Starting today (August 13) through Sat., August 19, more than 60 restaurants across the city are offering dining deals and special menus in celebration of Pittsburgh Restaurant Week.
“Restaurant Week inspires some to try new restaurants, and others to revisit their favorite chefs and try their latest creations,” says Brian McCollum, director of the event.
The Summer 2018 celebration is the the fourteenth iteration of Pittsburgh Restaurant Week, which has occurred every summer and winter since 2013. With so many restaurants to choose from, the Current thought it would preview some of the promotions to take advantage of this week. Find a full list of restaurants and promotions here.
Restaurant Week gives diners the special occasion they need to indulge in multi-course meals at the upscale restaurants they’ve been waiting for an upcoming anniversary or birthday to try. Floor 2 at the Fairmont, for example, is offering a three-course dinner menu for $35.18. For the main course, diners can choose between a lamb neck bolognese and a trout dish. A fluffy, Japanese-style cheesecake is available for dessert.
“Special menus can contain existing menu items, but chefs are encouraged to put effort into new dishes available for the week-long restaurant celebration,” says McCollum. The promotional pricing for Restaurant Week puts 18 cents on the end of each price for 2018.
While all of the restaurants offer a limited menu for Restaurant Week, most offer diners two or three choices for each course. But at some — like Superior Motors in Braddock — one special meal was designed for the week. The $35.18 meal begins with a smoked potato with whey vinaigrette, followed by seared hanger steak and a chocolate ganache for dessert.
Those who favor great deals over fancy fare can lean toward restaurants like BRGR or Fujiya Ramen during Restaurant Week. BRGR is offering a $20.18 dinner for two that includes two of their Average Joe Burgers, a side of fries to share, and two PBRs or Miller Lites. Fujiya Ramen in Shadyside has more affordable three-course menus at lunch and dinner for $15.18 and $20.18, respectively.
New Restaurant Week participants to check out are Butcher and the Rye and Foundry Table & Tap. Downtown at Butcher and the Rye, diners can find interesting flavor combinations in each course. The first course is a chicken liver mousse on a grilled baguette with a blackberry moustarda, an entree of Pan-Fried Pork Schnitzel and the third course is a peach tart with blue cheese. Foundry Table & Tap on the North Side is also featuring a three-course dinner. There are two options for each course, the main dish choices are tagliatelle pasta with pesto, sweet corn, and chanterelle mushrooms, or a fried chicken thigh paired with cheese grits and braised swiss chard.
Restaurant Week menus for the many other participating locations are on pittsburghrestaurantweek.com, along with a map and a “Restaurant Roulette” wheel that will randomly choose a location for indecisive diners.