As Steelers fans cheer and jeer the Hofbrau's flickering TVs, frothy mugs of Miller Lite gush from foam-flecked taps and glide across a burnished wood bar. These sudsy drafts chase chews on a trim menu of traditional bar fare, from half-pound burgers to slices of square pizza, and cool palates scorched from signature hot wings drenched in lemon pepper, Cajun, or teriyaki sauces. Clacking pool balls and clinking glasses add makeshift percussion to the occasional live band, who can underscore meals with original tunes and recollections of that one time they smashed their guitars.
Located in the heart of the Southside for four years, Local Bar + Kitchen's chefs have crafted a brand new menu, where you'll find locally-sourced produce and meats from Tom Friday's Market and and homemade pierogies from Cop Out Pierogies in Etna, PA amongst a variety of appetizers, salads, wings, sandwiches, burgers, and rustic flatbread pizzas. Local's pierogie fresca, for example, tosses potato and cheddar or spinach and feta pierogie with saut?ed red onion, sundried tomatoes, kale and lotus.
Take a stroll amid the dining room's brick walls or up to its rooftop deck, and you'll see an edible rainbow of similarly inventive American fare: a grilled cheese with boursin, havarti, gruyere, brie and American cheese, burgers topped with bacon deep fried in an Arsenal cider batter or beer cheese and jalape?os, and towers of wings with over a dozen dipping sauces. Brunch time brings stuffed french toast and even more sandwiches piled high with fried eggs and veggies. Local Bar + Kitchen also offers a variety of specials throughout the week, including wing night on Wednesdays, half-price bottle of wine on Thursdays, and half price happy hour, where all drinks and select appetizers are half off from 5 p.m.?7 p.m. Monday?Friday.
At Bossa Nova, it’s okay to begin a meal with cupcakes. In the baked chicken cupcakes—one of many tapas plates on the menu—mashed potatoes are substituted for frosting, and there’s a garnish of sautéed zucchini. Such innovative recipes are mixed in with a number of classic ones; you can also try fried calamari, spicy tuna tartar wrapped in cucumber, and a bacon, brie, and potato sandwich. These dishes are centered on a communal dining experience, which encourages you to try whatever tapas plate your friend is eating without first pretending to have somehow misplaced your own. In addition to tapas, the kitchen serves up larger entrees such as Spanish chorizo and beef filet.
The restaurant's space is just as eclectic as the cuisine, with a circular bar covered in mosaic tiles acting as the centerpiece. Stop here to order wine and cocktails, and on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, guests head to the dance floor during DJ sets. Chandeliers and vibrant artwork surround the tables spread throughout the dining room, and there are nooks embedded into the walls if you want a more intimate setting.
The dessert-inspired martini list at Olive or Twist hosts a range of sweet digestifs including the cake-batter cocktail, the tiramisu martini, the chocolate-covered-pretzel martini with a salted rim, and the key-lime-pie martini. In addition to inventive mixes, Olive or Twist hosts a wide selection of craft beers, ensuring guests find the ideal beverage to compliment upscale American fare from the full kitchen. Its range of appetizers and entrees sate any size of appetite, with options such as truffle fries, housemade crab cakes, and filet mignon with peppercorn sauce. While they dine, patrons can feast eyes on the dark-mocha wood accents that lace the bar and lounge areas at Olive or Twist, offsetting the cream-hued plush seats.
Shiloh Grill opens on weekdays at 4:01 p.m. and Saturdays at 11:31 a.m. ready to serve hungry visitors. The restaurant?s most popular offering, the Thanksgiving in Blawnox, consists of dried cranberries and sage stuffing mixed into half a pound of ground turkey topped with rosemary aioli?a year-round reminder of autumn that balances out the ever-rotating seasonal menus and selection of craft brews. Several events also run throughout the week.
The cooks at Harris Grill populate their menu with American classics. They've got a bacon cheeseburger by the name of I Can Has Bacon Cheezburgher and a dish of marinated chicken skewers dubbed Britney Spears. To complement seasonal entrees and keep patrons on their toes, the selection of draft beer rotates often.