Month: June 2013

PGH Taco Truck

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I have been following the PGH Taco Truck on twitter for a while now but have’t had the chance to match up their schedule and visit them. This week at work we were running a few errands and driving on Perry Hwy when I noticed the PGH Taco Truck was parked out in front of Coffee Buddha. We decided to stop by and I was very happy that we did. I ordered:

1/3 LB Angus Ground Beef + Cheddar Jack + Salsa
Spicy Jerked Chicken + Avocado Cream
Chicken + Bacon + Cheddar + Sriracha Cream

The taco shells must be home made because they were excellent. The ground beef was pretty hefty in size and I would get it again but nothing to make it really stand out like the others. I tried the Chicken Bacon next…oh man, this was fantastic. I wish I would’ve ordered more to go! Chicken, GOOD! Bacon, GOOD! Cheese, GOOD! Put them all together and add some Sriracha Cream and you’ve got yourself a taco that I will be coming back for (hopefully it is on the menu next time!). The Spicy Jerked Chicken had a nice kick to it, more than I was expecting which was nice. The real winner on that taco was the Avocado Cream. That Avacado Cream really helped balance the Spicy Jerked Chicken well. If either or both tacos are on the menu next time I check them out I will definitely be getting them again.

While visiting their website I noticed that next Saturday (June 29) they will be back at Coffee Buddha for what they call “Food Truck Roundup 5.0”. Check out the event on facebook – I know I will be stopping back that day!


Bar Symon

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Last week I was traveling to Orlando, so while in the airport I thought why not grab some lunch at Bar Symon. I’ve been looking forward to checking this place out ever since I heard it was going to open. Inside it has a modern feel to it, with some color combinations that give off a cool grunge look and feel.

One of my biggest complaints is that if you order a burger that is all you get. If you want fries you need to order them separate. I also tried to find a menu online for Bar Symon but I couldn’t so I don’t have as many details for the burger as I would normally like to list.

French Onion Burger – The main reason I ordered this burger was because it was listed as a being part of a burger competition and I wanted to see how it was. It had caramelized onions, bacon and cheese. It was really messy. I ordered the burger well and got medium. I ate it because I have no problem with it, but it doesn’t give me much hope for the cooks. When eating a burger I prefer a bun that has some substance to it and won’t get soggy. Bar Symon uses a soft bun, so not only was the bun soft to begin with it got even softer and messier with everything on it.

Lola Fries with Rosemary and Parmesan – As I mentioned before you have to order the fries separate from the burger. That’s a big strike in my book. Even worse is that the fries were awful. They are fried so hard I don’t think there was any potato left inside. Plus if you can tell in the picture the Parmesan is just grated and thrown on top. Rosemary and Parmesan fries sound excellent, but these were just awful.

All together with my meal Bar Symon got 3 strikes. For the longest time I was upset that Bar Symon was inside the airport and that I wasn’t sure when I would get the opportunity to check it out. Now I am happy it is inside the airport and probably won’t ever have to eat their again.

Sideline’s Bar and Grill

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A few weeks back I went to Sideline’s during a Pens game (still don’t want to talk about the Pens). I have heard great things about Sideline’s for a few years, especially being voted best wings, and figured it was time to give them a try. Many places like to claim they have the best wings in Pittsburgh, so the question is does Sideline’s live up to the hype?

On the pictures above I ordered the Ranch Buffalo and Garlic Parm. The picture next to it is my buddy’s order, I believe he got Honey Mustard on the left but on the right was “Banger’s N Mash”. Yupp those are chicken wings with mashed potatoes and gravy! The waitress described them like “Thanksgiving on a Wing”. I tried one of the “Banger’s N Mash” and it was definitely something I’ve never had before or expected to have, but wasn’t bad. I’m not sure I would get them on my next visit, but I’m glad I tried one.

The wings themselves were fried crispy which I like and the sauces were pretty good too. I was more a fan of the Garlic Parm than the Ranch Buffalo. The night I went the place was packed for the Pens game and it made the service suffer unfortunately, so I would not recommend going on a game night of any kind (unless maybe Pirates lol). I was checking out their website and Wednesday night is Wing Night ($2.75 Labatt variety bottles or 16oz draft until midnight and $2.00 Long Islands 10pm-midnight and Wing specials 7pm-midnight). It doesn’t go into detail what Wing Night really is, but I think the next time I go it will be on a Wednesday to give them another try. Overall I enjoyed the wings, they weren’t the best wings I’ve ever had (that honor still goes to Wings Suds & Spuds in Moon Twp in my opinion) but I will definitely return to Sideline’s and try some other sauces.