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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! 

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Penn Avenue Fish Company

October 2013
308 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh PA 15222
Penn Avenue Fish Company on Urbanspoon

Monday, October 7, 2013


September 2013
618 S Main St, Greensburg, PA 15601
Headkeeper on Urbanspoon

Monday, September 2, 2013


August 2013
3615 Butler Street, Pittsburgh PA 15201
Matteo's on Urbanspoon