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New Haven, Connecticut
April 18, 2006
From journal Pittsburgh: Europe Meets Midwest
, West Virginia
November 5, 2002
We stopped in the entrance hall to look at photographs covering
the walls, a little museum of the river and railroad area in its heyday. But the stained-glass, arched ceiling of the Grand Concourse lured us in to the palm court with circular booths and tall Roman columns. Beautiful, imposing palladian architecture transported me to an earlier time when railroads had money! The ceiling is so gorgeous, we almost tripped over our feet gawking upwards toward the mystfying light. I reflected that 400 cans of oven cleaner were required to clean this ceiling when the room first became the Grand Concourse Restaurant--seriously! Math teachers in Pittsburgh have school kids figure how much 400 cans cost.
We managed to make our way to the sunporch, where we could enjoy a view that moved: bridge pedestrians, riverboats, barges, and the Riverwalk. Happy with our seats by the window, I ordered eggplant crepe, and my friend chose chicken cordon bleu. The food was exceptional for about $10 each for lunch. Service was impeccable. We lingered a while enjoying our view.
What the Grand Concourse Restaurant is most known for is Sunday seafood brunch. I have not yet successfully managed to be there at that time, but hear rave reviews. I first discovered this restaurant when a friend showed me a postcard, so I took a free one on the way out to show others this place they
must visit in Pittsburgh. Later, I returned with my camera, as you can see, but found the ceiling impossible to capture. I'll try again.
In the next room is the Gandy Dancer Saloon, a perfectly wonderful stop for refreshment anytime, especially for happy hour on Fridays, when there is free shrimp! I have enjoyed drinks and sandwiches at the bar and have always found everything delightful. The menu offers great saloon choices; the decor is authentic turn-of-the-century. A gandy keeps everything straight! (That was perhaps a tool for knocking rails into place, but nobody seems to know for sure.)
From journal Pittsburgh's South Side: Shopping, Dining, Theater