Month: May 2009

The Dor-Stop Restaurant (TAKE 2) – May 23, 2009

It looks as if the Dor-Stop could become a regular spot. A week after my first visit I was back, and talk has started about making it a regular Saturday trip with my friends. I can honestly say that I would not be disappointed if this happens. Since I went back I decided to try something different this trip, and may continue to do so.

Food
Breakfast Jumbot (Guy’s version)- I went for "Guy’s Version" because it had sausage, cheddar cheese, and jalapenos were the regular italian version didn’t have these. The rest of the ingredients are as follows: ham, onions, green peppers, potatoes, tomatoes, & eggs served with italian toast. The best way I think I could describe the jumbot is taking an omlette and scramble it all together. This dish really is filling, and worth the time. The jalapenos that are in it really aren’t overkill, they just provided the right amount of heat to the dish.

Pumpkin Hotcakes- Last week I ordered the Oatmeal Walnut Hotcakes, which became an instant favorite, but this week I wanted to try something else. The pumpkin hotcakes, which compared to last week’s hotcakes, seemed more like pancakes but completely tasty in its own right. Alot of pumpkin spice in these pancakes which wasn’t a bad thing.

I don’t really need to put a final thought in this edition since I have already done one before, but I just want to highlight again that the Dor-Stop is worth the trip because the food always brings its "A" game. Here is the contact info again, along with the Triple D episode featuring the breakfast jumbot!

Location
1430 Potomac Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15216
Phone- 412-561-9320
Web- http://www.dor-stoprestaurant.com/

Dor-Stop on Urbanspoon

Starlite Lounge – May 21, 2009

This is not the first time I have visited the Starlite Lounge in Blawnox, but it is the most food I have tried. I found out about the Starlite Lounge from my buddy Vic who goes on Thursday night’s for .40 cent wing night. These are not small wing dings either, you get the whole damn wing with this special. The wings are what brought me in and will keep me coming back, but it is some of the other food on the menu that will keep you from ever leaving.

Food
Sweet & Hot Wings- These are the wings I got on special this week, and could be the odds on favorite for favorite wing sauce (next to Wings, Suds & Spuds Garlic Parm, but 2 different types of flavor). Like I said, do not expect to see tiny wings here, you are going to get a big wing with everything that comes with it. I would really like to see an all you can eat contest with their wings. The Sweet & Hot flavor that is on top is so great! I didn’t taste alot of heat inside of it, but everyonce in a while it would pop up just for a little kick. I am not sure what all goes into the sauce for "sweet" but one flavor that I noticed was pineapple.

Pierogies- This is what brought the Food Network to the Starlite Lounge. In one order you get 3 MASSIVE piergoies, each about the size of a 6 inch subway hoagie. Sometimes when you buy pierogies they do not fill them enough and the filling is loose. These pierogies are stuffed to the max, with a nice bit of thickness to the pierogie dough itself. Pan fried and served with butter and onions.

Breakfast Burger- I will say that I was a little disappointed in this burger, not so much how it tasted but what I expected to be on it. The burger comes with a tasty burger patty then topped with melted cheese and sauteed mushrroms then a fried egg on top of that. Everything on here worked really well together, but not what I would expect for a "breakfast burger". While I was eating and enjoying the burger me and Vic came up with a few variations of our own, which prompted me to challenge him to a "Breakfast Burger Throwdown". I have a recipe in mind and will be toying around with it in the next week, and right now we are scheduled to hold the throwdown on Saturday June 6. If it does go as planned I will try to post pictures/videos on here afterwards.

Final Thought
I really recommend the Starlite Lounge on Thursday nights for Wing Night. You really can’t pass up the special for the amount of meat you get on the wings. The pierogies are what made them famous and after eating you will really understand why. Below I have 2 links posted, Starlite’s main webpage and a link to watch their episode of Diners, Drive-ins, & Dives. Enjoy and as always, if you have ever been here, please leave a comment for what you thought of the food!

Location
364 Freeport Road
Blawnox, PA 15238
Phone- 412-828-9842
Web-
http://www.moondogs.us/StarliteHome.html
Video-
http://www.moondogs.us/StarliteFoodnetwork.html

Starlite Lounge on Urbanspoon

Smallman Street Deli – May 20, 2009

While I am a new customer to the Smallman Street Deli, it is becoming my favorite lunch spot very fast! Everytime I visit I think of the episode of "Friends" when the question was asked "What is Joey’s favorite food?" the answer being "Sandwiches". If Joey has ever had a sandwich like Smallman’s I understand why. SSD in the strip is a very small deli location with seating inside and a few outdoor seats as well. The only downside about SSD is that they close before dinner, so it really is a lunch spot or if you get there early enought you can take it home for dinner.

Food
Pastrami Sandwich – mmmmmmm. Served warm on specialty rye bread with swiss cheese and deli style mustard. This my friends is a sandwich! I honestly can’t get the words to describe how tasty this sandwich is. If you like pastrami, you have to visit SSD. If not check out the menu at the link below and I am sure you will be able to find something. Next time I visit I want to try the Reuben or Rachel, both look awesome!

Location
2840 Smallman St.
Pittsburgh, PA  15222
Phone- 412-434-5800
Web- http://www.restaurant.com/microsite.asp?rid=321908&rpid=3406

Smallman Street Deli on Urbanspoon

The Dor-Stop Restaurant – May 16, 2009

Last week I posted a list of all the places that the Food Networks "Diners, Drive-ins, & Dives" has been to in Pittsburgh. This past weekend I visited my 4th spot on that list, The Dor-Stop Restaurant in Dormont. When watching this episode I knew I had to go after the unique "hot cakes" that they made, the ones that stood out the most in the episode were the oatmeal and the pumpkin hot cakes. They do not serve pancakes, they serve hot cakes which are a heavier version of a pancake. One thing I have to mention is how easy the Dor-Stop is to find, I took my GPS since I do not usually travel out to Dormont, but if in Pittsburgh go through the Liberty Tunnels and follow that straight for 3-4 miles and make a right onto Potomac Ave and you will see the Dor-Stop about a block away on your right.

Food
Lori’s Stuffed Raspberry French Toast- This was a very sweet breakfast item. The items that make up this dish are a little sketchy to me because it has been so long since I have seen this episode, and it does not say what makes the dish on the menu. Take 2 normal pieces of texas toast, normal french toast style with an outside layer of cereal (I believe its cap’n crunch, but could be wrong). The portion that makes this "stuffed" is almost like a cream cheese/raspberry filling which is what makes the dish more sweet. Top it all with a little raspberry drizzle and you have one tasty dish. I ordered this item because of how good it looked on TV, I was not disappointed but I think next time I will skip the french toast and go with the breakfast jumbot.

Oatmeal Walnut Hotcakes- I really do not know what to say here except, DELICIOUS! In this order I got 3 MONSTER SIZED HOTCAKES, I thought just the size alone was worth the price (which I have to say all meals were priced fairly). The smell of the oatmeal when it hit the table just made my mouth water, I couldn’t even eat them right away I just wanted to keep the aroma around. Once I began eating, I think the best way to describe the dish as 3 big warm & soft oatmeal cookies. If you like oatmeal cookies, order these hotcakes. While I will want these every time I go back now, next time I must try the pumpkin hotcakes.

Final Thought
As I said earlier, such a quick and easy trip for me and that is key for a return. I am really looking forward to my next trip back to the Dor-Stop, and trying alot of the other tasty dishes they have on the menu. My next trip will most likely feature the breakfast jumbot and the pumpkin pancakes. If you have had either of these dishes let me know what you thought of them. Like alot of well known places, Dor-Stop isn’t a really big place. They do offer a little bit of outdoor seating, but the majority is inside or at the counter. I wouldn’t recommend going with a large family, because that would probably take alot of the seating, but a group of 4-6 would be fine. Below the location you will find 2 youtube videos, one is from the Food Network’s episode featuring the Dor-Stop and their Breakfast Jumbot and the other I found featuring some Pittsburgh girls (I’m guessing) and their trip to the Dor-Stop.

Location
1430 Potomac Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15216
Phone- 412-561-9320
Web- http://www.dor-stoprestaurant.com/

Food Network- Diners, Drive-ins, & Dives: Dor-Stop’s Breakfast Jumbot

Dor-Stop Restaurant Tour Pittsburgh w/ Del Greco Sisters

Dor-Stop on Urbanspoon

Big Jim’s “In The Run” – May 13, 2009

As my buddy JJ would say "if you like to eat, Big Jim’s is the spot!". I have been hyped about Big Jim’s for a long time from that man, and he didn’t overhype at all! You will not leave Big Jim’s hungry! I have never seen portions this big at any other place ever, and everything on the menu sounds so damn good you will want to try it all. I honestly don’t know if anything I say in this review will do the food justice, you really will just have to go to Big Jim’s to try it for yourself, but I’m going to do my best.

Food
Jalapeno Poppers- as an appetizer, these might have been the best poppers I’ve ever had. If I had to guess, I think these are also homemade. Alot of cheese, in the center, and the breading was just enough. The jalapeno wasn’t overkill in the popper either, everything in it just meshed well together.

Two Bill- This might go down as my favorite sandwich of all time! I know that is alot to say, but the flavor that was produced in this sandwich was just phenomenal. The "two bill" is basically a reuben sandwich with a twist. You get the rye bread, corned beef, thousand island dressing, swiss chesse but the twists are coleslaw instead of sauerkraut and they have added a fried egg in the middle of it all! The fried egg is what really sold me on this sandwich. IMO certain things just help accelerate food to another level, I think adding bacon, extra cheese, or a fried egg helps make anything set the bar to a new height. Alot of heft on this "two bill", but I would guarantee that if you like reuben’s that you are gonna LOVE THE TWO BILL! Another example of how good this sandwich was, my buddy Bill ordered the Two Bill and the Chicken Parm hoagie. He ate the chicken parm hoagie and said that it probably was good, but after eating the "two bill" everything else just isn’t as good.

Italian Sausage Calzone- In preparation for the calzone, JJ explained in his opinion that the calzone is just a pizza folded in half. Once again, the man was correct. The calzone was bought for everyone at the table to sample, and with 6 of us at the table, half of the calzone was left at the end of the evening. The dough had like a garlic bread type flavor I thought, which just made the calzone a home run. Inside you had the italian sausage with the cheese, peppers, onions and sauce. It was just one large italian sausage sandwich.

Final Thought
If you live in Greenfield, or close by, you have to go to Big Jim’s ASAP! If it is a drive for you to get to Big Jim’s, it’s worth the drive! My sister had the open faced roast beef sandwich and came with a side of fries and all of that was smothered with beef gravy. It was agreed at the table that this sandwich had the best presentation, but after trying this food you really don’t need to worry too much on presentation. I think I have found my new regular place to eat.

Location
201 Saline St
Pittsburgh, PA 15207
Phone- 412-421-0532
Sorry No Website (JJ’s reason why they don’t have a website is because they don’t have any time, they make delicious food!)

Big Jim's Restaurant & Bar on Urbanspoon

Spadafora’s Bar & Restaurant – May 10, 2009

Let me start off by saying that this was the worst choice for a restaurant on Mother’s Day. We get to Spadafora’s and none of my family has ever been here before, the restaurant was recommended from my Aunt’s friends. The inside of the place is nice, but VERY small! We had a table for 11, there was another 2 tables set up like ours and maybe 1 other available table, the rest of the seating was at the bar. After sitting down, they did their best of trying to fit 11 people in a space for 10, and the majority of us are not skinny. Then after finally getting comfortable we noticed they replaced their main menu with a special "Mother’s Day Menu". Let me start off by saying that when someone is placing a reservation for a holiday like Mother’s Day, let them know that your menu will be different, do not let it be a surprise. There were about 10 dishes on the total menu including appetizers. Not one dish was under $23! The cheap items were the kids menu ($10). My grandmothers, grandfather, sister and mom did not want anything on the special menu, they were all in agreement to order the chicken fingers off of the children’s menu. My nunnie asked one waitress if she could see a regular menu and order off of that. She said no, this is the menu for the day. Finally the girl who became our waitress brought out the owner and he allowed us to order off of the regular menu. Can you tell that this review isn’t going to be a good one?

Food
Shrimp Bisque- The worst excuse for a bisque I have ever had. This was so liquid it was damn near water with an overpowering amount of old bay seasoning. The shrimp I believe was a small shrimp cut up into the "bisque". This is for sure the worst "bisque" I have ever had.

Grilled Wild Salmon w/ Mashed Potatoes & Spinach- The salmon was grilled perfectly, but had no added flavor to it whatsoever. The spinach was made with garlic, which this might be a trend at Spadafora’s, but the garlic overpowered the entire spinach. What really turned me off of this dish (besides it being the cheapest on the menu), was after a few bites of spinach it became almost gritty textured making me wonder if it was even cleaned properly. The highlight of the dish was the mashed potatoes, nothing special about them, but they weren’t awful.

Other notes- My cousin and Uncle had a good dish of a fried chicken breast with a sundried tomato spread, which both of them enjoyed. My mom along with a few others ordered eggplant parm, and all said that the eggplant was fried so much it was hard to cut and even enjoy. My Aunt Di ordered gnocchi in a butter sauce and enjoyed them.

Final Thought
If you couldn’t tell by now, this trip was a complete FAIL! I do not recommend Spadafora’s to anybody. If you do happen to visit and enjoy the trip, please let me know because if a future visit is ever planned (I doubt it), I would like to know what to order on the menu.

Location
3932 Route 8 (Just North of Duncan Avenue)
Allison Park, PA 15101
Phone- 412-486-1800
Web- http://www.spadaforas.net/

Spadafora's Bar & Restaurant on Urbanspoon

Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins, & Dives – Pittsburgh

For those of you that know me, know how much I like Triple D on the Food Network. Below is a list of all the places that Guy Fieri has been to (SO FAR!) in Pittsburgh. The majority have websites so you can check out the menu before you visit. I am on a mission to visit each place in the burgh, only 2 down so far but what great trips they have been. If you have been to any of these places please post a comment letting me know what they are like or what to try when I visit!

Episode 403 – Bar Food
Starlite Lounge
364 Freeport Road
Blawnox, PA 15238
Tel: (412) 828-9842
http://www.moondogs.us/StarliteHome.html
My Blog – https://yinzhungry.wordpress.com/2009/05/26/starlite-lounge-may-21-2009/

Episode 407 – Taste of Everywhere
Crystal Restaurant
1211 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Tel: (412) 434-0480
http://www.crystalonpenn.com/

Episode 410 – Cookin’ It Old School
Nadine’s
19 S. 27th St.
Pittsburgh, PA 19203
Tel: (412) 481-1793
http://www.nadinesbar.com/

Episode 501 – What’s For Breakfast
Dor Stop
1430 Potomac Ave
Dormont, PA 15216
Tel: (412) 561-9320
http://www.dor-stoprestaurant.com/
My Blogs:
https://yinzhungry.wordpress.com/2009/05/19/the-dor-stop-restaurant-may-16-2009/
https://yinzhungry.wordpress.com/2009/05/26/the-dor-stop-restaurant-take-2-may-23-2009/

Episode 502 – Real Deal Italian
Lo Bello’s
809 Fifth Avenue
Coraopolis, PA 15108
Tel: (412) 264-9721
www.lobellosspaghettihouse.com

Episode 505 – Long Time Legends
Big Jim’s
201 Saline Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
Tel: (412) 421-0532
My Blog – https://yinzhungry.wordpress.com/2009/05/18/big-jims-in-the-run-may-13-2009/

Episode 510
Kelly O’s
Pine Plaza Shopping Center
1130 Perry Hwy
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Tel: (412) 364-0473
http://www.kellyosdiner.com/
My Blog – https://yinzhungry.wordpress.com/2009/04/24/kelly-os-diner-april-22-2009/