Month: September 2012

YinzBurgh BBQ – August 28, 2012

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Last month I went on vacation to South Carolina, so a buddy of mines goal on vacation was to get some good BBQ. Since I came back I’ve been in the mood for good BBQ in Pittsburgh, well I don’t think I have to look any further… YinzBurgh BBQ gave me a great experience. A week before my trip my Uncle visited YinzBurgh BBQ and called me telling me how good it was and how we were going to go for lunch the next week. So we did.

Walking in even before ordering we were told in great detail how the food is prepared and then received a sampling of each type of BBQ sauce they have (Signature Red, Carolina Vinegar, Honey Gold, Hot Honey Gold, and Afterburn). It was difficult to choose they were all so good. My favorites were the Carolina Vinegar and Hot Honey Gold. I ordered the Combo #5 (anyone remember that internet video?! lol) which was Pulled Pork & Brisket (I love me some brisket!). It came with a side of coleslaw, but I don’t really like coleslaw so I substituted for mac and cheese instead. I tried the pulled pork and brisket by themselves, then with each sauce and then finally combined the two sauces together which was surprisingly very good! My Uncle loved the Pulled Pork sandwich the week before and I have to say the pulled pork was excellent. I think on my next trip I want to try the pulled pork with the afterburn sauce. The brisket was tender and juicy, the sauces only enhanced the brisket and didn’t overpower. The mac and cheese was very good too and would recommend that to everyone as a side. The only thing I didn’t have that day which I should have was the cornbread. Next trip I am definitely ordering some cornbread.

There isn’t a lot of room inside, 2 tables and then some standing room area, so I would definitely suggest ordering it to go if you have a large group. Eating in or taking it to go I recommend a trip to YinzBurgh BBQ ASAP!

Roman Bistro – August 26, 2012

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Walking in through the large wooden door into Roman Bistro I couldn’t believe that this restaurant was in Forrest Hills. To the right when you walk in is a large piano and straight ahead is an amazing looking bar. Besides being a restaurant Roman Bistro focuses on being a bottle/cigar shop, unfortunately this trip I will only focus on the food (I will save the bottle/cigar shop for a return trip). The floor in the seating area is all wooden floor which provides a clean look to the restaurant.

Looking over the menu one of the first things that caught my eye was the fried calamari with basil remoulade. One thing I hate with calamari is marinara sauce, it just doesn’t do anything for me with calamari so I am always looking for someone who provides a different sauce. The basil remoulade peeked my interest and was the first thing I ordered. When it came to the table I was impressed with the look because it was the closest I have seen to the Fish Market in the Waterfront. Very few places fry the calamari crispy just the way I like it and even give the little baby octopus with the rings and Roman Bistro did both. The basil remoulade was a nice touch on the side and I would order this again on my next visit.

There were plenty of items that caught my eye on the menu for dinner between entrees, sandwiches and flat breads. At the end of the day I was in the mood for a burger and decided to have the Bistro Burger which has crispy pork belly, fried egg, porter mustard, and slaw. Honestly, the crispy pork belly is what sold me on this burger. The burger was cooked excellent and seasoned perfectly, the crispy pork belly worked well with everything and I can say not one thing was overpowering. The fresh cut fries were a nice touch too, I always give bonus points for fresh cut fries and chips, they reminded me of primanti’s fries.

There is so much on the menu food and beverage wise that I want to try that I need to make a return trip ASAP. The flat breads really caught my eye. My meal and service was great which will make my return trip happen sooner rather than later.