Madam wouldst desire some reading glasses, thanketh thee.

You know, PittGirl tends to stick with the casual when it comes to eating out.

In fact, when David Conrad wanted to have lunch that first time at the Common Plea, which is NOT that fancy, I was all, “Um, how ’bout Subway?!”

This is not lack of class, just lack of desire to have to consume my food while hoisting my pinkie, dabbing daintily at the corners of my mouth, and caring about more than two spoons, all the while dining in the presence of snootery. Um. My word.

You can find me at TGI Fridays (what?!), Azul Bar y Cantina, Six Penn, Bar Louie, Applebees, Chilis, Panera, Pasquelinos, Cheesecake Factory and the like.

That said, I’m going to go here to have dinner and I don’t need to tell you that the “15 course grand tasting” is screaming my name like I just kicked it in the nuts.

There is no detail beneath Mr. Scherzberg’s notice.

When he arrived at Lautrec, he was unhappy with the reading glasses provided by the host stand. Now, when a guest seems to need or asks for reading glasses, a server brings over a gueridon (a serving cart) with a wooden case filled with a selection of different strengths and styles of reading glasses. The guest is provided with a wooden stand to hold the glasses at the table, and to remind the server to collect them at the end of the meal.

I don’t wear reading glasses, being nearsighted and all, but I am totally going to requesteth the reading glasses cart, pick the baddest pair they have, and wear them until my eyeballs explode.



  1. Frank
    November 15, 2007 10:13 am

    My favorite places to eat in Pittsburgh are the little lunch-stands that are only open until 3 pm everyday, like the Pickle Barrel in the South Side or G/M Dog & Burger in Bloomfield. They just make me feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside for some reason!

  2. nellie
    November 15, 2007 11:50 am

    Good thing you’re going to Lautrec. Joe Hardy needs all the money he can get to support his ever-growing list of ex’s.
    My fav cheap place is Frankie’s on Butler Street. The only thing is, you smell like Frankie’s for the rest of the day.
    True story, I went to High school right accross the street. One day we cut class and went to Frankies. The nuns caught us because we smelled like Frankies. We were suspended for 3 days.
    They built the Blackbird Lofts next door. Sonnie Abbata lives there. Wonder if anyone told her she can never open her window, ever. Everything she owns will smell like Hot Sausage for the rest of her life.

  3. Kat
    November 15, 2007 4:55 pm

    I always get twitchy when I go to fancy restaurants, like I’m going to make some greivous silverware error and end up looking like Eliza Doolittle. If I had awesome reading glasses, though, that would be rad.

  4. Uniontown ROCKS
    November 15, 2007 5:38 pm

    Lautrec has the BEST Sunday brunch.
    We’ve been there several times. AMAZING! Just be warned, the food is very special the wine amazing, but we common folk arent used to the rich french sauces sometimes. My husband and I got sick on two seperate visits there.
    Not saying poor quality, just too much of a great thing.