Sunday, July 5, 2015

Dine if you dare

We like interesting restaurants.  So when we read about City Cafe in downtown Pittsburgh, we knew we had to visit.

Here are some direct quotes from reviews:

“...charming little place with a warm ambiance... marble table tops, classical music in the background, softly lit, tasteful little pictures adorn the walls.”

“I loved this place. Had the huevos rancheros and a latte and both were delicious. Great service and a really pleasant atmosphere.”

“Dude told us to sit at the one table in the restaurant that hadn't been bussed. Then he acted like a pompous ass. We left.”

“STAY AWAY! The owner is an insane man! He locked me and my fiance in the restaurant. I had to call 911 to get out.”

How could we resist? Especially after that last review.

The server -- who is also the owner, cook, dishwasher, table busser and everything else -- told us “It'll be a while” when we walked in, even though there were people at only one other table. The next two couples who wandered in were told “Go somewhere else if you want food.” Two women came in and sat down while Mr. Restaurant was in the back cooking. After a while the women left.

I had a Greek omelet; Jim had the huevos rancheros. Both were great. So I'd recommend this restaurant. Just don’t be in a hurry. Don't go in if more than two tables are full. And I don’t think I’d ask for any substitutions. That didn't cause the "we had to call 911" event described earlier, but you can't be too careful. 

Jim with his huevos rancheros. That's my Greek omelet in front. The owner said he bakes the omelets "like the French do." They were fluffy and very good. 
Wouldn't you want to try this place just by looking at it? The restaurant had just seven tables, was nicely decorated, and violin music played in the background.  While the owner was brusk with us when we first arrived, our service was good.


  1. Here is a place we have wanted to visit in Pittsbugh:

    1. Went there! Great place! Jim had the Thunderhop and liked it. I had their rotating stout which was an Irish dry and was not as happy. But a very cool pub. Miss your travel updates but little Victor sure is cute. Hope all is well.

  2. I have enjoyed getting caught up on your blog. You are having an exciting summer, but then, Ohio is always exciting.