Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Tusca Tops 'Post-Gazette' Readers Poll

IN THE NEWS: Tusca (2773 Sidney St., SouthSide Works) has been voted Best Overall Restaurant in the Post-Gazette's just-released readers poll. ... The Post-Gazette's Marlene Parrish looks at outdoor dining, including The Coal Hill Steakhouse and Grandview Saloon (1212 Grandview Ave., Mount Washington; www.coalhillsteakhouse.com). ... Pat Jennings reviews Paradiso (One Oxford Centre, Third Floor, 301 Grant St.), while Munch visits Oishii Bento (119 Oakland Ave., Oakland; www.oishiibento.com). ... The paper notes Atria's Restaurant & Tavern (atrias.com) is opening a new restaurant in Richland, the eighth location in the Pittsburgh area. It is at 5517 William Flynn Highway. post-gazette.com ... The New York Times' David Laskin writes a travel piece about a Pittsburgh weekend with kids, and includes the restaurants the original Primanti Brothers (46 18th St.), Ataria's Restaurant and Tavern (103 Federal St.), and Golden Palace (206 Shiloh St.). nytimes.com ... The Tribune-Review's Liz Zemba reports that a July 29 fire destroyed Bub's Perry Pizza on South Liberty Street in Perryopolis. ... Brianna Horan features Jimmy G's (1822 Main Street, Sharpsburg). ... Luis Fabragas reviews Casbah (229 S. Highland Ave., Shadyside), and Michael Machosky visits Garden Cafe at Heinz Hall (600 Penn Ave.). pittsburghlive.com ... Pittsburgh City Paper reviews Tusca, and also visits Big Mama’s House of Soul (1603 Penn Ave). pittsburghcitypaper.ws ... EatItAndLoveIt.com drops by Sushi Boat (128 Oakland Ave., Pittsburgh).

Compiled by Pat Embry, WhereTheLocalsEat.com

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Courthouse Tavern Set for Downtown

IN THE NEWS: George Leventis thinks enough of the business opportunities in Downtown's Fifth and Forbes corridor that he invested $500,000 there to open the new Courthouse Tavern in the space formerly occupied by the Chart Room Cafe, Pittsburgh Business Times reports. This week Leventis, who operated the now-closed Bridge Cafe on Carson Street, will take a small step toward helping revitalize a Fifth and Forbes business district that's faced years of controversy, delay and decay. The long-time proprietor of Peter's Pub in Oakland opens his Courthouse Tavern in a distinctive property that formerly housed the Chart Room, a favorite haunt of opponents of former mayor Tom Murphy's large-scale retail redevelopment plan for the district in the late 1990s. pittsburgh.bizjournals.com ... The Post-Gazette's Virginia Phillips reviews The Cafe at the Frick (Frick Art & Historical Center, 7227 Reynolds St., Point Breeze, frickart.org), while Munch goes to Red Oak Cafe (3610 Forbes Ave., Oakland, redoakusa.com). post-gazette.com ... The Tribune-Review's Mark Houser reviews Alchemy, at Bigelow Grille (Doubletree Hotel, 1 Bigelow Square, Downtown), while the paper also reviews Palate Bistro (212 Sixth St., Downtown). pittsburghlive.com ... The City Paper reviews Thai Tom Yung Kung (247 Edgewood Ave., Edgewood). pittsburghcitypaper.ws

Compiled by Pat Embry, WhereTheLocalsEat.com

Monday, July 16, 2007

Laforet Closes Doors; Blue Reviewed

IN THE NEWS: The Post-Gazette notes the last days of Laforet, while the Munch column visits Smokin' Joe's Saloon (2001 E. Carson St., South Side Flats). post-gazette.com ... The Tribune-Review's Sally Quinn reviews Blue (1701 Duncan Ave., McCandless), while Karin Welzel visits Eleven restaurant (1150 Smallman St.). pittsburghlive.com ... The City Paper reviews Palate (212 Sixth St., Downtown). pittsburghcitypaper.ws ... EatItAndLoveIt.com reviews Tai Pei Chinese Restaurant (1124 Freeport Rd, Pittsburgh).

By Pat Embry, WhereTheLocalsEat.com

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

California Pizza Kitchen Is Coming

IN THE NEWS: After years of nibbling around the region's crust, California Pizza Kitchen is ready to enter the Pittsburgh market. The Los Angeles-based gourmet pizza restaurant is in lease negotiations to open its first Pittsburgh location at South Hills Village in Mount Lebanon, the Pittsburgh Business Times reports. ... The Post-Gazette's Gretchen Trent reviews Sassy Marie's (422 Foreland St., North Side), while Munch goes to Tango Cafe (5806 Forward Ave. in Squirrel Hill). post-gazette.com ... The City Paper also reviews Sassy Marie's. pittsburghcitypaper.ws. ... The Tribune-Review's Sally Quinn reviews La Tavola Italiana Restaurant & Pizzaria (1 Boggs Ave., Mt. Washington), while Karin Welzel considers Helen's Restaurant at Seven Springs Mountain Resort (777 Waterwheel Drive, Somerset County). pittsburghlive.com ... Pittsburgh magazine's Deborah McDonald reviews Seviche (930 Penn Ave., downtown). wqed.org/mag

Compiled by Pat Embry, WhereTheLocalsEat.com

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Proposed Alcohol Sales Tax Chaps Owners

IN THE NEWS: A measure introduced by State Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Squirrel Hill, that would add a 10-percent tax on alcohol sales in Allegheny County has raised the ire of local bar and restaurant owners, Pittsburgh Business Times reports. Called House Bill 1629, the tax was proposed in reaction to another measure that would bring $700 million in transportation funding and raise local funding obligations for public transportation. ... New York-based blogger Andrea Strong's thestrongbuzz.com visits Pittsburgh standbys Fatheads (1805 Carson Street) and Primanti Brothers (46 18th Street). ... The Post-Gazette's Christine O'Toole reviews Our Cucina (1469 Bower Hill Road, Upper St. Clair, ourcucina.com), while Munch visits Lina G's Cafe (130 Brownsville Road, Mount Oliver). post-gazette.com ... The Tribune-Review's Karin Welzel reviews Tonic Bar & Grill (971 Liberty Ave., Downtown), while Luis Fabregas considers Cafe Allegro (51 South 12th Street, South Side) and Michael Machosky visits Red Robin (175. E. Waterfront Drive, Homestead). ... The paper also reports that Trilogy restaurant (620 Liberty Ave., Downtown) has announced Jay Whittenberger has been named its new executive chef. Whittenberger comes from Sedeo Cafe in Powell, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus. pittsburghlive.com ... The City Paper's Angelique Bamberg and Jason Roth review The Library (2304 E. Carson St., South Side). pittsburghcitypaper.ws. ... Blogger EatItAndLoveIt.com stops by Outback Steakhouse (9395 McKnight Road, Pittsburgh).

Compiled by Pat Embry, WhereTheLocalsEat.com