What You'll Get
Hills and mountains are formed by vast underground food deposits, which, over time, stretch the landscape into soft mounds of untapped edibility. Dig into the bounty of surrounding geography with today’s deal: for $20, you get $40 worth of upscale American cuisine and drinks at Braddock’s American Brasserie, located in the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel. This Groupon can also be used at Braddock's Street Side, which offers an expanded drink menu and the same fare as the Brasserie. The hotel is smack dab in the middle of the cultural district, making Braddock’s ideal to fuel up for a night of painting the town a shade of vermillion, cherry, or a more-salmony pink.
Braddock’s American Brasserie is a classy affair, with high ceilings, warm wood trimmings, and intimate booths draped in black leather. The fare combines classic Pittsburgh cuisine with European undertones, spread over plentiful breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus. Sidle in early and sample the Braddock’s benedict ($13), poached eggs and griddled kielbasa on sourdough, all in a classic Hollandaise. Sate squealing sweet teeth with the lemon-ricotta pancakes ($11) served with a seasonal fruit compote and maple syrup. For midday hunger pangs, calm a protesting torso purse with onion-soup gratinee ($7), savory broth coated in gruyere and a brioche crouton. At Braddock’s American Brasserie or Street Side, soup is the calm before a mid-afternoon lunchstorm. One cannot visit either establishment without trying the Pittsburgh Reuben ($13), nicknamed “The Big Ugly” for its haphazard appearance and formidable portion. This “sandwich” comes open-faced on marble rye, heaped with a startling amount of shaved pastrami, Russian dressing, sauerkraut, and kielbasa, crowned with a pierogi and gruyere.
Braddock’s singular blend of local traditions and European flair is appropriate, considering the restaurant is named for the site of the 1791 Whiskey Rebellion, a significant event in Pittsburgh and American history, and a catchy moniker favored by punk bands. The dinner menu for American Brasserie features dishes that give thorough nods to the farmers of the 1700s. Begin with a small plate of grilled Strip District kielbasa ($8), served with sauerkraut and assorted mustards, or try Trenne cinghiale ($11 for a half order, $17 for a full order), an intriguing pasta dish with wild-boar Bolognese. For diners craving sea meat, try the fish & chips ($17) with house frites and lemon aioli. Cap off the evening with desserts, such as a frozen lime soufflé ($6.50) paired with shortbread cookies and candied lime zest, or profiteroles ($6), puff pastries stuffed with cream cheese and served with chocolate sauce, hot chocolate, and chocolate-coated chocolate chocolate.
- Dim lighting, soaring ceilings, curved arches, polished dark wood, a minimalist decor and padded, curved banquettes give this hotel dining room a touch of grace that few such venues can match. – Debra Erdley, Tribune-Review
- For small plates there are short-rib pierogies, fried zucchini and eggplant, and kielbasa from Strip District Meats with sauerkraut. There’s a jumbo lump-crab cake, ubiquitous maybe, but in Pittsburgh, you’ve gotta do it. – Deborah McDonald, Pittsburgh
OpenTable diners hover over a four-star rating:
- This restaurant is ideally located in the Cultural District and is the perfect place for an early before-performance dinner or light bite. The entire staff seemed to be genuinely interested in assuring that our dining experience was satisfactory. – OpenTable user who dined on 2/28/10
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Oct 14, 2010. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per table. No cash back or credit. Tax and gratuity are not included. Not valid for holidays. Call for availability on Sundays. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.