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 Groupon: 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 an ideal spot for patrons who wish 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, poached eggs, and griddled kielbasa on an english muffin, all in a classic hollandaise ($13). Sate squealing sweet teeth with the lemon-ricotta pancakes, served with a seasonal fruit compote and maple syrup ($13). For midday hunger pangs, calm a protesting torso purse with onion-soup gratinee—savory broth coated in gruyere and a brioche crouton ($7). 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, 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, and crowned with a pierogi and gruyere ($13).
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 features dishes that give thorough nods to the farmers of the 1700s. Begin with a small plate of grilled Strip District kielbasa, served with sauerkraut and assorted mustards ($8), or try trenne cinghiale, an intriguing pasta dish with wild-boar bolognese ($13 for a half order, $17 for a full order). For diners craving sea meat, try the fish and chips with house frites and lemon aioli ($19). Cap off the evening with desserts such as a frozen lime soufflé paired with shortbread cookies and candied lime zest ($6.50), or profiteroles—puff pastries stuffed with cream cheese and served with chocolate sauce, hot chocolate, and chocolate-coated chocolate chocolate ($6).
- 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
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Jul 10, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 3 per person. Limit 1 per visit. Reservation required on Sundays. Not valid on holidays. Tax and gratuity not included. No cash back. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.