Where We're Eating in March

This month, we're eating veggie burgers at The Porch, tofu scramble at Marty's Market and orange scones from Priory Fine Pastries.

 

Veggie Tales

Locals may believe that beef burgers reign supreme, but who could resist a patty comprised of veggies like butternut squash, forest mushrooms and black beans, piled high with all the fixings — arugula, olives, fennel, scallions, lemon and a tomato aïoli with sunflower seeds? You can find this farm stand vegetable burger at The Porch at Schenley, where chef Kevin Hermann serves it alongside the ever-popular crispy taters.

221 Schenley Drive, Oakland; 412/687-6724, theporchatschenley.com

Bistro To Go & Co.
Shortly after opening in 2007, Nikki Heckman found success with Bistro to Go; later, she added Bistro Soul. Fast-forward several years, and she’s combined the bistros into one bright, relaxed space (and fulfills catering requests next door). The weekly menu features daily specials, including soulful, classic, vegan and vegetarian choices. Get some chicken and biscuits the next time you’re in (if available). And ask for a side of the home fries.

415 E. Ohio St., North Side; 412/231-0218, bistroandcompany.com

Marty’s Market
This (relatively) new Strip spot attracts health-conscious shoppers — but many stay to eat at the café. Pizzas, soups and sandwiches fill the ever-changing lunch lineup (try the veggie pizza); weekends bring breakfast fare like frittatas, pancakes and a killer tofu scramble. On a sunny day, there’s no better place to unwind than at a table outside, with a cup of fresh iced tea in hand.

2301 Smallman St., Strip District; martysmarket.com


Romancing the Scone

Incredibly light and crumbly, scones are coffee’s best friend. This orange scone from Priory Fine Pastries is more biscuit-like than the traditional (and ever-popular) Irish version. We can’t get enough of it, with its simple yet sweet dough and subtly flavored orange icing. Grab a few on your way in to work to start off the day right.

528 E. Ohio St., North Side; 412/321-7270, prioryfinepastries.com

Bean Curd
Though the term “Asian fusion” may make some skeptical, Bean Curd proves that the cuisine can work. While the restaurant serves sushi and curry dishes, the Chinese offerings are best; dinnertime entrées like the aptly named amazing chicken and sesame chicken satisfy — and don’t break the bank. Regulars enjoy the wonton soup and chop suey, and suggest the “Health Watch” items, prepared with less salt and oil.

4147 Washington Road, McMurray; 724/941-6688, beancurd.biz

Tessaro’s
No wonder ’Burghers swear by Tessaro’s burgers: Sizzling half-pound patties are served on a hefty bun just after being cooked on a hard-wood grill. If you’re really hungry, we suggest the totally stacked gourmet burger (topped with five cheeses and much more). Beyond the burgers, though, there are other hits, like the homemade soups and steak sandwiches. If you bring your appetite, you’ll be fine.

4601 Liberty Ave., Bloomfield; 412/682-6809, tessaros.com

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Photos by Laura Petrilla

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