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  1. If you like beer, Sharp Edge is pretty close. Sharp Edge The location near Greentree is the Creekhouse. As mentioned, Angkor is very close. Mad Mex in Scott Towne Center is a short drive. I'm a big fan of big burrito restaurants (of which Mad Mex is the "flagship brand") though others aren't as high on them. Because there is a large Indian population in Greentree, there are quite a few Indian options within 10 minutes of your hotel. My favorite is Namaste on Banksville Road. As mentioned, Washington Road has some great choices. I'd add Little Tokyo to the list given. Iovino's is actually on Be
  2. Shadyside is probably the best area for somebody interested in food...great selection of restaurants of all types, easy access to Trader Joe's and Whole Foods. It's also very close to both Pitt and CMU, so if you are studying at one of those universities, you'll be close to class.
  3. Better Indian, if that interests you, can be found just down Banksville road...a place called Namaste. It's in the Kuhn's shopping center. I wouldn't recommend walking but I'm sure you could hop on/off a bus pretty easily. If you go to the end of Banksville Road, you'll find a few places worth your while. Atria's makes a great burger. Up on Beverly Road (at the end of Banksville) you have: Sushi Three for, well, sushi; Bado's has great pizza; Iovino's is a little more upscale and I've heard great things about it. For breakfast (or at least coffee), Coffee Tree has some of the best coffee in t
  4. I've heard that Iovino's in Mt. Lebanon is excellent and it is BYOB. And it's also the location of an upcoming Slow Food event (Phlox, I'm on the mailing list as well so I hear about these events that I also can't afford to go to).
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    Pittsburgh

    As others have noted, the Strip is indeed the part of town you've referenced. Here is a site with good info about the area: Strip District On Saturday mornings, make sure you check out the Farmers@Firehouse farmers market. Lots of great local foods: Farmers@Firehouse This is a couple days late for your tailgate, but for future reference, I'd say the closest thing to "Pittsburgh tailgate cuisine" would be grilled kielbasa. Throw in some pierogies sauteed with onions and lots of butter and you've got a pretty good 'burgh meal.
  6. Here's a link to the Bottleshop's website: Pittsburgh Bottleshop Cafe
  7. Hey, I live about three minutes from Rhythm House! I've never been overly impressed with the food, but it's not a bad place to grab a beer. If your husband is back in the Bridgeville area and he wants a REALLY good reuben, I recommend The Bottle Shop in Collier. Fantastic reubens and an excellent beer selection. Apart from that, there isn't much worth noting in the Bridgeville area. A new breakfast/lunch place opened up recently (Shouf's) that I've heard is really good. The owner is Lebanese, which is reflected in the menu. Oh, and if I'm not mistaken, it is smoke-free (which is a nice touch
  8. Kaya is excellent as well: http://www.bigburrito.com/kaya/ You are right next to the Strip District. If you have time on Saturday morning, it's a great place to spend some time exploring: http://www.neighborsinthestrip.com/ The Farmers @ the Firehouse market is in the Strip on Saturday morning as well: http://www.slowfoodpgh.com/farmers.html
  9. Checking back in with a mid-trip recap of where I've been. I checked into the Sheraton late afternoon on Wednesday, and quickly made my way to Mother's. Coming from Pittsburgh, where the Primanti sandwich reigns supreme (meat, cheese, slaw, fries, tomato on thick cut Italian bread), I've come to love sandwiches with depth and breadth of flavors. The Ferdi Special at Mother's was good, but...somewhat disappointing. Texturally it was a great sandwich: soft bread, mushy debris, crisp cabbage and pickles. Unfortunately, the flavor of each component didn't stand out. That's not to say it was a bad
  10. Thanks for all of the recommendations. One more question...where can I get a good Sazerac?
  11. I'll be in NO for a few days this week, and I'm looking for some restaurant recommendations. I'll be limited to relatively quick lunches. I'll have more flexibility at dinnertime, though I'd like to keep the price reasonable. The only other caveat is that places need to be within walking distance (or a short cab ride) of the Sheraton. Please keep an eye towards places where I can get good gumbo, po' boys, and oysters. Thanks in advance for your recommendations.
  12. As a fussy 4-year-old, I refused to eat vegetables. I also had an unhealthy obsession with dinosaurs. My dad, in a wily attempt to get me to eat my veggies, said "Look at how big a brontosaurus is...all it eats is vegetables!" To which I replied, "Look at how big a T-Rex is...all it eats is brontosaurus!" My dad never tried to trick me into eating veg again.
  13. It's been a number of years since I've been back to Dear Old State, so there may be some different dining options than the ones I'll mention. All of these are right down on (or just off) College Avenue, the main drag in town. The "fancy" restaurant in town is called The Tavern. I wouldn't classify it as fine dining, but it is where a lot of folks go after graduation. It's not pricey by big city standards (dinner for 2 with a low-priced bottle of wine shouldn't set you back more than $60). Some good mid-priced eats can be found at Allen Street Grill, the Corner Room, and Mario & Luigi's.
  14. mjg

    slummin' it!

    Growing up, we would on occasion have a dinner we dubbed "Slum Dinner." White rice, ground beef, brown gravy = Slum Dinner
  15. I've never had a bad meal at Lidia's, though I've heard from one person that his lamb left something to be desired. The pasta sampler is a fantastic deal and is a great way to try a variety of unique and tasty preparations of pasta. If memory serves, it's around $15 for a la carte (there is a meal price as well that includes salad and dessert). Three pastas are brought to your table freshly prepared and you can eat as much as you'd like. Servers are constantly moving about the dining room offering you more. The choices change daily and from my experience include a ravioli of some sort, a fres
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