A most yummy giveaway

WINNERS! Pittsburgh Magazine was kind enough to give me TWO sets of tickets. Random.org chose #2 and #141 as the winners. They have been notified.

Hear ye, hear ye!

I have in my hands (virtual hands, that is) a pair of tickets (virtual tickets, that is) to the Pittsburgh Magazine Best Restaurants Party taking place next Monday.

Here are the details:

Monday, May 24, 2010
6-8:30 p.m.
David L. Lawrence Convention Center

Pre-Registration: $95 Feb. 1, 2010 through May 21, 2010 at 4 p.m.
Registration at the door: $110 (unless sold out)

For the past four years, the Best Restaurants Party has SOLD OUT!

Basically what happens is you go and EAT FOOD FROM 60 DIFFERENT RESTAURANTS!

And it’s an over 21 event and that means psst liquor!

Food! Drink! Fun! Me!

My husband and I will be there, too, stuffing our faces full of delicious local cuisine. Me probably more than him because he has a thing called willpower and I have a thing called Cookiemonsteritis, that is, if you cook it, I will eat it.

This giveaway is valued at at least $190.

To enter, simply leave a comment and so you have something to say, tell me the best thing you’ve ever eaten at a restaurant.

Mine, and I’ll purposefully not say a dish from my own restaurant, is easily strawberry crepes from Cafe Zola in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

One comment per valid email address. Leave a comment before 4:00 p.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, May 19 at which time I’ll use Random.org to select the winning comment number.

See you at the party! I’ll be the carb-comafied, slightly tipsy chick with exploding buttons being carried out by her long-suffering husband.





429 Comments


  1. other Brian
    May 19, 2010 9:36 am

    My wife and I flew to Hawaii a few years ago and after checking into our hotel room we found a Cheeseburger In Paradise restaurant where I ordered a local Hawaiian beer and a hamburger with pineapple. Maybe it was because the airplane food sucked, I was hungry and tired, or the pineapple was uber fresh, but it was the most amazing burger I’ve ever tasted!



  2. Chris Smith
    May 19, 2010 9:37 am

    It would have to be a seven course meal with wine pairings my husband and I had in a small village not far from Lucianne, Switzerland. Awesome…or maybe it was just the altitude.



  3. Natalie
    May 19, 2010 9:37 am

    the cappuccino cream pie at a little Italian restaurant in Siesta Keys Flordia.



  4. Carrie
    May 19, 2010 9:40 am

    Hmmmm…so many… One would be simple steak dinner with delicious sides at Ruth Chris.



  5. Izzy
    May 19, 2010 9:42 am

    There was a place years ago in Manhattan; “Joe’s Bar and Grille”. Best soft shell crabs I’ve ever eaten….and by the way, anyone know where to get great soft shells in the burgh?



  6. Kelly
    May 19, 2010 9:42 am

    The delicious fried zucchini at Blue Dust in Homestead!



  7. Kristen
    May 19, 2010 9:43 am

    The best meal I’ve ever had was at the Turtle Club in Naples, Florida. One of their specialties – oysters turtlefeller paired with a perfectly cooked filet and lobster tail. Their outdoor seating is actually on the beach.. a bottle of wine, toes in the sand, ocean waves in the background. Nothing beats it!



  8. buttercup
    May 19, 2010 9:44 am

    If I say “pigeon kebab”, does that give me a leg up?

    Actually, it’d have to be a steak I had at the Winchester Room a couple of years ago. It might have been a birthday dinner, but the pieces I cut off of it got smaller and smaller as I went on eating it because I wanted it to last. I may have actually shed a tear when I finally ate the last teeny sliver that could no longer be divided by steak knife.



  9. Sarah
    May 19, 2010 9:44 am

    The squash casserole at Comfort in Richmond, Virginia… I dream about that deliciousness!



  10. esh
    May 19, 2010 9:45 am

    Mushroom risotto at Piazza Bella
    – Roscoe Village, Chicago.



  11. Chelly
    May 19, 2010 9:49 am

    Fish on a Cedar Plank at Nola in New Orleans.



  12. Bill
    May 19, 2010 9:52 am

    Pepperoni/Extra Cheese/Mushroom Pizza from Betos Pizza on Banksville Road.

    Also their Italian Hoagies are Killer ……



  13. Hazel
    May 19, 2010 9:53 am

    spring rolls at the Elephant Walk in Boston… french and cambodian food. mmmm.



  14. Marlayna
    May 19, 2010 10:00 am

    Lobster romano at Palazzo’s.Fantastic!



  15. Kelli
    May 19, 2010 10:02 am

    This is hard. I’m not sure.

    Actually, at one point, I had surgery on my stomach and esophagus. I wasn’t allowed solid food for several weeks and was on a restricted diet when I did start on solids again (and the restrictions were weird).

    Any way, during the restricted diet time, my first meal out was splitting a grilled meatloaf sandwich with my mom at Ritter’s diner. I thought I was in heaven! I had a little bit of mashed potatoes with it, butter, no gravy.

    Crazy, but that simple sandwich was so good and made me so happy. And the company (my mom and grandma) helped too.



  16. Amy
    May 19, 2010 10:03 am

    Crabcakes in Baltimore…they were un-real. YUM!



  17. Stacie
    May 19, 2010 10:03 am

    Spinach quesadillas at the North Country Brewery in Slippery Rock. Ridiculously amazing.



  18. Kath
    May 19, 2010 10:09 am

    Coconut basil gelato from the market district in robinson. Mmmmm. Seriously.



  19. Susan
    May 19, 2010 10:18 am

    Blackened Tuna steak at a restaurant in Annapolis, MD.



  20. Kristen
    May 19, 2010 10:19 am

    Well, I have been fortunate to have lots of good food (and lots that is not so good too!). The first thing that came to mind was this place in London (can’t remember the name) that had Mexican and South American food. They made guacamole fresh at the table and it was SO delicious. The funny thing is I didn’t think I liked guacamole at the time, but now I make it myself and love it (only when it is fresh). Thanks for all the ideas – I will have to try some of the local places in my quest for better food in the burgh.



  21. Heidi
    May 19, 2010 10:21 am

    Pan-seared octopus with wasabi mashed potatoes, white cannellini beans and a cilantro cream sauce… at Pelican Hotel, Miami, FL… it was my 30th birthday dinner!



  22. Kim Gould
    May 19, 2010 10:24 am

    Best meal ever – filet with horseradish mousse at The Mooring in Newport, Rhode Island. Years and years ago. Yum.



  23. Julie
    May 19, 2010 10:28 am

    so much good food…two things that pop into my head

    pasta with spring vegetables in tuscany (san querico)

    dark chocolate bread pudding at casbah (shadyside)



  24. Jennifer
    May 19, 2010 10:30 am

    Filet Oscar at Morton’s



  25. Stephanie
    May 19, 2010 10:31 am

    Godiva Chocolate Souffle. It was soo delicious!!



  26. Jane
    May 19, 2010 10:39 am

    Local: pasta with Shrimp and sun-dried tomatoes at Gran Canal in Sharpsburg. I don’t know how chef Michael does it–it’s so simple but I can’t stop eating it until it’s gone and I can hardly bear to miss it when I’m there that I hardly ever order anything else!
    Away:Kaeng Hung Leh (braised pork belly and pork shoulder) at Pok Pok in Portland, OR–went there for the famous chicken wings but liked this even better.



  27. Bri
    May 19, 2010 10:42 am

    The Vermont cheddar and scallion grits at Sausalido in Bloomfield. They were bangin’!!!!!!!!



  28. rickh
    May 19, 2010 10:42 am

    @ Alyssa #248. Agreed! The Roasted Crab and garlic noodles there are the best.



  29. tmb
    May 19, 2010 10:42 am

    The filet o fish rocks. I am hungry.



  30. dee
    May 19, 2010 10:48 am

    Anything from Tai Pei-Tokyo



  31. Steve in Denver
    May 19, 2010 10:49 am

    She crab soup at some great, water-side place in Charleston SC, or red chile chicken enchiladas at the Sanitary Tortilla Factory in Albq. And no, it wasn’t sanitary whatsoever. This is an entry/ dedication for my brother and his wife, who don’t even know that blogs exist.



  32. Joel
    May 19, 2010 10:54 am

    Jethro’s outside of Calabash, NC. They had the most amazing cinnamon-sugar-butter dipping sauce for hushpuppies. I mean their steak and everything else was amazing…but man I could eat those hushpuppies with that cinnamon-sugar-butter mixture for ever.



  33. Shannon
    May 19, 2010 10:58 am

    a few things…

    Halibut at Pier 66 in Seattle
    Chicken Chelsea at Chelsea Grille, Oakmont
    Any Pecan Ball
    Kemoll’s in St. Louis (anything)
    and anything at Carrabba’s (chain rest. in florida)



  34. Leah
    May 19, 2010 11:03 am

    I dont’ know the best thing I’ve ever ate, but I love to eat so I think that qualifies!



  35. RedInDaBurgh
    May 19, 2010 11:12 am

    Commander’s Palace, Las Vegas. Dessert. Chocolate mousse. Name doesn’t do this masterpiece justice. A dark chocolate cup, filled with mousse, turned on it’s side. A lattice of milk and white chocolates arranged on top of and to the side of the cup. Chocolate syrup drizzled over the entire plate. It was so beautiful looking that I didn’t want to eat it, yet so delicious I had to. Sadly, the Las Vegas location is no longer open, but the original in New Orleans is. Their 3-course, $25 lunch is the best lunch you will ever have. Not to mention the 25-cent martinis.



  36. Danielle
    May 19, 2010 11:18 am

    Pasta at Alla Familigia. Literally LICKED the plate clean.



  37. Jenn
    May 19, 2010 11:20 am

    bacon-wrapped quail eggs at Tamari. OMG!



  38. burgher-licious
    May 19, 2010 11:22 am

    Its a toss up – Primanti Brothers sandwich in the wee hours of the night or morning (however you look at it) OR O-Fries after 2:00 am. Yes, those were my college days…..and I still crave for them after many years.



  39. Julie
    May 19, 2010 11:23 am

    This is tough since I love to eat! Probably the mac n’cheese at Beecher’s Cheese Shop in Seattle, across from Pike Place Market. I also loooove the red pepper casereccia at Casbah… Crab, scallops, pasta – it’s fabulous!



  40. Tre
    May 19, 2010 11:28 am

    Enchiladas in Pasadena!



  41. Jay
    May 19, 2010 11:29 am

    Fresh lobster from a shack on the coast of Maine



  42. Jason
    May 19, 2010 11:31 am

    Filet mignon at RuthsChris



  43. Donk
    May 19, 2010 11:33 am

    breakfast sandwiches at the hidden Primantis



  44. efw_west
    May 19, 2010 11:41 am

    Pizza at Il Pizzaoli



  45. PSU Girl
    May 19, 2010 11:41 am

    Virginia Spots at Franco’s in the South Hills



  46. Jenn
    May 19, 2010 11:50 am

    Cinnamon rolls from Dozen bakery…So tasty :)



  47. Michele
    May 19, 2010 11:52 am

    The Pittsburgh style pizza with bacon and onion at The Gateway Grill.



  48. Julie
    May 19, 2010 12:04 pm

    BBQ dinner at a roadside restaurant between Aspen and Snowmass, Colorado.



  49. Jessica
    May 19, 2010 12:07 pm

    Any meal my husband and I had on our honeymoon in Italy!



  50. Tim
    May 19, 2010 12:09 pm

    On a 105 degee July afternoon we had crab cakes at the Captain’s Galley on the docks in Crisfield MD. The worlds best!