After years of dealing with well-meaning relatives and restaurants with no veggie-friendly options but salad and gigantic Portobello mushrooms, Rebecca is excited to share her hard-won recipes, nutrition tips and restaurant dining advice with both fellow herbivorous and omnivorous Central PAers alike.
On a several-month stint in Pittsburgh, I am about 2.5 months and a dozen restaurants in. Some of the area's well-known sandwich places, like Primanti Brothers, have been surprisingly vegetarian-friendly. In classic Pittsburgh style, these folks put french fries and coleslaw on their sandwiches. I had assumed they would all come with delicious assorted deli meats, but I was happily mistaken. Their cheese combo sandwich comes with Swiss, American, and provolone cheeses, plus the french fries and yummy coleslaw, grilled between two slices of thick white bread. This sandwich is enough for two meals, especially if you also get their delicious crispy fried pickles, which I highly recommend. Alas, I ate this delightful dinner before I remembered to take a picture. BUT, I did remember to take pictures of the beautiful meal we had at Everyday Noodles, the main subject of this post.
Everyday Noodles is in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood in Pittsburgh. This neighborhood is worth visiting just to park and walk around a bit because the houses and trees are beautiful. It's also home to the only kosher Dunkin' Donuts in Pittsburgh, which is great for vegetarians because that means it has veggie bacon breakfast sandwiches! But I digress. Everyday Noodles is a delight. You have the option of sitting on benches that face the kitchen, where you can watch the chefs make the noodles by hand and then prepare the dishes. They are fascinating to watch and make some fantastic noodles. Almost anywhere you are seated in the restaurant, though, you should be able to see some of the action in the kitchen.
Many of the options on the menu do have meat, but the ones that do not are clearly labeled and are delicious. My husband and I each ordered the Taiwanese style sesame cold noodles and shared the vegetable steamed dumplings and the steamed broccoli. Both the noodles and the dumplings are handmade. The cold sesame noodles have a delicious peanut sauce and the dumplings come with spicy and soy dipping sauces. So we got a completely filling, vegetarian handmade dinner for two for $26. If you like getting to watch a chef in action while you enjoy delicious Asian noodles, then check this place out when you're in Pittsburgh. Then the next morning go for a relaxing walk in nearby Frick Park, and have a veggie bacon breakfast sandwich at Dunkin' Donuts on your way out of town. :)
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