Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Dave & Busters

 So me and my hot girlfriend are down at the Homestead Waterfront to see a movie on a Saturday evening. We decided to head over to the Rock Bottom Brewery for a before movie dinner. Problem was the wait was almost an hour long. So we headed across the street to Dave & Busters. We were seated almost immediately, and we found out quickly, why Rock Bottom had an hour wait, and Dave & Busters had none.

 Dave & Busters is known as a giant fun spot for adults. A place to play arcade games, watch sports, eat, etc.  The place is loud and big ass TVs are all over the place.

 First off the service was lacking. We sat many a minute waiting for drink refills, for our bill , etc. Even my glass of water had salad dressing on it, when it was served.

Poppin Potatoes

 Poppin Potatoes. The menu describes them as: Fried and crispy on the outside, light on the inside, these bite-sized potato puffs are tossed with garlic butter and Parmesan cheese.
 These were the highlight of the meal. Just as described, they were nice and crispy on the outside, with a creamy potato filling. The garlic butter and parm were subtle. The accompanying spicy ketchup tasted very similar to Heinz Chili Sauce.

Bar Burgers and Wings Platter

 4 little cheeseburgers served along with wings and a helping of fries. The accompanying ranch dressing was from a bottle...blah. The  burgers had a nice chargrilled flavor to them, yet were not hot enough. The wings  were mediocre at best. The sauce tasted like pure Franks Red Hot with no additional seasoning. The fries were crispy and decent.

Island Grilled Trifecta

 The Island Grilled Trifecta sounds like you won something big, but actually there were no winners here. Just dissapointed taste buds.
 The Island Grilled Trifecta is described as: Skewers of honey-teriyaki-glazed sirloin steak, seasoned chicken breast and tender shrimp, grilled and served on a bed of spicy rice medley. Served with pineapple pico de gallo, teriyaki BBQ sauce, and mango citrus sauce for dipping.
 The chicken was dry and flavorless. The shrimp were overcooked, dry,and gummy. The steak was bathed in an oriental sauce that was overpowered with Chinese 5 spice. Honestly if I wouldn't have swallowed the piece of steak, I might still be chewing it. Just a horrible cut of beef. 

 So the meal was ultimately disappointing.  Crappy service, combined with at best, mediocre food. Our experience might have improved if we had some time to enjoy the entertainment offered. But I can't recommend this place as a dinner destination. If you find yourself at Dave & Busters, stick with sandwiches or fried foods. Its harder to screw them up.

 The movie that we saw after the meal, "Her" starring Joaquin Phoenix. Was very good, and I recommend it highly.

RATING: 4/10 

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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Fiori's Pizza

 We are back. After 3 years of writing Pittsburgh Eats, it was time for a short break. In the meantime I have been scouting out new places to review around Pittsburgh and hopefully you will enjoy some of the upcoming locations I will be reviewing.

 As long as I have lived in Pittsburgh, it seems the debate between who has the best pizza has come down to two places. Mineo's in Squirrel Hill, or Fiori's in the South Hills. A while ago I ate at Mineo's and was not all that impressed. So I thought it was about time I tried Fiori's and see what all the fuss was about. My friends in the South Hills seem to absolutely love the place. Being from the North Hills I have not found a whole lot to like about the South Hills. Its overly crowded, traffic is a nightmare, and you have to slowly creep through a tunnel to get into Pittsburgh. Maybe Fiori's could let me see the good of the South Hills.

 We called in our order on Saturday evening for carryout. They said it would be about an hour.  It actually wound up being around an hour and twenty minutes. It was not a surprise. Fiori's is known for its long waits, especially on Friday and Saturday evenings.

Half Italian Hoagie $5.00

Italian Hoagie
  The Italian hoagie was typical of that found throughout Western Pennsylvania. Ham, Capicola, Salami,provolone cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, baked on Italian bread. It was dressed with Italian seasoning, oil and vinegar.  All around a solid hoagie. It had a good amount of meat, and was well balanced with the crunchy on the outside, and soft on the inside bread.

Half Steak Hoagie $5.30
  The steak hoagie was a little different than others I have tried. First off it had a good portion of chopped sirloin and fried onions with your typical fixings on top, provolone, lettuce, and tomato. What I found unique was the red sauce that Fiori's put on it. It was kind of sweet and tangy, and added a little kick to the savoriness of the steak. Its almost like a Russian or French style dressing. My eating partner and I were both impressed with the taste.

Large Sausage Pizza $15.30

Sausage Pizza
    But we are here for the pizza aren't we?  The pizza had an extremely thin crust. Very much like a New York style slice. It was slightly crisp and the outside crust had a nice chew to it. The thing was loaded with cheese which was cooked perfectly, being slightly browned and bubbly. The sausage was not typical of the type a lot of pizza shops use. It was chunky with a very mild Italian spice flavor. Not overly seasoned with fennel like a lot of places sausage is. The sauce I really enjoyed. It was sweet and not overly applied. So is this one of the best pizzas in the Burgh? Yes it is. This is one of the best pizzas I have ever eaten period. Despite being loaded with cheese and toppings, it was not overly greasy. Just a total delight to eat. Its not often that when I go and try something, that it actually lives up to the hype.

 So do yourself a favor and head over to Fiori's one night. Its worth the ride and the long wait time to give it a try.

Fioris's Pizza 
RATING:   9/10

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Friday, July 19, 2013

The Penn Brewery

 It had been a while sine I had been to the Penn Brewery (maybe 6 years), and I was in the mood for some German food. So a friend and I went to check it out.

The Penn Brewery is best know for its beer making side of things. It produces some of the best beers in Pittsburgh including my personal favorite Penn Pilsner.

 We went on a Friday night and were told that all the tables in the main dining room were reserved. They gave us a small table however that was wobbly and could barely hold 2 plates. So when I complained and threatened to leave, they put us down in the basement dining room, which it was obvious they did not want to open. However we were soon joined by others who were  obviously experiencing the same situation as ourselves.

Summer Berry
 To drink, I ordered a bottle of their Summer Berry which was a wheat beer (Hefeweisen) with a slight berry flavor. It was very refreshing and it would make an excellent beer for sipping on a hot summer day.

Buffalo Chicken Pierogies $6.95
  The pierogies were ok. Chicken, hot sauce, and blue cheese was the filling. Topped with blue cheese dressing and hot sauce. The flavor was pretty good and tasted of your typical buffalo wing. It could have done without so much crap on top of them, which kind of disguised the true flavor of the pierogies.

Balsamic Grilled Chicken $15.95
 My friend ordered the Balsamic glazed chicken. It was a perfectly cooked chicken breast, covered in a bruschetta style tomato compote, with fresh mozzarella slices. Very creamy mashed potatoes and grilled veggies accompanied the chicken. Like I said, the chicken was cooked perfectly, being cooked all the way through yet still moist. The brushetta style compote and balsamic glaze added a nice acidity and Italian spice flair. The mozzarella was creamy yet seemed out of place being that fresh mozzarella is not the best cheese for melting over top of things. It congealed quickly when it cooled, and you were left with basically big slices of mozzarella which while good, seemed texturally awkward. A grated and melted  mozzarella or provolone would have been more suitable I believe.  

Rouldaen $14.95
 The Rouladen that I ordered was excellent. First off the quantity as you can see was more than adequate. Honestly I was only expecting one rouladen roll, but they give you two. The rouladen is beef with bacon, onion, mustard, and pickles, all rolled up and braised till the beef is fork tender. It is accompanied with German potato salad and red cabbage.
 The whole meal is all about mixing savory and sour. The rouladen was just awesome, having the savory flavors of the beef and bacon. While also the tang of the onions, mustard and pickles. Really one of the best meals I have had in quite a while.
 The German potato salad was warm and made a quite satisfying side dish. The red cabbage I was surprised to find was less sour like sauerkraut, but somewhat sweet. It was flavored with apples and other spices and was surprisingly mild.

 So all in all an excellent eating experience. Im looking forward to going back and trying some of Penn Brewery's other German fare. 

  Rating : 8/10

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