Bar Marco Wants to Cure Your Case of the Mondays

The Strip's new hotspot welcomes a roster of local chefs to contribute signature dishes on No Menu Mondays.

Photo by John Altdorfer

On Mondays, the Bar Marco Crew Lets Loose
The four buddies behind Bar Marco have been shaking up the Strip since opening last winter. But 'Burghers became even more interested in the eatery when it debuted No Menu Mondays. On those nights, bartenders sling one-of-a-kind drinks (no limitations!); plus, there's a rotating roster of local chefs who come to prepare signature dishes (Justin Severino of Cure and Matt Kemp of Fukuda are among past participants).
In addition, the crew continues to work on the downstairs cocktail bar and the upstairs event space, with renovation plans in the works.

Check out Bar Marco in our photo gallery below, or read our full Dish review.

(Bar Marco, 2216 Penn Ave., Strip District; 412/471-1900,

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Three Spots Offer Reasonably Priced Fare

Since your wallet probably took a hit during the holiday season, we're suggesting three low-cost dining options. Bon appetit!
El Burro Comedor: Crispy chips, street-style tacos and burritos abound at El Burro, a nice little takeout joint. Best of all, orders are prepared quickly.
Franktuary: With a new location in Lawrenceville, plus the original one downtown, you now have to decide which Franktuary to visit. The locavore, veggie and standard dogs are obviously popular, but we also enjoy the salads (fresh and fab!).
Sharp Edge's Bistro: In the mood for brews and bites? Stop by Bistro Penn for late-night munching, when the buffalo bites, and select pizzas and appetizers are discounted. Just be sure to pick a great Belgian beer from the list, and you'll be good to go.

Pair of Local Eateries Close Shop

Though Dormont hot spot Sugar Cafe (sadly) closed last weekend, co-owner Kelly James plans to provide fare for the nearby Hollywood Theater's "breakfast and a movie" events (the next one is Jan. 20). Also, we were stoked to learn that Sugar may return in the future; to stay in the loop, check the cafe's Twitter feed for updates.
Over in Oakmont, famed chef Dave Racicot recently closed the doors to his casual Italian joint, 314 Pasta & Prime; however, he still plans to reopen his pride-and-joy eatery, notion, next month in East Liberty. Get excited, and visit for more information.

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