Pittsburgh Restaurant Scene
Well kids, it’s that time of the year again Pittsburgh Restaurant Week (summer). As always we went over the list of participating restaurants and picked the some we had never been to but have been meaning to try. This year we will be going to 3 different places. For the first night of Restaurant Week D’s mother will be dining with us. A lot of the restaurants feature special multi-course menus at a set price. So if you are looking to try a new spot, this is the week to do it.
Our destination tonight takes us to the Historic Duetschtown, James Street Gastropub & Speakeasy. If you have been looking for a place in the city for great Jazz music this is where you need to be. They have local bands on the weekends and can also be booked for private events. The building is gorgeous and dates all the way back to the late 1800’s; dark hardwoods and exposed bricks with a beautiful wooden bar.
The menus are wrapped in old album covers, which we thought was a nice touch. The cuisine is comfort food with a Louisiana twist with every thing from wings and pierogies to po’ boys and shrimp&grits. You can find something for even the pickiest of eaters here.
Don’t skip over the drink menu either; they serve a great variety of craft beer, great cocktails and a very respectable if small wine list. D is a sucker for Penn Oktoberfest which they had on tap. I myself ordered the Chinese 5spice Dark & Stormy which was great, I love Dark & Stormy’s the 5spice was a nice addition, but slightly over powering if you are not expecting it.
D ordered off the regular menu while her Mother and I ordered the special 3-course restaurant week menu. De ordered the fried shrimp Po’Boy, with homemade potato chips. The shrimp were fresh breaded and had a kick of Cajun seasoning. It was served with the standard lettuce and tomato but the mayo hade fresh basil in it for extra flavor.
I got a spring mix salad with pickled red onion and peppered bacon; which was tasty, everything is better with bacon. D’s Mom got a spinach salad with apples, walnuts and dried cranberries with tart strawberry vinaigrette. It was a really good salad; it had the right amount of sweet, tart and salty.
For the entrees I got the Cajun shrimp and grits and Mom got the Chicken Peche. The grits were amazing with a heavy dose of white cheddar cheese and the shrimp has a nice spice to them. The chicken was sautéed with peaches and basil in a balsamic cream sauce served over jasmine rice. Every one was very satisfied the entrees.
As always we leave room for dessert, we decided to share the crème brulee and strawberry and cream cake. All desserts are made in house and are quite good so be sure to save room or maybe take some to go. Also be sure to grab a calendar of their upcoming events if you are looking to see some of Pittsburgh’s best jazz bands.
Our next stop for the week will be Spoon in East Liberty. Happy eating everyone.
James Street Gastropub & Speakeasy
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422 Foreland St
Pgh, PA 15212
Daily Happy Hour Specials 5pm-7pm