Friday, January 4, 2013

Verde Mexican Kitchen & Cantina: Take Two (Bloomfield/Garfield)

A friend decided to celebrate her birthday at Verde a couple months ago.  Truth be told, she had originally picked a different restaurant, but when said other restaurant refused to accept a reservation for our large group on a Saturday night, my friend turned to the much more accommodating Verde instead.  My first visit to Verde during the Summer 2012 edition of Pittsburgh Restaurant Week had been a positive experience, and I was really looking forward to a return trip.

Although I really liked what I had last time, I wanted to try something different this time.  I chose the Carne Asada, which are slices of tender and juicy grilled tequila-marinated steak, served with chimichurri sauce, crispy onion, and chile-roasted sweet potatoes (hidden underneath).

Carne Asada at Verde
Carne Asada ($20)

Verde's cocktail selections also continue to delight.  I imbibed in some Scarecrow (dark rum, pumpkin, cream, fall spices) and Forbidden Root (reposado, ginger, apple cider, lime), and both were excellent.

The Scarecrow at Verde
The Scarecrow ($9)

Forbidden Root at Verde
Forbidden Root ($9)

This second visit to Verde all but solidified my positive opinion of the restaurant!

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