Cocothe Review – Fine Dining French-American Fare in Sewickley

Cocothe closed in early 2019.

Cocothe in Sewickley is a modern French-American restaurant located in a small, cozy space. With white tables and sleek black and white decor, this spot is classy for sure, but the well-worn hardwood floors and intimate size of the space keep it from feeling stuffy. The seasonally-changing menus with classic upscale fare are sure to have us coming back for more.

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Kouskous Express Review – Fast-Casual Moroccan Food

Kouskous Express closed in November 2018.

Kouskous Express in Mt Lebanon serves up delicious fast-casual Moroccan food. It's the kind of place where you go through the line and point to things you want in your bowl – and it's all so good you will want it all in your bowl.

With authentic Moroccan flavors and decor, this is a unique and fun restaurant that should be on your radar.

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Willow Restaurant Review – Upscale Modern American Fare

In early 2019, Willow closed to become an event space only.

Willow is one of those restaurants that consistently makes all the “best of” Pittsburgh lists year after year. We visited a few months ago to celebrate our anniversary and have to agree that if you're looking for a reliable nice dinner out, this spot fits the bill.

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Bar Frenchman Review – French Food and Unique Cocktails

Note: In July 2018 Bar Frenchman changed its name to La Riviera and closed in early 2019.

Bar Frenchman (now La Riviera) in East Liberty is a fine dining restaurant serving up French dishes in a modern, non-stuffy atmosphere. On our recent visit the cocktails were whimsical and impressive, the food was delicious and nearly perfect, and the service was on point.

The restaurant's supremely tall ceilings, tiled floors, and suspended lights all give off a more casual vibe than the Twisted Frenchman, Bar Frenchman's sister that offers a multi-course tasting menu experience on the second floor of the building. The relaxed atmosphere may seem at first a little incongruous with the menu style and pricing, but we think it keeps the restaurant from being too staid.

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Pittsburgh Food Truck Park Review – A Spot the City Desperately Needs

At this time it appears that the Pittsburgh Food Truck Park is permanently closed. We will update this post if the park re-opens for the season.

Pittsburgh's food truck scene is growing rapidly, and with that expansion we have often thought it would be great to have more food truck rallies or opportunities to sample multiple trucks in one location.

Enter the Pittsburgh Food Truck Park, the answer to all of our food truck desires! 

The Pittsburgh Food Truck Park has a stellar location in the Millvale Riverfront Park, right along the Three Rivers Heritage trail (perfect for biking visits in the summer months).

We visited this one once for a preview night in 2017 as well as shortly after they opened in 2018, and envision it being a spot we return to time and time again.

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Evangeline Cocktail Bar – An Elegant Hotel Bar in Downtown Pittsburgh

Evangeline closed in early 2019 and was re-branded as The Boulevard Lounge.

Evangeline is the resident cocktail bar at the Distrikt Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh, and opened its doors for business in summer 2017.

With a upscale lounge feel, we were eager to find out how this one fits in downtown's growing cocktail scene.

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James Street Speakeasy Review – Go for a Show, Stay for the Food

Update: James Street Speakeasy closed in November 2017.

James Street Speakeasy in Pittsburgh's historic Deutschtown is a unique music venue, restaurant, and bar all rolled into one.

With local and national jazz, acoustic, and blues musicians playing multiple nights a week (amongst many others), a solid bar with prohibition era cocktails and craft beer from many local Pittsburgh breweries, and a food menu full of traditional bar food taken up a notch, James Street makes for an all around fantastic night out.

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Police Station Pizza Review – Square Cuts to Eat on the Spot

Police Station Pizza in Robinson Township is now closed.

We frequently share images of Pittsburgh pizza shops on our Facebook page, often to a chorus of cheers, boos, and recommendations of where else to eat in the city.

On a recent share of Beto's Pizza (a local spot famous for square slices and cold toppings), we received a flood of suggestions to check out Police Station Pizza- another shop that focuses on square, by-the-slice pies.

But rather than adding toppings after the pizza bakes for a cold / warm hybrid, this one ensures your meal is hot the whole way through with only a small sprinkling of toppings after the fact (including a very faint amount of cold cheese) making for the best of both worlds.

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Needle & Pin Review – English and Indian Fare in Dormont

Needle & Pin closed in November 2018.

Needle & Pin located in Dormont bills itself as a British/Indian pub with a gin bar. We were intrigued by this theme and the fact that they have a solid gin bar, so we checked the space out not long after they opened on a Friday night for dinner.

While the restaurant doesn't take reservations, you can call ahead and put your name in. We did just that and our table was then ready when we showed up which was a great way to start our meal. We settled in and began the night perusing the cocktail list from the restaurant's impressive gin bar.

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Thin Man Sandwich Shop Review – Sandwiches in the Heart of the Strip District

Thin Man Sandwich Shop closed in September 2017.

Thin Man Sandwich Shop has a reputation for making quick and tasty sandwiches right in the heart of the Strip District. In an neighborhood full of many sit-down restaurants, this quick preparation option is a good alternative for those who want to go beyond the street food scene but do not have the time for a formal meal.

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