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Unread 03-24-2011, 04:50 PM
 
Location: Lancaster County, PA & Sh-ittsburgh, PA
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Default Everyone wanted a gastropub,

So they will bring one to the Cultural District;

Gastropub coming to Theater Square by summer
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Unread 03-24-2011, 05:26 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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Downtown needs more gastropub type paces as opposed to "tapas," high end, and the other new term "small plates." I want a big plate. Who cares about being trendy? Dining does indeed need to get back to meat and potatoes. I like the name and the concept. I see a trend Downtown going after a certain demographic. That trend is trying to appeal to more common joes rather than simply executive types and affluent theatre goers. Those aforementioned wouldn't mind having a beer and some wings too.
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Unread 03-24-2011, 05:27 PM
 
Location: SS Slopes
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Sounds tasty. I never heard this term before... Just Wiki'd it. So is the emphasis on English food then?

In broad definition it seems like there are lots of places in town you could call a gastropub, like Fatheads.
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Unread 03-24-2011, 08:09 PM
 
Location: Athens, GA (via Pittsburgh, PA)
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Downtown needs more gastropub type paces as opposed to "tapas," high end, and the other new term "small plates." I want a big plate. Who cares about being trendy? Dining does indeed need to get back to meat and potatoes. I like the name and the concept. I see a trend Downtown going after a certain demographic. That trend is trying to appeal to more common joes rather than simply executive types and affluent theatre goers. Those aforementioned wouldn't mind having a beer and some wings too.
These days, people are so caught up in form and method over function and results. They're the people who label Ben Roethlisberger "overrated" simply because he's not a classic pocket passer, even though his overall body of work is better than all but two, or maybe three, QBs in the NFL. They're the people who deride contemporary hard rock bands even though they're just as effective at making people bang their heads and mosh as any of their predecessors were.

In terms of food, they're the people who "oooh" and "aaah" over the artisanship of the dishes the chef prepares even though a) they're wasting sauce when they string it in a lattice pattern across the plate, and b) you're hungry two hours later because they barely gave you any damn food. But hey, the garnish was really pretty!

Unfortunately, we'll never get back to meat and potatoes until either a) there's a mass rejection of phony food artisanship, or b) some uppity douchebag in GQ declares meat and potatoes "cool" again.
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Unread 03-24-2011, 11:45 PM
 
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Open it up on Murray. There is little diversity! It is all aisan & pizza.
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Unread 03-25-2011, 11:18 AM
 
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I'd say places like Tavern 245 and the Sharp Edge are already pretty much an American version of a gastro pub.

Anyway, the Downtown food scene is exploding in almost every conceivable direction, and I think that is a good thing. I like basic food, fancy food, fancy basic food, American food, ethnic food, Americanized ethnic food, beer, wine, liquor--like Homer with the donut machine in hell, my answer to what I want to see Downtown is "More . . . More . . . More!"
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Unread 03-26-2011, 08:53 AM
 
Location: Troy Hill, The Pitt
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These days, people are so caught up in form and method over function and results.
You couldn't be more right about the high end of the food service industry. Too many chefs using too many ingredients together that really shouldn't be paired in a vain attempt to one up each other.
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Unread 03-26-2011, 01:26 PM
 
Location: Athens, GA (via Pittsburgh, PA)
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You couldn't be more right about the high end of the food service industry. Too many chefs using too many ingredients together that really shouldn't be paired in a vain attempt to one up each other.
Well that's "fusion" for you.
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Unread 03-26-2011, 01:48 PM
 
Location: ELFS
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I'd say places like Tavern 245 and the Sharp Edge are already pretty much an American version of a gastro pub.
I went to Sharp Edge (Friendship Avenue) for the first time about a week ago, for lunch. It feels like a sports bar. At least, that's what was on the TV. They have this separate dining room behind the bar, whose windows are always curtained (I live nearby, so I've walked past lots of times). It's just an ordinary restaurant dining room. I'd pull the curtains back, myself.

The food was only alright. I ordered chicken salad with cranberries. Most of the plate was taken up by an overly generous number of pita triangles, which completely covered a base of undressed bag salad. It was entirely too much for the amount of chicken salad, which took up
no more than 20% of the plate.

Total with ice tea, tax, and tip came to around $16. I can eat really well for that amount at Penn Avenue Fish Company, so that's probably the last time I'll decide to go to Sharp Edge.
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Unread 03-26-2011, 01:50 PM
 
Location: ELFS
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Too many chefs using too many ingredients together that really shouldn't be paired in a vain attempt to one up each other.
Food as fashion victim. Hate it, too.
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