Sunday, June 13, 2010

Best Restaurants Announced

Pittsburgh Magazine has released its "Best Restaurants" issue, naming the Top 25 restaurants in the region, as well as classifying the best by cuisine category, and naming a cadre of "Classics" which are restaurants which are flat out excellent year in, year out.

Among some of my favorites listed are the Big Burrito Group's Eleven, Kaya and Soba. Eleven has an inventive, continental-themed menu with super-fresh ingredients and impeccable service. Its attention to detail is immaculate, and the service is as professional as any in the city. Soba offers a soothing environment, with and Asian fusion cuisine and an absolutely killer bar which opens onto Ellsworth Avenue in Shadyside. Kaya is located on Smallman Street in the Strip District, and features Caribbean cuisine in a hip, open space.

Some new additions which I've blogged on in Restaurant Row include Toast!, Avenue B and Pangea. All are excellent and well worth a visit.

One favorite in the Legends category is the Carlton, located downtown. The Carlton is a classic, with exquisitely prepared fresh fish and chops, typically offered with an inventive sauce. It's wine list is extensive, and its serving staff is exceptionally knowledgeable.

It's always interesting to go through the listings to see which restaurants were included and which were not, and some of those left off are worth arguing for. In any event, though, the Best Restaurants list provides some fodder for what to try and where to go in the Pittsburgh culinary scene, and you usually can't go wrong with any restaurant on the list.

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