Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Pittsburgh Eats: Butcher and the Rye/Meat and Potatoes

I mentioned that I've been traveling for work a lot recently, and the first trip took me to Pittsburgh. Mr. H and I decided to make it a weekend getaway, and he went with me. Of course, that meant checking out some of Pittsburgh's fabulous eats. So, I wanted to share a few with you this week.

The most commonly suggested restaurants when I started asking around was Butcher and the Rye and Meat and Potatoes, owned by the same folks. Both happened to be walking distance from our hotel in Downtown, so we just had to make both happen...

We popped in to Meat and Potatoes for a cocktail and appetizers early on Friday evening. These bartenders sure know their craft cocktails!
We shared the Fried Pig Ears with sweet Thai chili sauce ($8) and the Buttermilk Fried Chicken Livers with chipotle remoulade ($7). Both were fantastic, and probably the best food I had in Pittsburgh. So good, that Mr. H went back there the next night for dinner on his own, while I attended a work function. This spot reminded me a lot of The Black Pig in Cleveland.

Then we headed a few blocks over to Butcher and the Rye. The atmosphere reminded me a lot of The Greenhouse Tavern in Cleveland.
We just couldn't resist trying the Dry Aged Tartare with Parmesan crusted bread, black garlic aioli, truffle egg, radish, and capers ($16).
I loved the presentation, and it was a tasty preparation of tartare.

For my entree, I ordered the Pan Seared Halibut with toasted almond gnocchi, artichoke, raisin and olive marmalade, and burnt lemon curd ($29).
It was good, but not great. The presentation was sloppy, and it didn't pack a lot of flavor. I also wished that there were more gnocchi on the plate.

Overall, these were two good restaurants, and ones that I'd recommend checking out in Pittsburgh.