CP REVIEW: This friendly neighborhood taqueria is set up for taking out, eating in or hanging around. The menu offers nachos, burritos and less common Tex-Mex such as Jack Daniels barbecue, authentic Texan chili (all beef and pork -- no beans), and Frito pie, a sort of Tex-Mex casserole made with Frito chips. [July 2007]
CP REVIEW: Located in a narrow former lunchroom, Thai Gourmet is the casual, no-nonsense and no-frills member of the Thai restaurant club in Pittsburgh. The prices are on the low end but the food quality is high and the portions are huge. As decor goes, it mixes Asian themes with diner kitsch in a delightful way. [July 2007]
CP REVIEW: This Thai restaurant in the heart of Pittsburgh's Little Italy serves up authentic dishes with warm, friendly service. The restaurant also offers an updated vegetarian menu that features mock duck, vegetarian pork, and so on in place of meat, as well as the more familiar non-meat offerings of tofu and vegetables. [July 2007]
CP REVIEW: Yogi Berra groused about the restaurant nobody went to -- because it was always too crowded. Taste of India is the opposite: Everyone goes there partly because you can always get a table. The atmosphere is almost surreally quiet, but the food is consistently good (try the paneer). Portions are ample, prices reasonable. [July 2007]
CP REVIEW: This modest storefront dining room offers popular Vietnamese food -- pho, noodle and rice dishes, iced coffee -- to a loyal clientele of punk rockers and professors alike. The spring rolls here are superior, as is the tofu with curried lemongrass appetizer. [July 2007]
You say you've already got Dingus Day plans? Scrap them and head to the BBT for a Polish Platter! Pierogies and kielbasa are king; rock 'n' roll is also experiencing a resurgence here.
It's a little off the beaten path, and more than a little cramped. But blues lovers -- and many of the nationally known musicians that play here -- wouldn't have it any other way.