Thursday, September 22, 2016

Pittsburgh, PA Edition: Bar Marco

Bar MarcoWhat?! More Pittsburgh restaurants? Yep! Heather and I spent two whole food-filled days in Pittsburgh recently, and I have the restaurant reviews to show for it.

Bar MarcoAnd, what better to start our day in Pittsburgh than with brunch? Bar Marco has been on my to-try list for some time (not sure how it got there, but alas). After finally finding parking on a Saturday in the Strip District, we made our way inside.

Bar MarcoOne of the cool things about Bar Marco is that they've done away with tipping. Instead, they pay their team a salary, and that is reflected in the prices. I like the convenience, and I think it's great to make sure all the staff are paid a livable wage. But, I do wonder if it removes the incentive to go above and beyond for service.
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We were seated quickly as soon as we walked in, without reservation. Heather ordered some cinnamon donut holes that had a warm creamy center. Donuts and cinnamon aren't necessarily my favorite things, but Heather seemed to be a big fan.

Bar MarcoInstead, I ordered a cocktail: The aviation had gin, lemon and violette. It is a bit small for $12, but it packed a little bit of a punch. It was different, and I'm still on the fence about whether or not I liked it. But, it was different.

Bar MarcoThe menu for brunch had salad, pancakes, gemelli, eggs, fried chicken, a burger and, my selection, smoked salmon benny with biscuit, egg and hollandaise.

Bar MarcoI'm not sure what happened between our order and the time the food came out, but two other tables that came in after us were served and left before we even got our meal. I think it took about 40 minutes - a tad long in brunch land. And, without explanation from our server.

Bar MarcoWhen it did come out, though, it was tasty. The salmon, the eggs and the hollandaise were top-notch. I expected more from that biscuit though. It was a bit chalky and hard; not inedible by all means. Just not the warm, flaky, buttery one I was hoping for.

Overall, good food. But, there's some stiff competition in Pittsburgh. I might have to continue the search for best brunch.

Grade: B
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