Pittsburgh Restaurant Scene
There are basically 2 kinds of people in this world, the people who love Round Corner Cantina, and the people who haven’t been there yet. Round Corner is one of the most popular spots to go on Butler St. in what is now the new “Restaurants Row” in Lawrenceville. In fact, before places like Cure, Tamari, Piccolo Forno, Industry and many others opened up, Round Corner had already established itself as a great dining and drinking spot. In the mood for awesome tacos and great drinks, this is where you want to be! We have dined here about a dozen times and have never left unhappy. Even if you aren’t hungry Cantina has an awesome bar and always has different events going on to fill the house. On a side note, this place is 21 and over, so not exactly a great dinner spot for families.
D’s mother is dining with us tonight; she also loves it at Cantina. One thing we always order here is the Guacamole, its incredible, fresh avocado, lime, onion cilantro and raw jalapeño. The chips are made in house and are super crispy, with just the right amount of salt on them. They also have some great salsas, both mild and spicy.
D always orders the same thing; the Tijuana Street Dog, a bacon wrapped hot dog smothered in avocado, jalapeño, crema, pico and queso fresco. When in season she also orders the Esquites, street style corn on the cob with queso fresco, crema and smoked Serrano peppers. Both items that D orders are messy to eat but absolutely delicious!
D’s Mother ordered the Pollo Pibil- achiote-smoke chicken with an avocado salsa and pickled onions; these were just slightly spicy and the homemade tortillas soak up all the juices.
I opted for the Lamb Barbacoa Tacos- roasted lamb with avocado salsa, pickled onions and cilantro. I have had about 7 different tacos here and these were probably my favorite, the lamb was tender and flavorful and the salsa was creamy while the onions were crispy and briny. Awesome! If you happen to see their Tamales on the menu, order them, they are amazing! Trust me.
The best time of the year to go to Round Corner is during the Spring/Summer months because the back patio is open and it is a beautiful place to grab a few drinks and eat some amazing food. The bar and inside dining room however are totally acceptable places to dine as well. The service here is always friendly and welcoming. They do not take reservations, so if you go during prime time dining hours expect a wait. So if you happen to be one of those people who haven’t been to Round Corner yet, get your butts down there. You will thank us afterwards.
Round Corner Cantina
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3720 Butler St
Pgh, PA 15201
Mon-Weds – 5pm-12am
Sunday- 12pm- 12am