Pittsburgh Rare specializes in serving its certified Black Angus beef flash-panned and seared on the outside and nice and red on the inside. Meat-lovers will find seven gorgeous slabs of beef on the menu, including the signature marinated filet mignon ($40 for 10 oz.), which is specially prepared by the chef. The restaurant also offers tender cuts like the dry-aged 14 oz. New York strip ($41) and the imposing 20 oz. porterhouse ($42). Each steak is served with a choice of side, which include mashed potatoes, steamed broccoli, a diamond-studded crown and goblet, and creamy cheddar cauliflower mash. Those that arrive immediately after eating a world-record 79 matzo balls in eight minutes can stick to lighter fare, such as the half-pound flame-grilled burger ($12) or the three-tiered turkey club ($13).
Executive chef Greg Alauzen has designed every dish on Cioppino's sumptuous dinner menu, which is packed with a bevy of seasonally rotating, Tuscan-inspired delights. Whet your appetite with his selection of oysters on the half-shell ($11) before breaking in bibs with his signature dish, the Cioppino—a heaping platter of halibut, Mediterranean sea bass, clams, mussels, dungeness crab, scallops, jumbo shrimp, onion, and fennel ($29). Landlubbers can cut into tender, grilled lamb T-bone chops before delicately nibbling on its plate mate, cannelloni stuffed with ricotta and house-made lamb sausage ($39). Veggie-friendly entrees include fluffy house-made gnocchi ($17), paired with artichoke, grilled radicchio, arugula and parmigiano-reggiano. End feasts or accidental sugar strikes with sweet desserts, such as vanilla-bean crème brûlée, creamy gelato, or warm beignets tossed in cinnamon and sugar with an espresso crème anglaise ($6).
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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.
Though Green Forest Churrascaria serves a wide variety of meats, every cut has to go through the same trial by fire. Cooked in the traditional churrasco style, the meats sit above an open fire pit fueled by natural wooden charcoal. They roast on impressively sized skewers, which servers then carry into the dining room. There, they slice tender pieces directly onto dinner plates, a showmanship-heavy serving method known as "rodízio."
The resulting dinners star meats such as lamb chops, pork ribs, and filet mignon that, much like the best Christmas presents, comes wrapped in bacon. Some arrive seasoned with parmesan cheese or garlic, while others rely solely on the smoky flavor imparted by their time in the flames. A hot buffet and salad bar balance out meals with a sprawling number of side dishes, including sushi and seafood. There's also a list of wines and beers that emphasizes worldly reds.
Saga Hibachi Steakhouse & Sushi Bar's chefs appease appetites with freshly rolled sushi and classical Japanese cuisine prepared via dazzling tableside hibachi preparation. After scouring the oceans in an atmospheric diving suit, chefs utilize fresh seafood to craft maki such as the rainbow roll filled with spicy crabmeat and crowned with tuna, salmon, yellowtail, and tobiko ($10), or the fantastic roll with spicy yellowtail, salmon, and avocado, and topped with lobster, jalapeño, and tobiko ($12). Hibachi dinners cook before patrons’ eyes as chefs sear salmon ($19), chicken and scallops ($22), or lobster and filet mignon ($30) before accessorizing meals with two pieces of shrimp, soup, salad, vegetables, rice, and noodles. Black-granite-topped hibachi counters, wooden accents, and intimate lighting all accentuate Saga's modern twist on traditional cuisine.
Habitat's internationally inspired, locally sourced menu saves tongues from taste depression by sprinkling their buds with flavor squeezed from ingredients that come from within 100 miles of the hotel. At breakfast, where guests can conclude their nightly anti-food vigils with a plate of malted Belgian waffles with toasted pecans and maple syrup ($12) or a bowl of steel-cut oatmeal with brown sugar and raisins ($8). Lunch options include tandoor-baked naan bread ($5) served with three homemade chutneys or pad thai ($18) prepared with tiger shrimp, chicken, or vegan themes. Both breakfast and lunch feature executive express options during the week ($18) for those in a hurry or practicing for the annual county casserole-eating race.