At Bossa Nova, it’s okay to begin a meal with cupcakes. In the baked chicken cupcakes—one of many tapas plates on the menu—mashed potatoes are substituted for frosting, and there’s a garnish of sautéed zucchini. Such innovative recipes are mixed in with a number of classic ones; you can also try fried calamari, spicy tuna tartar wrapped in cucumber, and a bacon, brie, and potato sandwich. These dishes are centered on a communal dining experience, which encourages you to try whatever tapas plate your friend is eating without first pretending to have somehow misplaced your own. In addition to tapas, the kitchen serves up larger entrees such as Spanish chorizo and beef filet.
The restaurant's space is just as eclectic as the cuisine, with a circular bar covered in mosaic tiles acting as the centerpiece. Stop here to order wine and cocktails, and on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, guests head to the dance floor during DJ sets. Chandeliers and vibrant artwork surround the tables spread throughout the dining room, and there are nooks embedded into the walls if you want a more intimate setting.
The dessert-inspired martini list at Olive or Twist hosts a range of sweet digestifs including the cake-batter cocktail, the tiramisu martini, the chocolate-covered-pretzel martini with a salted rim, and the key-lime-pie martini. In addition to inventive mixes, Olive or Twist hosts a wide selection of craft beers, ensuring guests find the ideal beverage to compliment upscale American fare from the full kitchen. Its range of appetizers and entrees sate any size of appetite, with options such as truffle fries, housemade crab cakes, and filet mignon with peppercorn sauce. While they dine, patrons can feast eyes on the dark-mocha wood accents that lace the bar and lounge areas at Olive or Twist, offsetting the cream-hued plush seats.
Shiloh Grill opens on weekdays at 4:01 p.m. and Saturdays at 11:31 a.m. ready to serve hungry visitors. The restaurant?s most popular offering, the Thanksgiving in Blawnox, consists of dried cranberries and sage stuffing mixed into half a pound of ground turkey topped with rosemary aioli?a year-round reminder of autumn that balances out the ever-rotating seasonal menus and selection of craft brews. Several events also run throughout the week.
The cooks at Harris Grill populate their menu with American classics. They've got a bacon cheeseburger by the name of I Can Has Bacon Cheezburgher and a dish of marinated chicken skewers dubbed Britney Spears. To complement seasonal entrees and keep patrons on their toes, the selection of draft beer rotates often.
The culinary craftsmen at Dukes Station II tame appetites with a menu of classic American fare. Populate mouth-caves with a crispy basket of shrimp ($4.95) or a helping of jalapeño poppers ($4.95) for a hotter beginning than a phoenix’s 21st rebirthday. A lineup of more than 30 phalange-fillers includes the cheeseburger ($5.95); a half-rack of ribs ($12.95) meets the Constitution-mandated requirement to pronounce something as “finger-licking good” in order to be able to vote. Landlubbing entrees such as spaghetti and meatballs ($7.25) alternate with seafaring treats such as luscious crab cakes ($9.95), and individually sized pizzas come festooned in traditional cheese toppings ($3.95) or with a zesty taco flair ($4.50). Miniature masticators can indulge in kids’ menu items or steal peppermints from a neighbor’s pocket.
Buckhead Saloon's mounted buckhead keeps a watchful eye over bar-goers as they ingest American cuisine favorites and share pitchers of Yuengling. The ample, lively establishment houses a variety of seating areas, from its ski-lodge-style lounge area to its spacious, stool-lined bar. Let the congenial staff shake you up a martini as you shake tailfeathers with friends and fellow avian strangers on the dance floor, or grab a table on one of Buckhead’s local entertainment nights and scan the menu for the hand-breaded and deep-fried potato and cheddar perogies ($7.95). Indecisive eaters can sample the Jekyll and Hyde sandwich, an edible novella bound with one half buffalo chicken, one half barbecue roast beef, and one half misanthrope ($8.95). Buckhead Saloon rests just across the river from Heinz Field and PNC Park, allowing quick bites before or after the game.