Restaurant week is a great time to get out of your “dinning” comfort zone.

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We love to eat out at LOCAL. I mean we really love to. Like most people, we tend to go to the same few places repeatably. It’s comforting. We know the greeter when we walk in. We know the menu.  There is a feeling of comfort in these places. Winter Restaurant Week 2019 is the perfect way to try some new places, maybe expand our boundaries. The participating restaurant offer menus spotlighting what they do best, their signature dishes, at special pricing ranging from $15.19 for lunch to $35.19 for dinner per person.

As we looked through the list, it was hard to find any menus we wouldn’t want to try. That said, we did pick a few (well more than a few) that really jumped out at us.

For a complete listing http://pittsburghrestaurantweek.com/restaurants/winter-2019-restaurants/

Willow– 634 Camp Horne Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15237                                               Entree- Scottish Salmon- sunchoke, sun-dried tomato, confit garlic, confit leek, Rudi Weist dry riesling mosel, Germany

The Twisted Frenchman– 5925 Baum Blvd Pittsburgh, PA 15206 .                              2nd course- Poulet Rouge ( French red chicken ) – black truffle and brioche stuffed, sauce dianne, carrot, rutabaga, turnip

The Lot at Edgewater 145 Allegheny Ave, Oakmont, PA 15139 .                           Entree- Green Eggs & Ham- rosemary porchetta, poached eggs, basil oil, Italian béarnaise, house-made English muffin

Superior Motors1211 Braddock Ave, Braddock, PA 15104                                         1st course- Poached Carrots – smoked ricotta, shaved parmesan, finished with tarragon and toasted hazelnut

Station 4744 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15224                                                          1st course- Roasted Octopus – yogurt braised greens, Meyer lemon, lovage dumplings, tomato & green onion nage

Spoon134 South Highland Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15206                                            Dessert- Olive Oil Cake – orange curd/pine nuts/citrus/vanilla cream

Carmella’s Plates– 1908 East Carson Street Pittsburgh, PA 15203                               2nd course- Gnocchi (v) –  shittake mushroom cream / fresh herbs

Cilantro & Ajo– 901 E Carson Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203                                     Entree- Pabellon Bowl – rice, black beans, sweet plantains, queso fresco, avocado, and a meat choice. (Select from shredded beef, stew chicken, roasted pork, steak, grilled chicken or pork chop)

Eighty Acres Kitchen & Bar1910 New Texas Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15239               Entree- Pan-fried Branzino Butternut Squash Puree –  charred broccolini, beech mushrooms, farro, cranberry gastrique

La Palapa2224 E Carson St Pittsburgh PA 15203                                                 Entree- Pork Ribs in Pasilla Sauce with two sides (Pasilla sauce is made from the Pasilla dried chile)

Luma186 Castle Shannon Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15228                                                 2nd course- Pan roasted and lightly floured Alaskan cod –  topped with an applejack brandy and cinnamon cream with vegetable jasmine rice

We could have added another 10-20 and still not covered enough, but maybe it’s best to scroll and stop and go! Reservation are recommend, especially on the weekends. Hope you have some great NEW experiences and remember to tip your servers!!

LOCAL has not be compensated in any way or by any organization for promoting this event or these establishments