*DISCLAIMER* All of this photos were captured by me. I do not claim monetary profits from neither the dishes nor the restaurants.
Well folks, it was that time of year again. The semi-annual event, that is similar to Christmas for Foodies of the ‘burgh: Pittsburgh Restaurant Week! 😀 During Pittsburgh Restaurant Week, several restaurants offer “pre-fixe”, multi-course dinners, or a more reasonable price. Also, new dishes are premiered, in honor of the new year.
My first “Pittsburgh Restaurant Week” meal of 2014 was at Braddock’s American Brasserie (located inside the Renaissance Hotel, in Downtown Pittsburgh). When I stepped into the restaurant, I felt as if I was transported to the whiskey rebellion era, but in a more sophisticated setting.
My Mom was my fearless dining companion. We both decided to choose the Pittsburgh Restaurant Week menu at Braddock’s. The first dish was: Applewood Bacon, Potato & Red Cabbage Pierogi on top of a bed of black-eyed peas (pictured above). Honestly, this was THE best pierogi dish I have EVER tasted! The black-eyed peas were the perfect compliment as well. DEFINITELY the culinary highlight of the night!
Dish #2: Petit Filet, with potatoes and winter vegetables, on top of a bed of TWO different types of grits (one being cheddar)! The filet was cooked to perfection, and just the right size for me. This was my first time sampling grits, and they were WAY better than I expected.
Dish #3: 21st Amendment Raspberry Cobbler! This dessert was SO good, it made me temporarily forget my longing for a chocolate-induced dessert! The Raspberries were scrumptious, the crumble part of the cobbler was the perfect reward for finishing the dessert! Lastly, the cinnamon ice cream scoop, perched on top of the dish was the piece-de-resistance of the meal.
Dinner #3: Grit & Grace
Grit & Grace is a brand new restaurant, which occupies the former Taste of Dahntahn space on Liberty and Fifth Avenue. Grit & Grace stems from the same creative team behind BRGR and Spoon. Their Pittsburgh Restaurant Week deal was: “order four dim sum (Asian appetizer), receive the fifth one free” for $20.14 (before tax and tip). I was sooooooo excited to try dim sum (since Anthony Bourdain is a HUGE fan). WOW! The appetizers were incredible, and healthier than I expected as well! Here is a picture below; I particularly loved the pork belly dim sum and the shrimp & kimchee dim sum. The ambiance is elegant, yet casual; the food is spectacular and the restaurant staff is VERY amicable and knowledgeable. I HIGHLY recommend trekking to downtown for either dinner or a late-night bite at this establishment!
I will be posting the Pittsburgh Restaurant Week Food Blogger Brunch at Meat & Potatoes review very soon. Stay tuned, foodies!
Happy eating & dining,
Friendly Pittsburgh Foodie
Pittsburgh Restaurant Week website: http://www.pittsburghrestaurantweek.com
Pittsburgh Restaurant Week’s Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/PittsburghRestaurantWeek
Pittsburgh Restaurant Week’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/PghRestaurantWk
Braddock’s American Brasserie website: http://braddocksrestaurant.com/
Braddock’s American Brasserie’s Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/braddocks.american.brasserie
Braddock’s American Brasserie’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/BraddocksRenPgh
Grit & Grace website: http://gritandgracepgh.com/
Grit & Grace’s Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Grit-Grace/150557605154918
Grit & Grace’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/Gritpgh
3 thoughts on “Pittsburgh Restaurant Week, Winter 2014: Dinner #1 & #3”
So great to hear that Braddock’s is still cranking out great pierogis after changing chefs since we had our pieorgi debate a couple years ago. I guess bacon might be one of the more “acceptable” meats for a pierogi. What do you think?
For your reference, here’s the “Short Rib Pierogi Debate – gourmet creativity or disgrace to tradition”(http://pghtb.co/1U)
Glad you guys got to make it to Braddock’s!! Totally in love with basically everything that Chef Jason makes. I wish you’d been able to make it to the awesome tasting menu he put out for our Blogger Happy Hour last summer, you would have loved it! Great write-up and love that shot of the dim sum.