Late Nite Eats: Episode 1 - Pittsburgh

Welcome to Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh is an amazingly tight city with great views – especially in the summer. The people are very friendly, the city is progressive, and, with all the Penguins and Steelers gear all over the place (even in the off-season), it’s immediately clear that it prides itself as a sport town. The bridges are great options for both sightseeing and running routes, and the food atmosphere throughout town is lively and appetizing.

Where I Ate

The Yard: This classic college bar knows what it is, and chef Chris Gilbert sticks to what people know and love – which is cheese! The surrounding area is energetic – the bar is surrounded by 4 or 5 colleges that make it a fun late night spot. They offer 29 different grilled cheeses, and they do it well. They aren't trying to revolutionize the Pitt food scene and I appreciate that.

Food sampled:

  • The Big Che-Bowski: Cheddar, Gouda, Over Easy Egg, Applewood Smoked Bacon and Tomato
  • Buffy the Mac Attack Slayer: Cheddar, Homemade Creamy Mac ‘n’ Cheese and Buffalo Chicken

Jordan Andino, Buffy Mac Attack Slayer, The Yard, Late Nite Eats, Pittsburgh, Cooking Channel

Umami: A 3rd floor walk up restaurant that can aptly be described as a speakeasy izakaya (Japanese gastropub). The branding and overall decor is creative and imaginative, and it speaks to the partner’s vibe and laid-back atmosphere. With Morimoto trained chef/partner Roger Li, the food here is some of the best in town!

Food and drink sampled:

  • Karaage: Japanese Fried Chicken with Tonkotsu Gravy
  • Fried Ice Cream: Candied Walnuts, Berry Compote and Mochi
  • Suppai Shoga: Gin, Ginger, Lemon, Orange and Meringue

Jordan Andino, Fried Ice Cream, Umami, Late Nite Eats, Pittsburgh, Cooking Channel

Jordan Andino, Late Nite Eats, Umami, Pittsburgh, Cooking Channel, Suppai Shoga

Pirata: You think a pirate-themed bar would be restored wood, lots of rum and distressed clothes and tables... well, think again, because NOT HERE! This restaurant is a new age and newly renovated spot with marble tables, felt chairs and amazingly modern decor with accents used as homage to pirate culture. Located in center city Pittsburgh (Market Square), it's a great time with awesome drinks and chef Josh Ross's perfectly paired food.

Food and drink sampled:

  • Skirt Steak Tacos: Garlic Mojo, Arugala, Watermelon Radish Sofrito and Salsa De Arbol
  • Jamaican Beef Patty
  • Amazing Rum Collection

Jordan Andino, Jamaican Beef Patty, Pirata, Late Nite Eats, Pittsburgh, Cooking Channel

My Pittsburgh Tip

Get the classic "Pittsburger" or Primanti Bros sandwich with beef (I would recommend sausage), cheese, French fries, Italian dressed coleslaw and hot sauce on their suprisingly fluffy and light bread. Local tip: go there during the warmer months.

My Pittsburgh Anthem

Feels - Calvin Harris feat. Pharrell, Katy Perry, Big Sean

Missed the premiere? Don't sweat it - catch it online or on TV! Here are the upcoming airings of Late Nite Eats Pittsburgh:

  • Saturday, November 4 at 8pm ET
  • Sunday, November 5 at 12am ET

Photos courtesy of the Cooking Channel

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