Where's the salt?. I was recently visiting Pittsburgh and had the opportunity to dine at Lot 17 with a few members of my Pittsburgh family. Though it wasn't an overall bad experience, the establishment hardly deserves a 5 star rating, not even a 4. I'm rating it a 2 only because there aren't half stars (2.5). My biggest issue, and it was also expressed by my family members, was the totally lack of salt in the cooking process. I'm by no means a salt-a-holic, nor is my father who has high blood pressure, but if I didn't turn up the salt shaker 5 times it might have approached 10. Anyone who knows cooking will know that unless you salt "during" the cooking process, you could dump a salt truck load on your plate and it would never "repair" a dish. Virtually everything we ordered (5 entrees and a appetizer platter) need salt and more salt. However, I'm mature enough to look past this issue and judge the food for itself, and though not spectacular, the food was at least a 2.5-3.0 star rating. My only other issue with this establishment were the waitresses. I found it odd that despite the restaurant not really being full they seemed harried... It left me wondering if along with their waitressing they might be responsible for bar duty, dish duty, etc. and thus were busier than the dining area seemed to indicate they would be. The prices were reasonable, and if in the area, I'd consider eating there again though I'd be more careful to pick items that weren't salt dependent - - a difficult task.
Food is not remotely 5 stars!. So I'm not sure why this place received 5 stars (and is the only reason I ordered from this place), but it is certainly not worth it. They do a decent job of trying to make their menu creative, but for example their steak salad that I ordered would have been excellent with strawberries and blueberries, but you can't add savory red peppers and extremely salty feta cheese to it too! It would have been great with goat cheese, no red peppers or strangely hard to chew fried onions. Same with the onion soup - too salty and cheese on top didn't go well. Even the portobello hamburger was decent, but again, not great. So yeah overall I'd say maybe this place is great in person, but I'd never order from here again, and now that I have I won't visit.
Best salads in the burgh..
Pros: Food was great. Good service. I recommend the Mediterranean salad,lots of calamari and crab meat. Candles on the dinner table gives this place a warm and welcomed feeling. You forget your in a bar. It's a nice place to take your partner or lover. Not crowded during the 5pm rush.
Cons: No wheat beers available.
I can't say enough about this bar! I find myself sitting there for hours because of the company that's there and the food is to die for. They've figured out the recipe... good beer selection, amazing food, and good people. Keep up the great work.
The Turkey Focaccia for lunch is amazing... but it will put you to sleep. It's one of the best under $10 lunches you can find. The specials are always amazing, and the beer selection is rich and in season always.
Great Bar Great Hockey team.
I've been to the Lot a few times. Great food, hot broads, & a decent beer selection. The bartenders are all freindly and the service is good. The stuffed peppers are hot but amazing and their daily specials are pretty good. You can tell the 2 brothers that own this take pride in their place and it shows. Its the perfect mix of people and the layout is good too.
LOT 17's hockey team is a great group of guys too.. We played them recently and they destroyed us, but they were a classy group and invited us over to the bar for post game brews. I play for a bar team too and the comraderie aint like what these cats got. The laughter never stopped with those guys..
All in all I'd have to say LOT 17 is one of the best bars in PGH!
They may feel like a number, but the simple approach may be best..
In Allegheny Lot 17 on Block 17 sits one of Bloomfield's newest restaurants/bars. Opened in November 2000, Lot 17, with it's patio tables covered by red and white umbrellas, looks like a funky neighborhood hangout from the outside, but is unexpectedly somber on the inside. Done up in dark wood, with black and white nostalgia pictures of Pittsburgh lining the maroon walls, it's surprisingly quiet, with only one TV and a restaurant set far enough from the bar's main action to enjoy intimate conversation. However, the vague atmosphere goes a long way towards attracting a loyal crowd of all ages that any neighborhood joint would appreciate.
The menu might also not be what you'd expect from a neighboorhood restaurant/bar. Though standard area fare is available, more often Lot 17 veers away from the same ole with selections like the turkey and ground veal burgers. But no one seems to mind going off the beaten path with Pittsburgh-renowned head chef Len Yaeger leading. And our waitress was hard-pressed to name any one house specialty, insisting, "Everything is good." Typical, but especially recommended are the crabcakes, which are prepared fresh daily.
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