Good Eats: Alma

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve done a Good Eats post, and I have many lined up to share, so I figured I better get on it!

There is a definite increase of eating out this summer…I attribute it to having a lot going on as well as the heat index.

Alma is hands down my new favorite restaurant.  The cuisine is considered Pan-Latin with an emphasis on African-influenced items.  Beside each item on the menu, the country of origin is listed, which I think is pretty cool.  The menu is substantial without being overwhelming and the food is consistently delicious: cooked perfectly and always balanced in flavor.  Also, the service is pretty great – knowledgeable and attentive staff but you never feel rushed.

It doesn’t hurt that it’s also in my favorite neighborhood, Regent Square, located right across from Frick Park at Braddock and Forbes.  They also have a great outdoor space for sipping authentic cocktails.

We’ve tried many items over our visits, all of which were delicious.  I loved the empanadas; they were fluffy and delicious and I found myself wishing the portion was doubled!  The grilled shrimp with lime and garlic sauce was wonderful as well.  Though the highlight of our meal was the Cuban.  It is, in my humble opinion, the best Cuban sandwich in Pittsburgh, stuffed full of slow roasted pork, ham and jarlsberg cheese.  We’ve been loyal to Kaya’s version for years, but there is something heavenly about this one.  I can’t exactly put my finger on what it is, but my husband is a Cuban connoisseur and he says it’s the best so I’m sold.

chocolate cake – so good we practically licked the plate!

We look for any excuse to enjoy a meal there and are constantly telling friends to go.  Have I convinced you yet?!?

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  1. Posted July 17, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

    That dessert? Whoa! Just the other day I had to ask my beloved husband what alma meant bc I keep seeing that word everywhere 🙂

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