Saturday, October 13, 2012

Verde Mexican Restaurant & Cantina (Bloomfield/Garfield)

My trip to Toronto unfortunately coincided with the Summer 2012 edition of Pittsburgh Restaurant Week, but I did manage to return in time for one Restaurant Week outing with some friends.  I picked Verde, because I hadn't been and really wanted to try it, and because its Restaurant Week menu looked so good!

Summer 2012 Restaurant Week Menu at Verde
Restaurant Week menu

We started with an order of amazingly fresh Guacamole to share, courtesy of one of my dining buddies.

Guacamole at Verde

For my three-course meal, I started with a refreshing Ensalata Verde.  From the menu: Arcadia greens, nopales (which is like a cactus plant), chayote (a type of squash), roasted beets, yucca chips, and cactus cilantro vinaigrette.

Ensalade Verde at Verde
Ensalata Verde

I then proceeded with the Pollo en Mole Poblano as my main - a juicy half chicken chargrilled to the point of perfect crispiness on the skin, served with housemade mole sauce, scallions, and a side of yucca fries.

Pollo en Mole Poblano at Verde
Pollo en Mole Poblano

Pollo en Mole Poblano at Verde
Pollo en Mole Poblano, another view

For my dessert, I chose the Tres Leches Pudín de Pan - a tasty bread pudding with rum sauce.

Tres Leches Pudin de Pan at Verde
Tres Leches Pudín de Pan

Add to that some delicious, delicious margaritas - ah, perfect meal!

Margarita at Verde

Margarita at Verde

Everyone at the table seemed quite satisfied with their meal, and the service was absolutely fabulous.  As an aside, during reservation I had made a special request for a table with good lighting (for photo-snapping purposes, of course!), and even though we were a fairly a large group, Verde was able to accommodate us without any problems.  It was too bad that I had to miss much of Restaurant Week this summer, but I'm really glad that the one meal I had during this week turned out so great!

Restaurant info:
Verde Mexican Kitchen & Cantina
5491 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15206
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