Monday, April 28, 2014

The Library (South Side)

Several weeks ago, on a horribly gloomy, rainy, gray Saturday, we decided to venture to Carson Street on the South Side to try The Library. It's a place that has interested us, maybe because we both like reading books, maybe the 'cute' literary themed menu, who knows. We lucked out and found a parking space directly in front. Sadly, that's as 'lucky' as it got.
Somehow, it looked and sounded cuter, cozier, and more interesting on the web site than in real life. The basic decor is: bar. I can't even recall any wall decor. No library/literary decor beyond the words on the menu. There were TVs and a pool table and generic tables and chairs. There were a group of late afternoon/early evening drinkers at the bar. A step up to the dining area (boo). No one greeted us - I think there was a sign to seat ourselves, but there was a large group and then another table of two young girls occupied and also blocking a path for the wheelchair to get back to a free table. No employee noticed us or offered to help. So we just plowed through and seated ourselves and waited a long time for someone to greet us and bring us menus.
The table wobbled. It was dirty. The menu was dirty/sticky. The menu stuck to the table. The iced tea was fake iced tea. I suppose SP's beer was fine, but I wasn't too impressed. The whole fake iced tea thing really ticks me off anymore because it is not that hard to brew fresh iced tea.
The usual Pittsburgh bar theme, I suppose: sports. In this case, old Steelers news articles on the tables. But I thought it would be library themed - ? So I was confused by the Steelers tabletops.
We shared an order of A Tale of Ginger & Pickles. Fried pickles. They were fine. I think we've been spoiled by the fried pickles at Meat & Potatoes. Certainly a generous portion.
We also shared an order of Peter Pan (fried cheese). Also a generous portion of ooey, gooey cheese. The breading was a bit heavy for my liking.
For his meal SP ordered The Alchemist - the menu says sausage & shrimp with cheese stuffed tortellini in a creamy diablo sauce so I'm not sure why the photo we took shows mussels. SP even recalls ordering The Alchemist so we're confused. It was about a month ago now, so... Anyway, it was a large portion and he ate about half.
I tried A Game of Thrones, a ricotta topped bun with a burger, pepperoni, provolone, and pizza sauce. I chose portobello for my burger. It wasn't nearly as good as the book/HBO show. It was a cute presentation, served on a wood cutting board. I think that I should stop ordering portobello as my burger because every time I do it, I don't enjoy it all that much. I should just stick with chicken.
I opted for fried onion rings for my side:
I liked the onion rings a lot. Way more than the sandwich.
Sadly, I don't think we'll be returning to Library. Between the usually difficult parking on the South Side, boring interior, lack of follow through on the theme, sticky menus and tables, so-so food, horrible iced tea, not so great service, step up to the dining area and not very spacious dining area, pool table right in the dining area, it's just not our kind of place. I left feeling very disappointed and dissatisfied and like a huge greasy, salty mess. There was a lot of water and (fresh) tea drinking that evening while we watched TV.

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