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 Sauerkraut and mushroom pierogis and the smoked potato roast parsnip and mustard greens pierogis served with beets, sauce and chive at Apteka.

Dining Out: Apteka -- Where being vegan (or not) is trendy

Inexpensive, creative dishes draw a faithful crowd.

1 month ago

 Lidia's Pitttsburgh is serving Bucatini all Amatriciana to help earthquake victims in Amatrice, Italy.

Lidia's Pittsburgh helping Italian earthquake victims with pasta dish

The restaurant will give part of the proceeds of Bucatini all Amatriciana to the Italian Red Cross.

1 month ago

 Bartender Javed Hashmi serves a drink to a customer at the Livermore in East Liberty. Experts cite employee makeup, rental agreement and target clientele as key determiners for a successful restaurant. And, of course: Location, location, location.

Several factors allow restaurants to stay open with empty tables

How restaurants can keep their doors open for years — even with less-than-stellar dine-in business.

1 month ago

 Wine being poured at the new Nova Cellars Winery owned by Walt and Katie Novosel in Pulaski, Lawrence County.

Nova Destinations draws its own wine trail across Northwest Pennsylvania

New spread will be home to a main winery, new brewery and distillery, and you also can visit the company’s other winery, cidery and more.

1 month ago

 The Cafe at the Frick is featuring an 18-ounce grilled Kobe New York strip for dinner on Fridays through the end of August.

Is a steak worth $275? It is if it melts in your mouth

A food writer takes a fork and knife to an 18-ounce, A5-graded Japanese Kobe steak at the Cafe at the Frick.

1 month ago

 The dining area of Eighteen, a kosher restaurant that recently opened next door to Pinsker's, a retail store in Squirrel Hill.

New Squirrel Hill restaurant Eighteen serves kosher fare from ice cream to sushi

Derived from the numeric value of the letters for the Hebrew word for “life,” 18 is a number of significance in the Jewish faith.

1 month ago

 A platter of ribs with Kansas City cheesey corn at Twelve Whiskey Barbecue on the South Side.

Munch goes to Twelve Whiskey Barbecue

South Side barbecue spot shows promise but lacks consistency.

2 months ago

 Roasted Tomato Pierogies at The Foundry.

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 opened Monday.

2 months ago

 Chris and Jesse Churchfield of Lawrenceville brave the humid conditions to eat outside at The Abbey on Butler Street in Lawrenceville.

Outdoor dining options abound as heat abates

Summer days are waning? Fat chance. Here are 56 spots to dine and drink outdoors in Greater Pittsburgh.

2 months ago

 The main dining area of Blue North in McCandless.

Dining out: Blue North is a hidden gem that shines in McCandless

American-fusion menu offers a twist on classics and an introduction to unexpected ingredients.

2 months ago

 Cured tuna with chili oil and Marcona almonds and an anchovy and boquerones montadito at Morcilla  in Lawrenceville.

Little Bites: 8.18.16

Major honors for a Pittsburgh restaurant (and sandwiches), a whiskey museum and a pair of Italian dinners in this week’s roundup.

2 months ago

 Ruth’s Chris Steak House plans to remain at 6 PPG Place, Downtown, where it has been for nearly 29 years.

After scouting, Ruth’s Chris decides to stay at PPG Place

After searching elsewhere, the well-known steakhouse decides to stay in the space it’s occupied for decades.

2 months ago

 Nicholas Schilling tackles a plate of spaghetti and meatballs at the Spaghetti Warehouse in the Strip District in 1999.

Strip District's Spaghetti Warehouse to close

The restaurant's last day of business will be Aug. 28

2 months ago

Yelp partners with Oakland-based Nowait

Yelp will be making an $8 million strategic investment in Nowait as part of the agreement, according to the company.

2 months ago

Little Bites: Local restaurant news

News on Morcilla, Whitfield, Soba, Burger Bash & Chef Competition and more.

2 months ago

 PAN Asian Restaurant in Lawrenceville won the Best Preview award at the Summer 2015 Kickoff Party for its Lobster Monkey Rolls.

Price is right for breakfast, lunch and dinner for Pittsburgh's Restaurant Week

Seafood gumbo, chilled strawberry gazpacho and Korean fried chicken wings will grace menus for Restaurant Week, starting Monday.

2 months ago

 KFC Georgia Gold fried chicken.

KFC chooses Pittsburgh to test new Georgia Gold fried chicken

Crispy chicken, tenders and wings are served with a honey-mustard barbecue flavor.

2 months ago

 Uno Pizzeria & Grill’s Whole Hog Burger served with sides packs nearly 3,000 calories.

2,850-caloried burger, 970-caloried grape drink among Xtreme Eating winners

Cheesecake Factory, Applebee’s, Dave & Buster’s, Sonic and Buffalo Wild Wings are some of the offending honorees this year.

2 months ago

 The view from Vue 412 dining room on Mount Washington.

Dining Out: At Vue 412, get an unparalleled view with every course

The Mount Washington restaurant offers an American menu with Italian and French influences and views of the city from three levels.

2 months ago

 Members of the Pittsburgh Fine Drinking Society enjoy a night at Jack's Bar on the South Side.

Drinks: Pittsburgh Fine Drinking Society marks five years of good times

The group meets every Thursday for happy hour at a different bar in the city, and has since June 2011.

2 months ago

 Nachos from Tako, Downtown. (courtesy Tako).

Little Bites: 8.4.16

A farm dinner in Braddock, late-night Downtown bites and 25 years for South Side’s Mallorca.

2 months ago

 The Church Brew Works in Lawrenceville.

Church Brew Works celebrates 20 years

Lawrenceville brewpub in a church is serving a beer dinner made by its original brewmaster and original chef.

2 months ago

 An order of the Thai pork dumpling appetizer from Thai Suan Thip in Cecil, Washington County.

Munch goes to Thai Suan Thip

Restaurant is an unlikely spot for excellent southeast Asian fare in Washington County.

2 months ago

Little Bites: Local restaurant news

New openings and Smiley cookies for weddings in this week's roundup.

2 months ago

Two Pittsburgh-area restaurants hit with consumer alerts

Bamboo Garden and Rowdy BBQ were cited for recurring health code violations.

3 months ago

 The Stawberry Feta Salad at Chaz and Odette in Shadyside.

Restaurant Review: Refined and rustic flavors at Chaz & Odette

Global and classic/nouveau American fare is served in a charming setting at the Shadyside restaurant.

3 months ago

 The Whitfield, an American-style restaurant at The Ace Hotel in East Liberty.

Little Bites: Restaurant news

Quick meals at Whitfield; Casbah’s “Festa di Pasta;” a food and wine tour of Lazio; a new outdoor lounge at Lidia’s; Wine Spectator

3 months ago

Brookline Pub and Our Little Secret hit by consumer alerts

The Allegheny County health department found numerous unsafe practices.

3 months ago

 A Hello Bistro employee cheerfully puts toppings on salads during the bustling lunch hours of Restaurant Week.

Get $6 lunches during Oakland Restaurant Week

From mushroom stroganoff to crab salad on croissant to meatless Monday, 20 Oakland restaurants dish out options.

3 months ago

Munch goes to Full Pint Wild Side Pub

Suburban brewery’s city spot serves award-winning beer with winning sandwich combinations.

3 months ago

  Neil Herlocher with his wife,Sharon and their children, from left, Phoebe, Laney and Charlie. Mr. Herlocher is the president of Herlocher Foods in State College.

State College’s Herlocher Dipping Mustard can now be found at 300 Subway stores

The Train Station’s dipping mustard can be found in the new Artisan Pretzel Roll sandwich.

3 months ago

 The birthday cake made for Pittsburgh's Bicentennial Birthday Bash at the Heinz History Center.

38 pounds flour, 45 pounds sugar, 120 eggs used for Pittsburgh's 200th birthday cake

It took Bella Christie and Lil’ Z’s Sweet Boutique of Lawrenceville 328 hours and five bakers to create the cake.

3 months ago

 Chef Keith Fuller in the kitchen at Root 174 in Regent Square.

Root 174 restaurant in Regent Square closes

The Regent Square spot drew consistent praise for its innovative cuisine by chef and co-owner Keith Fuller.

3 months ago

Tavern, personal care home draw consumer alerts

Kretzler's Tavern and McKees Pointe Lodge were cited for health code violations.

3 months ago

 Vegfest logo.

Food Column: For its 2nd year, VegFest doubles vegan-friendly options

Nondairy ice cream, chili nachos, veggie dogs and wraps, pierogies and falafels will be among the options available.

3 months ago

 The Cafe at the Frick is featuring an 18-ounce grilled Kobe New York strip for dinner on Fridays through the end of August.

Cafe at the Frick features $275 Kobe steak on its menu

The grilled 18-ounce New York strip is served with a foie gras demi glace and white truffle whipped potatoes.

3 months ago

 The Foundry will open in the former Asiago's space on the North Shore.

The Foundry to offer casual upscale dining on North Shore

The gastropub to open in the space previously occupied by Asiago on North Shore Drive will feature food by the Duquesne Club sous chef.

3 months ago

 A new gastropub called The Foundry is set to open in four to five weeks in the former Asiago’s site on the North Shore.

New gastropub coming to North Shore

The Foundry, featuring food by Duquesne Club sous chef Michael Godlewski, is coming to the North Shore in time for football season.

3 months ago

Deck out in white for dinner at Blanc en Plum

Elizabeth to hold an outdoor dinner Sunday with white linen-covered tables, white candles and guests clad in white.

3 months ago

 Guests arrive at a June farm-to-table dinner at Frankferd Farms in Clinton.

Food Column: 412 Food Rescue to sponsor Ugly CSA, 2 farm-to-table dinners

The group hopes to rescue healthy foods that otherwise would be discarded, with the two new programs.

3 months ago

 A fried chicken food truck from Giant Eagle.

Giant Eagle's new food truck rolls out Wednesday

Giant Eagle Fried Chicken Express joins the food truck bandwagon on National Fried Chicken Day.

3 months ago

 Chris Dilla, founder of Bocktown Beer and Grill in North Fayette, stands next to the beer taps at that location in 2014. In an email blast sent out on Tuesday, Bocktown's owners said it has closed the location at Beaver Valley Mall in Center.

Bocktown Monaca closes its doors

The original Bocktown Robinson in North Fayette will remain open and may absorb some employees from the Beaver Valley Mall location.

3 months ago

 Javid Hashmi, bartender at The Livermore in East Liberty, serves a drink Friday to Brogan McGowan. Seated by Mr. McGowan is Will Tolliver. Emily Sturzebecher stands at right.

Pittsburgh restaurants pass a year with no-tipping policy

Staff and owners of two popular restaurants are pleased with a year with a no-gratuity policy, but remain alone in the practice regionally.

3 months ago

 The "Roadkill" burger at DJ's Sandwich Shoppe in Bloomfield has a patty made from elk, bison, beef, pork and venison and is topped with shredded pork.

Munch goes to DJ’s Sandwich Shoppe

A Bloomfield butcher uses his meats in his exceptional namesake sandwich shop.

3 months ago

 Pittsburgh Mills mall in Frazer.

Pittsburgh Mills mall losing Houlihan's, Starbucks

The closures mean about 50 employees will lose their jobs, according to a notice filed this month by the operator of the facilities.

3 months ago

 Scott Smith, owner  of the East End Brewing Company.

Good drink and food coming to the Strip District

East End Brewing’s taproom heads a number of new drinking and dining destinations in and around the city.

4 months ago

 The Burger King in Hermitage, Pa., is giving a test run to the Whopperito. It has all the ingredients of the Whopper in a wrap instead of a bun.

Burger King meshes Whopper and burrito for a Whopperrito

At Burger King, a flour tortilla is filled with the grilled ground beef, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickles, cheese sauce and mayonnaise.

4 months ago

Chick-fil-A, Cracker Barrel top in customer satisfaction

The 2016 American Customer Satisfaction Index shows newer chains with varied menus and gift shops are at the top of diners’ ratings.

4 months ago

Health department shutters Swissvale restaurant

Fish, Chicken & More was cited for numerous food safety violations and for operating without a permit.

4 months ago

 A platter of barbecue ribs, brisket and chicken, with a side of macaroni and cheese at Wheelfish in Ross Township.

Munch goes to Wheelfish

Barbecue, blues and bourbon are the specialty at this new North Hills spot.

4 months ago



Let's eat: Fried Rice Omelet

Turns out you can stuff just about anything into an omelet, including fried rice, as presented in a gorgeous new cookbook/travel guide.

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Let's eat: Fried Rice Omelet

Turns out you can stuff just about anything into an omelet, including fried rice, as presented in a gorgeous new cookbook/travel guide.