Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

The 'Burgh's Best Dishes and Drinks Right Now

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

The 'Burgh's Best Dishes and Drinks Right Now

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Here, found and devoured by our intrepid staffers across the city and the region, are the week's best dishes and drinks.

JERK WINGS AT KAYA, STRIP DISTRICT

Here's the situation: A recent daylong bike ride traversing the city's river trails up and down the Mon and Allegheny in brutal heat. Cold beer and sustenance in air conditioning were desperately needed, and a stop at Strip District stalwart Kaya delivered all three in spades.

The skin of the Jamacian jerk wings ($11) crackled with a vinegary bite and the juicy meat inside gave way to a sneaky smoldering heat that was offset nicely by a cooling cilantro cream - a gourmet alternative to the standard ranch or blue cheese.

Paired with a Fat Head's Head Hunter IPA ($7.50) - and the AC - it was a perfect respite for the weary legs and angry stomach of an out-of-shape-but-working-to-fix-that weekend warrior. 2000 Smallman St., Strip District.

- Dan Gigler

PAD SEE EW FROM THAI TAMARIND, BELLEVUE

Man, was it hot on Sunday. And that's before tackling a dreaded cleaning project in my un-air-conditioned second-floor hall - organizing my linen closet. By the time I finished sorting 20 sets of sheets, sweat was dripping off my nose, and I'd decided: I deserve take-out! Fifteen minutes later I had a hefty, fragrant container of Pad See Ew from the uber-charming Thai Tamarind ($13) in my car.

A popular street food in Thailand, it features wide rice noodles tossed in a sweet and savory sauce made from soy, oyster and fish sauces. I opted for tofu as my protein, and it paired perfectly with the shredded egg, broccoli and thin strips of carrot. I ordered a "3" out of "5" so it was only faintly spicy; next time, I'll definitely ask for more heat. 72 Lincoln Ave., Bellevue.

- Gretchen McKay

Mee-Maw Pizza at Caliente Pizza&Draft House

Best pizza in America? In Pittsburgh? …

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