By: Amanda Narcisi
Amongst the hippest restaurants popping up is Prairie, a whiskey based restaurant in Garfield that is doing food and cocktails right. When we entered there is a bar straight ahead that sits about ten. There are small tables and some larger booths spread throughout the floor.
We were given a small, two-person table in the corner by the bar. On this night there was a Wednesday Whiskey Tasting going on by Knob Creek. The whiskey tastings are on Wednesdays and are sporadic through the month. We had front row to the tasting which was informative and looked like it was a fun night to attend in the future.
We started with cocktails and an appetizer. I ordered a Short Skirt, Long Jacket: hibiscus and vanilla infused Boyd and Blair vodka, lime, orgeat, orange curaçao, cherry bitters, and bubbles. It looked beautiful and the taste was crisp and refreshing. Steve, my date and food contributor, enjoyed a Prairie Fire: Old Forester Signature, honey, lemon, Lillet Blanc, Green Chartreuse, rosemary, fire. The drink was then set on fire which made for the smoky taste of the whiskey stand out.
For our appetizer we enjoyed the Pennsylvania Cheese Board. The cheese is circulated and based on availability, however we had amazing beer creamed cheese that was sweet and rich. The other cheese was a blue cheese and a local cheddar.
We then ordered a second drink for our meal; I had a glass of the house wine and Steve had the Woodford Lil Mule. Prairie has a Happy Hour Monday thru Friday from 5-7PM. It includes house wines by the glass, Woodford Lil Mules, and a Featured Beer.
For dinner I had the Chicken and Biscuit. A buttermilk biscuit with oven roasted chicken with an herbed gravy and some root vegetable hash. The chicken was cooked perfectly with the outside roasted to a crisp. The meal was served really hot which I attribute to the early dinner.
Steve had the Steak and Potatoes which was Jubilee Hilltop Ranch grass-fed 12oz ribeye, roasted potatoes, ginger-glazed carrots, port wine demi-glace. I tried some and it was really refreshing that it was a local farm raised dinner. The demi-glace has a well-balanced sweetness that adds to the taste of the ribeye.
A meal isn't complete without dessert and we were enticed by the waitress to order the chocolate cake with the ice cream. The chocolate cake was topped with an icing made with espresso flour. It added a richness and topped the cake perfectly. We had to eat it with a spoon which is a sign that the cake will be amazing.
Overall we had a great dinner at Prairie and look forward to someday trying the brunch. The atmosphere was fun and relaxed. The staff was excited about the food and cocktails. Being close to downtown and within a close distance to east end night life makes this a great place to start your night out. Cheers!
Prairie; 5491 Penn Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15206; (412) 404-8487 http://prairiepgh.com