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Pittsburgh Restaurants

Butcher and the Rye

Butcher and the Rye is located on 6th Street in downtown Pittsburgh in the cultural district.

 

The Food

Butcher and the Rye is a trendy restaurant serving new and creative American fare.  Many of the menu options feature locally grown vegetables.  There is an extensive and inventive drink menu.  In addition to wines, beers, and ciders, there are some creative cocktails,  The Salinger’s Sling with Bulleit bourbon, grand marniers, and coffee bitters is my go to cocktail.  There is a broad list of small plates from which to start.  The Brussels, grilled with dill, and covered in parmigiano reggiano, is my favorite starter.  The Dry Aged Tartare, Cheese Board, and Mac and Cheese are other good options for appetizers.  The large plate menu offers a variety of choices.  My two favorite are the Scallops with crab risotto, asparagus, and capers, and the Roasted Chicken, with mushrooms, creamed Brussel sprouts, and grapes.  Other menu items include duck, lamb, steak, salads, pates.  The chef has concocted a menu that provides a delicious mixture of savory and sweet and no matter the course or item, all of it has been consistently very good.  There are three desert options and all three are worth leaving room for.  The carrot cake and flourless chocolate cake, are both delicious.  However, my recommendation is the Peaches and Cream Doughnuts with cinnamon, oatmeal, and peach ice cream.  It is heavenly!

          

The Service

Butcher and the Rye is a very popular restaurant here in Pittsburgh.  Make reservations beforehand.  During my visits, the service has been consistently quite good.  The staff is friendly.  My last visit to Butcher was with a group of friends from out of town who were experiencing Butcher and the Rye for the first time.  The server provided informed descriptions and honest feedback on any of the questions the patrons had.  At one experience though, there was an evening where there were three greeters.  They were consumed with their own conversation and they were not saying goodbye as guests left the restaurant.  I was not upset by it, but I found it rather odd.

The Ambiance

Butcher and the Rye has a beautiful rustic, nostalgic, American decor.  The lighting was warm, but a little dark, and sometimes makes it difficult to read the menu.  Acoustically, the front of the restaurant is a little loud and can make it a strain to hear people seated at the table.  It is better elsewhere in the restaurant.  The atmosphere can best be described as lively and is an enjoyable environment to visit.

         

Overall

Butcher and the Rye is a terrific Pittsburgh venue, relatively new to the restaurant scene.  I give it an overall rating and recommendation of:

“Go For It!”

Visit

212 6th Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 391-2752
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Other Cities

[Boone, NC] Vidalia

Vidalia is chic restaurant in the college town of Boone, North Carolina.

The Food

Vidalia has a terrific menu that features a wide variety of Southern cuisine.  The menu is also seasonal with a Summer/Fall menu that is different from its Winter/Spring one.  The appetizer menu has a variety of fry options, cheese and cracker plates, and other items with a Southern flair.  My recommendation is to try the Cracklin Mac n’ Cheese Au Gratin.  This hearty dish is sharp cheddar mac and cheese with tomatoes and sriracha cracklins.  Delicious!  If you are craving something lighter, the Georgia Pate is a great choice as well.  There are a variety of salads to choose from.  I suggest the Fig and Prosciutto salad that has a nice combination of sweet and savory.  All of the salads have the option of adding chicken, shrimp, or tofu.  The entree choices include a variety of dishes that are both hip and Southern.  Just as a heads up, if you’re from the North and you order the Chicken and Waffles, it is dry, not wet like Northerners are accustomed.  I give my strongest recommendation to trying either the North Carolina Catfish or the Shrimp and Grits.  The catfish is served with ham risotto, hoecakes, and remoulade.  The shrimp and grits come with ham, creole grins, green onion, greens, red peppers, and a sunny side egg.  Both hearty dishes are great!

The Service

Vidalia’s greeters, wait staff, and bartenders are spot on.  In the two instances I visited, I was there once with a large group and again with a small one.  At each visit, the staff was great.  And the waitress was accommodating with a large check being paid for on several cards.  It was more than 20 people and she didn’t flinch.  Bravo!

The Ambiance

Vidalia sits on the bustling King Street in Boone’s east side.  The tasteful decor is bright and welcoming.  Although a little loud acoustically, the venue is quite pleasant.  I recommend having a drink at the bar before getting seated to soak in the great experience of dining at Vidalia!  Bon appetite!

Overall

I give Vidalia the overall rating and recommendation of:

“Go For It!”

Contact

831-835 West King Street
Boone, NC 

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