Archive for May, 2010

Skyvue Restaurant – West Mifflin, PA
May 17, 2010

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Skyvue started it’s life as a USO center during World War 2. Located near the original Pittsburgh Airport, it unfortunately closed a few years ago, only to be reopened around 6 months ago. In it’s previous incarnation, it was a fun little place to go get some appetizers and a beer. Much like how when a band puts out a new album, Sam was kind of worried. Would the new Skyvue live up to the ruminations that he had on its past life?

The first thing we noticed was the new, clean look. They went with a blue and yellow color scheme and stuck with it throughout. And the floors have been totally redone and the new wood? Positively shining. Add in an old style jukebox and some aeronautical memorabilia and the Skyvue’s new look is pretty much perfect.

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First off – we got some of the best service we have ever received at the Skyvue. Just nice, fun people working there. Overall, we had an incredibly pleasant night. I realize that at times, we seem overly happy in these reviews, but we are. We’re in love with food – two happy fat kids overjoyed to sit down and find fun new places to go to.

Appetizers? Let’s start with appetizers. Wondering where appetizers got their start? Some claim the Athenians. Others, the Romans, who believed that small dishes at the beginning of the meal aided digestion. Well, we got some big honking squares of jalapeno fried cheese, so I think the Romans were wrong. Not that these weren’t tasty, just that you know – it was a big log of cheese to start.

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The other app? How about pizza soup?

Pizza soup?

Yep.

Imagine chili without beans – and then add everything you’d put atop a pizza. And that, my friends, is what pizza soup is all about. Add in some bread and we were already full before the meal even began. But oh, the meal.

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Nina got an asparagus stuffed pasta topped with a mixture of cream and tomato sauces. Sam got a penne pasta with prosciutto and peas. Both pastas were delicious. Sam, while half Italian, does not generally enjoy pasta, yet he found the blend of pea sweetness and salty meat to be delectable. And while we could barely finish our pastas, we were ordering dessert.

Why?

The Skyvue makes its own ice cream.

Their butter pecan was practically infused with pecans. Every bite was full of crunchy, yet oh-so-creamy goodness. It was a delightful end to a meal practically packed with food, all enjoyed in a friendly, inviting atmosphere.

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Amel’s – Pittsburgh
May 14, 2010

Amel’s Restaurant
435 McNeilly Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15226
(412) 563-3466

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You turn off 51 and down 88 and down McNeilly and then, you see it. A big genie. When a restaurant has a genie on it, then you know that the Beer, Bacon, Candy people are going to stop and check it out. More restaurants in town should have genies on them.

This sense of design continues inside. You’ll feel like you’re in Aladdin or somesuch. It’d be awesome if Amel’s just had pillows on the floor. It’d also be great if it had big fans that people fanned you with, but then we’d feel all hoity toity and feel bad for the people fanning us.

But what did we get?

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The hummus sampler has four kinds of hummus: red pepper and feta, traditional, ground lamb with pomegranate and a new mixed berry hummus. It’s all served with grilled pita triangles and delicious hot bread. The traditional hummus was much thicker than most you’ll get in the area. The new mixed berry? Wow. Great. Just…you would not expect berries in hummus. And you will after you eat this. The red pepper and feta is Nina’s favorite, if she had to pick. If Sam had to, he would pick the lamb and pomegranate. It’s not like we had a man sitting at our table saying, “WHICH IS BEST?” These opinions were just the way we felt at the time.

The fried feta in filo dough is what Sam first had from here. Nina didn’t like it – except for the horsey sauce that it came with. Horsey sauce is such a perfect name for any horseradish sauce and other than having a giant beef hat as part of their logo, we believe that this will be what Arby’s will always be remembered for.

We also tried the striped ravioli, which is made with mascarpone and sundried tomato ravioli with pine nuts in a light saffron broth. This is a fresh take on chicken noodle soup. The broth was really delectable, as we spooned it up and left nothing.

Amel’s is cozy. While we stuck to just appetizers, they have a huge menu. And you can sit with your lady (or dude, we won’t tell you what to do) under all the arabian nights decor and be like, “Hey, let’s go home and you can ride my carpet,” and she’ll be like, “Can we get the spanokopeta? And you’ll be like, “Oh, yeah, baby. We can.”

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Duke’s Upper Deck Cafe – Homestead
May 12, 2010

Duke’s Upper Deck Cafe
(412) 461-8124
Homestead/Munhall
122 W 8th Ave
Homestead, PA 15120

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First off, they have a two hot dog meal for $7. Nina would like everyone to know that that is too much to pay for a hot dog. Second, they have a huge beer menu. Like, gigantic. It’s not Sharp Edge, but close.

Here’s what we got:

Wings
We went for the Duke’s recipe. They were just spicy enough. The outside was thick and crispy, with the inside perfectly moist.

Grilled cheese
A huge sandwich. Just huge. The bread is nice and soft and the tomatoes were still fresh inside, which is not an easy feat.

Cowher
Yes, a sandwich named for a guy with a gigantic lower mandible who once coached in the Burgh. It was meat on meat on meat. Not much taste. Just meat.

The sweet potato fries were awesome. Just great. Made up for the sandwich.

At this point, we were leaning toward a mild recommendation.

That was until we got the Fudge Lava.

Wow.

Fudge Lava may sound deadly but it is also delicious. It delivered, too.

It took this review up.

Duke’s is a fun place. Nice atmosphere. It’s not a date place, but if you want to come see a game and would like some wings and to choose from hundreds of beers, well, Duke’s is the place for you.

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May 12, 2010

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Hook Fish & Chicken – North Side
May 10, 2010

Hook Fish & Chicken
North Side
1221 Federal St
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
(412) 697-2285
http://www.hook-fish.com

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It was Friday and we wanted something quick, but delicious. There’s a Hook Fish & Chicken not far, so we tried it out.

First off, everything is covered with salt. If you’re going to eat healthy, you should probably avoid this place. Between all that salt and all that fat and grease and breading, yeah. You know. We would not name a blog Beer, Bacon, Candy if this was a worry for us.

We had:
Chicken Finger Dinner
Hush Puppies
Wings
Coleslaw
Fries

The hush puppies? Tasty, but not great. Better than nothing. But nowhere near the hush puppies in Nina’s hometown. They give you some with every order in this restaurant and you would think, “Wow. That may be too many hush puppies.” Wrong. Not enough.

The wings? Delectable. Sam said it like 190 times while he ate them. “These wings? Delectable. Delectable wings. Mmm. Did I tell you these wings are delectable?” Sam has a tendency to tell people the same thing many, many times.

The chicken fingers were great. We had a ton of different dipping sauces, as we tend to do, so they went down smooth and easy.

In a hurry? Don’t give a shit about your cholesterol or sodium intake? Then by all means, make a trip to Hook Fish & Chicken.

Sam would also like to say that they are very honest. They originally charged him $12 too much and he never caught it. They did before he left and made up the change. It’s the little things!
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Hot Franks, Pittsburgh, PA
May 7, 2010

Hot Franks‎
2701 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222-4711
(412) 281-2626‎

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Sam comes from Ellwood City, PA. He grew up with two hot dog shops: Red Hot and Pee Wees. They each had their own charm and today, only Red Hot remains.

Nina comes from Englehard, NC. She doesn’t like hot dog chili with beans and eats cole slaw on her chili dog.

Together, they came to Hot Franks.

Sam was impressed that they were owned by the same people who are Bill’s Sandwich Shop in New Castle, PA, which is near Ellwood. He walked in talking about New Castle Chili Sauce and Bill, the owner, was even there and shook his hand. Ah, an Ellwood City boy in the big lights of Pittsburgh.

All we can say is: go to Hot Franks. Keep it in business. It’s not hip. Not fancy. It’s nice. It’s clean. You can get beer with your hot dogs. And this isn’t Dee’s or any of those cool hot dog places. You can get most of the dogs for around $2. The chili? It’s just perfect. No lie. But come here. Keep it in business. We were searching for a place to eat and just wanted to eat amongst real people, not pork pie hats.

Hot Franks. Nina’s second favorite chili dog in Pittsburgh. That girl? She’s rough on chili dogs. I’ve seen her outright get upset at a chili dog. This is the best review we can give.

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Mr. Hoagie – West Mifflin, PA
May 5, 2010

Mr Hoagie
http://www.mrhoagie.com
4734 Lebanon Church Road
Dravosburg, PA 15034-1031
(412) 469-1194

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After some requests, we decided to head off to West Mifflin’s famous Mr. Hoagie. For over 40 years, they’ve claimed to be the best sandwich around. We love testing people’s theories. We’re a control group that cannot be controlled.

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We decided to go with:

Cheeseburger hoagie
The cheese was really thick, making this incredibly tasty. Sam loves a cheeseburger hoagie because it goes against the natural order of how the bread holding a burger should go. The patty was thin, but this was good. Would be even better if we loaded it with condiments, but after all, everything goes better with some condiments.

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Onion rings
Wow. Just look at that package! We loved the art. Loved the onion rings. They were minced, which Nina prefers, because getting hot onion onto your chin can suck. They were buttery. Just buttery.

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Chili dog
Imagine a sloppy joe on a hot dog. Yes. It’s that. That good. A nice dog. Good boy. Good dog.

Also, all the bread here? Soft. Great. We were already dreaming of a meatball hoagie while we were eating the food we already got. That’s how we are.

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Italian hoagie
This needs some Italian dressing. Or peppers. Or something. Maybe that’s what the deluxe version is all about. That said, this was one hell of a hoagie.

Mr. Hoagie. Are you the best? We think you are one of them. You’ve been around for a long time. They opened a Subway right next to you and you stayed in business. You make us happy when we drive by, with your awesome logo and old style facade. Keep doing what you do. We will be back to try your sandwiches and your fried foods and your ice creams and your pizza. Make us fat, Mr. Hoagie. Make us ashamed to be this fat.

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