Rivertowne Inn – June 23, 2010

When I go to a new place, I try to take a picture of the food so you can get a quick idea of what to expect… we had so much food on our table at Rivertowne that it wasn’t possible to get a good picture of what we had. My friends (JJ, Vic & Ed) and I have been wanting to try Rivertowne for a little while so we made sure we took the time out this past week to try and get a good night of food in. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! The only downside of us going Wednesday was that it was wing night, something we weren’t aware of before going, and the place was PACKED! We eneded up sitting at the bar and having a beverage or two before getting our table for the evening. Just a word of advice, if you aren’t interested in going to Rivertowne for wings on a Wednesday and you are hungry, you might want to find another place because we got after we got a table the crowd died out a bit but then picked up again.

Scotch Eggs- I have seen people have these on many different cooking shows, but I’ve never had the chance to order them on a menu before. So as soon as I saw these I knew I had to order them: Two hard boiled eggs wrapped in Italian sausage and deep fried, served with a side of fire sauce. They came cut in half so each of us got to try a half of an egg, the sausage was good and it was simple. Not an overpowering flavor from anything, but what really highlighted this was the fire sauce (which can be a wing sauce too) it had a really nice kick and heat to it! Wasn’t overpowering if you used the right amount, I can’t imagine it being a little intense if you would get it as the wing sauce.

Bacon-Cheddar Ranch Fries- Hand-cut potatoes, crumbled bacon and shredded cheddar cheese, served with a side of ranch dressing. It says it on the menu and you could really tell these fries were hand-cut because they had that fresh cut taste about them. Enough bacon and cheddar on the fries to compliment one another on each bite and the ranch was on the side if you chose to use it.

Jumbo Wings – Since it was wing night, I had to at least try some… Jumbo wings were .50 a piece and boneless were .75, and you had to get a minimum of 4 wings. I ordered 4 of the Cajun Bourbon. The wing was fried hard which I like and the outside had a nice crisp bite when you took it apart or bit into it. The sauce was like a kicked up bbq sauce, and im sure the cajun spice used in this sauce is also used as the cajun rub.

Jambalaya Submarine – Cajun-grilled chicken breast, ham, sausage, onions, red and banana peppers, topped with lettuce and tomato, served with a Creole mayo. When I took a bite of this sandwich some of the flavor brought me back to the wings above because of that cajun chicken with each. The flavors that really made this sandwich was immediately the sauteed banana peppers and onions along with the creole mayo. I don’t think I have ever had sauteed banana peppers and onions on a sandwich before and I don’t know if I can go back to regular peppers now! Those subtle flavors just really helped combine the whole sandwich together, and this sandwich alone would be worth the trip back to Rivertowne!

Rivertowne has a total of 4 locations, with Verona being the main stop which is where we went for the evening. I plan on making a trip to the other locations to see if the quality is the same at all of them and if any place offers anything different.

500 Jones Street
Verona, PA 15147
Phone- 412-828-3707

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Wings Suds & Spuds – August 2, 2009

This was not my first trip to WSS in Moon, and it damn near won’t be my last! I first found WSS when I was going to RMU out in Moon Township, a buddy of mine took me and I have been hooked ever since. I like wings that are fried hard, I always like a little bit of a crunch to the wing, and that is exactly how WSS does it. I very rarely drift off the regular wing menu, because I hardly get to go much these days I make my trip worth it.

Curly Fries- This is a monster basket of curly fries, I believe it is a 1/2 pound. I like these curly fries because they are never greasy. I get the occasional side of cheese, which is a damn good addition. A great start to any meal at WSS.

Honey Garlic Wings- I believe this is a new flavor, I do not remember ever seeing it and neither did anybody else I was with. These had a great sweet taste to them from the honey with the garlic flavor coming in but not overpowering. I would recommend trying if you like any other WSS wings with honey in them or if you like the Garlic Parm wings.

Garlic Parmesan Wings- These are hands down my favorite! A lot of bold flavor from both sides. The garlic will hit you over and over again, but the mix of parmesan calms it down a bit and just really gives it that extra tastebud of umami. Any type of wing can be mild, medium or hot. I generally go with the medium to give some extra spice.

Final Thought
 If you like wings, this is the place for you!

8806 University Blvd
Coraopolis, PA 15108-4211
Phone- 412-264-1866
Sorry No Website

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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.

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!

364 Freeport Road
Blawnox, PA 15238
Phone- 412-828-9842

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My Top 5 Favorite Places To Eat In Pittsburgh!

I know with a headline like that I have alot to live up to. This "Top 5 List" is made up of 5 places I have eaten at for many years, and tend to visit somewhat frequently. This list is also not in any particular order, each of these places has something different to offer and while some menu items may overlap they can not compare to any of the others. So here we go…

Woody’s Little Italy Restaurant
5300 Walnut Street
McKeesport, PA 15132
Phone- 412-751-3225

My father grew up not far from Woody’s, so we usually try and go when we are over that way or even when we are just hungry for their food. Woody’s prides themself on their homemade gnocchi, raviloi, and manicotti. Some of my favorites at Woody’s are the fried zucchini (with the horseradish sauce), stuffed banana peppers, chicken diablo, lasagna, and their pizza’s are always a good choice. If you are in the mood for great italian food with a nice but relaxed atmosphere, Woody’s is the place for you. They also offer catering and the information is on the website above.

Wing, Suds, & Spuds
8806 University Blvd
Moon Township, PA 15108
Phone- 412-264-1866
Sorry No Website

Not long ago I posted a review of "Bubba’s Ugly" who was voted "Best Wings in Pittsburgh" a year or so ago. Well boys and girls, meet IMO "The Best Wings. Period.". I went to college at Robert Morris University which is just down the road from WSS and that is when I found out about WSS. The sad thing is that I was hyped for weeks and weeks about going and the day I went was a Friday…DURING LENT! So my first ever trip to WSS did not include any WINGS! That day I ordered a fish sandwich, while that was a great fish sandwich, it was the first and last time I got something other than wings during my visit. I personally like my wings fried hard, nothing soggy, and that is what WSS provides. You don’t get tiny wingdings like Quaker Steak here, full wing with plenty of great sauces to choose from. The majority of the sauces are wet, but they do offer a dry rub as well. My favorite is the Garlic Parmesean, mmmmmm, sorry to go all Homer Simpson for a second. They also have the typical buffallo, BBQ, Honey BBQ, and countless others. All can be ordered Mild, Medium or Hot depending on tollerance. For a side I usually add a basket of their fresh cut curly fries, I might have to quit typing in a minute cause I am getting really hungry. Then to complete the whole meal add an ice cold Yuengling and that is my idea of a last supper.
*Another great place for wings is the Starlite Lounge in Blawnox, a buddy of mine recently turned me onto them and they have also been featured on "Dinners, Drive-ins, & Dives" on the Food Network with Guy Fieri. You can check them out on the web at

Rudy Martino’s Original House of Submarines (or just simply… Rudy’s)
1918 Monongahela Ave
Swissvale, PA 15218
Phone- 412-271-1233
Sorry No Website

I don’t know if I even need to write much in this section, JUST GO HERE! Rudy’s is about 2 blocks away from my house, for those of you who know me now understand why I am a big guy. I have lived off of their subs for YEARS! The fresh hoagie rolls from Mancini’s are a great addition to the main event put in them. One of my favorites and almost the normal is a Mushroom Cheese Steak and when I really wanna add something I add egg on top of that. From the steaks, to italians, to burgers, to whatever type of sub you like Rudy’s has it! The sides can range from fries, onion rings, fried mushrooms all the way to my favorite hot pepper cheese balls. Wash it all down with a nice Turner’s iced tea, and boom goes the dynamite.

Jim’s Drive In
2600 Skyline Dr
West Mifflin, PA 15122
Phone- 412-466-1644
Sorry No Website

So Jim’s is not a typical place to eat, normally you parked your car, ordered your food at the window, then either at in your car or got the food to go. Now for the nice weather, Jim’s has a few outdoor picnic tables. Jim’s is famous for their "Special Sauce", I don’t know whats in it but I am pretty sure drugs are a part of it. If you have been or do go, do not purchase the sauce in a bottle to go, I am pretty sure they leave something out. Jim’s grills burgers, dogs, chicken and more. My usual is the cheese dog in which the dog is grilled then topped with sauce and onion, the cheese slice is placed ontop of that and the whole thing is put in the grill oven to toast everything to perfection! Same goes with the cheeseburger and chicken sandwich. This is the way a cheeseburger and dog were meant to be eaten! This is another location that my dad has taken me and my sister to on numerous occasions and now that we are older we bring our friends to as well. Another side with this meal is usually a vanilla malt for myself. Jim’s has numerous combinations for shakes/malts, and always delicious.

Mineo’s Pizza
2128 Murray Ave
Squirrel Hill, PA 15217
Phone- 412-521-9864 / 412-521-2053 (yes they are that busy they need 2 lines)

I always visit the Squirrel Hill location, but Mineo’s does have another location in Mt. Lebanon. If you know Mineo’s you probably know that if you like their pie you probably won’t ever step through the doors of Aiello’s not to far away and vice-versa. The only pie I get at Mineo’s is the Sausage and Mushroom, its the best IMO. I love Mineo’s because of that pizza, and the cheese that goes onto it…oh lord. It is just a hefty/tasty pie and I don’t think it comes any better.
*Another great pizza place in Squirrel Hill is Napoli’s right up the road from Mineo’s. Napoli’s has a full menu of pizza, pasta dinners, hoagies, salads, etc. My dad and his friends visit Napoli’s for lunch at least once a week if not more. A great place for a quick slice and even a 6 pack. A favorite here for me is the chicken parm hoagie, to die for!

So there you have it, my top 5 with a few additions too. I hope this helps you out, and stay tuned this week for at least 3 more reviews and at least a couple recipes. If you have been to any of these places, please leave comments below and even what your top 5 places are!

Until Next Time…