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Food update

So, a week or so ago, a friend and I headed to Sammy’s Kebab House in Monroeville, and it was awesome.  To be fair, it looks kind of shady from the outside, and is attached to the very, very shady Sunrise Motel (next to where Willie’s moved to, the old Shakeford and Maxwell’s).  Ignore those facts and go eat there.

The decor is a mix of Egyptian and Palestinian (it was former a Palestinian restaurant I believe), but quite surprisingly, our waitress was a totally Yinzer (said in only the nicest way).  We got an appetizer, two loaves of bread, which was almost exactly like my grandmother makes, just a little thinner, and then two different entrees to share.

The food was a great mix of middle eastern food, and for one entree we stayed safe and ordered the chicken kebabs.  The chicken was juicy and really tender, so highly recommended.

And then we adventured a little bit, and ordered the goat.  Honestly, I expected it to be a bit gamey, but it was tender and delicious.  It came out in a stew-like presentation, pieces of what I think were vertebra in a spicy sauce, along with other chunks of meat.  It was a little spicier than I expected, but I don’t deal well with spice to begin with, so I’m not the best judge.

While we were paying, I asked where someone even gets goat, thinking maybe there was a butcher somewhere in the East End I was unaware of, as it turns out, they are able to get some of their more exotic cuts of meat from Restaurant Depot.

The entrees were big, and we ended up taking a lot of food home, if you get a chance, check it out, it’s worth the trip.  I’m going to go again so I can get some pics of the food.

Get your grub on

It’s Pittsburgh Restaurant Week.  Are you looking for some friends to go out with?  Check out Grub With Us.

The site is pretty simple, you sign up, and either join a group, or find a group already set up.  You make a reservation for a restaurant, pay and then show up and eat and socialize.  Pretty simple, and you’ll get to meet some new people, hopefully eat at some new restaurants, and enjoy a good night out.

Check it out here, and find some new friends and eats!

Pittsburgh restaurant week

January 16-22 is Pittsburgh restaurant week.  At least 30 restaurants around Pittsburgh are running specials, check out the list here.

It’s a great week to try out new restaurants and see all the great food Pittsburgh has to offer.  And the awesome thing is that there are restaurants participating in downtown, as well as all over the rest of the city, so you have a lot of options.

If you’re looking for more to read about this week, check out the list of other participating bloggers here.  You can also check out the site to make online reservations and find out how to win free meals!

I was invited to a kick-off dinner on Tuesday, but I also have tickets to a pre-release screening of the movie Haywire, so I’m not sure which way I’m going yet, but I’m going to try to get to some new restaurants throughout the week, that’s for sure.

Find out more here, enjoy the good eats!

Which was then followed by:


Dinner!  I kept hearing about the lobster rolls on the radio, so I had to try them, and they were awesome!

Lunch from Wholey’s


An amazing sushi roll from Wholey’s – Salmon and mango!

News I missed: Testing a new airplane

A crew testing a new Boeing plane flew from Seattle to Pittsburgh…to get Primanti’s.  Not that I blame them, of course.

Shank told the paper: “Everybody loved it. They were all like, ‘Who would have thought to put fries and cole slaw on a sandwich?’ It was comfort food for me, something that reminded me of home.”

The test director is from the Ligonier area, but didn’t get coleslaw on his sandwich.  Sacrilege!

The Hufflepuff


I’m at the waterfront to see Harry Potter, and Barnes and Noble has a special cafe pairing for each house.  Pictured here, is the Hufflepuff, my house.  Although the Ravenclaw sounded good too!

McDains and small children

You’ve probably heard about this story already.  And no, I’m not talking about the next Batman movie, although I will be discussing that later this week.  McDain’s in Monroeville has banned children under six from coming to their restaurant.

It’s been really funny watching my Facebook feed (I don’t have enough friends yet on Google+) explode with reactions to this.  Some praise it, others want to storm McDain’s with torches and pitchforks.  And as you can imagine, the reactions are drawn along lines of those with and without children.

For the sake of argument, here’s my reaction.  When I was younger, my parent’s were considerate (not to say that they aren’t now, because they are, but they were then as well).  If we could not behave in a mature enough fashion for a venue they wanted to go to, they either got a sitter and went out, just the two of them, or we didn’t go.

Now, if we went to a place like Chuck E. Cheese or the Ground Round, where you expect to have a “family” atmosphere, and, especially those two, entertainment geared towards children, that is another story.  Chances are, all the kids in the restaurant aren’t mature enough to go to nicer restaurants: that’s why we were where we were.

So, I guess I agree with McDain’s.  And here’s a radical idea.  If you’re not happy with their decision, don’t go there.  You don’t have to storm the place and riot.  You aren’t losing your rights as a person.  For goodness sake, it’s a restaurant at a driving range…in Monroeville.  There are plenty of other options you can go to.  Heck, walk across the street and get an MTO.  I highly recommend the mint chocolate smoothie thing.

For your viewing pleasure

I don’t think I can embed youtube videos yet, but I wanted to share these two videos from Waffle Shop for your Sunday viewing pleasure.

First up, Bucks County Representing, which includes the following:

  • Speedos
  • Trips to Japan
  • Chocolate smells
  • The witness protection program
  • Phone technology

And the second is The Freak Hours, including:

  • Puppet shows
  • Searching through tags
  • Dental hygiene
  • More puppets

Happy Sunday!

Congratulations D’s II!


Big win for D’s II in Monroeville today at the chili cook off held at South Side Works.  Here is Dan with their trophy (from my crappy camera phone)

If you have never been, stop in at either Monroeville or Regent Square for an awesome selection of craft, impored and domestic beer, great food (obviously) and the best staff in the world.

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