Tessaro's is a place that was mentioned to me as having incredible burgers. Jim and Tennille had never been to Tessaro's and were keen on trying it out. The place is a bit of a hole in the wall bar/restuarant but I am a fan of hole in the wall local joints. The inside is a bit dark with a nice bar area and several sections of seating. We were greeted at the door and quickly seated at a table for four. Our waitress was quick and handed us menus and took our drink orders. We all decided on burgers: Jim had a Bleu burger, I had a plain burger with grilled onions and Liz and Tennille both had an American Cheeseburger. The burgers cames with a choice of a side. I took the coleslaw while the other chose the potato chips. The burgers were very large and if I knew the size ahead of time I might have ordered the cooking temperature a bit differently. For the most part the burgers were good, they were not the OMG I was expecting. We washed down our burgers with some beer (Liz had Ice tea). I was glad to have seen and tasted the burgers for myself and wouldn't rule out coming back here to try another menu option.
Favorite Dish: The burgers were good but next time I will know how to order it right (the size definitely influences the temp). The coleslaw was very nice and Liz's chips were nice and crispy.
The food was wonderful and the wine suggestions were perfect. It is in an old office space or apartment building, so there are many rooms with just 4 or 5 tables- very cozy! It was pretty dark, so I couldn't really get pictures of the food, but the candle-lit room was relaxing. The pacing was slow and and the waitress very helpful in choosing our food. Many of the foods are local, too!
Favorite Dish: My husband and I went for our Anniversary dinner, so we ordered three appetizers and two smaller portion entrees, splitting them each.
Butter/Bread-The bread was good- tough on the outside and very soft in the middle. The butter was sweet and whipped. It was especially good on the shortbread cookie that came with the cheesecake.
Cheese Plate Appetizer- The french cheese was amazing and so was the soft Pennsylvania goat cheese.
Lobster Mac and Cheese- This had some very rich lobster with noodles, a light creamy sauce, and powdery cheese.
Mushrooms- A dish of mushrooms and noodles. It was good, but a little salty for my taste. (I am pretty sensitive to salt, though)
Crab Cake- There is quite a lot of crab and very little filler. Instead, the veggies that would have been used to make it are underneath. Yum!
Duck Sausage- Kind of salty and fatty to my taste, but good for those who love sausage!
My husband got the Pot de Creme, and it was so good, I had to get one too. It was like a cold bed when sleepy on a hot winter day- like a non-frozen chocolate ice creme.
We also got the chocolate sampler. It was interesting and fun to try and discuss...especially the Chipoltle Pop Rock Chocolate!
Note: The menu changes daily.
Spactacular service! We were even given a tour of the kitchen! The food was delicious, but it was about a year ago, so I don't remember exactly what we got.
Note: The way they prepare the steak, the outside is a little burnt-tasting. My husband loved this, but it wasn't my favorite preparation method.
It has been quite a while since I went- but extremely good food- over a year later, I still remember the crab cake! :)
The atmosphere is nice- dark and kind of trendy. If you would prefer to sit in couches and chairs in a living-room type setting over the traditional restaurant table, that is an option here!
Favorite Dish: Crab cake
My food was amazing, but my husband says that his was just good. The view was amazing and the service was pretty good. The atmosphere was like a cabin- warm with lots of wood.
Favorite Dish: The Pino Nior was sweet and spectacular. Great steak!
This is a very fancy restuarant, the main dining room itself is gorgeous, and the river room has a superb view across the river of the city. Originally, it was the trian station and since has been turned into a very sophisticated restuarant.
Favorite Dish: For all of you who enjoy seafood, I would suggest the Maryland crabcakes, divine. They also have wonderful steak and lobster.
The food is very very good. Try the pho (soup) or one of the noodle dishes. The ambience is nothing much but the food makes up for it. Evidently, there are good vegetarian dishes, but I like meat so I wouldn't know.
Favorite Dish: I had vermicelli topped with shredded pork, mini eggrolls, fresh vegetables and a sweet-sour sauce on the side. My mom had vermicelli with coconut milk in the sauce, which was not quite as good as mine, but still delicious. The pho is very good as well, and as traditional a Vietnamese dish as you can get.
I only stopped in for a cup of coffee, but I'll go back to see what else this small café has to offer. I was impressed with the up-to-date selection of free newspapers, flyers and postcards announcing area events.
The authentic German food here is delicious. The restaurant provides a real old-world neighborhood feel. It is located in the North Side of Pittsburgh, where it has been a neighborhood gathering place since the early 1900's. It is a quiet restaurant (it got busier when mostly locals came in for happy hour, but never got loud or rowdy.) We just had to make a second trip while we were in town. I tried the local Iron City Beer which is good. I would say it is similar to a Yuengling Porter. I loved the Dutch Club Dark. I believe Max's is the only place you can get it. If you go between 5 and 7, you can order 1/2 price appetizers and get $1 off of the already reasonably priced beers. Their website is very helpful and I listed it below.
Favorite Dish: The bratwurst dinner I had was delicious. The wurst wasn't huge, but since all of the accompaniments were delicious, the meal was just the right size. You have a choice of 2 sides with most meals. I chose the applesauce and mashed potatoes and gravy. Both were freshly handmade and absolutely delicious. The meal also came with a variety of breads, applebutter, a spiced apple, and sauerkraut. My wife ordered their breakfast buffet and she too was thoroughly satisfied. She really enjoyed the German Farmers' Breakfast, Potato Pancakes, and French Toast.
This restaurant make you feel like you have stepped back in time. As the window clearly states, hamburgers .79 cents. The Pickle Barrel has been open for over 34 years. It is decorated with old school lunch boxes from the 60's.
Favorite Dish: Hamburger and a coke.
My fav place in Pittsburgh for sushi. It was a little out of the way from oakland but definitely worth the trip. Their sushi boat is the cheapest around pittsburgh and tastes great. Other than sushi, they also have many choices of korean food.
Very good, but the wide variety of beer is the main attractant. The owner has been knighted in Belgium for doing so much to bring Belgian Beer to the US.
Favorite Dish: Dipping sampler- pick 3 dips
I was intrigued by the Cuban 'style' sandwiches on the menu, so I went in. They weren't as good as described, I probably won't return. I've had real Cuban sandwiches.
This restaurant is located on top of Mt Washington, overlooking the city of Pittsburgh. It's a more expensive restaurant, but the food and view are worth it!
Favorite Dish: Fried shrimp.
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