Pittsburgh Eats: Blaze Pizza

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This week I got to try out the new Blaze Pizza in Monroeville ahead of its grand opening today. It’s the first Pittsburgh location for the chain, which started in California. Tomorrow they are offering free pizzas all day, so definitely go check it out if you are interested in trying it.

It’s considered a fast-casual restaurant. Basically, the concept is a build-your-own personal pizza. For a flat price you can get all the toppings you want. It’s essentially set up like an assembly line similar to something like Subway or Chipotle. Then once you pick all your toppings it’s thrown into a wood-fired oven to bake. It only takes a couple minutes and then it’s ready. They also have some menu items to choose from if you don’t want to build your own. In addition to the pizzas, they also offer salads.

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I chose to try the white top pizza off of the menu. It comes with a white sauce, mozzarella cheese, arugula, garlic and oregano. I left off the bacon that normally comes on it and added roasted red peppers to it instead. It was really good. The wood-fired oven gives the crust a really good flavor and cooks it just right. I also tried their signature blood orange lemonade. It was good, but pretty sweet.

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They have indoor and outdoor seating as well as take-out. The patio actually looks really nice.

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Overall, it’s a neat concept for pizza that I don’t think you can find anywhere else in the city right now. I’ll definitely be back, especially since it’s only a few minutes away from my office!

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Pittsburgh Eats: Park Bruges

Park Bruges was one of the first restaurants I visited when I decided to move to Pittsburgh. It was Mother’s Day and my mom had come with me to Pittsburgh to look at an apartment in Highland Park. We got there early, so we decided to pop around the corner from the apartment for lunch. We found Park Bruges on Bryant Street and loved it. (Side note: I ended up moving into that apartment and falling in love with Highland Park all together, but that’s a post for another day.)

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Park Bruges is a relatively small restaurant and it’s usually packed for dinner, so it’s best to come early or for lunch. They also fill up for brunch on the weekends. I’ve never been for brunch, but I’ve heard it really good.

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The menu is French inspired with things like poutine and mussels, but they also have more American foods like a gourmet grilled cheese and a hamburger.
They have the best Mediterranean platter on their appetizer menu. It comes with two kinds of hummus, veggies and different breads. They also have really good salads and the best champagne vinaigrette.

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The prices aren’t super cheap, but not overly expensive either. It makes a nice spot for a lunch with friends or a date night with your significant other.