Eleven – Pittsburgh, PA
We went to Eleven restaurant located near downtown Pittsburgh, PA for lunch one day to celebrate our belated wedding anniversary. We have visited over half of the restaurants in the big Burrito restaurant group and rarely have left feeling disappointed. They are definitely doing something right with food here in the Pittsburgh area. Almost anything you could want at any of their restaurants. The meal was beyond amazing, and I would highly recommend to anyone visiting or residing in Pittsburgh. The meal was worth every penny.
The interior of Eleven is a renovated warehouse which lends to an industrial and vibe with its high and exposed ceiling, but it is balanced by cozy and upscale seating at the floor level. During the day, the inside is very bright and welcoming. It’s a nice feeling inside.
We started our meal with the Barrel & Solera Aged Manhattan and Fall Collins. There is nothing bad to say about either drink, and the cranberry in the collins leant a very nice tartness to the drink.
Moving on we shared the Spicy Tuna Tartare that included sambal, avocado, pea tendrils, and papadum (Indian crispy cracker). While the tuna tartare was a bit spicy the rest of the ingredients balanced out the heat quite well. The pea tendrils really shone through even as a garnish.
The highlight of the meal was definitely the main entrees. The Gerber Farms Chicken featured a roasted chicken breast, braised leg risotto, Swiss chard (and with some other greens), and thyme jus. This entree was rich and full of flavor, but by the end I felt overwhelmed with the saltiness of the dish. The risotto and chicken were expertly cooked and so full of flavor and textures.
I had a small bite of the Sea Scallops, and again full of flavor cooked so nicely. It’s really hard to find a good sea scallop that tastes good, and is perfectly cooked.
A nice to touch to the end of the meal was a chocolate chip cookie with the check!
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