Grub Around the Grid: Revel of Revel + Roost.

I was really excited. We were all really excited. Tonight we were about to embark on the Summer of 69, Hold the Apostrophe tour with Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally – but first, we needed to fill our bellies and clench our thirst with a couple drinks. To began our night, we ventured to Revel of Revel + Roost.IMG_0205

The restaurant is a refined and rustic multi-level, two-in-one American restaurant located in the center Downtown Pittsburgh. Roost is the more upscale of the two, and the level that featured restaurant week. Unfortunately, we could not receive the restaurant week specials on a Sunday, but dining out at the more laid-back Revel level was just fine.

Revel includes an impressive bar along with American dishes with a twist. They offer several plates to share like the fried cheese curds or lobster fritters or creative meals like fried quail and waffles or shrimp gumbo.

IMG_0206Although Revel has several locally-inspired cocktails, I’m a beer gal and ordered a Pious Monk Dunkel by Church Brew Works. It pours a chestnut-brown hue with a small off-white head. It has a slightly nutty aroma with a floral undertone. It has a sweet and doughy taste. It’s one of my favorites – Hallelujah.

Speaking of drinks, we may have missed the happy hour by a couple days, but every Monday-Friday from 5-7 p.m., enjoy discounts on drafts and well drinks in a fresh and fun ambiance. Sit back and relax with a cocktail in hand while watching a black and white film on the big screen.

After we ordered some drinks we took a look at the menu. My one dinner guest instantly knew she wanted the apple smoked chicken panini. As she put it – “As soon as I see the word panini, my decision is made”.IMG_0207

I like the way she thinks and made that an order for two chicken paninis! The granny smiths were sweet and juicy and provided a great texture along with the hot pepper cheese and chicken that sat between grilled French bread. It was extremely tasty and I enjoyed the extra spice of the hot cheese. It’s not a large sandwich though so I recommend ordering a side along with it.

Other great meals were found around the table. Beside me was the braised beef sandwich. Taleggio cheese fonduta melted throughout slow cooked beef, picked shallot and arugula on a grilled baguette.

On the other side of me was their the bacon cheeseburger with bacon and aged cheddar on a brioche bun with lettuce and tomato on the side. It might not have been their signature burger, the Revel burger but from what I heard it tasted pretty darn good.IMG_0211

If you find yourself at Revel around lunchtime, give the Revel + Run special a try. Pick up a fresh and fast lunch that offers a sandwich, a side and a drink from 11-2p.m. any weekday.

Arriving to the menu just this summer, Revel now offers a Sunday brunch from 10a.m. -2p.m. At Revel + Roost you have plenty of options to choose from in two different atmospheres.

Experience Pittsburgh, One Bite at a Time.

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