1) It’s Pittsburgh Restaurant Week! Why is this important to you? More than 50 Pittsburgh restaurants are offering extra special deals through August 19, including multi-course prix fixe meals or $20.18 specialties. Restaurants include: Lidia’s Pittsburgh, Eddie V’s Prime Seafood, Superior Motors, Green Forrest Churrascaria & Steakhouse, Lemont, 12 Whiskey Barbecue, Luma, Station, Mallorca, Willow, The Vandal, and Grand Concourse. To view all participating restaurants and for more information, visit Pittsburghrestaurantweek.com. Let’s get out there and support all our great Pittsburgh restaurants!
2) Squirrel Hill’s Independent Brewing Company surveys Western Pennsylvania’s craft breweries and serves these breweries’ best libations in one tavern. Beverages from as far and wide including Braddock’s Brew Gentlemen Beer Company and Larrimer’s East End Brewing Company, plus plenty in between, are represented on the draft list. Much of the food is from local farms, and the spirits and cocktails are local, too, like Wigle Whiskey’s popular Monongahela style rye and Maggie’s Farm White Rum.. The tavern’s regional emphasis harks back to the original Independent Brewing Company, a group of pre-Prohibition Pittsburgh brewers who helped to support one another. The new IBC has adopted that same goal as well as the old IBC’s logo. The eclectic menu is created by noted Chef Jamilka Borges. Monday through Wednesday, 5 – 11 p.m. Thursday 5 p.m. – 12 a.m. Friday through Saturday, 5 p.m. – 12 a.m. Note: kitchen closes approximately two hours before the rest of the tavern. (CM)