?Though?its namesake is a couple hundred miles east, The Baltimore House looks and feels like a Charm City eatery thanks to a menu that prominently features crustaceans. Beyond the ever-popular crab cakes, you'll find entrees of blackened swordfish, seared sea scallops, and twin lobster tails baked in butter. There's even seafood on the wood-fired pizzas; one specialty pie teams shrimp and crab with mushrooms, garlic, and three types of cheese. Keeping with the theme are oversized, shareable drinks known as "fishbowl cocktails," each decorated with fresh fruit and spiked with colorful liqueur or aquarium rocks.
In the old times, markets were the center of social life, and aluminum was more precious than gold. Today's deal is more valuable than Charles Martin Hall's electrolytic process for refining aluminum. Stop by the cozy Italian market il Mercato to use your $5 Groupon toward $10 worth of fresh and premium bites and sips. You can purchase as many as you want, but are limited to one use per visit.
Although ten finalists made it to Pittsburgh's Best Ribs competition, Roxanne's Take-Out & Catering drew top praise for its "Honey-A-Must" sauce, according to event sponsor WPXI.com. When the judges tore into Roxanne's honey-mustard ribs, the room went silent—save for the sound of vigorous chewing and one pronouncement that "this sauce is great." The highly celebrated sauce represents just one of Roxanne Easley's mouthwatering dishes, which she prepares daily.
Easley's accomplishments are not limited to her cooking, however. In February 2012, she named Pittsburgh Courier's list of "Fab 40" honorees for being an elite member of the African-American business community in Pittsburgh. Roxanne also showed Pittsburgh her cooking skills as she performed a live cooking-demonstration of her famous balsamic lamb chops and peach cake on TV program Pittsburgh's Today Live. As a chef and business owner, Easley has catered events with up to 500 people, preparing an array of dishes such as mexican lasagna and parmesan crusted tilapia, as well as customized dishes tailored to the event.
Plucked from a watery upbringing and cast into market, seafood circulates throughout Benkovitz Seafood daily to uphold the fresh, homemade promise of every fishy feast. Start from the top of the high-seas menu with a signature fried-fish sandwich ($6.95). Clumped and lumped jumbo crab cakes ($8.95 each) or salmon cakes ($6.95 each) provide seaworthy portions properly composed to uphold most birthday candles. Fragile fingers can improve baiting dexterity with heartily shrimpy portions of shrimp in a basket ($4.95), coconut shrimp with mango sauce ($4.95), or shrimp off the deli ($12.95–$20 per pound).
In 1938, J. Oliver Wintzell opened a tiny seafood joint on Dauphin Street in historic Mobile, Alabama. With room for just six customers to hop up on barstools and sample oysters prepared in three signature styles?"fried, stewed, or nude"?the eatery harbored modest ambitions and kept itself in check with walls strewn with Oliver?s homespun sayings. Oysters this great can?t remain a secret for long, though, and Wintzell?s Oyster House began to grow at such a rate that Oliver was compelled to expand to new locations throughout Alabama and beyond?by bringing the tastes and flavors of the Gulf Coast to Pittsburgh.
The menu boasts various fresh Gulf seafood including mussels, clams, shrimp, and its famous oysters. Diners can opt for non-seafood options such as USDA-certified steaks, pasta, and PoBoy sandwiches, or "hoagies" to northerners.
Customers can also visit the cigar bar to watch games on 65" TVs while munching on items from the full menu and sipping one of the many scotch, whisky, and bourbon selections. Visitors can also choose a premium cigar from the humidor or bring their own. The restaurant and cigar bar open daily at 11 a.m.
For a new spin on spaghetti and meatballs in Pittsburgh, try trendy Fox Chapel's Donato's Restaurant. Plan to indulge a bit at Donato's Restaurant, though, because they don't offer any low-fat fare. Donato's Restaurant guests can also take advantage of the many drink options offered here. Save money on a sitter — kids are welcome to join the table at Donato's Restaurant. Looking to host a party but don't have the space at home? You'll love the private room offered at Donato's Restaurant — just right for large and merry gatherings.
Call Donato's Restaurant for catering if you have a big event coming up. Always five minutes behind schedule? Pick up your food to go instead.
For easy dining, Donato's Restaurant provides convenient parking in a connecting lot.
A night out here can be a bit pricey, so prepare to shell out a bit more. Major credit cards — including Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express — are accepted. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the restaurant, but the dinner menu is the real standout.