The Grand Concourse

This is one of my favorite restaurants in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The restaurant is located in the former Pittsburgh and Lake Erie (P&LE) railroad station. The elegant main dining room is simply breathtaking.

I like their menu as it consists of one page (for me a multi-page menu is a real turn-off) and offers a great variety of seafood and land fare, appetizers, soups, fresh salads and desserts. I find the seafood entrees particularly good here and I frequently order one of their “market fresh” entrees. On this occasion I ordered the seafood trio which consisted of one of their Maryland-style crab cakes, a piece of grilled salmon, and 4 coconut-crusted shrimp. Delicious!!!

The Grand Concourse offers a nice variety of wines from arround the world to accompany your meal. If you need some help with making a selection, just ask your server for some advice. The staff at the Grand Concourse is very friendly and accommodating. My wife is a vegan. She spoke to the chef about her dietary requirements and he prepared a delicious vegetable curry over rice for her. She said it was fabulous.

If you’re looking for an excellent restaurant with a great ambiance while visiting Pittsburgh, I recommend that you try The Grand Concourse. Reservations are recommended.

The Grand Concourse
100 West Station Square Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Telephone: 412-261-1717


The Carlton

A creative menu, personalized service, and a great atmosphere make for an enjoyable culinary experience at the Carlton Restaurant located in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh.  Kevin Joyce and his team do everything possible to make your dining experience memorable.  Their menu is updated daily with the chef’s specials and local favorites that keep customers coming back again and again.  Their professional staff will be happy to recommend the perfect wine to accompany your meal from their superb wine selection.

My recommendation: try one of their fresh seafood main courses which are always well-prepared and accompanied by palate pleasing sides (when offered, the Tuna Three Ways is excellent).

More information about this excellent Pittsburgh restaurant at:

The Carlton Restaurant
BNY Mellon Center (formerely One Mellon Center)
500 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Telephone: 412-391-4152



Excellent food and great service in a warm and friendly atmosphere – welcome to Rico’s.  This is one of my favorite restaurants.  Rico, his son David, and their entire staff will do everything possible to provide you with an enjoyable dining experience.

It’s always difficult for me to decide on my main course, as this restaurant offers so many delicious entrees.  There are plenty of fresh seafood, choice meats, and traditional Italian favorites to choose from; making for a very satisfying culinary experience.  They have an excellent selection of wines to accompany your meal including some really fine Super Tuscans.

My recommendation: try the Veal and Lobster with Tomato Basil sauce.  It is outstanding.  Succulent lobster and tender veal served with a freshly prepared tomato basil sauce.  Now that’s Italian.  Buon appetito!

More information about this excellent Italian restaurant can be found on their website at:

Rico’s Restaurant
1 Rico Lane
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Telephone: 412-931-1989