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Harris Grill, Shadyside

13 Apr

Having visited for lunch the day before with a friend, she♥ insisted that we stop in for lunch the next day.  Seriously, I know its praise but she wouldn’t stop talking about it.  What’s a foodie to do?

She♥ requested the balcony seating near the window, which conveniently was open.  Apparently this place is crawling at night, but for lunch it was very quiet and intimate.

Our view…

Gorg.

The food was amazing, their menu is full of quirky names for food which makes it easy to imagine large crowds gathering at night.  That and the amazing patio out front.  We’ve walked past in the evening and the place is a madhouse!

I ordered the “Aw, You’re Pulling My Pork” sandwich, made from scrumptious shoulder pork.  Its apparently slathered in something called Big Gay Al’s Strawberry Chipotle Barbecue Sauce.  Never heard of it, but Big Gay Al gets my stamp of approval.

The sandwich came with a side of coleslaw and a Greek salad.  I feel horrible, but I didn’t touch the salad.  I put a little bit of coleslaw on that bad boy and I went to town.  Fat kid style.

Everytime I eat pulled pork, I try to recreate the best pulled pork sandwich I’ve ever had, which was from a food cart at the Midsummer Music Festival at Rock Falls Park in Slippery Rock.

Seriously.

Also, big brownie points with me is the use of buns sourced from Allegro Bakery in Squirrel Hill.  Big thumbs up to Harris Grill for locally sourcing!

Harris Grill is awesome!  I definitely recommend going there for lunch, but we might have to stop by in the evening for some drinks once of these days.  It happens to be located in Gay Central Station.  😉

Grunt work ♥

12 Apr

Since Easter, it has been work, work and more work!

Things are really moving along with my cloth diapering service, Changin’ Time.  The calls/inquiries are rolling in and we are trying to check – check – and double check everything so that this process is painless.  We are pretty much awesome.

Today was a lot of grunt work though.  Part 1 Phase 1 I feel like, of a broad marketing campaign that will start small and then escalate.  But like I said, today was Part 1 Phase 1…

Lord, I feel like we drove around EVERYWHERE today.  But, it wasn’t so bad really.  Logistically, it makes the most sense for us to target our main marketing areas, so in a few days we are going to do this all over again but with different types of businesses.

It’s actually pretty effing cool to be hitting the streets talking to people about cloth diapers and getting them as excited as you are about your business.

It was so nice out today…chilly but the kind of blue skies that Pittsburgh only really sees in the spring.

I love Bloomfield and wish I could have taken more shots of it today, but we were busy zip-zapping around getting our work done.

I did capture this growing over a fence in an alley…

lovely ♥

Pretty sure she♥ had this place in mind all along, because we “happened” to strategically pass by the Harris Grill on our way towards home.  I’ll let you wonder how it went until tomorrow….

Night, dolls 😉

Review: Del’s Bar & Restaurant

1 Mar

As I’m writing this, I am finishing what’s left of my lunch from Del’s Restaurant: half of a Mancini Panino.

I was hesitant about going back to Del’s.  We have been patrons of this restaurant over the years and the decline in quality was noticeable, but the history of the place is undeniable.  Del’s has been owned and operated in the Bloomfield neighborhood of Pittsburgh, BY THE SAME FAMILY, since 1949.  Um, hello.  How could you not want to support a business like that?

Plus, I’m from New Castle which means I can’t help but want to adopt every little old Italian lady that I see.

But, I’d been burned by Del’s before.  And so had a lot of other people – so much so that it was chosen to undergo a makeover by Robert Irvine of Food Network’s Restaurant Impossible.  The first time we saw this episode was last night, so our choice to patronize Del’s today was no accident.

I had also read a review from Chef Chuck Kerber at Pittsburgh Hot Plate, who attended the re-opening for the television show.  Needless to say, I had mixed feelings about today’s lunch.

Let me start by saying that the decor in the restaurant has improved, tenfold.  I also enjoyed the fact that all three dining rooms were open and being seated.  It really gave me a sense of what Del’s may have been like in its heyday; I would have considered it to be a good sized lunch crowd today.

I didn’t take photos of it because I was sort of incognito today… Several of the waitstaff referred to us as “regulars” as we were being seated and I felt like a lot of attention was being paid to our table.  Don’t get me wrong, it was great – good service means good retention.  It was just a little awkward to take photos because I wasn’t sure if this review was going to be good or bad.

The Food:

I started with French Onion Soup, which was broiled.  Friggin amazing.

I thought it was odd that the waiter asked me if I wanted cheese.  When we got the bill, I realized that we had been billed for cheese on top of what the soup cost.  Really?  Who eats french onion soup without cheese?

As I said before, I ordered the Mancini Panino, which was also delicious.

This doll has capicolla, genoa salami, roasted red and banana peppers, and mozzarella cheese.  So good.  The french fries tasted exactly like everything at Long John Silver’s.  Which tells me that they have been frying fish in the same fryer as everything else.

She♥ ordered chicken Parmesan, not only because it is something she had had before but also because it was something featured on the show.  Apparently, prior to Chef Irvine’s intervention, the DelPizzos had been using frozen chicken breasts for the chicken Parmesan.  He showed them on the show that they could save money and time by freshly breading and frying chicken breasts.  He also plates it with pasta and a little sauce.  This, of course, is what we were expecting to be served.

Wrong.

She♥ was given a chicken breast, which was not crispy as if it had just been fried.  It was alone on a plate, drowning in sauce.  I couldn’t even take a photo of it because it would have been unrecognizable as chicken parmesan.  We asked Travis, our server – what happened to the freshly breaded chicken?  He responded, “Well, he must have gone back the old way of doing it.  I didn’t work here before the renovation, so I don’t know.”

Oh, okay…

The show just filmed December 3rd, aired February 29th and its March 1st.  I, as a former patron and viewer of Restaurant Impossible, would assume that Del’s is serving what I’m being told they are serving.  And don’t worry, for a side of pasta to go with her♥ disgusting chicken Parmesan was $2.

(The other $1 was for a salad.)

Annoyed.

As we ask Travis for our bill, we mentioned to him that we had brought our Del’s loyalty card.  This card had always enabled us to get 20% off of our bill.

Travis informed us that he had only seen 10% off loyalty cards, which made me feel happy because I have an extra special loyalty card that gives me 20% off.  Then Travis informed that it wasn’t valid with any specials, early birds or for lunch.

Sorry Del’s, but I will no longer be referring people your way.  And I probably won’t be using that loyalty card again anyway.  There are other family-owned Italian eateries that I look forward to supporting.

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