’t mean that in a bad way.  It was larger than I anticipated and I immediately regretted ordering dessert.  The soup was delectable.  There was crab chunks in the crab sound.  The two soups married together well because they were of the exact same consistency.  It feel like I was eating a ying-yang soup.
I wonder how they plated the soup.  Squeeze bottles?

Grilled Chicken Breast Sandwich
Another generous portion of food was placed in front of me as my entrée.  I actually didn’t even finish it.  The chicken itself was chargrilled, tender and juicy.  So juicy in fact, that the bun it sat on got soggy.  The fries that accompanied it were very under-seasoned.
I’d recommend a different bun that could stand up to the chicken better.  Perhaps a nice foccia?

Crunchy Top Apple Custard Pie
The dessert was rich and tasteful.  The crunchy top was my favorite part.  The middle of the pie was a smooth custard that your fork just slide through.  I tried to take a picture of this masterpiece, but my camera phone failed me.

The service was wonderful.  But I’m sure that I was biased having my 20% off coupon.  If I stay in the same hotel again, I may need to use my Priority Club discount and go again.  (You actually get free breakfast buffets in the mornings too!)

Message from our Friends at River Moon Cafe

We received this message from River Moon Cafe today that we thought would be great to share with our readers!

Dear Friends of River Moon Café,

We would like to extend an invitation to join us for a very special event Local Restaurant Week, Wednesday May 26th —-Saturday May 29th .
Dine out with friends and family and support us, your local, independent restaurant. Enjoy great food and incredible savings with dining deals for only $20.10.

See our website for menus http://www.rivermooncafe.com/

For more information about local restaurant week http://pittsburgh.localrestaurantweek.com/

Reservations recommended 412.683.4004 BYOB

I look forward to kicking off restaurant at one of the participating restaurants, we hope you do too!

Marks Grille

Mark's Grille on Urbanspoon

Hey All! Tastebud A here! I never knew this place existed till my co-worker asked me if I wanted to go with her for lunch. She was so suprised I never knew of it. She said they had the best burgers downtown…and she was right! As we walked down Penn Ave in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh she finally pointed it out…its easy to miss! Looks small from the outside, but really nice atmosphere inside.

As you may have read in others posts, I am a huge on fast service, especially on my lunch hour. As soon as we walked in, we were greeted with a smile, seated, had our drinks and order in with in the first few minutes. I ordered the cheeseburger with bacon and tomato with Fries and Coleslaw on the side. The burger and fries were great! The bacon was crispy with a lot of flavor. I took a bite of the coleslaw and pushed it aside.

It was my coworkers turn to pay so I cant tell you exactly how much my lunch cost, but from memory I would have to say no more than 11 dollars.

I will be going back again for lunch … maybe even for dinner!

Left Unfulfilled by Colangelo’s

Colangelo's Bakery on Urbanspoon
Colangelo’s has good ingredients, but if you are ordering takeout, don’t count on getting what you ordered.  Now, I don’t say this out of haste.  I’ve had two consecutive food orders messed up!  If you’d followed my posts on the blog, you’ve seen that I tend to be a fan of pizzas.  Colangelo’s pizza has all of the right elements of a good pizza; I’d even go as far as to say that the pizza is good.  But as a consumer, getting the pizza the way you ordered it, should be considered when reviewing a good pizza.

Arriving to work today, I was craving a good slice of a white pizza.  The “white” part of my order apparently was lost on whoever took the order because I received a red pizza, again!    Sure, I’ll eat the pizza, but my craving will go unfulfilled.  Oh, and the so-called hot peppers, aren’t hot at all.

Next time I resort to ordering takeout, I guess I’ll just stick to the pasta dishes from Colangelo’s.