Eating in Steel City

I’m in a new city.  Sure I could visit famous bridges or go to a museum but my favorite way to see a new city is through my stomach. Actually, the first few places I went out to eat in Pittsburgh left much to be desired. I won’t mention them here but boy do I have a story about a sad, sad, sad, attempt at a crepe, it was was not fluffy or light…  😦

However, for my birthday my friend W took me to brunch to prove there are good places to get grub here in the land of bridges. So we went to Waffles INCaffeinated for brunch. It was such a good choice. After, I decided I should start a places to repeat eat list. I had the Southwestern Waffle with a fried egg. I had them hold some of the jalapeños so it was just the right amount of spice to get your breakfast lunch going.

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We also went over to the Frick we walked the grounds and through the greenhouse before having lunch. The greenhouse is much smaller than expected and slightly disappointing but lunch was not! Special thanks to Chef Trevor at The Café at the Frick for preparing lunch for us. I got the lamb burger and W got a fried chicken sandwich which wasn’t on the menu. I wish the bun was bigger to hold all that juicy lamb in. It was messy to eat but still quite good. I should have snapped a shot of the chicken sandwich, but all I got was a bite. It was pretty tasty, and oh so crunchy. We ended with dessert a lavender crème brûlée. You could really taste the lavender but it wasn’t overwhelming. I love that first bite when you hear the sugar crack. I need a new word for yum.

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This past Saturday we went to Pamela’s Diner in Shadyside. Yes to the hotcakes! Banana Chocolate Chip. Seriously, generous with the filing. I didn’t realize these hotcakes were going to take up a whole plate alone. Confession, I am regretful I ordered a side of eggs and bacon. It was far to much for one person to eat. Also the rumors are true, this place is the place to go if you partied to hard the previous night.

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Don’t fret there is more good eats to come from Steel City, I’m feeling pretty confident about that now. I think I should go on a dessert eating spree. I might even bring along my proper camera to better capture the goodness. If you know of any other places I must add to my list let me know.