Top 5: restaurants in Pittsburgh (right now)

We’re not entirely comfortable with providing this list as our end all, be all Top 5, but right now, these are our favorite restaurants in Pittsburgh.

  1. Shiloh Grill is our newest favorite. The menu is a punny smorgasbord of pop culture references, the servers are friendly, and the food is delicious. Plus, Tuesday night is bacon night!
  2. Someone Else’s Bar has the friendly, laid back atmosphere you’d expect from a dive frequented exclusively by locals, their burgers and homemade chips are the best in Pittsburgh (at least as far as we’re concerned), and every table comes with a few jars of candy for the kids (and sweet-toothed adults).
  3. Blue Line Grille makes the list on the merit of its grilled cheese alone, but the rest of the food is really good too. But be warned: this hockey themed restaurant/bar is right across from Console Energy Center, so it gets pretty crazy during Penguins games.
  4. The Dor-Stop is our favorite place for breakfast and brunch. Everything on the menu is delicious, and it’s the homey kind of place where you’re treated like family even if it’s your first time through the door. Plus, it’s a Guy Fieri Triple D Hotspot.
  5. The Grandview Saloon offers an unusual mix: a million dollar view and a reasonably priced menu. That’s why we love it, you can feel like a rock star feasting your eyes on the iconic view from the top of Mt. Washington while also feasting on tasty grub. Plus, check out their homemade chips: they taste like the ones at Someone Else’s Bar, but they’re waffle sliced!

Stay tuned for an update on this list in the near future.

Happy anniversary to us!

Happy first anniversary to us! Prudential Realty’s blog has officially been around for a whole year. In honor of this milestone, we’ve rounded up our top 5 posts. These are the posts that have gotten the most views/visitors.

  1. How to decorate a 2 bedroom apartment on a budget kicked off our series on decorating the 2 bedroom model at Alvern Gardens. This first post focuses on the living room. Check out the rest of the series for posts about the dining room, master bedroom, and home office.

    Happy anniversary!
    We’re celebrating 1 year online with (virtual) fireworks. Here’s to another year of fun and informative posts!
  2. More grilled cheese contenders is a follow-up to our countdown of the best grilled cheese in Pittsburgh.Read both posts, try the contenders for yourself, and let us know what you think: who does serve the best grilled cheese?
  3. Happy Thanksgiving! Look at last week’s post for things to do this week while your family’s in town.
  4. Dog park safety and etiquette have become important to us ever since Alvern Gardens opened its very own dog park for its resident pooches.
  5. Bado’s is a favorite local eatery of ours. Situated in the middle of the picturesque Shops on Beverly in Mt. Lebanon, the self-described pizza grill and alehouse has something on the menu for everyone.

Have your own favorite Prudential Realty post? Let us know, and you might see follow-up posts in the coming year!

More contenders for the best grilled cheese in Pittsburgh: The Yard

A while back, we shared our countdown of the best grilled cheese sandwiches in Pittsburgh, but that list was missing a crucial contender: The Yard in Shadyside. This place has an entire page of their menu dedicated to gourmet grilled cheese with punny names.

We managed to sample only two of the options, but at the other end of the bar, we saw a trio of young men passing around various sandwiches. One of them had mac & cheese oozing out of it. That’s right, mac & cheese on a grilled cheese sandwich. That particular concoction is called the “Mac Attack.”

The “Young Cheezy ” features caramelized onions, chorizo, and potato hash glued together with cheddar between two sliced of Texas toast. It’s a messy sandwich, and not as cheesy as you might expect, but it’s a tasty combination of flavors and it’s grilled to perfection.

The grilled cheese menu from The Yard in Shadyside
These sandwiches ain’t yo mama’s grilled cheese, but they definitely call that warm, fuzzy, comfort food feeling.

The “Breakfast Club” wasn’t so much a sandwich as a stack of breakfast foods slathered in cheese and syrup. Our version was served between two pancakes rather than the Belgium waffles advertised on the menu. This one demanded a knife and fork, and while it did feature two cheeses, its relationship to the original sandwich is tenuous at best. It was delicious all the same.

While the two we sampled would make it at around number two of our old list, this menu is so vast that there’s a sandwich for everyone. One of them might, quite possibly, become our new number one someday.

For movie buffs, there’s “Fried Green Tomatoes,” “The Big Che-bowski,” and “The Jerk.”

For seafood lovers: “Shrimp on the Barbie” and “Crabby Patty 13.”

For people who normally prefer burgers: “The Wac Arnold.”

For those overwhelmed by all the options: “Simple Jack.”

Then there are a couple classic Pittsburgh grilled cheeses to delight all Yinzers. “Pierogies N’ At” features, you guessed it, piergoies, as well as sauteed onions, Sauerkraut, and keilbasa. “Yinz Guys Hungry?” is a true Pittsburgh style grilled cheese: fries and slaw stuffed inside.

Finally, if you don’t want grilled cheese at all, “It’s Peanut Butter Jellytime”  is a fried PB & J sprinkled with powdered sugar.

Looking for an apartment in Shadyside? Contact Prudential Realty Company at 412-261-6500 for their current availability at the Brett Apartments and Thames Manor.

Who serves the best grilled cheese in Pittsburgh?

Chi’s (assistant property manager of Alvern Gardens Apartments) talk of restaurants in the South Hills has inspired us to compile a countdown of the 3 best grilled cheese sandwiches in Pittsburgh. Why grilled cheese sandwiches? Why not? They’re deliciously simple and yet easy to amp up with extras. From extra cheese to extra toppings, here’s our ranking:

the best grilled cheese in Pittsburgh
These sandwiches ain’t yo mama’s grilled cheese, but they definitely call up that warm, fuzzy, comfort food feeling.

3. Touted by Chi as great place to hang with friends, Cain’s Saloon serves a “deluxe” grilled cheese featuring tomato, a fried egg, and bacon. The sandwich normally comes with traditional American cheese, but the menu recommends trying it with pepper jack (we stuck with the traditional). Who doesn’t love a fried egg and bacon on their sandwich? Unfortunately for Cain’s take on the classic, the Italian bread it’s served on makes for a bulky sandwich that’s a little hard to eat for anyone who doesn’t have the unthinkable jaws of a snake.

2. Cafe io’s grilled cheese is a little more grown up: cheddar and Gorgonzola come standard, and if you’re feeling adventurous, you can add tomato and/or pickles. For a few dollars more, your sandwich gets a fried egg and/or bacon. This build-your-own concept is fun, but for the purpose of the countdown we taste-tested just the standard sandwich (on wheat rather than white). The amount of cheese was perfect, and the ration of cheddar to Gorgonzola was just right. On top of it, the sandwich was grilled to perfection. With all the fixin’s, it might have claimed the top spot, but the standard is just the PG-13 version of a childhood favorite.

1. For a rated R grilled cheese experience, go to the Blue Line Grille and order their “adulterated” grilled cheese. This one comes with cheddar, Gorgonzola, and Swiss and is topped off with bacon onion jam. What is bacon onion jam? Delicious. It’s caramelized onions mixed with pieces of bacon (real pieces of bacon, not bacon bits). That, combined with the mix of cheeses makes for a grilled cheese of complex, elegantly balanced flavors. This sandwich wins because it’s a true culinary experiences.

Bonus Round: At PNC Park, you can order a 9 cheese grilled cheese sandwich, aptly named “The Closer.” It’s served on 4 slices of sour dough and comes with bacon and all kinds of other goodies. We didn’t get a chance to to try it for this countdown, but our research suggests it might be the real #1 grilled cheese in Pittsburgh.

Looking for an apartment close to public transportation as well as some of the best eateries in the south hills? Contact Prudential Realty Company for the current availability tantalizingly close to the the best grilled cheese sandwiches in Pittsburgh.