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Old 11-08-2011, 07:41 PM
 
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I ate at "Nola on the Square" in Market Square the other night. Great New Orleans/Cajun cuisine. Ate alligator for the first time LOL. I had cajun pork chops which was out of this world. A must try for everyone!
If they have it there, try some Boudain..... It's fantastic, but of course I get it in New Orleans!
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Old 11-09-2011, 06:25 AM
 
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i went to root 174 recently, i was only semi-impressed.

i am vegan and while it is awesome that they had an appetizer, entree and dessert that i could eat without alteration, only the appetizer (curried grilled cauliflower) was really amazing. and it was AMAZING - smoky and sweet and spicy and delicious.

the entree wasn't bad - it was a lentil & grain-based loaf with brussels sprouts and what was billed as a root vegetable risotto. it tasted fine and was very satisfying but it didn't blow me away. the risotto was just a totally smooth and not that flavorful mash, no sign of any rice in there. and the sauce was really sweet and that was about it. the loaf itself was nice, kinda nutty and a good texture, but it got boring after a while.

as far as the dessert goes, i could have made a better tasting and nicer looking cake at home. it was supposed to be a brownie but it was really your basic wacky cake (depression-era dairyless chocolate cake recipe), which is a fine recipe but a really basic one, and not a brownie at all. getting brownie texture without eggs is tricky but it can be done. it was served with mashed bananas and some kind of chocolate frosting. eh. definitely not worth $7 or however much they were charging for it.

the people i ate with seemed to really enjoy their meals, especially the ricotta gnocchi and the chicken & waffle.

salt of the earth's vegan food is a lot better, and there is usually more than one option (although they don't often have vegan desserts). what i'd really like to see is somewhere that serves vegan food of the caliber of horizons in philly - that is food that could stand beside any fancy restaurant offering (for example, their chef cooked the first ever vegetarian dinner at the james beard house). i felt like at root 174, the vegan stuff was an afterthought and didn't have the care and inventiveness put into it that some of the other food did.

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Old 11-25-2011, 12:23 PM
 
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Default The Porch?

Anyone try it out yet.....I'm interested in trying this place out on my next visit home around Christmas time...

The Porch at Schenley - Neighborhood restaurant in Schenley Plaza in Oakland, in the heart of Pittsburgh

The Porch at Schenley Opens in Oakland - Eat Street - November 2011
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Old 11-25-2011, 01:15 PM
 
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I definitely want to try it--it sounds good.

And it looks cool (some people were very afraid when they heard it was associated with Eat N Park):





Edit: And not a bad beer list given it is a short one:

http://www.theporchatschenley.com/co...?pid=15&ppid=2
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Old 11-28-2011, 07:51 AM
 
Location: Swisshelm Park
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Anyone try it out yet.....I'm interested in trying this place out on my next visit home around Christmas time...

The Porch at Schenley - Neighborhood restaurant in Schenley Plaza in Oakland, in the heart of Pittsburgh

The Porch at Schenley Opens in Oakland - Eat Street - November 2011
We went for lunch last week. The food was good and the setting is really nice, a lot of natural light. At lunch you order at the counter and they bring the food to you. At dinner there is table service.
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Old 11-28-2011, 09:06 AM
 
Location: Upper St. Clair
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I will def have to try this place!
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Old 11-28-2011, 09:29 AM
 
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isn't six penn also an eat n park restaurant?
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Old 11-28-2011, 09:40 AM
 
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isn't six penn also an eat n park restaurant?
Yep, under the Eat'n Park Hospitality Group:

Eat 'n Park - About Us - Eat'n Park Hospitality Group

That's why I was personally never worried about them being behind this place.

Edit: They also have a long-standing relationship with the Carnegie museums under their Parkhurst brand:

http://www.parkhurstdining.com/news/.../11-07-05.html

I'm actually thinking they may have catered my wedding reception, which was at the Carnegie (in the Music Hall Foyer) in 1998 and catered "in-house".
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Old 11-28-2011, 10:25 AM
 
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I'm actually thinking they may have catered my wedding reception, which was at the Carnegie (in the Music Hall Foyer) in 1998 and catered "in-house".
They catered my wedding too which we had at the Carnegie Science Center (complete with a "Just Married" sign on the back of the submarine).
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Old 11-28-2011, 10:55 AM
 
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They catered my wedding too which we had at the Carnegie Science Center (complete with a "Just Married" sign on the back of the submarine).
Fun!

Assuming it was them for our reception, they did a great job. We ended up going with a more casual approach where people could sit wherever they liked, and there were carving stations, pasta stations, and so on set up, and we got a lot of positive comments about the food and other nice touches.
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