As we continue to explore the south-west areas of Pittsburgh, Riley’s Pour House popped up as a cool Irish restaurant worth checking out. Following a summer happy hour, where we fell in love with the vibe, we returned on a late summer evening to sit outside and get some Irish grub.
Because we had done our research on the place, there were a few must-order items which we had to try. We started with the potato pancakes, served with sour cream and apple sauce. This was a good start to our meal and like any good Irish appetizer, went well with our first beer of the night.
TasteBudB enjoyed just a couple of the potato pancakes, because the Guinness Fries caught his eye on the menu. The beer-infused sauce was poured over a basket of french fries and hit the spot.
Our friend, Matt, accompanied us this evening and he ordered the Traditional Irish Fish & Chips. Though we didn’t collect any official feedback from Matt, there were no complaints coming from his end of the table.
For my main course, I decided to go with the chef’s signature dish – Chef Lloyds Own Irish Cod Cake Platter. The cakes themselves were divine. Served with homefries (also excellent), the center of the cakes were creamy, but flaky. If the menu wasn’t riddled with so many other great options, it would be the only thing I’d order each time we go.
TasteBudB has been on quite the kick for marbled-rye bread, so he didn’t hesitate to order the “We are Reuben” sandwich. The sandwich was piled high with corned beef brisket and served with chips. The sandwich was so filling that he wasn’t able to finish it, eating only half.
So, as the food came and the beers flowed, it was a great relaxing night on the back patio of Riley’s Pour House. Congratulations to the new owners, who have revitalized the restaurant and made it a true gem on Main Street in Carnegie. The restaurant has entertainment brought in from time to time, so we’ll be sure to come back for some cool Irish tunes on a future visit.