Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Critics Rate Gypsy Cafe, Mallorca, Girasole

IN THE NEWS: The Tribune-Review's Kellie Gormly reviews Gypsy Cafe (1330 Bingham St., South Side, 412-381-4977), while Luis Fabregas considers Mallorca Restaurant (2228 E. Carson St., South Side, 412-488-1818) and Michael Machoskey visits Girasole (733 Copeland St., Shadyside, 412-682-2130). pittsburghlive.com ... The Post-Gazette's Munch column visits Si Senor (in the basement of the U.S. Steel Tower at 600 Grant St., 412-201-1811). post-gazette.com ... City Paper's Angelique Bamberg and Jason Roth review Legume Bistro (1113 S. Braddock Ave., Regent Square. 412-371-1815), while Colleen Van Tassell considers Penn Avenue Fish Company (2208 Penn Ave., Strip District. 412-434-7200). pittsburghcitypaper.ws ... Pittsburgh Dish visits Folino's (1719 E. Carson St., 412-488-8108). pittsburghdish.typepad.com

Compiled by Pat Embry, WhereTheLocalsEat.com

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Mag's Best-Ofs Include Tessaro's, Pamela's

IN THE NEWS: Pittsburgh magazine's Best of 2007 readers picks include: Bruster's, Ice Cream; Sonoma Grille, Wine List; The Harris Grill, Outdoor Dining; Ruth's Chris Steak House, Fine Dining; Tessaro's, Hamburger; Primanti Brothers, Lunch Spot; Blue Horse Coffee, Coffee Shop; Pamela's, Breakfast Spot; and Prantle's Bakery, Bakery. ... The magazine's Deborah McDonald reviews The Cafe at the Frick (7227 Reynolds St., Point Breeze, 412-371-0600. pittsburghmagazine.com ... The Post-Gazette's Bob Batz Jr. reports on a memorial tribute to Joe Chiodo, who for five decades ran Chiodo's Tavern in Homestead, to be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 22 at the historic Pump House at The Waterfront, Munhall. Chiodo died Aug. 26 at age 89. For more details, call 412-381-0882. ... Munch visits Grill 747 (1502 East Carson St., South Side. 412-381-2072). ... Elwin Green examines the summer closing of The Mighty Dog hot dog and sandwich shop off Frankstown Road. post-gazette.com ... The Tribune-Review's Mark Houser reviews Del's Bar & Ristorante DelPizzo (4428 Liberty Ave., Bloomfield, 412-683-1448), while Michael Machosky considers Remedy (5121 Butler St., Lawrenceville, 412-781-6771), and Kellie Gormley reviews Little Athens of Sewickley (518 Locust Place, 412-741-1230). pittsburghlive.com ... City Paper's Angelique Bamburg and Jason Roth review Tomato Pie Cafe (885 East Ingomar Road, Allison Park. 412-364-6622), while Colleen Van Tassell considers Kretchmar's Bakery (664 Third St., Beaver. 724-774-2324, www.kbakery.com). pittsburghcitypaper.ws

Zagat Buzz reports that to celebrate its 20th anniversary, the James Beard Foundation is hosting a series of food festivals and special dinners in 20 cities nationwide. The events kick off on September 18th in New York with a lavish menu inspired by Beard at Four Seasons. The celebrations continue the next week with elaborate dinners cooked by first-rate toques in Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, Short Hills, NJ and Washington, DC. All of the events are unique, with different chef lineups and dining formats ranging from gala dinners to walk-around tastings, so check the individual city pages for details. Though prices for the dinners vary, all of them will be followed up on September 29th with special events at local Williams-Sonoma stores where chefs will be offering cooking demos, book signings, specialty food tastings and kids' educational activities free of charge. For more information about the event, logon to www.jbftasteamerica.com. zagat.com

Compiled by Pat Embry, WhereTheLocalsEat.com

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Critics Rate Legume, Muriel's, Zaiaka

IN THE NEWS: The Post-Gazette's China Millman reviews Legume (1113 S. Braddock Ave., Regent Square, 412-371-1815, www.legumebistro.com), while Munch goes to Royal Caribbean (128 S. Highland Ave., East Liberty. 412-362-1861), Cristina Rouvalis profiles chef Brandon King at Bettis Grille 36, and Diana Nelson Jones previews Bistro to Go (415 E. Ohio St.). post-gazette.com ... The Tribune-Review's Sally Quinn reviews Muriel's (856 Western Ave., North Side, 412-322-0476), while Kellie Gormley considers Zaiaka Authentic Indian Cuisine (924 Presque-Isle Plaza, Route 286 East, Plum, 724-325-1247 or www.zaiaka.com). pittsburghlive.com ... The City Paper's Angelique Bamberg and Jason Roth give three and a half stars to The Chelsea Grille (515 Allegheny Ave., Oakmont. 412-828-0570). pittsburghcitypaper.ws

Compiled by Pat Embry, WhereTheLocalsEat.com

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Hartner's, Acanthus Restaurants Close

IN THE NEWS: Hartner's Restaurant, a Cranberry Township dining institution since 1951, has closed and will be replaced by a Walgreen's, Pittsburgh Business Times reports. ... The Times also looks at the growing number of area non-chain Mexican restaurants, including soon-to-be opening Patron's Mexican Grill in Wexford, near the junction of Routes 19 and 910. ... The Times also reports that Fort Walton,Fla.-based Cuppy's Coffee will open its first area drive-thru coffee shop in the Chartiers Valley Shopping Center in Bridgeville in the next few weeks. With its first franchisee established for the new location, the company is actively seeking others with the ambition to build 20 to 30 locations in the Pittsburgh area. The company serves Caffe D'arte coffee from Seattle, along with mochas, lattes, cappuccino, fruit smoothies, Chai teas and Italian sodas. pittsburgh.bizjournals.com ... Pittsburgh Dish reports that just a week after receiving a rave review in the City Paper, Acanthus restaurant has closed to the public and is only entertaining private parties for 12 or more. pittsburghdish.typepad.com ... The Post-Gazette's Bruce Dobler reviews The Tuscan Inn (2684 Wildwood Road, Hampton, 412-486-7696, thetuscaninnzc.com), while Bob Podurgiel considers Nicaraguan eatery Rivas Restaurant on West Main Street in Carnegie, and the Munch column goes to Courthouse Tavern (310 Forbes Ave., Downtown. 412-338-8608). ... post-gazette.com ... Kellie Gormly reviews Tusca Mediterranean Tapas (2773 Sidney St., South Side, 412-488-9000), while Alice T. Carter considers Red Star Brewery and Grille (101 Ehalt St., Greensburg, 724-850-7245 or online). pittsburghlive.com ... Pittsburgh City Paper's Angelique Bamburg and Jason Roth review Bado's Cucina (3825 Washington Road, Peters Township. 724-942-3904). pittsburghcitypaper.ws ... Pittsburgh magazine's September 2007 Best of Pittsburgh issue includes Best Coffeehouse 61C Café (1839 Murray Ave., Squirrel Hill; 412/521-6161). wqed.org/mag

Compiled by Pat Embry, WhereTheLocalsEat.com