The authentic and family-owned Casa Rasta taco shop in Beechview is the newest addition to the growing grab-it-and-go taco scene in Pittsburgh. With only a few tables and run by a husband and wife team, Casa Rasta boasts some delicious tacos that are served quick and fresh.
As a lover of BYOB restaurants and pasta-filled menus, I decided to choose E2 in Highland Park for dinner with my best friend. I had heard great things about E2 from I heart PGH who happens to know the chef and has dined there before. When I asked her what to order she said “everything is amazing”—so I had high expectations heading into dinner.
Grubstreet, New York Magazine’s online food site, has an article on the 101 best and craziest new desserts in America. And two local Pittsburgh restaurants made the list! I’ve been to both Spoon and Avenue B and had excellent meals at both. Check out the desserts below.
Bite Bistro is a quaint neighborhood BYOB restaurant located in the heart of Bellevue on Lincoln Avenue. The spot has live music every Friday and a creative and changing menu that will be appealing to both foodies and locals. For example, if you’re going the more traditional route you can get the hot wings with house made hot sauce or try something different and order the pork fat frites. We decided to go all out and order both.
Root 174 is one of the newest and most talked about restaurants in Pittsburgh. It boasts an impressive and creative menu with out-of-the-box dishes and flavor combinations you won’t find at your average restaurant. You know a restaurant is doing something right when every review you read before you go says to order the brussel sprouts. Root 174 is also a BYOB which is a definite plus when you’re trying to save money and are a big fan of $12 bottles of wine.
My first stop during Pittsburgh Restaurant Week was the newest Mexican spot in town, Verde. I had seen Verde from the street when I visited Salt, and the décor alone made me want to check it out. It reminded me of Stephen Starr’s El Vez from the street and I thought if it’s anything like El Vez—then it’d be worth a try.
When we arrived at Verde, we headed for the bar to wait for our table and order a drink. The circular bar glows a deep yellow and in addition to local draft beers on tap, there’s an entire wall lined with different bottle of tequila. As it turns out, Verde offers over 150 different tequilas so if you’re a margarita lover or just a boozehound—they’ll surely have one that will tickle your fancy.
The Porch is a new restaurant located in the heart of Oakland at Schenley Plaza. There is a no-fuss feel to the place, when you walk in you’re handed a menu and then you place your order at the counter. There’s a large bar surrounding the wood-fired pizza oven where you can get wine by the glass or a local draft beer.