Fuel and Fuddle is one of the more interesting bar restaurants in Oakland. It exudes a lot of energy, and the atmosphere is very hip. On the wall, a huge chalkboard lists the available beers. The beer selection changes often and to promote experimentation, they have plaques on the walls honoring those who have consumed obscene amounts. Many of the meals are made in the open-fire brick oven and come with a side of skinny fries, a mix of potato and sweet potato fries. The menu is amusing offering entrees and appetizers with names like, Big Fat Jerk and Rosemary's Breasts. The music is not too loud to talk but too loud for romance. Go with a group of friends and enjoy the scene. -Corinne N. M. Kenna
Bootleggers is located on the corner of Bates Street and Semple Street in the southern section of The University of Pittsburgh campus. It is usually filled with college students, and is busy even on weeknights. In fact, Wednesday is an especially busy night because it is karaoke night and Thursday brings crowds in for the wings. There are two main rooms. One is made up of a huge bar with surrounding seating. The second room is outfitted for billiards and darts. They serve inexpensive bar food (fries, wings, etc), drinks, and are well-known for their specials such as the Saturday night $1 well drinks from 9p-11p. It is a great place to go for a motley mix of people. -Corinne N. M. Kenna
The Thai Place Café is the sister restaurant to Shadyside's Thai Place. The menu is smaller and offers simpler dishes. Favorites include Pho, Vietnamese noodle soup, and Tom Kha Gai, soup in a coconut milk base. Most of the dishes are meat free, so vegetarians will have a lot of choices. The café is busy at lunchtime, but is relatively slow around dinner. Diners can bring their own alcohol. The Thai Place Café is a non-smoking establishment.
The Star of India is a busy place Monday through Thursday when the lunch buffet is available. Located in Oakland, many of the patrons are either college students or employees at one of the nearby hospitals. The menu features lamb, beef or chicken. There are also a number of selections for vegetarians. Reservations suggested.
The Spice Island Tea House features the cuisine of several Asian countries - Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and Myanmar. The menu features a number of noodle dishes and specialty salads, and plenty of choices for vegetarians all at prices that will have you coming back. The restaurant does not serve alcohol (though you are invited to bring your own), however they do offer a variety of loose leaf teas. Reservations not accepted.
Located next to the University of Pittsburgh and several Oakland hospitals, the Prince of India Restaurant and Tavern always has a crowd for the daily lunch buffet. The restaurant facilities include genuine Indian clay ovens that turn out hot, fresh bread in ten varieties every day. The menu features curries, as well as lamb, seafood and vegetarian selections. There is a bar and wine list. Reservations are never accepted.
Established in 1960, The Original Hot Dog Shop started as a small eatery. As the success of Syd and Moe's restaurant grew, the news of their secret sauce spread, and more and more people came by to try what they were missing. Restaurant expansions and menu additions soon followed, and in no time this place was receiving recognition on an international platform with television coverage, newspaper articles and magazine publications. Even today, if you ask any alumni what they most remember about University of Pittsburgh campus, the answer will likely be "
"The O. A variety of hot dogs, french fries, subs, wings and pizzas is what you can try out here. Don't miss out on their famous fries, which fill a large plate that you probably will want to share! This lively place stays open late, and is a great option for a late-night bite.
Located near the University of Pittsburgh in Oakland, Mad Mex offers a lively atmosphere and delicious Mexican cuisine. Dishes have interesting names like Heavy Duty Judy's Curry Chicken Burrito. The full-service bar offers an impressive variety of microbrews and some of the biggest margaritas you will ever see. This is not a place for a quiet conversation. The restaurant offers background music and loud conversation, and is perfect for a fun night on the town. The nightly special is from 11pm to 1am when food is half price. See website for menus, draft beer list, and locations all around the region.
For three years, Pittsburghers have chosen India Garden as the best Indian cuisine in the area. The secret to its distinctive taste belongs to the restaurant's use of a clay oven. The menu features beef and seafood dishes, as well as many selections for vegetarians. The daily buffet features more than 25 items, and is very popular among university students in Oakland. The restaurant does not serve alcohol, but patrons can bring their own. Banquet facilities can accommodate up to 230 people. See website for menus and drink specials.
With locations spread all across the United States, Lone Star Steakhouse in Pittsburgh, too, comes up with unmatched offering. The food is delicious, without a doubt, especially the alamo burger and the mesquitta grilled chopped steak. Check out the various combos to get the taste of everything at a reasonable price. And you need not worry about your health because the meals at Lone Star Steakhouse are certified to use the finest of ingredients and meet all your dietary and nutritional concerns.
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