Within blanched yellow walls that exhibit vibrant photographs of beach scenes, Calypso Caribbean Grille's chefs season heaping dishes of lamb and steak with island spices to forge a menu of southern Caribbean fare. Plunge forks or tabletop bulldozers into a plate of oxtail or lamb stew, whose meaty morsels laze on a bed of rice beneath a sauce that the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette describes as "sweet but with just enough warming heat for a chilly afternoon." Fresh pieces of poultry bask in fiery spices to forge jerk chicken, and a diverse array of side dishes, such as tropical mandarin salad and fried plantains, extinguishes itinerant mouth fires more effectively than a 300 psi hydrant-fueled drinking fountain. Diners can then crown tableside achievements with slices of cake or scoops of hand-dipped ice cream.
• For $16, you get a Signature Chicken Meal for two people (up to a $34.97 value). Click here for an overview of the combo. • For $30, you get a Signature Chicken Meal for four people (up to a $69.94 value). Click here for an overview of the combo. • For $42, you get a Signature Chicken Meal for six people (up to a $104.91 value). Click here for an overview of the combo. Chick’s Grill celebrates the egg’s most famous progeny with the Signature Chicken Meal, a combo of unusual size culled from a menu of specialty chicken dishes and American fare. Calibrated for coops of up six diners, each meal begins with your choice of appetizer, as fried pickles, grilled shrimp, and chicken nachos tease taste buds and taunt taste enemies. Diners then munch their choice of entrées, including any Chick’s Favorite chicken entrée, chicken sandwich, burger, or sandwiches from the “Not Into Chick’s” menu. Chefs slather up to 12 deep-fried wings in sauce before baking them to golden perfection, completely eliminating any chance of them flying off to migrate. The traditional chicken parm pairs breaded chicken with melted provolone and homebrewed marinara, while the Pittsburgh-style chicken sandwich sublets bun real estate to creamy coleslaw and crisp fries. Between bites, diners consult five wall-mounted HDTVs, tracking breaking sports happenings or watching five nightly newscasts at once.
The proficient pie twirlers at Merlino’s blanket crusts of homemade dough in palatable piles of fresh cheese and toppings. A large 16" pizza quells the hunger pangs of game-day gatherings or an impromptu Thanksgiving with 12 slices of golden crust oozing with melted cheese. Although not included in the price of this deal, additions of pepperoni, sausage, jalapeños, pineapple, or green peppers ($1.95 each) add piquancy to each steaming bite, and specialty ingredients such as gyro meat ($3.25) add a gourmet touch to the comestible circlet. Fingers receive pre-meal warm-ups and postmeal cool-downs by lifting hefty doses of piping-hot wings, made all the more succulent when slathered in a choice of eight sauces, including hot barbecue, buffalo parmesan, Cajun, and butter garlic.
The chefs at Luciano's Italian Brick Oven whip up prepared-to-order Italian cuisine with house-made meatballs and tomato sauce made from scratch. Divvy up a 14-inch alfredo pizza ($12.25) or embark on an archeological expedition through the lasagna's layers of cheese, lean ground meat, and house-made tomato sauce ($11.30). Diners revel in the sea’s tasty bounty with the shrimp scampi sautéed in lemon-butter sauce ($15.55) and sink forks into the flaky, breaded, and fried eggplant parmesan ($11.95). The chicken marsala, lightly sautéed in marsala wine and fresh mushrooms ($15.50), is as tasty as a framed chicken-marsala portrait is tasteful.
When the Station Brake Cafe first opened in 1986, owner Tom Setz made a commitment to gourmet Italian-inspired cuisine. Today, his menu features traditional veal marsala in wine sauce alongside creatively named dishes such as the chicken Neptune, which marries the white meat with lobster and scallops in a sherry cream sauce.
The eatery still boasts its original decor, which weaves exposed brick, stained glass, vintage woodwork, and carpet into a dining room that evokes memories of homey family dinners and belie the gourmet cuisine. Arching solarium windows bathe diners in natural light from the ground up and, in the corner, a stone fireplace crackles with heat to fend off the winter chill or dispose of secret messages scrawled on cocktail napkins.
Since 1984, the culinary team at Me Lyng Restaurant has crafted plates of traditional Chinese and Vietnamese specialties. Chinese dishes range from boneless duck stir-fried in a special sauce to classics such as stir-fried beef and veggies garnished with a small flower rather than an entire Christmas tree. On the Vietnamese end of the spectrum, chefs pair pho noodles with scallions, plum sauce, and pancakes; crepes can arrive stuffed with beef, chicken, or pork, all of which complement a sweet and tangy dipping sauce.
For 64 years, Triangle Bar & Grille’s tricornered walls have housed mammoth Italian sandwiches, as well as grilled American-style creations stacked atop crusty, fresh-baked bread. The infamous 24-inch Battleship sub ($12.95) encases 1.25 pounds of just-sliced salami, ham, and provolone cheese, and can serve an alternate use as a barbell. Sandwiches come in two other sizes ($5.50+) with toppings that include homemade hot meatballs or fried bologna. All subs are crowned with lettuce, tomato, and onion, as well as oil and vinegar, spices, and a choice of cheese. Lest yards of sandwich meats fail to appease ardent appetites, customers can fill remaining stomach space with extras such as chili ($2.40) or potato salad ($2.25). Grab a stool along the original, buffed countertops, or wait for your torpedo-shaped sustenance to blast off and choose a seat for you. Triangle Bar & Grille is a cash-only establishment, though they have an ATM and unlimited Monopoly money on premises.