Pittsburgh Restaurant Scene
Although this is first and foremost a food blog, from time to time we will feature a write up about different activities to do around the city. Whether it be a trip to the zoo, one of the city’s museums or seeing a show downtown, these additional posts will just be to give people some new ideas of things to do around the area that maybe you wouldn’t have thought of.
We have been interested in Glass Art and sculptors ever since Phipp’s Conservatory brought in pieces made by Master Sculptor Dale Chihuly, we even visited his museum in Seattle while we vacationed there. So for a Christmas present D booked us a class at Pittsburgh Glass Center to work in the “Hot Studio”. We decided to make a day of it and went out for brunch first.
Union Pig & Chicken is a BBQ joint opened in East Liberty on the corner of Harvard and Highland, near the new “Super Target”. Kevin Sousa, owner and chef of Salt of the Earth, and Station Street Hot Dog Shop is also in charge here. The BBQ is awesome and very traditional. On Sundays Union offers a Chicken & Waffles brunch with a vegetarian friendly Seitan and Waffles option. Now, we have had fried chicken and waffles before, but this was by far the best of both!! The chicken was crispy brown on the outside and juicy on the inside with just the right amount of seasoning in the breading, served with pepper cream gravy. The gravy was good but the chicken did not need it. Next up, the waffle, crunchy on the outside with a hot light center. This was served with a warm maple syrup. A bite of chicken, waffle and syrup together was fan-freaking-tastic! Awesome crunch from both the waffle and chicken with a little taste of salt from the chicken breading mixed with the sweet maple syrup tying it all together, a perfect bite! Now, just the chicken, waffle and syrup would be meal enough for any one, but you also get a dish of majorly creamy Mac & Cheese and a side of deliciously tender and bitter Greens. Oh, did we mention that you get this giant stainless steel tray (not making that part up) of food for only $14, in our eye’s that is a steal.
In addition to the amazing BBQ served on the main floor in Sept. 2012 they opened an upstairs bar named Harvard & Highland (fitting name since that’s the street corner the building sits on). H&H serves a few select beers and whiskeys along with some amazingly creative and complex drinks, have you ever had a drink with curry in it? Both the bar and restaurant are a mix between minimalist and industrial in style and decoration, you won’t find any thing hanging on the walls. The seating at the restaurant consists of communal picnic tables; the walls are lined with aged and distressed wooden planks with the “accent wall” painted to look like the classic patterned picnic tablecloth. The bar has dark grey walls with light wood floors and a few high top tables with wooden box seats. The front is all windows to let in a ton of natural light. D and I said if we were to design a bar, it would look just like this, simple but awesome!
Union Pig & Chicken
Unionpgh.com also find them on Facebook
HOURS: Mon-Thurs 11am-12am Bar open till 1am
Fri-Sat 11am-1am Bar open till 2am
Sun Brunch 10am-3pm regular menu after 3pm Bar till 11pm
Pittsburgh Glass Center has been around for over 10 years and is one of the largest glass art centers in the world. They offer a wide range of classes and demonstrations for any one interested in learning more about the glass arts. The center was co-founded by Kathleen Mulcahy and Ron Desmett with the belief in an “art driven” economy. Along with the classes and demonstrations they also have an art gallery always showcasing a nationally known artist, open houses and they host special events and fundraisers. You can also become a member of the glass center, which gives you discounts on classes and some other benefits. The building was redesigned to meet federal Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards and received Gold Certification. The Glass Center is located in the “newly hip” East End neighborhood of the city on Penn Ave. The hope is that this center will help bring in new and exciting arts centers to the area and clean up underutilized parts of the city, that as of now may sit vacant or rundown. The instructors are really friendly and are more than willing to share with you their knowledge in the craft. So if you are looking for something new to do around this city or would like to broaden your art knowledge please look the Pittsburgh Glass Center up online or give them a call, no matter what you do you are sure to have a great time.