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Re:Pick My Dinner (in Pittsburgh) 2014/08/11 18:48:34 (permalink)
We ate there at Eat 'n Park in July because we hadn't had dinner at the party we'd been to, and it was open late. I didn't take pictures, though.
 
I'd call Eat 'n Park a local version of Denny's. I used to think that Eat 'n Park was a notch worse than Denny's. But over the last five or ten years, Eat 'n Park has tried to become better, and my experiences there have been better than Denny's. It's not awesome at all, but it's solidly adequate.
 
Eat 'n Park prides itself on Smiley Cookies and pie, but neither of them is very good.
 
I'm not going there tonight, but if you really want a writeup, I'll take pictures for you the next time I visit.
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Re:Pick My Dinner (in Pittsburgh) 2014/08/11 19:51:59 (permalink)
Hey, don't diss the Eat N Park smiley cookie
 

 
Besides, he's always reliable and always makes his appearance during the 7th inning strecth a all the Pirate Home Games 
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvQHZCiZ_Ys
 
Approximately 17 years ago, when I lived in Pittsburgh, I was forced to go to a couple of unit breakfast meetings for work. I believe our first meeting was at Eat N Park and our second meeting several months later was at Dennys. In fact for those from Pittsburgh, the Eat n Park we went to was on Banksville Road and the Denny's we went to was on Greentree Road (I don't know if either location is still there)  I clearly remember Denny's sucking more than Eat N Park
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Re:Pick My Dinner (in Pittsburgh) 2014/08/12 08:02:03 (permalink)
I seem to have a much higher opinion of Eat 'n Park than others do.  I think it is a big step above Denny's or Perkins or Kings or similar restaurants.  Of course, having said that, I probably haven't been in one in at least five years. 
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Re:Pick My Dinner (in Pittsburgh) 2014/08/12 08:27:16 (permalink)
buffetbuster - I may start a thread on local chains that are taken for granted. Something tells me that if Eat N Park was in L.A. it would be legendary.
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Re:Pick My Dinner (in Pittsburgh) 2014/08/12 12:20:31 (permalink)
buffetbuster,
 
On of my unfavorite places in the world is King's. lleechef used to take me to the one in Monaca and it was almost always disappointing. I remember asking the waiter one time early-on in my King's experience whether the corned beef hash was made in house and he said he'd have to check. He came back a while later and said it was. It turned out to be a not very good canned hash.
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Re:Pick My Dinner (in Pittsburgh) 2014/08/12 15:18:21 (permalink)
Like Buffetbuster, I have a good opinion of Eat n' Park. There's one a couple of blocks from our house and we get there a couple of times a month and we usaully enjoy our meal. It certainly is not fancy or creative nor is what I would call roadfood, but has a comprehensive and inexpensive menu and the dishes are usually prepared well.  
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Re:Pick My Dinner (in Pittsburgh) 2014/08/12 15:54:00 (permalink)
It is indeed very possible that we hit it on a bad day.  However, once you've had a bad experience, it's hard to give it a second shot.  There are too many other great places to eat in W. PA!!
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Re:Pick My Dinner (in Pittsburgh) 2014/08/13 10:07:42 (permalink)
That's the truth! I can think of a couple highly thought of roadfood places that I will not go back to because of a bad experience with either the food or the atmosphere. That doesn't mean I think that others are "wrong" about such places, just that I will have a better experience eating somewhere else when there are so many good options. I think that reaction is especially strong when a bad experience has a personal element, such as asking for something prepared one way and receiving it another.  
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Re:Pick My Dinner (in Pittsburgh) 2014/08/13 10:45:31 (permalink)
Ralph, I know you said you probably won't be doing a full report, but where did you eat Monday night?
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Re:Pick My Dinner (in Pittsburgh) 2014/08/13 14:11:07 (permalink)
It was one of those evenings when I ended up getting in my own way.
 
I had heard that Casa Rasta was opening a new location in East Liberty. I've enjoyed Casa Rasta in the South Hills, but I don't make it to the South Hills very often; a location in East Liberty would be great for me.
 
But one of the consequences of East Liberty gentrifying and having desirable restaurants is that parking is much harder, and I could not find a place to park even after driving around a few times. I stopped in the parking lot for Dinette and the Wine and Spirits Store, but the signs there are emphatic that their parking is only for their stores. Some times I've flouted the signs, but this day I lost my nerve.
 
So then I really started getting in my own way. I thought of Peppi's, but felt that I should add some vegetables to my diet. I thought about Evergreen Cafe, the dubious dive bar in Point Breeze, but contradicted myself for vegetables there. I thought of returning to Curry Away for a veggie-rich Thai dinner, but wasn't willing to spend the time because I was hoping to do more work. Urbanspoon suggested Rudy Martino's, which I've never visited, but I contradicted myself there for vegetables.
 
I ended up going home and eating a slice of cold leftover pizza, a microwaved hot dog, and a handful of cherry tomatoes from our neighbor's garden. No pictures, and not worth reviewing - though the cherry tomatoes were delicious, definitely the highlight of the meal.
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Re:Pick My Dinner (in Pittsburgh) 2014/08/13 15:38:51 (permalink)
Ralph, this made me laugh.  I have had more than one night like this!
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Re:Pick My Dinner (in Pittsburgh) 2014/08/13 17:16:17 (permalink)
Hey, don't laugh. I had a diet Dr. Pepper and microwave popcorn at 10pm for my dinner after ice hockey practice last evening.
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Re:Pick My Dinner (in Pittsburgh) 2014/08/14 15:06:52 (permalink)
Despite the fact that I will no doubt be disappointed, my love for Southern food makes a visit to Bama's Southern Kitchen inevitable.
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Re:Pick My Dinner (in Pittsburgh) 2014/08/14 17:43:59 (permalink)
We went to Bama's Southern Kitchen a couple of weeks ago and we were not disappointed. It may not be great BBQ, but I don't know where you will find better in Pittsburgh. The folks that own it were very friendly - always a plus. 
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Re:Pick My Dinner (in Pittsburgh) 2014/08/14 20:12:34 (permalink)
Kenny Joe-
Now you got my interest.  Thanks for the report!
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Re:Pick My Dinner (in Pittsburgh) 2014/08/15 11:20:01 (permalink)
I started to propose it for this Monday, but I saw from the Trib article that they are not open on Mondays. Seems like a deal breaker for a Monday dinner.
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Re:Pick My Dinner (in Pittsburgh) 2014/08/27 18:56:40 (permalink)
We've been to Burgatory.  Very, very good burgers!  Good fries also.
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Re:Pick My Dinner (in Pittsburgh) 2014/08/27 20:59:59 (permalink)
While browsing this thread, I'm also at the same time watching Andrew Zimmern's show on Pittsburgh. There are some great Polish and German restaurants featured on the show whose food looks fantastic! Check your local channel guides and catch a re-run of this Pittsburgh show on the Travel Channel. You'll be drooling for an hour. I promise!
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Re:Pick My Dinner (in Pittsburgh) 2014/08/27 21:22:27 (permalink)
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I've heard of Burgatory to be a good place in Pittsburgh. 





 

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Re:Pick My Dinner (in Pittsburgh) 2014/08/28 00:49:00 (permalink)
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I've heard of Burgatory to be a good place in Pittsburgh. 





 



Huh? I'm sure I'm missing a good joke...
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Re:Pick My Dinner (in Pittsburgh) 2014/08/28 09:50:09 (permalink)
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younusjavaid
I've heard of Burgatory to be a good place in Pittsburgh. 





 



Huh? I'm sure I'm missing a good joke...




 
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Re:Pick My Dinner (in Pittsburgh) 2014/08/28 12:19:56 (permalink)
Five posts about a parrot?
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Re:Pick My Dinner (in Pittsburgh) 2014/08/28 12:26:32 (permalink)
I count 6.
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Re:Pick My Dinner (in Pittsburgh) 2014/08/28 13:26:31 (permalink)
Well....where would the Pirates be without the Parrot???
 

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Re:Pick My Dinner (in Pittsburgh) 2014/08/28 14:20:43 (permalink)
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Well....where would the Pirates be without the Parrot???
 



Maybe in first place instead of 4 1/2 games out? 
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