Little Bites: North Shore's The Foundry opens

• A new North Shore dining option for those headed to Pirates and Steelers games and Stage AE shows: The Foundry Table & Tap opened Monday next to the Jerome Bettis Grille 36.

The rustic-style restaurant is huge, and features two bars  —one at the front, right as you walk in, and the other in the main dining area. You also can eat out on the back patio, which overlooks the Allegheny River.

Michael Godlewski, formerly the sous chef of the Duquesne Club, has designed a menu of gastropub fare with lunch and dinner items such as Roasted Tomato Pierogies, Watermelon Salad, Pickle-Brined Fried Chicken, Maine Lobster Roll and black cod with tamarind glaze. Brunch will be available on Sundays and game days, and include Huevos Rancheros, Challah French Toast and Cap “N” Egg Benedict.

The Foundry features more than 30 beers on tap and works with a local bakery and local farms to bring in their meat, produce and bread.

• Meat & Potatoes will have its final lunch service on Sept. 2, chef and proprietor Richard DeShantz announced on his website. The popular Downtown restaurant has quelled midday appetites from 11:30 to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, but will discontinue lunch as part of a number of changes — including an overhaul of the interior — to mark the restaurant’s fifth anniversary. No word on the future of what Food & Wine earlier this year called the “world’s fanciest Sloppy Joe” — a lunch-only sandwich, which was made with wild boar and a mole sauce.

• Allegheny Distilling, producer of the award-winning Maggie’s Farm Rum, is asking for its fans’ help to earn another accolade. The small Strip District distillery is among 20 nationwide in a USA Today online poll of the best craft rum producers in America. To vote, visit: http://​​awards/​travel/​best-craft-rum-distillery/.


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