Glad that Buffetbuster
filled in some of the holes and provided some additional photos. Saturday August 6
First thing in the morning - Buffetbuster
was nice enough to stop at Crazy Java Coffee Company - a local chain out of Pittsburgh so Mariton and I can get our caffeine fix. I've never been there before having always relied on Coffee Tree Roasters when I lived in Pittsburgh. It was ok, but nothing I would be in a hurry to get back to.
Breakfast however was another story. We agreed to go to Gab n Eat
A legendary greasy spoon in Carnegie that just screams Pittsburgh
As you can probably tell by the Steelers banner in the background and all the memorabilia on the walll
The place was obviously bustling, and there was a small wait. I hadn't stepped into the place in 13 years when I last visited with an ex- girlfriend but it looks like the place hadn't changed a bit.
I don't recall what Buffetbuster or Mariton ordered, however I do remember a very large pancake coming to our table (among other things of course)
I ordered the mixed grill- in fact this was the exact same item that I ordered when I last visited.
Comprising eggs, cheese, potatoes, onions and sausage mixed together, this is a combination that just goes into the annals of breakfast lore.
Believe it or not this is HALF AN ORDER
Not only that but it comes with a side of Italian Bread baked by local purveyors, Mancini
No wonder why I ended up putting on so much weight when I lived in Da Burgh. Gab n' Eat
was just as good as I remembered- I still can't believe it's been 13 years!
I know Chi Town Diner
would be disappointed had he been with us- but believe it or not, after breakfast we did a little sightseeing. Buffetbuste
r had suggested the Nationality Rooms at the
Tower of Ignorance
Cathedral of Learning at the University of Pittsburgh. I've never been and I was Gung Ho. Basically there are several rooms on display and each room depicts a classroom in a foreign country. Although most of the rooms were European it was the non european rooms which were most interesting.
I'm not going to provide photos of all the rooms we visited, just a select few which caught my attention.
This is the Swedish Room- and I was very disappointed when I was told by the staff when I first walked in that there wouldn't be any Lutefisk
available in this room
(there wasn't any in the Norwegian room either)
The Chinese Room- I tried to order some Moo Goo Gai Pan and Egg Foo Young with an Eggroll- but no such luck!
The Greek Room
The Syria - Lebanon Room- Unfortunately this was one of the few rooms that was behind glass and we were unable to enter apparently due to gold plated decor.
The Isaeli Heritage Room- I truly felt "at home" here
The Welsh Room
which also comes with it's own Orator
The Austrian Room
The Indian Room
finally the African Heritage Room.
After spending nearly 2 hours around the globe.....
It was time for some ice cream at Dave & Andy's
a few short blocks away from the University.
This is a local favorite and I'm surprised I never visited when I lived here.
I don't remember what Buffetbuster got, but Mariton got Rum Raisin.
I don't remember the exact name of the flavor of ice cream I had, but it had big chunks of fudge brownie and was full of creamy moo- probably some of the best ice cream I've had all year.
It was now time for lunch at one of my favorite burger joints anywhere. Tessaro's
In Pittsburgh's own little Italy- Bloomfield.
If I recall, I last visited Tessaro's
on my last visit to Pittsburgh in 2007
I ordered just a plain ol' cheeseburger
with a side of slaw. Tessaro's
grinds their own meat and is cooked on a wood fire grill which shows based on the freshness and outstanding flavor.
After lunch, there was more sightseeing.
Pittsburgh has one of the most beautiful skylines in the country. And there is no better way to enjoy it than to take the
incline up to Mt Washington.
Here is Heinz Field, home of the Pittsburgh Steelers
And that is PNC Park in the background home of the Pittsburgh Pirates...
After enjoying the view, we headed over to South Side to Fathead's Saloon
, we were going to grab a mid afternoon snack but there was a wait- we decided that since dinner was only a few hours a way, we would return tomorrow. I did enjoy a refreshing Penn Pilsener though.
Afterwards I returned to Mars
Where I was greeted by a local Martian- yes that is the Mars National Bank in the background.
Our dinner stop was at LoBello's Spaghetti House
in Coraopolis where one or two prior meet n greets took place.
My friend, Lisa, her husband their 4 year old daughter also joined us. Because I had some "non roadfooders" in attendance I did not take any photos.
Buffetbuster was hoping that Rose the eighty something year old owner and cook extraordinaire would be in attendance, unfortunately she was ill so her son was at the realm. LoBello'
s is about as classic red sauce Italian as you can get with a basic, small menu.
I ordered the Polenta- very basic served with red sauce and a sprinkling of parmesan with a meatball on the side.
I believe Lisa ordered the Lasagna, her hubby ordered the Gnocci, Buffetbuster had the Spaghetti and Mariton ordered some type of pasta with white sauce. My Polenta was surprisingly better than I expected, it was prepared well and there weren't too many fillers or accompanyments so the flavor of the polenta stood out.
After dinner, we ended up stopping again for ice cream- Buffetbuster
took us to a place in Evans City I believe it was called Zimmerman's
that unfortunately was closed when we arrived, so we ended up going to Bruesters
- A chain that started in the Pittsburgh area. I had some type of peanut butter ice cream- unfortunately I didn't get any photos- it was good but didn't compare to what I had earlier at Dave and Andy's
More to come tomorrow.