Doug Baros loves burgers and hot dogs. But like many people in today’s health-conscious culture, he couldn’t escape the questions that came with eating his favorite foods. What are the ingredients? When was it prepared? Is it loaded with harmful preservatives?
So Doug took matters into his own hands and opened Burgerz and Dogz, where every burger and dog is prepared with the freshest, purest ingredients. Doug took his idea one step further by outfitting the restaurant with an open kitchen to allow visitors to watch their meals come together. Those meals might be custom creations or items plucked straight from the menu, such as the Loaded burger piled high with bacon, egg, french fries, coleslaw, and cheese.
Altman's Tavern sates cavernous appetites while quelling cravings for hospitality in a family-friendly atmosphere. Begin a stroll down the dinner menu with a plate of chicken picata, in which roasted red peppers and artichoke hearts mingle in a lemon caper sauce ($14.95), or dash straight to the baked stuffed sole, featuring a special crabmeat served over lobster sauce ($16.95). Lunching stomachs can serve as a pond for a jumbo fish sandwich to splash in, with 10 ounces of lightly breaded fillet bathed in tartar sauce ($8.95). Diners can fuel digestion and discuss which obscure Soviet Premier to name their pet lobster after with a selection from Altman's domestic and imported bottles and drafts.
In the suburban communities of the South Hills, poverty has been on the rise. As many as 12% of the population—approximately 5,000 families—lives at or below the federal poverty level. South Hills Interfaith Ministries works to help these families regain their self-sufficiency. Along with two food pantries that provide emergency groceries, and a community clothing room, the organization runs utility assistance programs, coat drives, and family-support services such as teen mentoring and financial literacy programs. And the community impact is significant. In 2012 alone, the organization donated school supplies to 425 students, distributed more than 1,500 pounds of fresh produce, and provided $30,336 in utility assistance.
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The chefs at Thee Olde Place Inn integrate western European influences in a menu of fresh American cuisine served in a convivial setting. Beneath a vaulted ceiling decorated like the night sky, calm stomach insurgencies with a flame-broiled 8-ounce prime filet mignon ($29.95) or the chicken chevre, with sautéed chicken breast, vegetables, and garlic sandwiched between rice pilaf and a goat-cheese bonnet ($18.95). Commemorate another long day wandering the ocean floor by noshing on pan-seared scallops florentine limone, tucked into a leafy mix of spinach and artichoke hearts ($19.95), or enjoy jumbo lump crab cakes ($19.95), free of typical fillers such as crushed saltines or crumpled Oscars speeches.
You can top off Pizza Parma's pies with any of more than 30 uncommon gourmet toppings. That includes cheeses such as gouda and greek mountain cheese, meats such as crabmeat, gyros, and steak, and veggies such as artichoke hearts, eggplant, and broccoli. The pizzeria’s chefs can put the same rich ingredients in a steaming calzone or string them on a necklace for a loved one. Alternatively, there’s a wide selection of wraps and hoagies, which, depending on what part of the country you're in, are also known as "grinders", "heroes", or "denver omelets".
Opa! Greek American Cuisine's culinary team populates menu space with authentic, multicultural tastes of Greece and the United States. The tour of Greece ($17.95) showcases a sampler of the nation's edible staples that includes moussaka, dolmades, gyro meat, deep-fried chunks of the Parthenon, and pastitcio, a mélange of ground meat, pasta, and béchamel sauce. Protein whisperers charbroil a quintet of lamb chops ($16.95) and marinate juicy morsels of pork, chicken, and lamb to pair with eager pita bread in the mixed-kebab entree ($15.95). An eclectic hodgepodge of handhelds rounds out the eatery's bill of fare, occupying all four rows of teeth with large gyros ($6.25), cheeseburgers ($7.65), patty melts ($7.95), and fried-cod-fish sandwiches ($6.95).