Pittsburgh Rare specializes in serving its certified Black Angus beef flash-panned and seared on the outside and nice and red on the inside. Meat-lovers will find seven gorgeous slabs of beef on the menu, including the signature marinated filet mignon ($40 for 10 oz.), which is specially prepared by the chef. The restaurant also offers tender cuts like the dry-aged 14 oz. New York strip ($41) and the imposing 20 oz. porterhouse ($42). Each steak is served with a choice of side, which include mashed potatoes, steamed broccoli, a diamond-studded crown and goblet, and creamy cheddar cauliflower mash. Those that arrive immediately after eating a world-record 79 matzo balls in eight minutes can stick to lighter fare, such as the half-pound flame-grilled burger ($12) or the three-tiered turkey club ($13).
Executive chef Greg Alauzen has designed every dish on Cioppino's sumptuous dinner menu, which is packed with a bevy of seasonally rotating, Tuscan-inspired delights. Whet your appetite with his selection of oysters on the half-shell ($11) before breaking in bibs with his signature dish, the Cioppino—a heaping platter of halibut, Mediterranean sea bass, clams, mussels, dungeness crab, scallops, jumbo shrimp, onion, and fennel ($29). Landlubbers can cut into tender, grilled lamb T-bone chops before delicately nibbling on its plate mate, cannelloni stuffed with ricotta and house-made lamb sausage ($39). Veggie-friendly entrees include fluffy house-made gnocchi ($17), paired with artichoke, grilled radicchio, arugula and parmigiano-reggiano. End feasts or accidental sugar strikes with sweet desserts, such as vanilla-bean crème brûlée, creamy gelato, or warm beignets tossed in cinnamon and sugar with an espresso crème anglaise ($6).
Centuries ago, Japanese fisherman couldn't wait to get off the boat to eat some of their fresh catch, so they built grills on the boats to cook their fish slowly over an open flame. The chefs at DragonFire Japanese Steakhouse continue this tradition, searing seafood, vegetables, and meats over oak charcoal and paying as much attention to the grill as one normally pays to a pregnant British princess. Diners gather around the robata grill to witness the chefs sear scallops and steak coated in savory marinades.
They also gather around teppanyaki grills for hibachi meals, which chefs prepare while tossing morsels of food into the air. Or, diners can perch at the sushi bar and watch sushi chefs wrap seaweed and sticky rice around fish and vegetables.
Though Green Forest Churrascaria serves a wide variety of meats, every cut has to go through the same trial by fire. Cooked in the traditional churrasco style, the meats sit above an open fire pit fueled by natural wooden charcoal. They roast on impressively sized skewers, which servers then carry into the dining room. There, they slice tender pieces directly onto dinner plates, a showmanship-heavy serving method known as "rodízio."
The resulting dinners star meats such as lamb chops, pork ribs, and filet mignon that, much like the best Christmas presents, comes wrapped in bacon. Some arrive seasoned with parmesan cheese or garlic, while others rely solely on the smoky flavor imparted by their time in the flames. A hot buffet and salad bar balance out meals with a sprawling number of side dishes, including sushi and seafood. There's also a list of wines and beers that emphasizes worldly reds.
Saga Hibachi Steakhouse & Sushi Bar's chefs appease appetites with freshly rolled sushi and classical Japanese cuisine prepared via dazzling tableside hibachi preparation. After scouring the oceans in an atmospheric diving suit, chefs utilize fresh seafood to craft maki such as the rainbow roll filled with spicy crabmeat and crowned with tuna, salmon, yellowtail, and tobiko ($10), or the fantastic roll with spicy yellowtail, salmon, and avocado, and topped with lobster, jalapeño, and tobiko ($12). Hibachi dinners cook before patrons’ eyes as chefs sear salmon ($19), chicken and scallops ($22), or lobster and filet mignon ($30) before accessorizing meals with two pieces of shrimp, soup, salad, vegetables, rice, and noodles. Black-granite-topped hibachi counters, wooden accents, and intimate lighting all accentuate Saga's modern twist on traditional cuisine.
For almost 30 years, brothers Bill and Mike Peters have strived to make their restaurant an elegant spot for everything from date nights to family dinners. The white-draped tables and ambient lighting set the mood for italian chicken, pasta, and veal dishes as well as steak and seafood offerings, such as Maryland crab cakes and prime rib. After dinner has been cleared, the servers replenish tables with desserts, such as housemade mousse pie and fresh strawberry shortcake. With enough seating to comfortably accommodate a few hundred guests, the dining room also transforms into a gathering space for bridal showers, wedding receptions, and championship spaghetti-staring contests.
For more than 50 years, Beto’s Pizza has pampered Pittsburghers with a hearty menu of unconventionally prepared pizza alongside an array of hoagies. The pizzeria's signature pie-making process entails adding shredded provolone cheese and generous layers of toppings ($0.50 each) to every slice or cut ($1.25 each) after the dough and sauce have been baked. A full pizza contains 28 pizza rectangles ($34.11), each boasting an inimitable texture of hot crust and half-melted cheese that serves as an interactive alternative to tasteless geometry textbooks. For less saucy fare, patrons can try a steaming steak hoagie, capped by a layer of bubbling cheese ($5.39 for a half; $10.69 for a whole). A high-powered veggie telescope grants herbivores access to a planetary bowl of tossed salad, available with orbiting sides of fried cauliflower, mushrooms, and hot peppers ($3.89+).