Monday, April 16, 2012

Proud to be an American (Brasserie)

Months ago, PID and I celebrated Light Up Night by dining at Braddock's American Brasserie.

Our first visit: Brie Tart, Steak Frites, Seared Scallops and French Onion Soup

We loved our experience so much, but a ridiculously busy holiday kept me from posting about it.  So when Mrs. P, E1 and I were searching for a pre-theater meal before taking in a show earlier this month, I was quick to suggest it as our destination.

A vibrant, modern and elegant dining room welcomed us just after the friendly hostess. We made our way to our seats eager to order. 

I'd heard tell of a mysteriously compelling small plate of braised short rib pierogies, so it was difficult to resist giving them a try.

Short Rib Pierogies, $10
The pierogies were gone in mere minutes. We devoured every last bite. The unique flavor combinations took a bite and a chew to get used to, but the saltiness of the rib and sweetness of the sauce were certainly pleasing to the palate.

It was a girls night for the ages, so we celebrated with style.  Mrs. P ordered a Lady Martha and couldn't stop raving. Made with vodka, muddled grapes, sours, soda water and bitters, this cocktail had a kick and a bite with a lady's finesse.  E1 and I stuck with a glass of house red.

Lady Martha, $10
E1 and Mrs. P both went with a deliciously fresh house salad with a sherry-shallot vinaigrette while I opted for my staple: the beet and fried goat cheese variety. We were all equally pleased. The crisp goat cheese was a welcome rendition of this traditional classic. 

House Salad with Sherry-Shallot Vinaigrette, $4

Beet & Crispy Goat Cheese Salad, $6
E1 and Mrs. P must have been feeling similar that evening as they both ordered the Chef's Choice filet, medium rare, with butter soaked shrimp, fresh asparagus and fingerling potatoes. The steaks were cooked to perfection and the ladies enjoyed every last bite.The meal was very filling.

Chef's special Filet Mingnon, $30
I couldn't ignore the seared scallops with fork mashed fingerling potatoes and pea puree. I'd had Braddock's scallops before and was always pleased.  This visit was no different. I believe if I could eat this pea puree enough to become addicted to it, I would without question.

Seared Scallops with fork-mashed fingerling potatoes & pea puree, $26

Restaurant Info:
Braddock's American Brasserie
Address: 107 6th Street, downtown Pittsburgh
Phone: 412-992-2005
Reservations: Accepted (their website, by phone, or on and suggested for weekends and event nights.
Price: $$$$

Cliffs Notes:
Diet Pepsi @  $3
Short Rib Pierogies @$10
2 Canyon Road Cabernet @ $8
Lady Martha @ $10
Beet & Goat Cheese Salad @ $6
2 House Salads @ $4
2 Filets @ $30
Seared Scallops @ $26
Tax (7% in Allegheny County + alcohol tax) @ 9.87
Total for 3: $160.74

Overall Opinion:
Set in the epic lobby of one of the most prestigious hotels in downtown Pittsburgh, Braddock's certainly delivers a quality menu worthy of it's breathtaking ambiance. But the delicious and innovative upscale food they deliver is only half the story.  With a socially active management and chef team constantly marketing the space and a friendly and knowledgeable waitstaff, Braddock's does an outstanding job of relating to the community they hope to serve. It makes me WANT to dine there and share my positive experience with the world when I do. Whether you're staying in the hotel on a visit (or another hotel for that matter...), looking for a romantic dining experience, or searching for a great meal before a great show, Braddock's should absolutely be your dinner destination.

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