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Recent reviews by Cy Z. - Page 1 of 17
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Sammy's Famous Corned Beef Pittsburgh, PA
Sammy's is a restaurant masquerading as a bar, or at least this location is. The bar is in the center of the store when you walk in. You have to order the food in the back. But the sandwiches are good. At least "The Special", which I got. It's a large portion of hot corned beef topped with swiss cheese, cole slaw, and Russian dressing on rye bread. I'm not one of those snobs that think New York is the only good place to get corned beef. The world doesn't revolve around New York. Sammy's does a fine job. Shut your mouths, New Yorkers.
El Campesino Monroeville, PA
Authentic Mexican restaurant in a strip plaza in Monroeville. The atmosphere isn't the best, but the food makes up for it. Daily lunch specials are featured from $5.25 to $8.25.
Taipei-Tokyo Restaurant Monroeville, PA
Excellent Chinese and Japanese restaurant. Features a sushi bar. I got the Japanese lunch box, which is traditionally known as a bento box. I got salmon teriyaki, which featured a nicely cooked piece of salmon marinated in teriyaki sauce, served on a bed of lettuce. The bento box is a tray which is divided into compartments, each featuring a different portion of the meal. Mine came with a small salad with an interesting orangish dressing heavy on the ginger. It also features 3 pieces of California Roll. California Roll, for the non-sushi people, is a roll which contains crab meat, cucumer, and avocado wrapped in sushi rice and then rolled in an orange-colored fish roe. Not all sushi is raw, this is a common misconception. The lunch box also includes your choice of soup, for which I chose miso. Completing the box is a portion of rice. I can't wait to go back to try it again.
Italian Village Pizza Pittsburgh, PA
Italian Village Pizza is a great pizza shop on the Forbes Avenue strip in Squirrel Hill. They serve a great New York style slice. The everyday special features two slices of cheese pizza and a 16 ounce soda for $3.50. What a great deal, and what great pizza. Check it out.
Little Budapest Westlake, OH
Little Budapest is an excellent Hungarian restaurant in the Cleveland suburb of Westlake. I drove from Pittsburgh, via Youngstown, to go with my Mom, and it was well worth it. Whether you like Wiener Schnitzel, Chicken Paprikash, or Stuffed Cabbage, you can't go wrong with anything. We tried "Sztrapacska", which is feta cheese dumplings. They were great, and not too salty as anything with feta cheese tends to be. We also tried the Sauerkraut with Sausage appetizer. The sauerkraut wasn't too sour, which turns a lot of people away from kraut. It had a mild sweetness to it. Every day of the week, from 1 to 5 you can get the Early Bird Special, which is a small dinner portion and choice of side dish with a cucumer salad for $8.99 instead of $9.95. At either price, it's still a great deal. I got the Veal Paprikash, and it was excellent. Plenty of chunks of veal. I got Tarhonya as a side dish, which is tiny sauteed noodle balls, kind of like mini-dumplings. Even with the small dinner portion, combined with grazing the appetizers, I had a good portion of food to take home with me. And don't forget dessert. We took home some excellent apple strudel and a piece of a 9 layer torte. Both were excellent when we were able to eat again later that day. Highly recommended.
Backyard Dogs Youngstown, OH
Backyard Dogs is a new hot dog shop converted from an old McDonald's restaurant. As you can guess by the name, hot dogs are the main thing. But they also serve gyros, philly cheese steak sandwiches, and a few other things. Their chili dogs are good, but nothing out of the ordinary you'd find around Youngstown. They make their own fresh cut french fries, but the order I got could have used another minute or two in the deep fryer. They were hot, but not crisp, instead limp and soggy. I'll have to try something else on their menu. But a meal under $2 for a dog and fries is a bargain these days, when a gallon of gasoline costs $3.
Thai Cuisine Pittsburgh, PA
Thai Cuisine has been constantly voted upon by Pittsburghers and various publications as the best Thai restaurant in the Pittsburgh area. I agree with this assessment. Sometimes, restaurants that are voted best aren't necessarily so. Sometimes they are more familiar and comfortable. Not the case with Thai Cuisine. They have great Thai food, and I'm not just talking about the Pad Thai. Wash down any of their great entrees with some Thai iced tea. It's very interesting. Highly recommended.
Buford's Dog House Struthers, OH
Buford's Dog House is another all hot dog restaurant. I tried a chili dog and fries upon a recent visit. The fries were good, fresh cut and cooked up hot and crispy. The chili dog was average. The chili contained beans, something that chili on a hot dog should not contain. It was average, tasting like Hormel Chili out of a can. The dog was good, as was the bun. Buford's can give you a filing meal for cheap, but for great chili dogs, you can do better.
Aladdin's Eatery Youngstown, OH
Aladdin's is a restaurant featuring Middle Eastern and Lebanese cuisine. It is a chain, which shouldn't be a concern. It's a chain in a good way, clean and consistent. Everything I've had on the menu is good and fresh. Service is also excellent.
Bruno's Restaurant & Catering Youngstown, OH
Bruno's has good Italian food. They feature a weekday lunch buffet, which is a great deal for around $6. Features a full bar, lunch, and dinner menus.
Dona Vito's Italian Grille Struthers, OH
Dona Vito's is an excellent Italian restaurant in an area full of them. The portion are ample, the food is fresh, the red sauce is excellent. I even tried the lamb, which is not something normally seen in Italian cooking. The lamb was sliced thin, cooked until tender, and marinated in a great sauce. Sandwiches are served on ciabatta bread with fresh cut french fries. Chicken parmigiana gets you two giant breasts of chicken. Plan on taking home some food with you. You'll be stuffed, but you also can't wait until you're hungry again so you can eat the leftovers.
Casa Ramirez Youngstown, OH
Casa Ramirez was one of the first true Mexican restaurants in Youngstown, and is one of the best. Very good authentic Mexican food, but not too adventurous. Located just west of downtown Youngstown.
The Fifth Season Youngstown, OH
The Fifth Season is quite possibly the best restaurant in the Youngstown area. Offering fine dining which you'd only find in larger cities at a fraction of the price. Everything on the menu is great. I usually order the last thing I see being served at another table. An all around great restaurant.
Johnny's Youngstown, OH
Johnny's is a very good Italian restaurant. They relocated from Midlothian Boulevard to Market Street in Boardman, taking over the former Cafe Capri location. Set in a small strip plaza, the ambiance doesn't do it for me. But the food will make up for what the surroundings and interior have to offer. Great Italian dishes. You can't go wrong with anything. Try everything on the menu, you'll keep going back for more.
Mad Mex Pittsburgh, PA
Mad Mex is another addition to the long list of chain Mexican restaurants. While this is more of a full service restaurant complete with a fully stocked bar, they offer more choices than chains like Chipotle, Qdoba, etc. But you also end up paying more for it.
Original Hot Dog Shop Pittsburgh, PA
The "O", as it's known locally, serves great, gigantic hot dogs with virtually any topping you'd like on them. And if you order fries, make sure you bring a friend, because a small order of fries is enough to feed at least two, if not three people, as I found out on my first visit going solo.
John Harvards Brew House Pittsburgh, PA
I always say you can't go wrong with the food at a microbrewery, and John Harvard's strengthens my theory. The food is very good, but I didn't get a chance to sample the beer seeing as I was taking a lunch break from work. The salmon salad is excellent. I can't wait to try some other menu items, as well as their beer.
Original Hot Dog Shops Pittsburgh, PA
The "O" is a Pittsburgh institution. This is the original location, and has a certain charm that you have to experience. Try it sometime, but avoid the late night crowds after the bars close.
Rudy's Submarines Monroeville, PA
Rudy's subs, which can be ordered hot or cold, are the best subs in Greater Pittsburgh. Period.
Cafe Capri Italian Bar & Grill Youngstown, OH
Of all the restaurants I've been to in the Youngstown area, I would have to say Cafe Capri is the best one in town. And there are a lot of Italian restaurants in the Youngstown area.
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