Pittsburgh, PA Edition: Butcher And The Rye

By Candace Nelson - 10:00 AM

Butcher & Rye

For our last meal in Pittsburgh, Butcher And The Rye was up.

Butcher & RyeWe didn't have reservations, and we couldn't be there as soon as they opened for dinner at 5 p.m. -- because we were busy waiting in line for ANOTHER restaurant to open. So, as soon as I was seated at Tako (literally next door to Butcher And The Rye with a walkway connecting the two - same owner) and waiting for my food to arrive, I called Butcher And The Rye to see if they would have ANYTHING available for dinner that evening. Somehow, luckily, they had an opening at 5:45 p.m. It was currently 5 p.m., but we made it.

Butcher & RyeOur reservation was for a "non-traditional" seating space, which means it was upstairs in the lounge area, where I essentially sat on a couch and we had another ottoman as a chair. It was comfortable, but a bit odd for a meal. It's also quite dark upstairs and a bit more of a whiskey bar feel. The rest of the restaurant has a very cool rustic feel, with butcher paper denoting the specials. Oil lanterns. Chandeliers of antlers. Antique doorknobs. Just super cool.

Butcher & RyeThe menu has delicacies like bone marrow with oxtail jam, dry aged tartare, mussels, and Sunday gravy. I honed in on my absolute favorites: Mac N Cheese - taleggio, fontina, goat cheese, cheddar and parmesan; and S'Mores - bourbon marshmallow, chocolate rope, brown butter fried ice cream, and graham cracker soil. I was setting up this restaurant to win from the get-go.

Mac & cheese, in my mind, can unite worlds and solve wars. It's the best thing - besides ice cream. This had a nice panko crust hiding shells enveloped in a beautiful cheesy blend. This mac & cheese may have been one of the best I've ever had. And considering I was so full and still wanted to eat this, that's saying something.

Butcher & RyeAh, and the s'mores. That ice cream was to. die. for. The marshmallow divine. And the graham cracker topped it all off. I didn't love the chocolate because it was a bit bitter, but the ice cream more than made up for it.

Despite it being the last place I visited, it may be my absolute favorite - because, really, what more do you need in life than mac & cheese and s'mores?

Grade: A
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