One 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
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.
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.
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.
Interested in the wine exchange event on April 15? Here is the menu for the event:
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
Industry might have one of the more happening happy hours in Lawrenceville. Their menu boasts upscale twists on typical bar food. Personally, I enjoy the burgers. Though I’ve had a very good salad before that was seemingly bottomless. When a salad can fill you up in a bar atmosphere – now that’s a good salad!
Legends of the Northshore has been named to great accolades in Pittsburgh Magazine and more. As a northside resident, it is a great spot to have a lunch meeting or to take a small group for a special BYOB dinner. The restaurant isn’t very big so reservations are recommended.
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.