A food court alternative, Cafe Nordstrom

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Every mall in America has a food court, but with the addition of Nordstroms in Ross Park Mall, shoppers have an alternative to fast-food fare called Cafe Nordstrom.
While doing some spring shopping, we decided to have a sit down at the cafe. I got the Roma Tomato Basil Soup and Horseradish Roast Beef Sandwich.  TasteBudA got the Soup du Jour of Chicken and Peppers with the Turkey Club Panini.
The menu doesn’t provide enough detail or indicate what dishes come with, so we were flying blind as we ordered.  My soup was creamy and delicious.  To my surprise, it was served with a crisp, cheesy toast that was great to dip in the tomato soup.  The flavors of the soup were well developed, and a cup was just the right size for lunch.

Horseradish Roast Beef Sandwich with side salad and dark cherry balsamic dressing

My sandwich was served on an onion roll which was soft and hearty – almost too much.  The meat was freshly sliced and was complimented with the horseradish spread.  The sandwich was certainly satisfying and I would recommend it.  To acccompany my sandwich, I chose to get a side salad.  The salad looked amazing and the unique black cherry balsamic dressing was to die for.  I could have had just the salad and been happy with my experience.
TasteBudA enjoyed his selections but felt that he could have had the same meal and experience at Panera Bread.  The food was quality and the atmosphere was warm.  When I tasted his soup, I thought the soup could have had more flavor, but was good.
Overall, the lunch was nice and a preferred option to the food court.  I wouldn’t visit the mall just to try the cafe, but its location is conducive to the shopping crowd.

 

While "TasteBud B" doesn't feel very photogenic, he certainly gets out and about to snap pictures of his food. He's passionate about sharing Pittsburgh events, food talk topics, restaurant recommendations and travel destination finds. (@PghTasteBudB On Twitter)

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