Dinner at The Vandal in Lawrenceville

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The Vandal‘s FABULOUS Summer dinner menu (which was carefully crafted by Executive Chef Csilla Thackray and her team of chefs)!

*DISCLAIMER*: Neither Joey Hilty, Csilla Thackray, nor The Vandal asked me to write this blog post. I am just a Friendly Pittsburgh Foodie (and yogini), who enjoys sharing her foodie adventures with others. Photos captured on an iPhone 5s, and edited with Adobe Photoshop CS4 Extended and Instagram.

The first Saturday of August, I took one of my best friends from high school to dinner at The Vandal. When I walked in, the Co-Owner and  Proprietor Joey Hilty asked me: “what brings you to The Vandal”? I told him: “my best friend (*insert her first name here*) from high school just got a new job and is moving. I wanted to celebrate by taking her to one of my favorite restaurants in Pittsburgh”! Celebrate we did!

Although I had been to brunch at The Vandal twice (and now three times), this would mark my first dinner experience at the restaurant.

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Another look at The Vandal’s Summer menu!

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The first course was this off-menu treat from Joey, Csilla and the kitchen staff that my friend and I shared (and both enjoyed): Lamb Grape Leaves! Sooooo good!

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Course #2: Summer Salad (confit carrot, pickled green beans, old goat cheese, vin). This was REALLY good!  I love that The Vandal sources most of its ingredients locally (and they are high QUALITY ingredients)!

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Close up of this BEAUTY!

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My friend’s main course: Friend Green Tomatoes! Carmen sweet pepper gele, goat’s milk custard, and lemon shishito-oil. I tried a bite- FABULOUS!

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My main course: Vandal Cheeseburger! Cheddar, pickles, marrow, tomato mayo and fries. PERFECTION! Thrillist.com recently named The Vandal’s Cheeseburger as one of THE best burgers in Pittsburgh. Now, I can understand why. ❤ The Vandal gets their buns from Mediterra Bakehouse (my second favorite Pittsburgh bread making bakery. First one is La Gourmandine), and the meat comes from Butcher on Butler (also in Lawrenceville, whom sources its meat from Elysian Farm and Hop Brew Farm). Plus, those heavenly fries paired with the Tomato Mayo? Oh yeah, baby! You are talking my language! 😉

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A sight of beauty!

Well there you have it, folks! Whether you’re visiting Lawrenceville either for brunch, lunch or dinner, PLEASE go to The Vandal (and say hi to the owner Joey for me)!

 

Next post- Pittsburgh Restaurant Week Summer 2016 Dinner #1: Revel and Roost!

 

-Friendly Pittsburgh Foodie

 

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