$16.50 for $30 Toward Dinner for Two at 17th Street Cafe

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Cafés are remarkable in that they often manage to be both fancy and casual at the same time, much like a necktie with Taz on it. Feel gussied up without too much fuss with this Groupon.

$16.50 for $30 Toward Dinner for Two

Long popular among locals, the pan-seared pork chop au poivre ($25.99) headlines a selection of entrees that also includes wild-mushroom ravioli drizzled with truffle oil ($18.99) and chicken- and asiago-stuffed pasta "pillows" with prosciutto and assorted veggies in an aioli sauce ($18.99). Most entrees are served with salad and a side dish. See the full menu.

17th Street Cafe

In the most basic of terms, kitchens are places where ingredients come together to create a satisfying whole; the marriage of Pat and Brigitte Joyce, co-owners of 17th Street Cafe, proves that this pairing of complements is not always limited to the food. In 1988, Pat was starring as the café's executive chef when Brigitte joined his kitchen staff. Over their years working together, their love simmered on slow, low heat until they were finally married in 1995. Seven years after tying the knot, the couple jumped at the chance to own a piece of their shared history and took over 17th Street Cafe, which they now operate as a labor of love on many levels.

Today, two staple entrees—the pork chop au poivre and the veal with crab—are the lone holdovers from the original owners' menu. These favorites of long-time regulars join a revamped menu crafted from sustainable and organic ingredients whenever possible. Pat's current favorite—chicken- and asiago-stuffed pasta "pillows" served in an aioli sauce—exemplifies this new approach, which tends to add an innovative twist to traditional fare such as pasta, seafood, veal, and chops. Lunch also hosts a wide array of fan favorites, including the stuffed Portabella–a large mushroom cap filled with zucchini, sweet peppers, onions, carrots, artichoke hearts, domestic mushrooms, and spinach topped with asiago cheese. Chefs Ed and Lance craft creative burgers to sate midday appetites as well. Longtime patrons opt for the Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner burger, cooked to order and topped with peanut butter, a fried egg, bacon, American cheese, lettuce, and tomato.

Inside the dining space, chocolate-brown and gold walls flank dark oak tables, lending the space a Mediterranean look that has been featured in several film and jeans commercials. Location scouts aren’t the only guests to have taken notice of the delicious entrees and cool ambiance—players from the Pittsburgh Penguins can often be spotted dining on puck-sized veal cutlets at nearby tables.

Reviews

The food is all very well prepared and very affordable.

Rick T., Yelp, 9/3/12
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    Southside Flats

    75 S 17th St

    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15203

    412-381-4566

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In a Nutshell

Husband-and-wife team add their own twist to original café fare, crafting local favorites from organic and sustainable ingredients

The Fine Print

Expires 90 days after purchase. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Valid only for option purchased. Limit 1 per table/party. Dine-in only. Valid for dinner menu only. Not valid for alcohol. Promotional value must be used in 1 visit. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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