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DeLuca’s in the Strip

3 Sep

DeLuca’s is one of those Pittsburgh institutions that I was simply ashamed that I’ve never visited, despite now living in the ‘burgh for more than TWELVE YEARS.  I had brunch plans with some of my lovely lady friends, and suggested DeLuca’s to finally remedy this shortfall in my Pixburgh credibility.

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We planned for a 9:30 brunch (breakfast?) on a Sunday. Dude, that’s early for a weekend. But DeLuca’s is known for long lines, and we managed to bypass that problem by getting there so early. By the time we left, the line was well out the door and wrapped its way down the sidewalk.

DeLuca’s is staffed by the typical surly diner waitress types.  It adds to the charm.  Like Pamela’s, DeLuca’s is annoyingly cash only, but there are several ATM’s very close by. One of my least favorite part of Pamela’s is getting yelled at by the hostess, and not being seated until everyone in your party has arrived.  DeLuca’s will seat you if you’re still waiting for people, which is VERY much appreciated for a restaurant in the Strip District, where the parking is always dicey, and despite rigid planning and best intentions, it’s impossible for your party to all get there around roughly the same time.

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DeLuca’s menu is HUGE. They have all kinds of eggs, pancakes, etc. offerings. They had something like 6 different kinds of Benedicts. I chose the California Benedict, with avocado and tomato and a pesto hollandaise.  It was so good.  The menu also has a huge selection of ice cream sundae pancakes, but my stomach just couldn’t handle that much sugar in the morning. I NEED to go back there to try those out sometime soon.

The only area where I think Pamela’s has a leg up on DeLuca’s is in the homefries department.  Pamela’s Lyonnaise Potatoes are unmatched by any breakfast potato I’ve ever tried. (Caveat: I’m not much of a pancake person, so I’m not getting into the Pamela’s crepe pancakes vs. other pancakes discussion).  But DeLuca’s massive selection, the delicious quality of their comfort breakfast foods, their willingness to seat our party while some members (me) were still on their way, and their willingness to split the bill without a hassle, all make DeLuca’s my preferred diner.

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What camp do you fall in? Pamela’s or DeLuca’s? Or do you have a different favorite Pittsburgh diner entirely?

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Food Truck Fridays! #FoodTruckFriday

31 Aug

It’s FRIDAY in Pittsburgh, and that means it is time for FOOD TRUCKS! Bar Marco in the Strip generously hosts Food Truck Fridays in its parking lot, to demonstrate that food trucks and brick-and-mortar restaurants can live together in harmony.

Mr. Beez, our friend David, and I ventured to the Strip to partake in the festivities last week.  The weather was gorgeous, and the food delicious.

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In a horse-before-cart type maneuver, Fukuda sold grilled seafood delicacies, even though their restaurant has not yet opened.  We tried an order of the octopus balls (on the grill on the right), which were kind of like crabcakes except with octopus.  I liked that chewy pieces of octopus were distinct and flavorful. 

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We were not shy.  On our table you can see grilled cheese WITH CHEESE DIPPING SAUCE (whut?!) from Oh My Grill,  the aforementioned octopus balls with fancy toppings from Fukuda, and an om nom nom so good banh mi from Lucy.  Yes, I know I can buy a banh mi from Lucy pretty much whenever, but those sandwiches are so good that I CANNOT pass one up.  Bonus– instead of trekking to the very crowded Strip for a banh mi on the weekend, parking is way easier on a Friday afternoon.

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This lovely morsel is the Bar Marco burger, in this picture sliced in half.  It’s topped with grilled onions and is all kinds of amazing.  I packed a lunch for work today, but looking at this picture I am very very tempted to haul myself down to the strip to get one of these for lunch instead.

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FRIENDS! I encourage you to support our local food trucks! I also encourage you to get a delicious cheap meal! So haul your backsides down to the Strip this afternoon, and get your lunch on!