After he took the throne, Napoleon instituted the tradition of serving bread with every meal to put his mother's baguette-heavy care packages to use. Indulge in French tradition with today's Groupon to Brasserie 33. Choose between the following options:
• For $10, you get $20 worth of traditional French fare for lunch.
• For $20, you get $40 worth of traditional French fare for dinner.
The rich and robust flavors of Brasserie 33's menu transport foodies on a flavorful trip through the best of French cuisine and back to the casual chic atmosphere of this cozy restaurant. A bubbling bowl of french onion soup dons a buttery bonnet of melted cheese ($7), and a chivalrous croque monsieur sandwich rivals the monte cristo in both decadence and literary spin-offs ($9). The French Riviera beckons through steamy mussels adrift in saffron-scented pools with garlic, tomatoes, and parsley ($15 for lunch, $17 for dinner). Culinary archeologists may unearth spoonfuls of creamy custard with a thorough excavation of the crème brûlée's burnt-sugar crust ($7) while discussing the many treasures of the French people, such as Eiffel's famous tower and Disneyland Paris.
Brasserie 33 maintains a distinguished reputation as a mainstay for classic French cuisine. Now under new management, the dining bastion is reclaiming the culinary identity that earned it foodie fanfare for years. Executive chef Omar Mediouni and the staff dot pristine white tablecloths with rich, meat-centric dishes that encapsulate a menu of classic French cuisine. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review lauded Brasserie 33 for its authenticity, citing a French-speaking wait staff and palate-popular selection of classic dishes, such as escargot brushed with garlic and parsley butter sauce and seafood bouillabaisse brimming with salmon, shrimp, and calamari. A stone-topped bar runs parallel to the neatly kempt tables that line the narrow brasserie. During daylight hours, diners are awash in natural light pouring through the front windows, and during the evening, gourmand moonbeams filter through the glass to get tastes of dessert.