The other night I had the pleasure of dining at in the South Side. The idea sparked long ago but conceptualized a few days before the dinner. I found myself tiring of the routine restaurants I’ve been frequenting on the weekends and wanting something that would stick with my palette. Sometimes, I become a creature of habit (especially when I’m penny pinching). Sometimes, that creature needs to let go, and so I did.
Cafe de Jour reminds me of the Italian restaurant I worked at during college. It was set up more like a bar than a restaurant with an exposed kitchen and a few small tables. When we entered, there were about four other couples. By 8:15 p.m., those couples were gone and we were the only ones in the restaurant.
Cat’s coworker raved that their spinach artichoke dip was the best she’s ever tasted. After sampling for ourselves, we wholeheartedly agreed. The waiter giving us extra bread was a nice touch, too. We enjoyed our appetizer with a little bubbly picked up by Cat, sipping to a long week’s worth of work. I like that Cafe de Jour is BYOB with only a corking fee of $2 per person. I prefer to bring my own wine to most places if I can.
I don’t eat meat at my home, and I rarely eat out during the week so ordering a meat entree is always a treat on the weekend. I decided to go with the pork chop that was donned with a piece of bacon, wilted greens and baked polenta. Honestly, the polenta was a big selling point for getting this dish, and it did not disappoint.
Cat ordered the steak which was, of course, to die for.
Nick went with the chicken, and I especially loved the presentation of this dish.
Nothing quite like an evening out with two good friends. It’s been forever since the three of us went out fine dining. We decided that we’re going to implement a restaurant club and maybe try a new place in a new neighborhood every month or every other. I’m sure there’s a way to sample delectable food without breaking the bank, especially after the holidays. Me & my bestie:
… and my other bestie. I loved the background and the way the walls were covered. Set a really nice ambience and mood, and reminded me of why I truly love living in Pittsburgh.
Here’s to more dinners out in the ‘burgh!