Pittsburgh Restaurant Scene
The 1st stop for Restaurant Week was a great success! Can the 2nd stop hang with Altius? The answer is YES! Next stop for Restaurant Week is Grit&Grace downtown and tonight we are joined with D’s Mother Nancy.
Let me first state that we ordered a bunch of small plates. So as not to ramble on and on with descriptions of each, let me state that we loved all of them! Some dishes were favored over others but all of them were very well thought out and prepared.
Grit and Grace was opened by the same “team” that brought us Spoon (amazing), and BRGR(meh) and for me this is their best venture yet! Between the Dim Sum tray and the other small plates all meant to be shared amongst the table, which are relatively new to this area, plus the design and layout of the restaurant are all major positives.
Thankfully on the menu they describe the concept and design of the space so instead of trying to describe it myself, I just took a close-up picture of it!
D and I couldn’t pass up ordering the special drink- The DeadHead Daiquiri. It was delicious and the bottle the rum comes in may be one of the coolest bottles I have seen. Nancy ordered a draft beer and was practically wasted after just one, so she was cut off for the night.
First thing we ordered was the Dim Sum. They had five choices, which I believe rotate weekly; the restaurant week special was order 5 for the price of 4. There was, pork belly bites, soba noodles with tofu, headcheese, citrus cured salmon and house made kimchee. D and Nancy weren’t big fans of the salmon, but I loved all of them (I even enjoyed the tofu, which I was shocked by.).
We then ordered some more small plates for sharing. When dining here keep one thing in mind, when a dish is ready they bring it out to the table, they do not wait for the whole order to be ready. So either be ready to eat while others stare at you, or be ready to share your food.
Nancy ordered the miso braised eggplant salad and the smoked brisket sandwich; both were delicious and easily shared.
D ordered the confit chicken wings (amazing!!) and the short ribs served on biscuits (equally delicious!).
I feel my dishes were the best though, crispy pig face (served open-face sandwich style) and the flank steak and noodles. The pig face was a tad on the heavy side, but what do you expect? We really should have ordered a tad less than we did.
Even though we were stuffed we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to order all 3 desserts they were offering! An adult style “dirt” with caramel pudding, beet gelee, and crispy topping, dark chocolate brownie with stewed cherries, and a maple rye cake with strawberries. All delicious and beautiful, none were overly sweet.
We were almost dizzy from how much food we had just inhaled. The meal was a great success though. A restaurant like this can really expand a dining scene in a city. Our server Sena was amazing, checking in on us just the right amount of times and there to answer any questions we may have had. The place was packed by the time we left but never got loud. The outdoor dining on the sidewalk is ideal for people watching. A great place for just a couple or even a larger group. Just settle in and be ready to share!
Up next for the 3rd and final stop on our Restaurant Week adventure is La Palapa in the South Side. Can we go 3 for 3 in finding new and delicious restaurants? I hope!
Grit & Grace
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535 Liberty Avenue
Pgh, PA 15222
(Kitchen Closes 1 hour before)