Shadyside’s Soba Restaurant Features Pan Asian Fare; Jevon Rushton Plays Backstage Bar (Tues., 5/29/18)

1) Soba Restaurant—located along Shadyside’s Ellsworth Avenue—specializes in traditional and contemporary Asian dishes. With many small plate offerings Soba is perfect for sharing food with friends and family and making new culinary discoveries. Most of the inspiration for the menu comes from the cuisines of China, Japan, South Korea, and Thailand.  An especially tasty small plate item is the bahn mi bao buns with pork belly, duck pate, pickles, and cilantro. The menu is categorized by sections: small plates, dim sum, sides, maki & sashimi, soups and salads, large plates, and noodles. Highlights include: Korean-style miso black cod, filet dolsot bi bim bap, wild mushroom pad Thai, and chirashi bowl. The culinary team is led by the restaurant’s executive chef, Lily Tran, and Big Burrito Group’s Executive Chef Bill Fuller. Soba sports a modern, yet comfortable interior. There is a happening lounge there as well featuring a fun selection of cocktails, wine, sake, and beer offerings. Open for dinner 7 days a week and the bar is open late. 5847 Ellsworth Ave.

2) Pittsburgh native Jevon Rushton headlines today’s installment of the weekly jazz series at the Backstage Bar. Rushton has been playing drums since he could hold a stick, reportedly blowing away audiences since he was six. He attended the Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts School, where he studied under Roger Humphries, another Pittsburgh native and jazz-drumming luminary. In his brief career Rushton has received multiple awards and performed with the likes of Kirk Franklin, Sean Jones, and Dwayne Dolphin. He recently performed in a concert featuring the music of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.”  Rushton will be performing starting at 5 p.m. at the Backstage Bar in Theater Square. No Cover. 655 Penn Ave., Cultural District.

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