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Comment Archives: stories: Pittsburgh Dining

Re: “Chengdu Gourmet

This place is fantastic. I could not wait to go back. So different from the pre-fab Chinese-American fare we are used to. Get the Traditional menu and try something different.

Posted by Barbara Her-She on 06/19/2015 at 7:00 PM

Re: “Bloomfield's newest coffee shop also specializes in design

Design? I believe you mean IKEA.

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Posted by piecart100 on 06/18/2015 at 11:10 AM

Re: “PLCB launches program to carry more craft spirits

Ironic that there would be far more craft brewing and distilling in the state if we didn't have the PLCB to begin with. Craft distilling is up over 83% in Washington, craft brewing over 30% AFTER they privatized. More reasons we don't need the state telling consumers what legal product they are allowed to have.

Posted by Albert Brooks on 06/17/2015 at 8:30 AM

Re: “Leon's Caribbean Restaurant

Next time stick to his tried and true staples (available for lunch special every day): Jerk Chicken, Brown Chicken, and Curry chicken!

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by pghisacity on 06/11/2015 at 12:35 PM

Re: “Wood Fired Flatbreads is a traveling enterprise specializing in super-fast pizzas

Typical that most humans have little respect for clean air, since they still have decent lungs. So just burn everything up, from leaves, garbage, wood, and candles to pizza! Why not, eh!

1 like, 2 dislikes
Posted by Vic Steblin on 06/08/2015 at 1:43 PM

Re: “Wood Fired Flatbreads is a traveling enterprise specializing in super-fast pizzas

Wood smoke is pollution. Pollution is a serious climate change and public health problem. Please stop polluting the air with harmful smoke.

4 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Cleanairmatters on 06/08/2015 at 1:19 PM

Re: “The Commoner

Dave, the menu seems to have changed a bit since was there, so I can't recall everything, but we had the Chopped Live, Pork Cheeks, Bone Marrow, brick chicken, brussels sprouts and a salad that is no longer on the menu, as well as the sticky toffee pudding (to die for) and pot de creme.

Posted by Marcy on 05/19/2015 at 12:13 PM

Re: “The Commoner

What did you order, Marcy? sounds like they did a nice variety looking at the simple to more complex dishes. A good test of a new place is if they can correctly cook their proteins and here it sounded like they missed the mark.

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Posted by Dave on 05/16/2015 at 1:24 PM

Re: “The Commoner

No cocktails or dessert? All your entrees were beef? I actually loved the Commoner but I think we tried more variety than you did.

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Marcy on 05/14/2015 at 9:21 AM

Re: “The Saloon

We are weekly regulars, as a family of four and as a couple for over the past year... so we know The Saloon from good to bad from both perspectives.

This last week, we met the "Manager", unrequested. He harassed my dinner partner and myself with a condescending tone regarding a sandwich that we order nearly every visit, which happened to be just last Sunday, in which we had great service (she must have worked at a steak house somewhere and SHOULD be the manager, her name is Erika, thank you Erika... and she was rewarded with a 30% tip. Prior to the plate landing on the table, the waitress commented on its appearance.

We both agreed with her, tasted it as per our request to be nice, and sent it back to the kitchen as she recommended it prior to us tasting it. It came back to the kitchen in the same condition, supposedly "remade"... which by that time, my sandwich was cold from waiting, in which I kindly requested it to be reheated if that was possible.. We have also ordered the same sandwich from about a dozen other Pittsburgh restaurants.. we know what it's supposed to look like and taste.

Not to mention, our order was delivered wrong. My offered sandwich toppings were not on the sandwich. And my dinner's partner side was completely wrong.

So I complimented the waitress, I told her that she was great. She told us that she did not know what was going on in the kitchen and that she was sorry for the third or fourth time... something that the "Manager" could learn to use in his vocabulary.

So after the second sandwich landed on our table, and we decided not to eat it. My partner and I agreed to simply leave and eat elsewhere. We were planning to pay for our drinks, and tip the waitress, and simply leave as we did not receive the food that we ordered...

Then the "Manager" came out.. a loose cannon that has no business even working in an establishment. He harassed us, we showed him the sandwich, a smooshed example of their culinary art that "his guys worked so hard on". He did not understand the concept behind keeping customers, "you can get it right 6/7 times a week, but tonight you got it wrong, and we are not paying for an ill-made sandwich". Those were my words.

We even politely called over the waitress to mediate his attitude that had no firsthand experience in our situation.. as she was readily available for us. She flipped her story, so the sandwich and kitchen that was off in her opinion was suddenly on their A game tonight. I guess the three to four prior apologies from her was also none of the "Manager"'s concern.

He threatened to call the police and told us that he never wanted to see us again. This was after he personally insulted myself for having a couple of light I was "welcomed back to enjoy drinks since I enjoyed them so much." I told him that a personal insult was unnecessary and with that, I also advised him to attend a management school and that we will not pay for our meal. He then harassed us more, asking us what was wrong with my sandwich.. at that point I was done. I simply told him that we were not paying because of the way he treated us.

The staff illustrates the faces behind the business. The Saloon would be great in the right hands, but it's in the wrong hands, run by people that may have over 30 years of ownership, but zero concern for their customers nor any competence in organizing and managing their business. And that lends itself to a less than mediocre ambiance, low food quality, and inconsistent service... hence the 3 - 3.5 star rating seen around the Internet. And the 5 stars... they had Erika and no "Manager" presence nor drinks from the bar. Not to mention, the bartender has little competence in mixing drinks, hence the long beer list. Save some money, fire the manager and the bartender.

After walking half a block home, we changed our clothes from our traumatizing, filth of an experience from our lovely, family friendly neighborhood restaurant, and headed to the Walnut Grill, where we sent back the sandwich only once (thanks to a kitchen error on the order), there were only smiles and no threats. There's a reason why Walnut Grill has several locations, the ambiance is killer, the service is stellar, the drinks are mixed the correct way, and the food is just as edible the next day, because it's that great to take home.

IF the owners were savvy and recognized that they live in 2015, they would know that this review alone can hurt their business by up to 20% or more. I hope it does.

A $8.99 Sandwich and incompetent service.. lost a tab + tip which was going to be paid.. weekly patrons.. and has initiated an interview with our dedicated lawyer.

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Posted by The Customer on 05/11/2015 at 12:15 AM

Re: “Emil's Lounge

Going to Emil's and not ordering the fish sandwich is like going to Vinnie's and ordering a salad !

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Mike Filippino on 05/05/2015 at 7:16 PM

Re: “Chengdu Gourmet

I'm a great fan of Sichuan Gourmet also in Sq Hill... can't wait to try this place!

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by pinkmachismo on 04/22/2015 at 10:15 AM

Re: “Altius

I have dined there three times and although I think the view, the space, and the service are great, the food is always just a shade away from being right - excellent review.

2 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Marcy on 04/22/2015 at 7:44 AM

Re: “Chengdu Gourmet

excellent review wetting my appetite to try Chengdu Gourmet... Asian food is taking over Sq. Hill and happy for it..

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Posted by Nettie Glickman on 04/08/2015 at 9:02 AM

Re: “Wild Sage

I ordered the butter poached lobster tails on Valentine's day and they were served dry and tough. I think it was death by heat lamp. I found none of it extraordinary.

Posted by Brack Hazen on 03/31/2015 at 12:16 PM

Re: “Little-heralded cherry Heering adds depth to cocktails

Cherry Heering was probably my first alcoholic drink. We used to sneak it out of my neighbors basement bar in Bridgeville when we were ten or so and act like Big Dogs. Haven't heard of it in 50 years, but I'm gonna' stock up now. Thanks.

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Posted by Darrell Smith on 03/25/2015 at 4:59 PM

Re: “Wild Sage

I have been to Wild Sage a few times and the experience has always been outstanding...good service , great food, friendly people, comfortable decor.

Posted by Allan on 03/10/2015 at 7:55 AM

Re: “One Thirty One East

My husband and I have had dinner at One Thirty One East on several occasions and every visit has been a great experience! The food and service always top notch! We've had several of their signature dishes, one being Paella, which was wonderful! My husband had Osso Bucco and it was also outstanding. We've had Chicken and Grits, Lamb Noodle and Scallops as well. We can't wait for the weather to break, so we can go back. The appetizers are rocking it too! Love those Brussels Sprouts! What a treat to see such dedicated people bring a new look and outstanding food to Carnegie. Congratulations Foodie Pittsburgh!

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Eddiefromdaburg on 03/04/2015 at 6:53 PM

Re: “One Thirty One East

Pricey but had a really nice night. Food was really good. Was told to go for the brussels sprouts. I still like the ones at Butcher in the Rye better but they're really good too.

Posted by Johnny Karate on 03/04/2015 at 2:42 PM

Re: “Smoke Barbecue Taqueria re-opens in its new Lawrenceville location

Are we talking about the same Smoke here? After waiting and hoping for so long, my friends and I were THRILLED to get back in there, eat the tacos we loved, and see Nelda. Smoke is about food, yes, but it's also about relationships and community. This piece, sadly, missed out on everything that makes Smoke work. And if you're disdainful of the current offerings, I know a starving posse that will gladly take them off your hands.

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Posted by Leigh Anne Focareta on 02/25/2015 at 4:18 PM

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