Best Restaurants – Legends

What makes a restaurant a legend?
I like to think that it has something to do with three words that begin with the letter "C": character, consistency and comfort. These establishments distinguish themselves with a combination of outstanding food, a refined sense of who they are and distinctive decor. What’s more, they deliver that experience time after time, year after year. And finally, they are the places that make us feel welcome whether we are old customers or new. We are pleased to list some of the region’s most legendary restaurants, chosen by the Restaurant Review Panel.

THE CARLTON
Owner Kevin Joyce may have the most loyal employees and customers of any restaurateur in the region, and the combination is not accidental. From the moment you are greeted at the front door, you have the feeling that you are in good hands. Make sure to look at the wine list, one of the most extensive of any restaurant in the area.

KIKU JAPANESE RESTAURANT
This authentic Asian hideaway feels like an indulgence as you are soothed and pampered through your dining experience. If you want an antidote to life in the fast lane (and the drive-thru), this is it.

LEMONT

Come for the view and stay for the fabulous cuisine. Everything here is designed to provide you with a luxurious dining experience. At LeMont, the character is refined, and all of the elements work together to make every visit a special occasion.

WOODEN ANGEL

This award-winning restaurant has just one guideline for the menu – freshness. Daily specials feature ingredients brought in from around the country to celebrate the diversity of American cuisine. And the wine list exclusively features American wines.

MONTEREY BAY FISH GROTTO

Do a simple thing and do it extremely well. That seems to be the philosophy that lifts Monterey Bay into the "Legends" category: Offer the freshest fish from all over the world, prepare it simply and serve it without pretension.

PRIMANTI BROS.
These local sandwich shops, featured in the May 2009 issue of Bon Appétit in its "The United Plates of America" feature, get more national publicity than the Pittsburgh Pirates. And the combination of meats, cheeses, coleslaw and french fries piled high on Italian bread may be the most exciting thing that happens during a baseball game at PNC Park.

HYEHOLDE
Chef Chris O’Brien is the Merlin of this romantic castle. With both classical and inventive preparations, he weaves a spell that transports diners to a time and place where one indulgence leads to another. And there always seem to be new features such as high teas and cooking classes.

COMMON PLEA
The three C’s are all around you in this downtown legend where owner John Barsotti and his staff make sure that every dining experience is another great memory. The tradition of Pittsburgh pride carries over from the kitchen to the dining room.

GRAND CONCOURSE
This Pittsburgh landmark is worth a visit whether you’re hungry or not. The grand staircase, stained-glass windows and railroad memorabilia make this a designated stop for showing out-of-towners what made and makes Pittsburgh so special. But do stay and enjoy the signature seafood specialties and the best ground-level view of the city. The Sunday brunch is a legend in itself.

THE PINES TAVERN
Everyone raves about the flavor of the food at The Pines Tavern. During dinner you can hear the oohs and aahs of the people seated near you. A testament to the amazing menu is that there are very few customers who aren’t quickly converted to regulars at this unpretentious and comforting restaurant. Make sure to save room for the raspberry crisp with vanilla sauce – unique and delicious.

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