Pittsburgh Restaurant Week Winter 2015

View of Downtown Pittsburgh
The INCREDIBLE view of Market Square from the dining table!

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Three weeks ago, my Mom and I FINALLY dined at Habitat (located inside the GORGEOUS Fairmont Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh). I’ve heard nothing but good things about Habitat from former co-workers, friends and of course, the eatPGH ladies. I’ve been wanting to dine at this restaurant for a long time; thus, I decided that testing out the Pittsburgh Restaurant Week Winter 2015 dinner menu at Habitat would be the perfect option! 😀

Salted Caramel Pumpkin Soup
Salted Caramel Pumpkin Soup from Habitat

Dish #1: Salted Caramel Pumpkin Soup with Spiced Cream. Let me tell you- my picture does NOT do this dish justice (I tried my best for the photo)! This dish was the best dish of the night! Best soup dish I’ve ever had in my entire LIFE! What a clever concept to pair the savory taste of the pumpkin with the sweetness of the caramel. This was the PERFECT fall dish!

Beef Short Rib dish from Habitat
Beef Short Rib dish from Habitat

Dish #2: Beef Short Rib with Butternut Squash Puree, Blackberry Polvrade and Roasted Brusssel Sprouts! The beef short rib was so tender (and it looked beautiful on the plate)! The butternut squash puree was so tasty! The creaminess of the puree matched well with the crunchiness of the brussel sprouts (which were FANTASTIC).

Habitat's version of Sticky Toffee Pudding
Habitat’s version of Sticky Toffee Pudding

Dish #3: Winter Solsticesticky toffee pudding, toffee sauce, manchego cheese streusel and fig brandy ice cream. I can’t even compare this to the Sticky Toffee Pudding that I had at Gordon Ramsay’s Pub & Grill. This sticky toffee pudding was a SOPHISTICATED (and delectable) sticky toffee pudding!  It was not overly sweet (which I appreciated)! The streusel was nice and light, while the ice cream had a more decadent taste. The sticky toffee pudding was moist, and the toffee sauce was sooooooo good!

 

Needless to say, my first dinner at Habitat was a success! I will definitely return!

 

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

 

-Friendly Pittsburgh Foodie

 

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Brunch at Nola on the Square

Raspberry Mimosa
Raspberry Mimosa at Nola on the Square

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This past Sunday, my Mom & I went to see L’Hotel at the Pittsburgh Public Theater. We wished to make it a particularly special Sunday afternoon. Thus, we decided to go to brunch at Nola on the Square in Market Square.

Nola serves up a prix-fixe Sunday brunch (which I HIGHLY recommend!), where you choose one drink, one starter and one main.

Here’s what I chose: first, a Bourbon Street Mimosa with champagne and Grand Marnier raspberry peach. Let me tell you- one of THE best mimosas I’ve EVER had! Beats the shit out of the mimosas with orange juice in them.

Beignets
Beignets with coffee sauce

My starter: house made beignets with Chicory coffee dipping sauce. I must say, these beignets were better than Crested Duck‘s beignets, but not quite as good as Bouchon Bistro’s beignets (but they came close!). I absolutely LOVED the coffee sauce! This really made the dish stand out, and the beignets tasted so good in the sauce!

Eggs Benedict
Big Easy Eggs Benedict from Nola on the Square
Eggs Benedict
Another shot of the Eggs Benedict dish

My main: Big Easy Eggs Benedict– two poached eggs, tasso (house made ham), toasted brioche and mornay sauce, served with a side of fruit. This was my first time EVER trying eggs benedict, and I must stay, Nola made it a good experience! What really stood out to me was the tasso ham (MAN, was that good!). That really made the dish special. Everything was great (From the poached eggs to the brioche bread. Oh yeah, baby!)!

Whether you either seeing a show downtown or just feel like treating yourself to a decadent Sunday brunch, I recommend giving Nola on the Square a try!

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

-Friendly Pittsburgh Foodie

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