Bites from Savory Hill

Unique Inside-Out Bites from Savory Hill

Bites Sampler from Savory HillOne of the most unique things I’ve had in a while has got to be the “Inside Out Chip and Dip” bites at Savory Hill in Moon Township.  I ordered ordered the sampler which included 6 bites – a random collection of all four different bites.

The bites are essentially dips or spreads rolled into a ball and coated with a crunchy mixture – think Shake ‘n Bake.  The combinations of flavors are very approachable, as you would likely see them as appetizers on regular restaurant menus.  Serving these as Bites is just one way that Savory Hill is deserving of its Eclectic Bistro tagline.

The four different bites are as follows:

  • Chips and Dip – Creamy french onion dip with crushed potato chips.
  • Spinach Dip – Cream spinach dip crusted in pita chips
  • Buffalo Chicken – Spicy buffalo chicken dip coated with crushed tortilla chips
  • Bacon Horseradish – Bacon, horseradish and white cheddar covered in bread crumbs

Eat ’em while they are hot, because like any hot dip, they lose their richness as they cool.

Continue to the PhotoBlog of the rest of our meal

PhotoBlog: Church Brew Works

I can’t believe I’ve never eaten at Church Brew Works – until now. We met a couple friends for dinner on a Friday evening and it was packed.  With great conversation and company, I enjoyed the CBW Beer Sampler, cheeseburger pierogies and the meatloaf. The meal was quite filling – as most beer meals are – and I had a great time.

Church Brew Works Beer Sampler
Church Brew Works Beer Sampler of 8 beers
Pierogi of the Day: Cheeseburger
CBW Pierogi of the Day: Cheeseburger
Church Brew Works Buffalo Meatloaf
Church Brew Works Buffalo Meatloaf

PhotoBlog: Vivo Kitchen in Sewickley

Last night PghTasteBudA and I enjoyed a casual night in Sewickley during their Night Market. Luckily we had reservations, because the place got packed!  Foursquare even gave TasteBudA an Eastern European badge for his check-in.

The most noteable dish of the evening was the homemade tomato-basil gelato dessert.  If you can’t picture those two ingredients in dessert, go to Vivo; they will certainly change your mind.

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PhotoBlog: Girasole in Shadyside

As our 21st Wine Exchange fast approached, we felt the need to find a stellar place to host a fitting “21st Birthday” themed wine exchange. We found that place in Girasole. Take a photo tour of our dinner and join us for our next wine exchange on Monday, April 15, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. to discover why we fell in love with this cute little Italian restaurant just off of Walnut Street in Shadyside.

Mussels
Appetizer – Mussels. There was actual strips of freshly cooked bacon in the broth which added a slightly smoky accent to the mussels.
Black Truffle Ravioli
Black Truffle Ravioli – My ravioli were served with a creamy sauce with fresh tomatoes throughout. The ravs were tender and delicious.
Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli
Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli – TasteBudA got the ravioli with a creamy marinara sauce with his meal. He raved about the dish so much, that you can find it on the wine exchange menu.
Dessert
Caramel Mocha Gelato – Though at first, TasteBudA thought they brought the wrong flavor, he did not read close enough to know that it was caramel and chocolate with a hint of java flavor.

Interested in the wine exchange event on April 15?  Here is the menu for the event:


APPETIZER BAR
Mini filo cups with mushrooms and gruyere cheese

Polenta pizza topped with an assortment of meats, cheeses and vegetables

Antipasto bar with salamis, provolone and fontina cheese, roasted peppers, olives and artiichokes

SALAD
Girasole Salad – spring mix, carrots, tomatoes, kalamata olives, chick peas, gorgonzola, sunflower seeds, sunflower vinagrette
bread/butter

ENTREE
(Choice of one:)

SPINACH RAVIOLI
spinach and ricotta ravioli in a tomato cream sauce

MUSSELS
mussels with roasted red peppers, tomato and basil

SHORT RIBS
braised port and honey short ribs over creamy polenta

View the Menu and RSVP at:
http://www.thepittsburghtastebuds.com/upcoming-events/

PhotoBlog: Brasserie 33

Brasserie 33 is a somewhat newer establishment on Ellsworth Ave in Shadyside. Thanks to a Groupon, we visited recently and had some mixed reviews. The atmosphere is lacking air conditioning, so be cautious about overly hot days when you’d want to enjoy a cool dinner. There is outside seating for warm days and likely provides a nice casual dinner experience. Our visit was during one of the latest heat waves, so we decided to dine indoors.

TasteBudA never turns down a chance for mussels, so it was clear that was on his menu. I decided to have the Frise Salad. We’ll let the pictures do the talking. Overall, it wasn’t a bad meal, but as a new establishment, I’d give them some time to work out some kinks.

Mussels
The mussels were served with a side of frites. Some of the mussels were huge!
Sweet Bread
Something I wouldn’t normally order, but did enjoy. Though it looks heavy, it was more of a thin broth. As it turns out, I received the last of them.
Frise Salad
Other than the eggs, it was almost as if the salad was assembled upside down. All of the bacon was on the bottom.
House Salad
TasteBudA got the house salad with the balsamic vinaigrette.

PhotoBlog: Pittsburgh’s Best Restaurant Party

The Pittsburgh TasteBuds attended Pittsburgh’s Best Restaurant Party on June 4, 2012 at Heinz Field.  At the event, Cure won “Best in Show” as voted by the attendees of the event.

Pittsburgh TasteBuds attend Best Restaurant Party
Pittsburgh TasteBuds attend Best Restaurant Party (TasteBudA and TasteBudB)
Displays of sweet, savory and everything in between were featured at the event
Displays of sweet, savory and everything in between were featured at the event
Arpino Trattoria was awarded best BYOB in Pittsburgh.  The TasteBuds will have to have an exchange there soon!
Arpino Trattoria was awarded best BYOB in Pittsburgh. The TasteBuds will have to have an exchange there soon!
Restaurants lined the club level of Heinz Field for the event.  Over 50 restaurants were represented.
Restaurants lined the club level of Heinz Field for the event. Over 50 restaurants were represented.