Modern Cafe is an ironic name for an establishment that's been around for more than 80 years, especially since it serves up a menu of such timeless fare. The sandwich-centric selection features classics such as reubens and tuna melts alongside Mediterranean staples including gyro salads and pita chips with hummus and tzatziki. The noteworthy Spartan sandwich packs in so much steak, gyro meat, veggies, cheeses, and tzatziki sauce that it's wrapped like a gyro rather than folded like a conventional sandwich or jammed inside an after-dinner mint.
Modern Cafe also offers dozens of whiskeys and vodkas and more than 90 types of beer, with selections from Penn Brewery, Great Lakes, and Bell's frequently on tap. Besides the cafe's allure as a hangout with TVs, a dart machine, and an internet jukebox, it's also a beacon for movie buffs looking to visit one of the filming locations for Wonder Boys.
Dominic’s Famous Deli and Bottle Shop stuffs its menu with paninis, hot dogs, soups, and hoagies ranked by WPXI among Pittsburgh’s Best Hoagies. The Cannonball hoagie ($8) slings midday meatballs against the tyranny of cubicles, cubed cheese, and ice cubes, and the Mount Washington cushions portobello mushrooms, olives, and pesto mayo with an italian baguette ($7). Boar’s Head hot dogs extend to a full 12 inches ($4.50), showered with premium toppings of nacho cheese, chili, and sauerkraut ($0.50 each). Eight high-definition televisions and a 220” HD projector broadcast sports games to cheering fans and dumplings bobbing excitedly in pittsburgh pierogi soup ($4).
Chocolate is more than a dessert to Christopher George. To him, the detail and patience, the deft touch, and the inspiration required to make great chocolate is more of an artform. Christopher spends his days experimenting with new types of confections, from chocolate-covered jalape?os to scotch- and amaretto-infused toffees. The chocolatiers at Sinful Sweets Chocolate Company also hand-craft a diverse array of classic truffles and creams, cake pops, chocolate-covered pretzels, and chocolate-dipped fruits. Guests can enjoy the sweets a la carte or order gift sets that collect a variety of items in a single package rather than several treasure chests buried around the world.
Over the past two decades, Chef Frank Imbarlina has honed his culinary acumen throughout the Northeast, helming a Manhattan catering service and creating several restaurants with lauded menus and concepts. At The Epicure's Palate, Imbarlina employs his gastronomic wisdom to expand beyond the offerings of standard restaurants or catering companies. His staff of personal chefs tailor to each individual’s dietary needs, creating unique menus of natural and organic foods. Wine or beer dinners treat intimate crowds of friends to exotic varietals and craft brews over a personally prepared meal, or the chefs can whip up a wine or beer tasting that spreads the joys of imbibing to as many as 200 people. In-home demonstrations include explanations of techniques and ingredients used in the preparation of artisanal cocktails and exotic cuisines, culled from such disparate locales as Syria, Malaysia, and the neighbor’s kitchen.
Pittsburgh Water Limo?s fleet of Coast Guard?certified water taxis have ushered patrons down each of Pittsburgh?s three rivers since 1999. At the helm, captains combining more than 150 years of experience oversee safe transport as guests imbibe beer, wine, or bottled water while the skyline steadily rolls past. The taxis charter regular trips to Pirates and Steelers games or ferry passengers looking to sightsee the city.
S.W. Randall Toys & Gifts' impressive catalogue features more than 20,000 specialty toys and games by brands that include Hasbro, Mattel, and Milton Bradley. During safaris through one of the store’s ample toy pastures, a Toysmith explorer telescope ($16.95) offers aid to patrons observing the gluttonous habits of Hungry Hungry Hippos ($22.95). A rousing game of Twister ($18.50) can vastly improve flexibility and hand-dot coordination—both important skills to demonstrate at college orientation sessions—and for those seeking shenanigans beyond what Trouble the board game ($14.95) has to offer, a multivoice changer ($14.95) easily befuddles McDonald’s drive-thru attendants with its 10 distinct sound modulations.