Everyone knows there's no place like home. Which is why the owners of Steel City Pizza Company decided to bring their hometown down South with a menu of Pittsburgh-inspired eats. They fly in hoagie rolls from Cellone's Bakery—an official partner of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Pirates—to ensconce their submarine sandwiches. They have staffers roll out house-crafted pizza dough to the particular thickness they recall from their childhood memories. And they make sure their extensive selection of craft beers includes bottles and drafts from Pittsburgh's own Iron City brewery. But the eatery's Pittsburgh theme isn't its only draw; creative recipes and quality ingredients back each item on the menu. Cooks craft both pizza sauce and sweet, bubbly sodas in-house, and carefully sprinkle crusts with quality Grande cheese from Wisconsin. They also concoct original dishes such as Weggies, oven-baked sandwiches in which slices of bread, like the wheels on most pizza delivery trucks, are replaced with disks of crusty baked dough.
Inside the kitchen at Bistro 536, head chef Alastair Nairn and sous chef Michael Rogers craft updated versions of American cuisine that change with the seasons. In a feature on ABC 4's Lowcountry Live!, Nairn explained that his Scottish roots surface in his cooking, whether it's in a blue crab pot pie or classic plates of fish and chips. Low lights and dark woods in the dining room wrap diners in a cozy embrace, inviting soft conversation amid the flickering table candles and wall sconces as radiant as a 5-year old that correctly spelled "sconces". While the menu changes regularly throughout the year, past specialties have included beef medallions with truffled red potatoes, bacon-wrapped scallops, and prosciutto-wrapped salmon with sundried tomato-pesto cream.
For chefs at Calder?s Pub, the tender meat of a hot wing serves as a blank canvas for zesty, diverse flavors. Their menu boasts 20 wing sauces including hot honey, lemon pepper, and jamaican jerk. Pools of ranch or blue cheese temper the spicy flavors, and heaps of napkins stand at the ready for messy fingers and toes. Classic pub fare, such as sandwiches, hand-cut chips, and juicy burgers, sate larger appetites.
Though the fare alone draws crowds to the pub's four locations, folks also gather for the convivial sports-bar atmosphere. Barkeeps pour draught beers and swizzle well drinks. Wall-mounted TVs, vibrant neon signs, and sports pennants decorate the walls, making it an ideal spot for amassing to watch the big game or amassing materials to bribe a team mascot.
The culinary team at Tsunami fixes up a veritable feast for the eyes with artfully plated Japanese delicacies festooned with sprigs of herbs, splashes of sauce, and colorful garnishes. Flames rage as hibachi chefs blast rib-eye steaks, scallops, and vegetables on their sizzling grills, and the restaurant’s sushi-rolling savants coil specialty rolls such as the Emperor, which surprises tasters with hidden stashes of fried soft-shell crab, cucumber, eel, shrimp, and avocado. At Tsunami's four locations, diners polish off plates in a sleek, modern dining room with candles in faceted glass votives, a bar backlit with lights that slowly change colors, and waiters who can speak fluent binary code.
A confluence of cuisines produces signature smells and tastes at Tropical Sushi, where biculinary chefs prepare traditional Japanese entrees along with Mexican- and tropical-inspired dishes. The distinct food groups often merge with formidable results, including crab, shrimp, and scallop deluxe nachos, a meal made possible only after the tortilla chips’ father gave the union his blessing. Fresh ingredients ensure tasty meals such as the rendang, a spicy meat dish hailing from Indonesia that piles slow-cooked beef atop coconut milk, herbs, and white rice. Tropical Sushi’s seven varieties of fried sushi encourage diners to crunch their way to seafood centers.
Whether it?s a creatively plated sushi roll or a colorful stir-fry with cashew chicken, each dish is a work of art at Tokyo Bistro. The chefs use fresh ingredients to craft their Asian fusion dishes, with an emphasis on cooking them as healthfully as possible. For a hearty meal, try the a kung pao beef or sichaun shrimp saut?ed with a selection of fresh vegetables including celery, asparagus, and zucchini. The pad thai is a subtly sweet medley of tofu, bean sprouts, and basil, and the hibachi entrees are served piping-hot, right out of the fire.