The Foodie Report
Bar Marco rolls out No-Menu Mondays, Pittsburgh Restaurant Week gets a winter edition and much more.
Pom & Circumstance
Start off 2013 the right way: Head to Seviche, a go-to for Latin-inspired eats and cocktails, as snow falls to kick back and sip something sweet. While pomegranates are in season for a limited time (until the end of this month, actually), Seviche offers a Cuban Pomegranate year-round. Using a trio of pom-flavored ingredients — vodka, liqueur and fresh juice — and a splash of sours, mixologists continually blow minds with this drink.
930 Penn Ave., downtown; 412/697-3120, seviche.com. Photo by Dawn Biery.
No-Menu Mondays at Bar Marco
The four buddies behind Bar Marco have been shaking up the Strip since opening last winter. But they added to the appeal of their eatery when they started No Menu Mondays. On those nights, their bartenders sling one-of-a-kind drinks (no limitations!); plus, celebrated local chef Justin Severino serves up select charcuterie offerings. Diners pay $10 for a plate of cured goodies and can also order the wine pick of the evening. This might be one of the best ways to kick off the work week.
2216 Penn Ave., Strip District; 412/471-1900, barmarcopgh.com
El Burro Comedor
This fall, during the “year of the taco,” Derek Burnell (of Round Corner Cantina) and his crew opened a Mexican takeout-style joint on the North Side. El Burro dishes out burritos, as well as rolled and standard tacos. Other menu items include the expected chips and dip — but there’s also the Tijuana street dog, in addition to other savory sides. Best of all: Vegan and vegetarian dishes are served as well.
1108 Federal St., North Side; 412/904-3451
Pittsburgh Restaurant Week – Winter 2013
Once the holiday season wraps, we all need a little relief when it comes to our spending habits. Luckily, Brian McCollum has a solution for those hoping to dine out while taking it easy on their wallet: the winter edition of Pittsburgh Restaurant Week. In mid-January, you can enjoy fine fare at a discounted rate; participating eateries have the option of putting together a prix-fixe meal or some sort of $20.13 deal. At press time, restaurants like Mediterrano, Tamari and Franktuary have signed up.
Jan. 14-20; pittsburghrestaurantweek.com
Food Trucks Still Rolling
Like most ’Burghers, you’ve probably been following the local food-truck owners’ activity throughout the past few months. In case you missed it, Dozen Bake Shop, and Bella Christie and Lil Z’s Sweet Boutique have gotten involved with our city’s mobile-food movement (a list of trucks is available on the Pgh Mobile Food site). Individually, vendors post updates about their whereabouts on their respective sites — but a safe bet for finding most (if not all) trucks is the Food Truck Friday event, a weekly occurrence that’ll return to the Bar Marco parking lot this spring. Interested in supporting the vendors? Check out the mobile food site to learn more and maybe even sign the petition.