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Monday, August 25, 2014

Off the Hook

July 2014
908 Warrendale Village Drive, Warrendale, PA
Off The Hook on Urbanspoon

"Love love love this restaurant. The atmosphere is clean and open and the wait staff was very professional and courteous. Off the Hook is a little on the pricey side but they offer great happy hour specials ($5 absolute drinks/wine/etc). To give you an idea on price: we were a group of 9 who shared two dozen oysters and another app, a couple side salads, three sides (a la carte), and 3 large desserts in addition to our personal entrees and a drink or two each and our bill was approximately $75/person. I didn’t think that was bad for a restaurant in this class. I shared the scallops and the Caribbean style Chilean sea bass. They were both delicious! I would definitely recommend Off the Hook, in fact, I have already been back!"

 "I really loved Off the Hook, it is now my favorite Grub Club restaurant! I had the Parmesan Style Halibut. There was a nice sear on the outside of the fish and the wine/lemon/black pepper cream sauce was outstanding. I also enjoyed the blackened Cajun cauliflower and char grilled asparagus. I was disappointed in the desserts. Everyone’s meal was exceptional and the desserts weren’t up to the same standard. I have heard rave reviews about their cheesecake, but I wasn’t a fan of the funfetti birthday cheesecake. Out of the sampler, I think I liked the chocolate one that was in a small cup the best. The price was great, I thought it would be a lot more for our group. There is something for everyone on the menu, not just fish!! I will definitely be going back!!"


June 2014
530 Northpointe Circle, Seven Fields PA 16046
BOhèm Bistro on Urbanspoon

"I really liked the feel of this restaurant. We sat outside since it was a beautiful day out and you felt like you were somewhere other than Seven Fields, PA. The interior of the restaurant was definitely unique and eclectic. I was a huge fan of the crispy Brussels sprouts. For dinner, I had the blackened catfish which was pretty heavy on the seasoning but still tasty."

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Butcher and the Rye

May 2014
212 Sixth Street, Pittsburgh

Butcher and the Rye on Urbanspoon

I really enjoyed Butcher and the Rye.  The atmosphere was very unique and added to the feel of the restaurant.  We sat down in the bar area, which was a little loud but it was perfect for our group.  We really enjoyed the songs that they played...it was a great mixture of oldies and songs from the 80’s.  The food was excellent and the price was even better.  We had a party of eight people who each had a drink, an entrée and we shared 3 appetizers and a dessert.  The price came to $45/each which included the tip.  This is not bad at all for a place with as good as food as this and is not BYOB.  The brussels sprouts were delicious!  I had the trout which came with a cauliflower steak.  I have to say...our group has been going out once a month for the past five years and this was one of the only restaurants where everyone left a clean plate.  I would definitely recommend Butcher and the Rye.

Butcher and the Rye was a solid Grub Club pick.  I ordered one of the specials, a gourmet burger made with wagyu beef and it was excellent.  I really enjoyed the edamame appetizer and the mussels. Nice atmosphere especially for a larger group.


April 2014
1150 Smallman St, Pittsburgh PA 15222
Eleven on Urbanspoon

Eleven is still one of my favorite restaurants in the city. We were are a large table that was oval shaped which made conversation easier than a long straight table.  We started with the oysters and steak tartare for appetizers.  The tartare was great and the portion size was surprisingly generous.   I was a bit disappointed by my salad, which was 3 greens and a vinaigrette dressing, as it was very bland.  My entrée was halibut which was perfectly done and served with polenta and brussel sprouts.  We split 4 desserts—I am a huge fan of crème brulee and this one was top notch.  The hazelnut candy bar and the warm chocolate cake were also hits.  The white chocolate panna cotta was my least favorite.

Sunday, May 4, 2014


March 2014
112 Westinghouse Ave, Wilmerding, PA 15148
Johnny's on Urbanspoon

"If you are looking for solid Italian food, Johnny’s is the place to be. I opted to go with my staple choice – salmon. Johnny’s served their salmon with a tasty apricot glaze and sautéed spinach."

"I liked the atmosphere at Johnny’s.  I had the penne Arrabiatta with chicken and it was delicious.  It’s disappointing to order a spicy dish and it doesn’t have a kick, but this dish had just the right amount of heat.  I wasn’t a fan of the greens and beans.  Some of it was still a bit crunchy, I like it wilted together a little more. "

"Johnny’s was good. I had the scallops over risotto with a side of greens and beans. The scallops were tender, although a couple were a tad gritty.  Good flavor and I enjoyed the risotto. I also had the Johnny’s salad, which was good but heavy on the bleu cheese. Overall a good place to grab a bite in a family friendly atmosphere."

"I had the chicken piccata, another Italian basic.  It was good and the serving size was HUGE.  I got 3 meals out of my dinner.  The Johnny’s salad was fresh but a little heavy on the blue cheese.  Our waitress seemed a bit overwhelmed by the size of our table (9 people) when it came to the bar service but the food orders went very smoothly.  Overall, I found it to be a solid Pittsburgh Italian restaurant."

"I had the scallops and risotto and I enjoyed them both.  Nice atmosphere and the $5 martinis on Thursdays were a bonus!"   

Thursday, March 20, 2014

The Hartwood

February 2014
3400 Harts Run Road, Glenshaw, PA 15116
Hartwood Restaurant on Urbanspoon
I loved the atmosphere here…it was like you were eating in somebody’s home. There were several different rooms and the walls were lined with books. The bartender was very personable and made very tasty Moscow Mules. We had the fried artichoke hearts for one of the appetizers and they were a hit. I ordered the sea bass and it was undercooked. After it came back, it was very tasty. Overall, I would recommend the Hartwood and would like to go back!

I had the grouper which was a nice light dish. They were flexible in letting me switch out the sides and try the butternut risotto. We split a beet salad that was very good too. Enjoyed the meal and service was solid

I had the barramundi special as my entrée.  Although it had to be sent back as it was not done, it was very good once it was cooked properly.  I also switched out my side to the butternut squash risotto and it was absolutely delicious.  I did enjoy the beet salad, but it needed a bit more dressing.  I loved the atmosphere as I felt like I was eating at home.  I will definitely be back!

Sunday, January 26, 2014


January 2014
5491 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh PA
Verde Mexican Kitchen & Cantina on Urbanspoon

I started out the evening with a Spicy Seniorita which was very good.  I was surprised that the spiciness of the jalapeno and cranberry juice went well together!  The guacamole was one of the best ones that I have had in a while.  For my entrée – I had the salmon entrée which had a chipotle cauliflower puree and quinoa croquettes which I loved!  The salmon was a little undercooked for my liking in the middle but it was still good.  The atmosphere here was nice and open – but all the windows made it quite chilly on an evening where it was -4 degrees out.  I will have to try Verde again in the summer!

I liked the revised menu that focuses on upscale tacos at $5 each.  I had the Barbacoa,  which was chili rubbed beef with lots of cilantro, jalapeno and feta, and the Chorizo which had a really nice cilantro yogurt to temper the heat of the chorizo.  We split a few orders of the brussel sprouts.  I am a big fan of roasted sprouts and they only get better when you add herb ricotta topping.  The guacamole was loaded with chunks of avocado.  We also split the Queso Fundido---it was tasty. It would have been nice to give us 6 tortillas since there were 6 in our party.   I ordered the margaritas which were on a Happy Hour special.  They were tart and a nice bit of the tropics on such a cold winter night.

I really liked the guacamole and the cheese appetizer.  For my entrée, I had a chorizo taco, barbacoa taco and the side of brussel sprouts.  Everything was delicious.  The atmosphere was great and so was our server!