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Gastronomic Wrong Turn

I am writing in response to the recent article on Pittsburgh, “Celebrating a Spirit of Steel” (Oct. 14).

As a native of that city, I appreciated much of what Jerry Haines had to say and even discovered some new places to visit during my next trip back home.

One complaint, though, is the glaring paucity of restaurant information. I’m not sure how much research Haines did before going out to eat, but I suspect he either relied solely on memories of his college days or talked to the wrong locals for advice. His list is overwhelmingly fast-food and takeout style and suggests that Pittsburgh does not have upscale eateries.

As someone who seems to know the city much better than the writer does, may I suggest the Grand Concourse, Monterey Bay Fish Grotto and the Georgetowne Inn; there are many more to choose from. The restaurants Haines listed are indeed local landmarks and certainly worth a visit, but to suggest these places as representative of all that Pittsburgh has to offer gastronomically is akin to sending L.A. tourists to Jerry’s Deli for a fine meal.

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COLLEEN COWAN

Costa Mesa


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