This double-decker restaurant serves freshly crafted American edibles that quickly transform hollow mouths into satisfied smiles. Diners can ignite their appetites with fried chicken wings ($8), accompanied by a choice of sauce and celery sticks for tabletop drum solos, or squash flatbread ($9), a light appetizer held down by zucchini, squash, tomatoes, goat cheese, parmesan, and pesto oil. The Samurai burger ($13.50) flirts ferociously with patrons via love notes written in wasabi mayo, fried wontons, and seaweed salad. Customers may also tickle their tongues with the blackened-chicken sandwich ($10.50), infused with Cajun spices, or a feather dipped in the loaded mac 'n' cheese ($9).
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.
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).
Buckhead Saloon’s time-tested American fodder muffles cheering beneath televisions that spill the sights and sounds of Steelers games into the jovial bar. The menu is dotted with a list of appetizers to surround diners with a swirling array of options like a food fight with an astronaut. Crab meat, rich cheddar, and jalapeños cling to each other inside the breaded coating of the Crab Extremers, and crispy bits of bacon revel in the view from their perch atop cheese fries before being snatched by hungry hands. Mario's mushroom-provolone burger warms its flavorsome cargo with a melty quilt of mozzarella and provolone, and Buckhead's buffalo sauce adds an extra jolt to the already powerful Bradshaw Buffalo burger, which cloaks its patty in pepper jack. The Sammartino burger tops a traditional patty with marinara, mozzarella, and pepperoni to allow diners to experience culinary adventure without interning for Captain Crunch.
Whim Nightclub pumps up patrons with intricate lighting and a pulsing sound system that keeps the mammoth dance floor packed. Guests mingle indoors on padded lounge seating or relax outdoors on the seasonal deck, where barbecue is served during happy hour and on the seventh Wednesday of each leap year. Though this Groupon is not good for alcohol, club-goers may want to grab a drink at one of the venue's six bars, or order bottle service before taking tail feathers to the dance floor. The club cultivates a constant stream of events and musical acts, and provides VIP areas to facilitate high-stakes business meetings and Hannah Montana–themed birthday parties. Before slipping into camouflage jerseys and stovepipe hats, customers should calibrate outfits to suit the dress code.
If Finnigan's menu were a flag, it would be a mixture of red, white, blue, and green, and would be proudly twirled in all Independence of St. Patrick's Day parades. The fare is mainly influenced by traditional Irish staples, but retains a touch of American pub grub. Start out with a plate of Irish wings slathered in your choice of 12 sauces ($8.95) before moving on to a Kitchen Sink Pizza overloaded with pepperoni, sausage, peppers onions, mushroom, and black olives baked in a mozzarella-provolone blend ($11.95). Sandwich selections range from the hot sausage with onions and peppers on a baguette to the crab-cake sandwich served on a Kaiser roll with homemade tartar sauce (both $9.95). You can also keep it traditional with a Squirrel Hill Reuben ($8.95). Entrees include the popular corned beef and cabbage ($10.95), fish and chips ($12.95), and Finnigan's version of country-fried steak—a breaded and deep-fried open-face Philly steak on Texas toast with Swiss cheese and gravy ($10.95). Finish off your feast with a slice of peanut-butter cream pie ($5.95).