Archive for July, 2010

Bisto Soul, North Side
July 8, 2010

415-417 East Ohio St
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
(412) 231-0218
http://www.bistro-togo.com

We’ve been waiting for this place to open for awhile.

Was it worth the wait?

Wait and see.

Bistro Soul differs from Bistro to Go as they have the same menu every day. It’s a simpler menu, but no less interesting to explore.

We tried several of the sides, because, well, sides are the best. The crispy macaroni and cheese is much like a more homegrown mac and cheese bite, in that it crumbles and falls to pieces. You can try two sauces with it: Joe’s red, which is a ketchup based sauce with some kick, or white sauce, which is a ranch inspired sauce. We preferred the white.

Pecan encrusted sweet potato casserole? You know that we are going to love that. Cornbread? Yep.

The summer slaw was nice. It’s a non-dairy cole slaw, with large cuts of cabbage. Very refreshing.

Sam went for Matty’s Meatloaf. It’s a gravy based meatloaf, versus ketchup. Do you like meat? Like, really like it? Good. We’d like to know. You are our audience. Well, this meatloaf? You’ll enjoy it, carnivore.

Nina had the Chicken Cobbler, which she thought was just ok. It wasn’t bad, per se, but we build huge expectations up for this place.

That said, we’re definitely going back. It’s worth the quick drive over and as time goes on, it will get even better. We saw one of the racks of ribs cooking and it looks like that’s what we’ll be enjoying next.

Also, if you want to save some money, check out the daily dish on their site. At the bottom is a coupon for a free side!

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It’s Fair Season!
July 8, 2010

The Beer Bacon Candy kids hit two fairs this weekend. This is but the first of the reviews.

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Sam is from Ellwood City and every year, there’s the Arts, Crafts, and Food Festival. Or, as the townies call it, the Food Festival. Local churches, the Moose, the Elks, the VFW, every group in town shows up and makes food. Delicious, amazing, delectable food.

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The Festival is inside Ewing Park. It’s gorgeous, but let us warn you. The trees will trip you up again and again. It’s treacherous and everyone has just accepted it.

We started with, well, what else but the $8 lamb dinner. And it was as it always is. Amazing. A garlic onion sauce in a small lid, a big piece of bread, some fries and lamb, oh baa glorious lamb. We topped this off with pierogies, which were a bit too doughy. But you know, you take the ok with the great.

Funnel cakes are the whole reason to go to fairs. The funnel cake booth is perhaps the busiest. One line is short. That’s the pay line, which gives you a ticket. The other line? That’s where you wait for funnel cake. Later in the day, Sam saw the line grow to nearly 30 people waiting. We had ice cream on ours, but you could choose from all kind of fruits and even a boston cream.

This summer will be the summer that we drink more lemonade than ever before. We loaded up on fair lemonades. We also brought our dogs, until we heard that “pets are not permitted” over the loudspeaker. In Ellwood, they don’t beat around the tree. They tell you to take your dog home.

We came back to enjoy some art.

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This guy? He loves amber. Huge chunks of it. Any kind of jewelry you want, as long as it’s amber.

Check out his stuff at http://www.Amberforeveramber.com.

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This dude makes his own guitars and plays them.

There was also a band playing Chicago’s greatest hits. Like a night in shining 25 or 6 to 4.

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It wouldn’t be the Art in Arts, Crafts, and Food Festival without the art show. There were some great pieces in this year, but some of the worst ones won.

Finally, this is Nina’s favorite thing:

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Enhance!!!

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It’s from Hudson River Inlay, which you can find at http://www.hudsonriverinlay.com.

Yes, that’s right. They eat on their soft bellies.

We’d also like to announce a statement:

Lots of people see us in public and say, Beer. Bacon, Candy kids, we love your blog so much, we read it every day.

Awesome.

Thanks.

We appreciate it.

But please.

Pah-leeze.

Leave it in the comments so our Google score goes up.

That way, we’ll know you love us, like an Extreme song.

Lindos, North Side
July 2, 2010

947 Western Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15233
(412) 231-0110

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Lindo’s is the home of the single piece of best bacon Nina has eaten in Pittsburgh. Other bacon was just normal, but that one piece was a gift from God or whomever you pray too.

We love a Greek diner with all day breakfast. Even better, they have a buffet on Saturday and Sunday for only $6.99. It’s at the end of Western Avenue and seeing as how we woke up late, it all worked out.

We got the buffet. How was it?

The bacon, again, was cooked the way Nina likes it. She’s had a lot of bacon in her time. A lot. And this was, well, you read above. Crispy on the meaty parts and chewy on the fatty. It was medium grade bacon but cooked well. They just had a giant bowl filled with bacon. The first batch was OK. But the second had that one thick cut beautiful piece of dream bacon.

They also had potatoes had peppers and onions, eggs, cinnamon-y French toast, some grits (which didn’t have enough salt in the water, but after adding a bunch and pepper weren’t bad) and so much more.

The sausage was like little Jimmy Dean sausage links. One piece was uncooked in the middle. Otherwise, they were good. Also, we’d like say RIP, Jimmy Dean Sausage King.

The pancakes were an amazing golden brown. They just kept filling up the food, let us tell you!

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The only odd thing about this place was that they were playing a Cindy Crawford informercial on the TV. If you have cable, you should put on a fun channel that people can eat breakfast to. That’s our opinion.

That was really one of the few bad comments we had, haha.

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