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Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is right around the corner, have you made plans yet? Don’t be one of those people who waits until the last minute! Traditionally, people choose brunch for this special day. If you’d like to try something different, make reservations at a nice restaurant for Saturday evening instead of Sunday day. By doing this, you can avoid the crowds, and even start a new tradition. In addition to having a meal out with your family, buy your Mother some nice roses and candy; she did raise you after all!

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Church Brew Works, Pittsburgh, PA

Have you ever been to dinner in a palatial restaurant that was once a church? Well, that’s what you will find if you choose to have dinner at Church Brew Works. Besides having good food, Church Brew Works brews, and serves its own beers.

It’s hard to believe that a building so vast could house a restaurant, but it does. One of the first times I had dinner at Church Brew Works, I remember entering the parking lot and seeing something peculiar. There were people standing in the parking lot, looking up. A large collection of bats were circling the top of the church, hundreds of bats, it was creepy. Maybe the bats knew something we didn’t.

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Dunning’s Grill, Pittsburgh, PA

French Fries in a salad? Yeah, you heard me…fries and greens. Shortly after I moved to Pittsburgh, I ordered a grilled chicken salad, and it came with gobs of cheese and French fries. It seemed odd to me, I mean, don’t the fries cancel out the health benefits of the mixed greens? Well, I’m not sure, but it sure tastes good- especially with extra ranch dressing. One such restaurant that specializes in the French fry-salad combo is Dunning’s in Regent Square. It’s a family-friendly restaurant that has been around for the past 20 years. Dunning’s food is straightforward; no complicated sauces, expensive cuts of veal, or white tablecloths. What they do have is good burgers, grilled chicken dishes and salads with French fries.

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Eadie’s Kitchen, Pittsburgh, PA

Walk into Eadie’s Kitchen and Market at 500 Grant Street in downtown Pittsburgh early in the morning, and you’ll see attorneys, CPAs, business executive and the like, ordering their breakfasts.

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Don Pablo’s, Monroeville, PA

Chain Restaurants…what’s to say? I’ve never been a huge fan, but there are exceptions. Friday’s, for example is a decent place; the food is good, the service is above average, and the drinks aren’t bad. Don Pablo’s is another example- the food is good, and you usually know what you’re going to get, no matter which location you choose.

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Mad Mex, Monroeville, PA

We got to Mad Mex on a Friday night, and the place was buzzing. The bar was packed wall-to-wall with people trying to forget their work week; huge margaritas were being served by the bartenders along with Coronas, Dos Equis, and other Mexican-drink concoctions.

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Calli’s Restaurant, Pittsburgh, PA

Calli’s restaurant sits across from Frick Park in Regent Square. If you’ve ever been to Rose’s Ice Cream Parlor, you may have noticed it next door. There are two entrances, one on the Forbes Avenue side, and another on Braddock Avenue.

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Ruth’s Chris Steak House

I was attending an event in the city a few months ago and decided to try Ruth’s Chris Steak House. This was my first time, and I was looking forward to sampling their famous steaks. We arrived 15 minutes before our reservation, and were seated immediately.

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The Carlton, Pittsburgh, PA

The Carlton is a staple in the city of Pittsburgh. The restaurant is in located in one BNY Mellon Center. Nationally recognized, the Carlton is the only eatery and recipient of the Distinguished Restaurant of North America Award. Kevin Joyce, the owner and proprietor, is quite proud of this fact. If you choose to dine at the Carlton, you will see Mr. Joyce on a regular basis; he likes to be in the thick of things.

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Aladdin’s Eatery, Squirrel Hill, PA

Aladdin’s restaurant in Squirrel Hill has enjoyed a loyal following since its opening. The food is fresh, the restaurant is clean, and the service is good on a consistent basis. What most people don’t know however, is that Aladdin’s Eatery is a chain.

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