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Butcher and the Rye – Downtown Pittsburgh

Butcher and the Rye is Pittsburgh’s bestest restaurant. Everything about it is par excellence – from the drinks to the décor to the cuisine. Their Brussels sprout are seriously one of the most delicious appetizers in the friggin’ world…and don’t even get me started on the scallops….or the pig candy…or the yuzu sour…or the hanger steak…etc.

Since all the superlatives in the world wouldn’t begin to explicate how awesome this place is, I decided that the only way to come close to conveying it’s greatness is to populate my review with semi-relevant quotes from the best movie of all time – Pulp Fiction. Please enjoy my review below, and remember, nobody kills anybody in my place of business except me or Zed.


I’m American, honey. Our names don’t mean shit.” – Butch


In your future… I see a cab ride. Move out of the sticks, gentlemen.” – The Wolf


Warmer! Warmer! Disco!” – Mia Wallace



Mmmm! Goddamn, Jimmie! This is some serious gourmet shit!” – Jules Winnfield


That’s a pretty f*cking good milkshake. I don’t know if it’s worth five dollars but it’s pretty f*cking good.” – Vincent Vega



Don’t you just love it when you come back from the bathroom and find your food waiting for you?” – Mia Wallace

Final Call

Bacon tastes gooood. Pork chops taste gooood.” – Vincent Vega

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The Best of Winter Part II…Pittsburgh Comfort Food

Between the inclement weather and packed shopping areas, I rarely look forward to leaving the house during the winter season. And since I can now purchase all of my Christmas gifts online, there’s really only one way to get my Snuggie-covered body off of the couch – GREAT FOOD!!!

Thankfully Pittsburgh’s got plenty of scrumptious food options that are well worth the hassle of dealing with slippy roads and jagoff drivers. In this second installment of the Best of Winter series, everyone’s favorite blogger bon vivant Heidi is here to highlight some the best comfort food dishes in Pittsburgh. Bon appétit n’at!


Best of Pittsburgh Comfort Food by HGB (The Steel Trap)

I’m going to go ahead and disclose that I have a full blown self-diagnosed case of seasonal affective disorder; because of this affliction, throughout the winter months I seek out the most comforting food in Pittsburgh with little to no remorse or consideration for my waistline. So when AJF was kind enough to ask me to put something together for this post, I knew right away that it would feature five of my most favorite comfort food options in town… and they are all $11 or less!

Joe Mama’s Meatloaf from Fuel and Fuddle

This sandwich has been a favorite of mine since I moved to Pittsburgh seventeen years ago. It features a grilled housemade meatloaf, “smashed” potatoes, caramelized onions and sauteéd mushrooms on a thick bun. It comes with russet and sweet potato fries on the side, but you can also ask for all sweet potato if you prefer (like me). Don’t forget to ask for their barbeque sauce to complement this dish; you can thank me later.

Mac N Cheese from Butcher and The Rye

This dish can either be a side or a main event depending on your preference. I’ve gone into Butcher and the Rye many times and eaten this with an adult beverage at the bar and felt pretty good about my life. Comprised of a taleggio pasta with fontina, goat, cheddar, and parmesan cheeses, this version of an American classic is like a warm cheesy hug in your mouth. Yes, I said it.

Gourmet Cheeseburger from Tessaro’s

No matter how many burger spots pop up on our radar, this one remains my all-time favorite and has held that spot for twenty-one years. If that alone doesn’t convince you, one bite of this half-pound choice cut beef, hardwood grilled to order with bacon; grilled mushrooms, onions, and peppers; and melted cheese on a fresh bun will. Trust me. Oh, and add a glass of red wine for further warmth.

Donuts from e2

Whether you eat these as breakfast or as a sweet accompaniment to brunch, these donuts provide exponential comfort. Coming in four varieties (chocolate pistachio, lemon rosemary, berry white, and beignet), each portion is plentiful and exactly what you need to put yourself in a food coma, which is one way to combat seasonal affective disorder… or at least that’s what I’ve heard.

Rotisserie chicken from Giant Eagle

Ready to eat and available from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., this option is perfect for a cold day when you don’t feel like cooking but don’t want to eat out. Hey! Don’t judge me. You’ve all considered doing this. I’m just giving you the green light!

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