Archive for April, 2010

Round Corner Cantina – Lawrenceville
April 26, 2010

Round Corner Cantina
3720 Butler St
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
(412) 904-2279

We’d heard a lot about the Round Corner. It’s in the heart of Hipsterville, but we braved the pork pie hats and Animal Collective music to have some Mexican food.

As you may have read, as a fan of this bloggy, we have been snowed by hip Mexican places before. Will this place prove any different? Read on…

First off, it was uncomfy coming into the restaurant. We walked past the bar and had no idea where the dining room was. There was no server to greet us or tell us where to sit. We feel weird all the time. We don’t need your help feeling weirder. It was dark and red and no one was telling us where to go…so we wandered to a table and finally someone told us to sit down.

The décor can best be described as thus: A 70s interpretation of a Victorian Art Noveau print. And with the long troth filled with ice in the men’s bathroom, we can tell you that this is an authentic Mexican experience.

Our table was tight and felt like it could tip at any time. And this place was loud. Like, we couldn’t even talk loud. Our servers were, at best, surly. But hey, we didn’t come here to get treated well. We came to eat.

A major strike: no Yuengling. But if you want a $6.50 can of Boddington’s, old man, you can have one.

We started with the papitas, which is like Mexican lasagna. Sweet potatoes in a block of cheese. This was good, but a bit heavy. That said, you know. It’s a chock-a-block full of spicy and cheese and meat and sweet potatoes.

They also brought the chips and salsa out. The chips were nice, homemade chips. The salsa, on the other hand, was runny and did not hold up well.

We tried two different tacos:

The chirizo broke in half and became a gigantic mess before we even got to eat it. It had a decent enough taste, but the double taco shells were almost too much breading for Sam.

The pork belly was a new taste. It would have been nice if they had more apple in them. If it’s possible, they almost had too much meat.

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All we ate was meat. Cheese. And carbs. But really, that’s what we ordered.

Looking on urbanspoon.com, we see a ton of four to five star reviews for this place. Maybe we went on an off night. But we’d rather go to Taco Loco and get more taco for less. This was a really up there in price meal with not as much return. We can’t say it was bad, by any means. It was alright. But we kept hearing that this was the greatest thing ever. And it was…well, it was a Mexican place with high priced beer and tacos. If that’s what you want, and you want to seem cool, then by all means come on down.

Round Corner Cantina on Urbanspoon

The Tin Front Cafe – Homestead, PA
April 15, 2010

The Tin Front Cafe
(412) 461-4615
Homestead/Munhall
216 East 8th Ave.
Homestead, PA 15120
http://www.tinfrontcafe.com

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If there’s one thing you should know about us, it’s that we love breakfast and brunch. We also like to sleep in.

Looking for a place to satiate our desire for breakfast and our need to get a few hours of sleep, we saw The Tin Front and turned around. We were glad we did.

As you can see from the photo above, the place is very pretty inside. It has a light, airy clean and crisp spring day feel – like fresh sheets.

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They had some fancy things on our table that we picked up on right away that were sold next door. Like a water-filled iced carafe that looked fancy and made of glass, but was plastic.

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The sugar dispenser was amazing and shot sugar into your coffee. And they had many, many, many coffees and teas. Sam chose a red chocolate tea. Fancy. Especially when you realize you are in Homestead!

They even had these awesome branching bud things in water at the table, so branches will bloom. The whole place is just pretty. That’s all you can really say. They also have quite the assortment of craft beers in bar.

What did you eat? Ah, yes. The food.

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Sam had the Brie Apple French Toast, which Nina described as “banging.” A soft brie, apple and cinnamon blend, she also called it her favorite French toast. In the city. In the world. Ever? Maybe.

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Nina had the Pear Gorgonzola Omelette. While the eggs were overcooked and she hates burned eggs, the inside was delectable, with creamy Gorgonzola that did not overpower the rest. On the side were some potatoes, which were spicy without being too much or distracting from the main course. The toast came with orange marmalade, of which we can speak of in one small word: “Yum!” It was a little zesty, but really good.

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We cleaned our plates. Here’s the photo:
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All this food for only…
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$19.15. In Homestead. In a place that feels far away from the city.

Well done, Tin Font Cafe. We will be back to try your Taco Bake and Mac ‘n Cheese soon!

The Tin Front Cafe on Urbanspoon

Yvette’s on 8th, Homestead, PA
April 12, 2010

Yvette’s on 8th
106 E. Eighth Ave.
Homestead, PA
412-462-8450

We’ve passed Yvette’s many times as we crossed the High Level Bridge. Between that and the moose building, we’ve been fascinated. After one try when it was closed, we finally got a chance to sample the Southern style food here.

It was worth the wait.

The inside of Yvette’s is a bar. And dark. And red. It’s totally a bar. But it serves great Southern food. Food that Nina said is the best Southern food since she moved up here.

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The booths are sweet, with a retro jazz feel. They’re small, but cozy. Again, there is a very dark atmosphere, but feels like it would be a great place to go see a band. Then again, it’s small and narrow, so where would a band go?

Hey, we thought it was an awesome place for a date. But we are kind of crazy. Maybe you should go on their karaoke night on Thursdays.

While we waited for our food, a SyFy Merlin show was blaring. Then, golf. Loud golf. It did not matter. The food got to our table (after the misordered Yuengling which ended up being Heineken).

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We had:

Porkchop with mashed potatoes and greens
Meatloaf with mac and cheese and candied yams

Let’s break it down.

Candied yams: Fluffy. Kind of like how we imagine heaven to be. Perfectly sweet. And, as Nina would like to exlaim, “These are the best ever! No, seriously. This makes me happy! It’s food my mom would make.”These were almost wading in a pool of cinnamon goodness. Just enthralling and something we have discussed several times over the past few nights.

Mashed potatoess. Not bad, but tasted like made with water instead of milk. Pepper dotted.

Country fried pork chop: Moist inside, but great breading. It was Sam’s first time having one of these. He will have many, many more.

Greens: A bacon-y, meaty, juicy delight.

Mac and cheese: Tastes like max kolbe. It was swimming in cheese.

Meatloaf: Peppery and not the ketchup kind. It was gravy with no filler. All meat. Every bite was happiness and delight and wonder.

Really, our enemies could be tap dancing around the booth here and we’d still eat it. It was that good. If this place was in Shadyside or Lawrencville, you wouldn’t be able to get a table. But no, alone, in Homestead, we dined. We really eat well.

Yvette’s on 8th on Urbanspoon

FISH FRY WINNER
April 5, 2010

St. Maximilian Kolbe

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After several fish fires, this has been decided as our favorite one.

We got there around 6 and almost everything was gone. We had ordered 2 sides of mac and cheese and one of the people said, “Oh you don’t want mac and cheese with lasagna. That would be too much. Why not some pierogies?” We starched it the fuck up. We were sad they were out of lots of things, but that’s what happens when you are the best.

Here’s what we had:

Lasagna: This was homemade and totally fresh, made with real tomatoes, shallots and garlic. Ricotta cheese inside, covered with cheese outside. The sauce was sweet. Sam usually doesn’t have a lot of lasagna, but when he does, he loves it. And he loved this.

Nina got crabcakes:They weren’t bad. A lot of breading, but for a fish fry, they were good.

Sadly, we did not get clam strips.

We had the previously mentioned amazing mac and cheese and pierogies.

If we have anything to say about fish fries, we think they should stay open longer. And have more coleslaw.
It makes Nina sad when they run out of stuff. On one hand, she’s happy that they are doing well, but sad for poor us that work late, then have traffic…then get no coleslaw.

We have to recognize Max Kolbe for their hustle. They had a large screen TV in the dining room that ran ads for local businesses, as well as place mats with ads for more local things. And a bake sale. And what a bake sale it was. We got the doughnuts for 25¢ each!

They also had a Chinese auction with fancy baskets and rocking chairs. A raffle, too. It amused us that all of the raffle numbers started off with 666. When the first one was read, the church lady working said, “That’s the devil’s number.”

We are sad to see fish fry season end. It meant a lot of great food. And some pretty amazing things in our lives. Next year, we want to not just concentrate on West Mifflin area. We have to get to the east and all over. Soon, it will be fair season. Remember! Get out and support your local churches when they do fish fry and carnivals and dinners. It helps keep great things going and you get some awesome food!