Traditional and adventurous recipes frolic across Yen's Gourmet Chinese Restaurant's enormous menu of Chinese specialties. Four kinds of meat come together to form the Happy Family ($10.40), collected while posing for its annual holiday portrait and plated with brown sauce and veggies. General tso's chicken ($9.70) coats poultry morsels in a special garlic sauce, and the Dragon Phoenix ($11.95) unites sweet-and-spicy chicken and jumbo shrimp. All entrees, including the veggie-friendly sesame bean curd ($7.20) and eggplant with garlic sauce ($7), take on a further bouquet of flavors with a choice of fried instead of steamed rice.
Although ten finalists made it to Pittsburgh's Best Ribs competition, Roxanne's Take-Out & Catering drew top praise for its "Honey-A-Must" sauce, according to event sponsor WPXI.com. When the judges tore into Roxanne's honey-mustard ribs, the room went silent—save for the sound of vigorous chewing and one pronouncement that "this sauce is great." The highly celebrated sauce represents just one of Roxanne Easley's mouthwatering dishes, which she prepares daily.
Easley's accomplishments are not limited to her cooking, however. In February 2012, she named Pittsburgh Courier's list of "Fab 40" honorees for being an elite member of the African-American business community in Pittsburgh. Roxanne also showed Pittsburgh her cooking skills as she performed a live cooking-demonstration of her famous balsamic lamb chops and peach cake on TV program Pittsburgh's Today Live. As a chef and business owner, Easley has catered events with up to 500 people, preparing an array of dishes such as mexican lasagna and parmesan crusted tilapia, as well as customized dishes tailored to the event.
Van Ness Grille serves all-American classics hot from the grill or crispy from the fryer, whether it's fish and chips or cooked-to-order steaks. Inside the friendly, low-key restaurant and pub, head to the bar for a beer, to the pool table for a game, or to the restroom for a flirtatious look at your hungry face. The menu of American cuisine includes nightly specials, such as burgers, seafood, and all-you-can-eat wings.