notion Reopens in the East End
Chef Dave Racicot's acclaimed eatery is back in a new location in East Liberty.
Photo courtesy of notion
notion reopens in the East End
At long last, chef Dave Racicot officially opened notion on Wednesday after hosting preview dinners the past two weeks; during the soft-opening period, guests enjoyed such dishes as tartare with Korean flavors, and scallops with mint and peas in Parmesan broth, offered as part of a four-course tasting menu (complete with wine pairings and two complimentary bonus treats).
This grand opening brings joy to locals who were saddened and shocked when Racicot opted to close notion in fall 2011 (back in its original location, Oakmont). This “more refined” incarnation has seating for 26 and features a low-key '90s-music playlist (plus an impressive custom installation from Pittsburgh Glass Center), to keep things fun. Welcome back, chef!
(notion restaurant, 128 S. Highland Ave., East Liberty; 412/361-1188, notionrestaurant.com) —Kristina Martin, PM Associate Editor
Las Palmas dishes out tacos in a flash
We all like inexpensive, quick eats; it's the best of both worlds. And when you discover a true gem that offers both, well, let's just say that it's hard not to become addicted.
Over in Brookline, the Las Palmas crew serves tacos all day, rain or shine; with quick service, unbelievably reasonable prices ($2 per) and fresh ingredients, it's no wonder that locals line up for these creations.
Once you've selected your filling (ranging from chorizo to chicken to potato), you can top your taco with anything from salsa to zesty homemade sauce (just don't forget a lime wedge). Since there's nowhere to actually sit and eat the grub, you'll often find folks chowing down on the sidewalk; it's perfectly OK to join 'em after you grab your tacos and a Mexican Coke.
(Las Palmas, 700 Brookline Blvd., Brookline; 412/344-1131) —K.M.
Jesben slow-cooker sauce takes guess work out of dinnertime prep
If you're too busy to prepare a wholesome meal at the end of the day, local mom Susie Schwartz has the perfect solution — Jesben Slow Cooker Sauce. Her pair of sauces (in Original BBQ and Italian Tomato, Peppers & Herbs) are all-natural and aimed at aiding those who don't have time to get creative in the kitchen.
Marry the Original BBQ with a rack of ribs, or pour the Italian Tomato, Peppers & Herbs over some tofu and mushrooms for a savory, delicious meal. If you prep and set up the slow cooker in the morning, you'll have a tasty meal ready by dinnertime.
With the tremendous success of the two original flavors, Schwartz is working on rolling out three more.
(Jesben Slow Cooker Sauce is sold at area Giant Eagle and Bed Bath & Beyond locations; jesben.com) —Emily Marmion, PM Editorial Intern
Get ready to take notes, as we share our latest food report with you (yes, it's OK to toss that tempeh now).