Tria Cafe's ever-changing roster of beers and wines swells with passion, not pretension. It features local and global selections, and each one has been crafted by someone who is truly enthusiastic about their work. For its own wine- and beer-fueled fervor, Tria has been selected as one of the nation’s best places to enjoy a beer by Imbibe magazine, and it even earned three nominations for Best Wine Service from the James Beard Foundation.
Most people recognize that cheese and wine go together. But Tria has exposed an equally steamy relationship between cheese and beer. The cheese selection here changes daily. It’s also organized into playful categories, such as "luscious," "approachable," and "stinky," which comprises washed-rind varieties with a “pronounced” aroma. You can also chomp on Tria’s cheese-infused snacks, such as truffled-egg toast with fontina fontal.
Going back to school might be a terrifying concept, but hey, at least during these classes, you get to drink. Every week, Tria’s Sunday School series teaches students about uncommon wines, beers, and cheeses. The subject changes weekly, and hefty discounts on the featured items keep tuition costs low. Tria also offers a Fermentation Education series, which includes 15-minute lunchtime-learning sessions and more in-depth Master classes.
Savoy's executive chef, Kevin Watson, a 2013 Pittsburgh magazine?s "Best Restaurants Party" winner and Savor Pittsburgh multiple-award winner, draws from 25 years of culinary experience to put a modern spin on American dishes, from barbecue ribs and burgers to seafood. Chef Watson?s eclectic m?lange of upscale entrees and comfort fare has been featured on Pittsburgh Today, in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and in the recurring dreams of the restaurant?s regulars.
Meanwhile, the space's ritzy d?cor has enticed celebrities that include Boris Kodjoe, Joe Manganiello, Tyson Beckford, Cedric the Entertainer, and Mya. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review marveled: "Pittsburgh designer Luca Paganico transformed an old, three-story building?in the Strip District into a posh, swanky, 74-seat establishment with imported Italian leather couches and chairs, fiber-optic bar tops, walls with lighting that changes color as customers dine, and different music playing in each room and hallway."
Philly Pretzel Factory's dough-benders hand-twist pretzels and bake them throughout the day to ensure freshness. Party hosts can quell belly rumblings at their next football game or Party of Five cast reunion with a full-size rivet tray. The tray includes approximately 192 bite-sized pretzel nuggets and a choice of three 8-ounce dipping sauces, including melted cheese, honey mustard, and cinnamon dip. The eatery's signature cheesesteak pretzel ($3.25) packs a soft pretzel shell full of real Philly cheesesteak, and the 25-pretzel box comes with a bottle of classic yellow, spicy brown, or hot mustard ($10) so that snackers don't have to listen for the ringing melody of the mustard man's truck. Huddle around spicy pretzel sausages ($2.25) as a source of warmth, or relish a different kind of spice with a cinnamon pretzel ($1.50).
Founded in 1924, the Pittsburgh Inn appeases rapacious appetites with a menu consisting of hearty, home-cooked American comfort fare. Seafood-savorers can coronate a romantic meal across from a spouse or a seventeenth-century skipper by ordering a crab-cake appetizer, where homemade crab cakes come paired with creamy dill sauce ($4.99). For entrees, diners can order up a house favorite such as the almond fried-chicken breast, where boneless chicken is drizzled in homemade maple-honey mustard ($9.99), or engorge on a meatless meal such as the eggplant parmesan, topped with provolone cheese ($9.49). The Pittsburgh Inn's walls commemorate Pittsburgh-area legends with framed pictures, including its Honor Roll for soldiers on duty in Iraq.
In 1989, Dan Gallagher and Dan Smith joined their respective names and began pursuing one common goal: to bring a contemporary alternative to Berks County's dining scene. The 40-seat eatery was successful in the Dans' hands until 2005, when Bill Woolworth and MD. Monir stopped in for dinner, fell in love with the place, and decided to buy it.
Though much of the space's original charm remains intact, the new owners gussied up the decor with white tablecloths and floral arrangements, and they solicited the help of executive chef Jason Hook to lighten the rotating menu. Jason draws on his experience studying in France and working at The Four Seasons in New York to craft healthful, contemporary French- and Californian-inspired dishes. In every preparation, he highlights the ingredients' natural tastes, often pairing local cuts of meat and poultry with fresh, seasonal ingredients and luxurious flourishes such as truffles or Lamborghini-scented foam.
Hook, Woolworth, and Monir also frequently evaluate their wine selections to ensure that they pair well with the evolving menu, which changes every week. While sipping glasses of red or white, diners can question servers about the building's rich history in the Penn's Common Historic District. Before the restaurant settled into the space, it was inhabited by an old-style soda dive, a prison doctor's home, and a grassland populated with roaming dinosaurs.
Inspired by her Jewish family heritage, Susan Herlands opened My Mother's Delicacies Inc. in 1988 to share her grandmother's respected rugelach recipe and other traditional treats that are certified kosher dairy. Shoppers can peruse an assortment of the coveted, hand-rolled rugelach ($14.99/lb.), a crescent- or square-shaped pastry crafted using a buttery, flaky, cream-cheese-infused crust and speckled with cinnamon, sugar, or nuts. A pound of Hungarian hand-rolled kipfel cookies ($14.99) bubbles over with raspberry, walnut, or apricot fillings, and a small tin of black and white cookies ($21.95) dazzles dessert lovers with a duochromatic treat as decadent as snacking on a 1920s film star. The shop sells pastries individually and by the pound as well as platters and gift towers sizeable enough for parties or a high tea with longtime frenemy Betty Crocker.