Birthday Dinner #2: Dinner at Crested Duck

Crested Duck Charcuterie in Pittsburgh
Crested Duck Charcuterie’s lovely dining room

*DISCLAIMER* I do not seek monetary benefits from neither Kevin Costa nor Crested Duck Charcuterie. I’m just a Pittsburgh foodie, who enjoys sharing her foodie adventures. Images were captured on an iPhone 5s and edited with Instagram and Adobe Photoshop CS4.

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Why have one birthday dinner when you can have two? 🙂 Birthday dinner #2 was held at Crested Duck Charcuterie in the Beechview neighborhood of Pittsburgh on Friday, November 7th. My Mom and I were the first guests to arrive for the evening at the restaurant. I really loved the waiter’s description of the evening: “Chef Kevin Costa will be your personal chef for the evening, preparing each and every one of your dishes”! Talk about a luxury experience!

Speaking of Chef Costa, I’ve heard a lot of good things about him. I had the opportunity to listen to him speak with Chef Bill Fuller (of the Big Burrito Group) and the eatPGH ladies last year at a foodie event. Kevin taught himself how to butcher animals by watching YouTube videos (hunters teaching how to butcher deer) and from reading old animal butchering books. Costa noticed that there was a need for locally cured meats in Pittsburgh, and Kevin took it upon himself to meet that need.

Bull Painting
Painting in Crested Duck, honoring a noble animal

I loved the restaurant right from the start- from this INCREDIBLE painting, to the maroon colors of the walls to the music playing in the background and a very knowledgeable waiter.

Charcuterie Plate
BIG charcuterie plate at Crested Duck

My first dish of the evening: the BIG charcuterie plate. Some of the meats featured on this plate: duck speck, lomo, cannonball salami, lamb coppa and turkish salami. I am so GLAD that I ordered the big plate; I am really close to finishing this baby single-handedly! The charcuterie was incredible- some of the best I’ve ever had! I LOVED the grain mustard and small pickles, too (and there was plenty of break to help consume the charcuterie). Ladies and gentlemen, this plate is “the stuff that dreams are made of”! 🙂

Charcuterie Plate close-up
Charcuterie plate close-up #1
Charcuterie Plate Close-up
Charcuterie Plate Close-up #2
Cheese Plate
The Cheese plate at the Crested Duck

As Boromir would say: “one cannot simple order the BIG charcuterie plate without ordering the cheese plate”! So, I ordered the cheese plate as my accompanying dish. 🙂 I enjoyed all of the cheese, but I particularly LOVED the cheese in the bottom right corner of the photo. I also LOVED the dark jam that was served with the cheese. Cheese heaven right here! I was one happy diner!

Beignets
Beignets with caramel sauce and apple butter from Crested Duck

I’d like to think all of you know me well enough by now to know that 99% of the time, I always order dessert. ❤ I chose the beignets with apple butter and caramel sauce. These were SPECTACULAR! They came pretty close to being as good as the beignets I had at Bouchon Bistro in Las Vegas. The apple butter and the caramel sauce were both EXCELLENT additions to this delectable dessert!

If you’re looking for a special dining experience in Pittsburgh, with a passionate chef at the forefront (who loves good quality ingredients), I highly recommend Crested Duck in Beechview! You will HAVE to get one of the two charcuterie plates (after all, charcuterie is what they’re know for at the Crested Duck) and the cheese plate (Kevin gets his cheeses from local farmers and cheese producers), and of course, DESSERT! 🙂

Three cheers to good food, fabulous art & cultural events,

-Friendly Pittsburgh Foodie

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