By channeling the many famous Andrew's of Pittsburgh—Carnegie, Mellon, and Warhol, to name a few—the chefs of Andrew's Steak & Seafood add a touch of genius to every dish they craft. One of five restaurants located inside Rivers Casino, Andrew's has gleaned numerous OpenTable Diners' Choice Awards for its gourmet Steaks and Seafood selections, such as the signature 21-day-aged New York strip and the hollandaise-drenched oysters Rockefeller. The wine list has also attracted attention, earning Wine Enthusiast magazine's Award of Unique Distinction for its selection of 200+ varietals hailing from throughout the globe.
Near the peak of Mount Washington sits a small and unassuming Tudor building. Aged wooden crossbeams hug its stucco walls, lending it the appearance of a solitary cottage that would not look out of place in the Pennsylvanian countryside. The Georgetowne Inn, however, is not as rural as its exterior might suggest. Its windows look out on a view of the Pittsburgh skyline—that twinkling mass of buildings that rises from the intersection of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers.
This dramatic view of downtown Pittsburgh meets its culinary match in specialties such as broiled mushroom caps stuffed with lumps of crab and tender filet mignon topped with slow-melting maître d'hôtel butter. These tender entrees lead into desserts of pecan ball and peach melba—the latter of which was named for opera singer Nellie Melba, whose high-pitched soprano could famously split open the stone seed of a peach.
Landry's, Inc. operates more than 40 restaurant brands with only two main goals: good food and good memories. Thankfully, each of their venues has a signature element that's hard to forget, whether the Oceanaire's fresh seafood?flown in daily?or Rainforest Cafe's animatronic wildlife that's almost as realistic as the Amazon's wind-up monkeys. Steak and seafood spots feature prominently on the list of Landry's locations, including Morton's The Steakhouse, Vic & Anthony's Steakhouse, and McCormick & Schmick's Seafood & Steaks. But there are standouts in other genres, too, such as the Italian trattoria known as Grotto.
Where's the best place to enjoy more than 101 European beers? Beneath a 6,000 square-foot tent in the great outdoors, of course. That's where the Great European Beer Festival brings some of the best brews from across the pond?with special attention paid to the hops-filled land of Belgium. Names like Piraat, Lindeman?s, Chimay, and Duvel greet festival attendees as they work their way through the tent, which also shelters Belgian cuisine, live musicians, and the tinier musicians that live inside their tubas.
Hosted by the Sharp Edge Beer Emporium, The Great European Beer Festival has been a tradition for nearly two decades. The festivities kick off with an "Ultimate Bier Dinner," during which chefs pair Belgian ales with equally Belgian cuisine, such as duck sausage and imported cheese. The festival then hosts multiple beer-drinking sessions over the course of two days.
At The Carlton Restaurant, Executive Chef Simon DeJohn works to carry on the tradition of excellent prime meats, fresh seafood, and delectable pasta that the restaurant has maintained since 1984. A deep Wine Spectator award-winning wine list presents over 500 choices, which can pair neatly with Cajun-seared Barramundi and spicy shrimp, New York strip steak, or herb-breaded chicken breast.
In the most basic of terms, kitchens are places where ingredients come together to create a satisfying whole; the marriage of Pat and Brigitte Joyce, co-owners of 17th Street Cafe, proves that this pairing of complements is not always limited to the food. In 1988, Pat was starring as the café's executive chef when Brigitte joined his kitchen staff. Over their years working together, their love simmered on slow, low heat until they were finally married in 1995. Seven years after tying the knot, the couple jumped at the chance to own a piece of their shared history and took over 17th Street Cafe, which they now operate as a labor of love on many levels.
Today, two staple entrees—the pork chop au poivre and the veal with crab—are the lone holdovers from the original owners' menu. These favorites of long-time regulars join a revamped menu crafted from sustainable and organic ingredients whenever possible. Pat's current favorite—chicken- and asiago-stuffed pasta "pillows" served in an aioli sauce—exemplifies this new approach, which tends to add an innovative twist to traditional fare such as pasta, seafood, veal, and chops. Lunch also hosts a wide array of fan favorites, including the stuffed Portabella–a large mushroom cap filled with zucchini, sweet peppers, onions, carrots, artichoke hearts, domestic mushrooms, and spinach topped with asiago cheese. Chefs Ed and Lance craft creative burgers to sate midday appetites as well. Longtime patrons opt for the Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner burger, cooked to order and topped with peanut butter, a fried egg, bacon, American cheese, lettuce, and tomato.
Inside the dining space, chocolate-brown and gold walls flank dark oak tables, lending the space a Mediterranean look that has been featured in several film and jeans commercials. Location scouts aren’t the only guests to have taken notice of the delicious entrees and cool ambiance—players from the Pittsburgh Penguins can often be spotted dining on puck-sized veal cutlets at nearby tables.