Buffalo Blues has closed and other restaurant news

Written by Melissa McCart on . The Forks blog

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In addition to the announcement that an oyster bar is opening in East Liberty this fall, I have a list of news for you this afternoon: 

Buffalo Blues closed in Shadyside on Sunday. "Don't worry, though," reads the website. "We are moving some of our favorite menu items to Bites & Brews at 5750 Ellsworth Ave." The restaurant will open for lunch on July 14.  I will keep you posted on what's moving into the Buffalo Blues space. 

Also in closings, Wheel & Wedge has closed in the Pittsburgh Public Market in the Strip District. The stand from Dave Lagnese will sell excellent California olive oil and cheese at the Farmers Market Cooperative of East Liberty on Saturday mornings. 

Popular taco stand with locations in Brookline, Oakland and Washington, Pa., Las Palmas moved into the original Casa Rasta location in Beechview about a month ago. Las Palmas had been selling tacos outside of the former IGA supermarket in the neighborhood. The second location of Casa Rasta opened a year ago then closed in East Liberty last month. 

Threre's lots of action in mid-July for several restaurants. Pallantia Tapas y Paella is shooting to open on Ivy Street in Shadyside. Spanish native Gonzalo Cembrero, who had been running his restaurant in Greensburg, has relocated and will feature a menu of tapas and a seafood paella for two. Some ingredients and wine are imported from Spain. Read more about it here. 

On July 7, Szmidt's Old World Deli will reopen its Greenfield location.

And Marty's Market in the Strip District will begin dinner service July 8, Wednesday through Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m., confirms owner Regina Koetters. Former kitchen manager at Franktuary in Lawrenceville, Dan Lamb is the executive chef and former bar manager at Legume and Butterjoint in Oakland, Will Groves will run the bar, serving beer, wine and cocktails.

Speaking of Legume and Butterjoint, the restaurant and bar are closed for renovations and are scheduled to reopen for dinner July 7. Over in Lawrenceville, Round Corner Cantina has been having irregular business hours as it navigates obtaining a liquor license, which they're expecting will come through soon. 

Burgatory was ranked among Bon Appetit staffers' favorite burgers. Digital recipe editor Jill Baughman said this about the place: "My favorite burger resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the city where I grew up (so there's some nostalgia involved). It's from a magical place called Burgatory where you can create your own custom burger. You can pick any meat you want, from elk to bison to crab to chicken, then pick bread, cheese, sauces, and the toppings are limitless and fresh. But they also have a set menu, and one of my favorites is the awesomely named 'Meat Your Maker,' which is, per the description, 'dry aged Wagyu beef with sweet onion crust, aged gruyere, roasted tomatoes, organic field greens, and truffled shallot aioli. So good you'll think you died and went to heaven.'" Read more here. 

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What's dishing on the blogs: Grilling and drinking

Written by Dana Cizmas on . Shared Plates

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This week, we have summer grilling and trendy drinks. Here's what's dishing on the blogs we follow:

The grilling season is in full swing with our blogger buddies! The Hungry Hounds wolfed down a hearty Grilled Chicken Sandwich with Avocado Herb Spread. Yum Yum made juicy Lamb Burgers with Red Pepper-Feta Sauce. And Dan from Pizza Walk with Me grilled some pepperoni pizza. If you fancy the homemade classics, look no further than the glorious Classic Lasagna from the Brown Eyed Baker or the seasonal Spicy Smoked Corn Casserole from Dinner Plan-it. And if you want something refreshing try the Summer Watermelon Salad from Chef Chuck at Cooks and Eats.

On the drink menu, we have a fruity Homemade Triple Citrus Soda from Yum Yum and a spiked Bourbon Mint Iced Tea from How Sweet It Is. And if you feel truly adventurous, try the wonderful Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Blizzard with No Churn Vanilla Bean Ice Cream from How Sweet It Is.

On the local scene, the girls from eatPGH invited us to Kaleidoscope Cafe; Yum Yum paid a visit to Mercurio's; Dan from Pizza Walk with Me indulged in some goodness at Pizza Taglio; Good Food Pittsburgh introduced the new sandwich lunch menu at Vallozzi's; Hal B. Klein at Pittsburgh Magazine dished about Millie's Homemade Ice Cream; and Three Dogs BBQ headed to Wilson, N.Y., for the Crossboarder Blues, Brew and Que competition.

See you here next week!

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What's dishing on the blogs: Cakes and salads

Written by Dana Cizmas on . Shared Plates

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This week, we have extravagant cakes and healthy salads. Here's what's dishing on the blogs we follow:

Let's go straight to dessert! The Brown Eyed Baker whipped up an intricate Homemade Dairy Queen Ice Cream Cake. Chef Chuck from Cooks and Eats decided on the classic Tiramisu, while Sam from Haute Pepper Bites went with adorable Blueberry "Shortcakes."

At the salad bar, The Hungry Hounds fired up the grill for this hefty Grilled Greek Salad. Jessica from How Sweet It Is tossed together a zesty Grilled Apricot, Corn and Arugula Salad. Yum Yum made a terrific Panzanella, whereas Linda from Dinner Plan-it brought back good memories with her crowd pleasing Caponata. To finish this fancy meal, gulp down a glass of refreshing Sparkling Cucumber Watermelon Sangria from How Sweet It Is.

Lastly, on the local restaurant scene, the girls from eatPGH checked out Hyeholde; Yum Yum enjoyed her lunch at Tartine in the West End; Good Food Pittsburgh reported that Primanti's brought back the iconic "When Pigs Fly" sandwich; and Hal B. Klein at Pittsburgh Magazine recapped his time at the "Anti-Pasta" event at Bread and Salt Bakery;

See you here next week!

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Szmidt's will reopen Greenfield shop within weeks

Written by Melissa McCart on . Openings

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will reopen the Greenfield location at 509 Greenfield Ave. on July 7, confirmed owner Darren Smith. Mr. Smith closed the restaurant in November to focus on the bigger Downtown location, which opened in May.

Most of the production will remain Downtown, where cooks will make pickles and pastrami, corned beef and condiments featured on the menu in both locations.

Mr. Smith opened Szmidt's in Greenfield in 2011, naming the place after his Polish grandparents. He craved an old-fashioned, from-scratch deli with meats cured in-house and took it upon himself to open one here. 

The deli will share the space with A519 Chocolate, a new business that offers artisan truffles and macarons. The chocolate business was founded by former Szmidt's employee Amanda Wright, who attended the Culinary Institute of America at the Greystone campus in St. Helena, Ca. She has partnered with Andy Rape, with a Ph.D from Carnegie Mellon in biomedical engineering. The partners are selling their goods at several area farmers markets listed here

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Pan opens Friday in Lawrenceville

Written by Melissa McCart on . Openings

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The Asian fusion restaurant called Pan will officially open in the former Tamari space at 3519 Butler Street on Friday, confirms Nickie Kredel, operations manager for the Andora restaurant group behind Andora in Fox Chapel, Adams Township (Cranberry) and Sewickley as well as Toscana Brick Oven in Canonsburg. 

The group was toying with the name LuLu's Kitchen and opted to name it Pan. Josh Ross will be the executive chef, executing a menu of sushi, rice and noodle dishes.

The restaurant that had been Tamari for six years until last month, has been redesigned and will seat 90, including the front and upstairs patios. The second floor bar has been dismantled to accommodate more tables.

Pan will be open for lunch and dinner Wednesdays through the weekend and for dinner only Mondays and Tuesdays. 

On Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m., Pan will host a fundraiser for Pressley Ridge, a $100 a ticket event to benefit the group's Backpack Giveback program. Click here for more information.


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What's dishing on the blogs: Vibrant flavors

Written by Dana Cizmas on . Shared Plates

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This week, we have colorful dishes and exciting local updates. Here's what's dishing on the blogs we follow:

Jessica from How Sweet It Is prepared a smooth and herby Summer Garden Whipped White Bean Dip. Culinary Cory tossed together a beautiful Roasted Sweet Potato and Kale Salad with Honey Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette. Linda from Dinner Plan-it opted for a simple Brunch-Time Bacon Lettuce Tomato Potato, while The Hungry Hounds cooked a silky Cream of Asparagus Soup. On the pizza menu, Dan from Pizza Walk with Me worked on some killer pizza dough for an extreme pizza party, and Bill from Three Dogs BBQ tried his hand at Beer and Bratwurst Pizza. Our blogger buddies are definitely taking full advantage of the summer flavors this week!

On the sweet front, Yum Yum churned some refreshing Toasted Almond & Candied Cherry Ice Cream. How Sweet It Is went with dreamy Strawberry Buttermilk Sprinkle Donuts, and the Brown Eyed Baker made easy and fun Banana Popsicles.

Locally, the girls from eatPGH praised the food at Tako; Yum Yum dined at One Thirty One East; Chef Chuck from Cooks and Eats got his sugar fix at Katiedid's Cupcakes; Hal B. Klein at Pittsburgh Magazine dished about the change of focus at The Livermore in East Liberty; Good Food Pittsburgh highlighted the new hours and dishes at San Lorenzo; Leah from Brazen Kitchen announced the summer events at Churchview Farm; and Three Dogs BBQ competed in the Roc City Rib Fest in Rochester, N.Y.

See you here next week!

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