The Elbow Room returns to its original spot on Ellsworth Avenue in Shadyside

The Elbow Room returns to its original spot on Ellsworth Avenue in Shadyside

The menu now blends new recipes, dishes from the former Tavern 1947 and Elbow Room classics

Dining Reviews

The Breakfast at Shelly’s diner is a good reason to visit Pittsburgh’s Hilltop neighborhoods

Here you can find eggs, pancakes, burgers, fries and local touches like kielbasa and pierogie
We’ve just returned from New Jersey, the land of diners. On one suburban drive, we passed no fewer than seven, ranging from gleaming, stainless-steel palaces to modest, strip-mall storefronts.

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Five Minutes in Food History

Five Minutes in Food History talks amari with Alyssa McGrath of Casbah Mediterranean Kitchen and Wine Bar

“The producers are using what is at hand, what emphasizes the terroir of that specific region.”

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On The Side

The Nepali Bazaar, in Brentwood, is a popular shop for Pittsburgh’s growing Bhutanese community

The grocery stocks flours, spice and less-common fruits
On Route 51 in Brentwood, Padam Pradhan and his family shopped for groceries — not at the towering Giant Eagle, in Brentwood Towne Square, but at the Nepali Bazaar market directly across the street. “We are Bhutanese, so they have all the good stuff,” Pradhan, of Whitehall, says.

On The Side

New York City’s Casellula Cheese and Wine Bar is looking to open an outpost in Pittsburgh’s North Side

The small-plates venue hopes to be part of City of Asylum’s Alphabet City development
More than one year ago, New York City restaurateur Brian Keyser got a call from City of Asylum, the North Side arts-and-community space and writers’ sanctuary. It wanted him to open a version of his Casellula Cheese and Wine Bar in its new Alphabet City development.

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On The Rocks

Cocktails should be fun

If beer and wine are the bread and butter of American imbibing, then cocktails are the banana split
Amongst craft-cocktail cognoscenti, the 1970s and ’80s are generally regarded as the nadir of mixology. It was an era of sticky-sweet shooters and oversized martini glasses filled with neon concoctions, a time when an order of an old fashioned might get you watery whiskey with muddled maraschinos.

On The Rocks

Alcoholic Sparkling Water is So Hot Right Now

“I prepared myself and took a sip. To my surprise, it was delightful.”
In April, a six-pack of Truly Spiked & Sparkling, a new brand of alcoholic sparkling water launched by the Boston Beer Co., arrived on my desk. I eyed it suspiciously before finally succumbing to curiosity.

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Personal Chef

Pinakbet

“Like most comfort foods, pinakbet can be contentious.”
I had a housewarming and pinakbet is all I wanted to make. Though I moved into a house nothing like the homes I grew up in, the chaos awoke the craving for a food I’ve never had a recipe for.

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Barbecue with a Twist

“It is one of my go-to dishes for meat eaters and non-meat eaters.”
I've been meat-free for 15 years (seven as a vegetarian and eight years as a vegan), but I still love Southern-style comfort food. When I was 23, I discovered jackfruit at Bombay Food Market on Centre Avenue.

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Booze Battles

Pittsburgh City Paper Booze Battles: Brillobox vs. Spoon

It’s a sloe-gin slugfest
Each week, we order the same cocktail at two different bars for a friendly head-to-head battle. Go to the bars, taste them both and tell us what you like about each by tagging @pghcitypaper on Twitter or Instagram and using #CPBoozeBattles.

Booze Battles

Pittsburgh City Paper Booze Battles: Maggie’s Farm Rum Distillery vs. Maggie’s Farm Rum Distillery

Each week, we order the same cocktail at two different bars for a friendly head-to-head battle. Go to the bars, taste them both and tell us what you like about each by tagging @pghcitypaper on Twitter or Instagram and using #CPBoozeBattles.

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One Bordeaux, One Scotch, One Beer

Terra Vecchia Reserve Vermentino-Chardonnay 2014

Retail Price: $10/glass
“This blend is primarily made of Vermentino grapes with a little Chardonnay. The maritime climate of the region — they cultivate oysters close by!

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