Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Pittsburgh Restaurant Week: Lunch at Bistro 19

When my parents are in town and trying to decide where to go to dinner, SP & I frequently suggest that they try Bistro 19, which is one of our favorite places to dine. They have not yet tried it. When I saw that Bistro 19 was offering a lunch deal for Pittsburgh Restaurant Week, I suggested to mom that she and I go there for lunch. She agreed. After a morning of shopping at South Hills Village, we headed north on Route 19 to Mt. Lebanon.

It was a beautiful and sunny, if a wee bit humid, afternoon and the front windows at Bistro 19 were wide open. We sat inside, but right next to the large, open windows, so we got to enjoy the outside sunshine and the inside a/c. We also were entertained by the kids who walked by out on the sidewalk, looked in, and then would run over and stick their hands through the open windows, as if they couldn't believe the glass was missing, or maybe it just seemed like it was missing, but they had to check it out!

We ordered iced teas and munched on some delicious, hearty bread with chive butter while deciding what to order. Mom opted for the Restaurant Week Special. She chose:
Mixed greens with peach vinaigrette. The peaches were wonderfully peachy and juicy. Fresh greens, Lots of feta. A flavorful dressing but not too overwhelming, which was nice, just lightly dressed, just enough to know there was dressing but not enough to really think about it.
Shrimp penne with spinach~artichoke white wine sauce topped with parmesan. She said it was delicious and creamy and definitely a good portion for her. She ate everything except for 5-6 pieces of pasta.
Salted Pretzel Caramel Brownie. Wow. This was very generous portion. A large brownie with a scoop of ice cream, dollop of whipped cream, and garnished with fresh mint leaves.
The brownie was very chocolaty and moist - not dry at all. The crushed pretzel crust was delicious and had, if I remember correctly, a hint of cinnamon. The ooey and gooey caramel was salty and delicious - the three flavors were a terrific mix of salty and sweet and even though we were full from the bread, salad, and large lunch entree, we kept going back for more because the salty & sweet combo just drew you back for another bite. The vanilla ice cream melted next to the warm brownie and the cool, vanilla flavor was a nice counterpart to the warm, rich chocolate flavor of the brownie.
I made the mistake of looking at the regular lunch menu. They have a lunch portion of the Black Tiger Shrimp stuffed with spinach & artichoke with tomato-parmesan cream sauce. I love this dish. It's what I always get at Bistro 19. We have so many restaurants we like and we try to get to a lot of different places which means that we only get to Bistro 19 1-2 times a year, so I don't feel too bad always ordering the same dish.
The dinner portion is served with risotto and spinach. Lunch is served with basmati rice and vegetable, which was broccoli. I prefer the shrimp with the risotto and spinach, but the rice and broccoli were quite tasty, too. The broccoli was simply steamed, which is how I like it, and still a bit crisp. The rice was fine, especially when mixed with the delicious tomato-parmesan cream sauce. There were two large shrimp stuffed with a creamy spinach and artichoke mixture. So. Good.

As usual, service was wonderful. Lunch was leisurely. No rushing us out. I think that for the price, the restaurant week lunch is a great deal since it's 3 courses and they are very generous portions. I ate some of mom's salad and shared her dessert. If we both had ordered the special deal, I think we would have had to bring home a salad and a dessert.

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