Splurge on Dessert from Gaby et Jules
Get your sweetheart something sweet at the Squirrel Hill patisserie.
photo courtesy Gaby et Jules
INDULGE IN FRENCH VALENTINE'S DAY SWEETS
In case you haven't yet purchased your Valentine's Day treats, we'd like to offer a few suggestions. Gaby et Jules Patisseries et Macarons specializes in French delicacies, particularly macarons. During the holidays, executive pastry chef/co-owner David Piquard and his team come up with seasonal specials. The Valentine's Day desserts are light enough that you can enjoy them after a full meal; each is made of mousse and features various embellishments and extra flavors, including lime, rose and white chocolate.
(5837 Forbes Ave., Squirrel Hill; 412/682-1966, gabyetjules.com)
—Kristina Martin, PM Associate Editor
Need another dessert recommendation? Consider Prantl's red-velvet cups.
SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS IN TWO POLLS
Want your voice to be heard? Now's the time to weigh in: Our Best Restaurants readers' poll is live through March 3. Cast your ballot for all of your favorites — from gluten-free to Latin-inspired to beer list. Be sure to pick up a copy of our June issue to see who took first-, second- and third-place honors. And while you're at it, save the date for our 25th annual Best Restaurants Party, which will take place June 2 at Heinz Field.
On another note, the editors of Food & Wine last month put out a list of 40 of the nation's "favorite food cities." We don't want to brag, but we're not surprised the Steel City made the cut. Now through April 30 you can participate in the survey by choosing Pittsburgh in a multitude of categories, including best service and best cocktails. Food & Wine will print select results in its September edition.
GET A HEFTY STACK AT HOT METAL DINER
It’s nice to linger over crèpes and croissants and talk about the finer things. But we all have mornings when we just want a satisfying meal and plenty of coffee. That’s what Hot Metal Diner's buttermilk "mancakes" are for. With each flapjack weighing roughly two pounds, this dish is for those who want a low-cost ($7.99) but filling breakfast. Bonus: Patrons who eat both pancakes go home with a T-shirt that says “Size really matters” — plus they’re asked whether they’d like to pose for a photo to be displayed at the diner.
(1025 Lebanon Road, West Mifflin; 412/462-9000, hotmetaldiner.com)
—Gideon Bradshaw, PM Editorial Intern