Sharp Edge is probably my favorite restaurant in Pittsburgh. There are five of them in the area: Downtown, Friendship, Sewickley, Crafton, and McMurray. The only one I haven't been to is the McMurray location, and the rest of them are all very nice and have I always had great experiences at them. My favorite is probably the Creekhouse in Crafton, just because it's a huge old house, and the wait staff is so knowledgeable about all of their beer. Their beer selection changes frequently (as well as at the rest of the locations), especially their craft draft selection. The only annoying thing is that their website does not show an updated draft list or food specials menu. I like knowing what's up before I get there!
Yesterday I met a friend there for a late lunch/early dinner and a couple of beers.
The restaurant sits next to a creek. I love sitting on the back balcony during the summer. With an ice cold beer in hand, it's so relaxing.
Every month they have beer tastings upstairs hosted by Pittsburgh BrewMasters. Andy and I went once, but since they're on Wednesday evenings, I can no longer go. They also have tastings at the McMurray locations two weeks after they have them here.
I kind of can't stand their use of the comic sans font.
Every Monday through Friday from 4:30 to 6:30 is their happy hour, where they have half priced Belgian drafts...pretty cool, right? It's great when you want to try that $11 Chimay, but don't feel like spending a buck for every sip you drink.
Andy lives about 10 minutes away, and my two friends that just moved to the area live less than a mile away. Totally jealous. When I lived in Friendship, I was about a 10 minute walk from the restaurant there. Now that I live in BFE, I can no longer enjoy its deliciousness on a whim.
Since we were there on a Wednesday, it was half priced craft drafts in addition to the Belgian specials. They have other nice specials too. For instance, when the Steelers play and Hines Ward scores, they have 86 cent buffalo bites (I totally had to look up to see what his name and number is). They also have mystery drafts every day for $3.50 ($4.00 downtown).
My favorite food there is definitely the pizza. The crust is super thin and crispy, and the sauce is amazing. You get a choice of pesto, garlic, or red sauce. My only complaint is that the smoked salmon pizza has cooked salmon on it. I love me some smoked salmon, so when I order it, I want it to actually be smoked!
Their craft draft selection isn't terribly impressive, but that's really not what they're known for. They have about 25 Belgian drafts at a time, and what they lack in craft drafts, they make up in their bottle selection.
Six pages of beer from all of your favorite beer-making countries! Their selection of craft bottles from the US revolves too, which is nice.
I went for the Michigan Screaming Pumpkin (LOVE) and the Sierra Nevade Tumbler (also LOVE). Their Belgian drafts are served in the actual glasses from the brewery which is pretty neat.
I also ordered the soup and salad with Caesar and The Hop Devil Potato soup (for a $4 upcharge). It was delish.
If you live in the Pittsburgh area, there is bound to be a Sharp Edge within a short driving distance from you (I would say bus trip, but don't get me started on public transportation in Pitt), and it's always an excellent choice!
Happy Friday, everyone! What are your weekend plans?
Andy is trying to talk me into going to a haunted house, but it's not going to happen.