Evangeline

The newest cocktail escape to hit downtown opened last month complete with an oyster bar. Evangeline opened on the landing overlooking the lobby of Distrikt Hotel. In the morning Evangeline is a coffee and pastry bar and at night it turns to cocktails and oysters.

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Or the Whale

Last week had one of the biggest restaurant openings that Pittsburgh has been anticipating for a month. Or the Whale opened in the new Distrikt Hotel in the old Salvation Army building on Blvd of the Allies. It was opened with an array of food and drink that would make any food connoisseur go home smiling.

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Wigle Walkabout Apple Whiskey

It is Autumn again and the air has gotten a bit more crisp and everyone in Pittsburgh is looking forward to apple picking and pumpkin patches. There is this excitement about leaves changing color and the idea of a home cooked meal. The liquor and beer industry is no different and Wigle Whiskey brings out a usual favorite: Walkabout Apple Whiskey.

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Pittsburgh Libations Week

Libations have become one of the biggest and fastest-growing parts of the economy that has reshaped Pittsburgh into what it is today. The libations industry is growing so fast you hear of a new company opening almost weekly. Libations are not just craft beer, but also distilleries, cider and mead makers.

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Sporkmade: Cocktails

Last month we visited Spork and had an amazing time trying the homemade pasta at Sporkmade. On June 13th join Spork for a unique evening of cocktails and food. Sporkmade: Cocktails will highlight the new cocktail menu from general manager Sean Enright and food pairings.

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Sporkmade

As the first bite of Campanelle was savored around the table you could hear the mumbles of yum and moans of foodie enjoyment. These sound echoed through Spork during the Sporkmade dinner a thousand times over. Chef Christian Frangiadis took us on journey of how he has made the pasta by hand and how each dish was special.

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Southern Tier North Shore

Southern Tier is known for it’s strong IPAs and Pumpking which started the market for pumpkin beers. In Pittsburgh, Southern Tier is known for its newest brewery on the North Shore. We were fortunate enough to check it out on a Sunday afternoon before the craziness of Pirates season.

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Voodoo Brewery

I have always had a rule that I wait at least a month before I visit a location. I don’t want to ruin my experience with opening day jitters. However, we did visit Voodoo Brewery when it opened and again a few years later. While I was there I was reminded that they have been open for two years. I was in the area so I stopped in to check it out again; they recently opened an arcade.

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Dorothy 6

When you walk into Dorothy 6 in Homestead you get the impression right away that you will be treated to excellent food and brews with a steampunk twist. The food is beyond your typical pub food and the brews are above craft.

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Old Tom Gin Release

Gin was widely popular in the 18th century England and, as a result, the English government placed bans and regulations on the gin industry that drove it underground. Since gin was then a black-market item it got boring and needed a new twist. The gin producers started to add sugar and other botanicals to improve on taste. This gin was called “Old Tom” and was obtained from the bootleggers by placing a coin in the mouth of a “wooden cat-shaped plaque” on the outside of the bootleggers’ home.

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Roost

When Revel and Roost opened in 2016 it was the first in many restaurants leading up Forbes revitalization out of Market Square. Nestled in the second floor of the new Hilton Garden Hotel Downtown the Roost gives a contemporary spin on fine dining.

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Scratch Food and Beverage

Part of this menu at Scratch Food and Beverage in Troy Hill started as a joke in the kitchen. Why would a new and interesting restaurant want to serve SPAM? But what happens if you took SPAM and combined it with something interesting and flavorful? What would happen if you added cricket protein?

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