Pittsburgh Restaurant Scene
I have noticed something happening in the South Side, something good. The new places that are opening are not just catering to the “drunken club” scene. As we approach 30 the last thing D and I want to do is go to a crowded smelly bar that serves crap beer and drinks and get stuck in the middle of Frat-boy fights. Sorry if that is your kind of scene, it is the last place we want to be. These new places care, not only about good food also that they are serving great beers and awesome cocktails. That brings us to a new bar/restaurant that recently opened down on East Carson Street, The Urban Tap.
We love places that serve an array of craft beers, both local and the not so local. The Beer Menu features Local beers, Seasonal Beers, Ciders and the Daily Craft offerings, you won’t see Coors, Budweiser, Miller or any other terrible beers on the menu (although I’m sure they still serve them, blah.) For the food they serve a mix of small plates, burgers, salads, soups and a few entrees.
They also feature nightly entrée specials along with Happy Hour drink specials and Game Day drink specials. The clientele the night we went was a healthy mix of families, couples, business men, groups of friends and even a few elderly couples. They have plenty of TVs for any televised sporting events while you enjoy your beer and food. The remodel job they did on the space was great; exposed brick walls, weathered steel bar, bronze/copper back to the tap wall, chalkboard beer list and specials board. I am a huge fan of the Industrial style of décor (metals, worn wood, exposed ductwork). I wish this bar were closer to our house; I could envision us there a couple nights a week.
After ordering our beers (Anderson Valley Winter Solstice- one of our favorites) we went over the menu. My eyes were immediately drawn to the Duck Confit Poutine. Not surprisingly, D’s eyes were drawn to the same thing! Great fresh cut fries, smothered in duck gravy, chunks of cheese, and shredded duck meat. The bowl was huge, could’ve easily been a meal. We kind of inhaled it, but it was really good, the gravy and fries were the true stars of the dish.
For D she went with the fried fish sandwich and I ordered the BBQ belly burger. D’s fish was massive served on a soft bun with tartar sauce and slaw. My burger had a slice of pork belly (A little too small and not very thick, another slice would have been nice.), bbq sauce, slaw, and crispy fried shallots. I liked the buns, D thought they were a little to flimsy and didn’t support the fillings. The fish was great and the burger was solid (Industry, Legume, Tessaro and Burgatory still make a better burger). We skipped fries with our sandwiches after our giant bowl of Poutine; opting for the side salad instead. Needless to say after the meal we were way to full to even think about dessert.
We are glad to see that the South Side is slowly starting to grow up. Although the area is being forced to with the way Lawrenceville, East Liberty, Regent Square, and Oakland are booming right now. We still are not fans of how crowded East Carson is and the horrid parking situation still exists. But we may keep finding ourselves down there if these great bars/restaurants keep popping up. We hope everyone’s 2014 is off to a great start and as always, thanks for reading. Cheers!
The Urban Tap
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1209 East Carson Street
Pgh, PA 15203
Open 7 days a week:
Serving Brunch, Lunch, Dinner.