Growling stomachs can hamper stealth operations, spoil belly dances, and, in extreme cases, induce dogs to attack. Quiet whimpering tummy tones with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of American fare and drinks at Cornerstone Restaurant & Bar in Aspinwall.
The chow connoisseurs at Cornerstone Restaurant & Bar dish out a seasonal assortment of American fare and potations in a casual, upscale setting. Famished patrons can release their comestible aggressions on dinner entrees such as pan-roasted organic chicken served with roasted-garlic mashed potatoes and creamed kale ($19) or crab cakes soaked in blackened shrimp rémoulade ($22).
Lunch quashes midday cravings with the lamb burger ($12.50) and the pulled-pork sandwich topped with cheddar, vinegar slaw, and barbecue sauce ($9.50), and zealous boycotters of daylight-saving time can revel in the off-hours brunch menu’s steak and eggs ($12.50) and french toast stuffed with nutella and banana ($9.50).
Diners can tipple from Cornerstone’s eclectic drink menu, which lubricates gullets with draft beers, exotic cocktails, and top-shelf liquor. Off-white walls, smooth wooden tables, and exposed brick archways enfold diners in a casually elegant atmosphere, and outdoor seating during the warmer months ensures mouthfuls of fresh air between sea-cucumber impersonations.
- The Grilled Mahi Mahi Wrap ($10) is a scrumptious medley of grilled fish that is moist and mild, punctuated by cabbage and caper slaw, then sealed with sesame mayonnaise. – Valley News Dispatch
- This is classic American food, comforting in its familiarity, executed with impressive care and attention to detail. – China Millman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Cornerstone Restaurant & Bar
Inspired by both local and international influences, the chefs of Cornerstone Restaurant & Bar prepare a menu of American cuisine that delights in seasonal ingredients and changes. Housed within a building that was originally a bank—complete with original vault doors—the restaurant has offered tastes of pan-seared scallops, served alongside barley risotto, pancetta, blood oranges and roasted brussels sprouts.
While they sit next to exposed-brick walls, diners can feast on risotto with wild mushrooms, duck confit, pomegranate seeds, and crispy parsnips. Lamb burgers are bedecked with goat cheese, arugula, and a balsamic-truffle vinaigrette, and roasted beets are thin sliced and served with fennel and arugula to make up a salad.
Accompanying these meals are a selection of beers, cocktails, and spirits. Domestic and imported beers reveal microbrew and seasonal tastes, and cocktails deliver everything from fruit-flavored vodkas to straight bourbons.