Saturday, September 7, 2013
The Hedgehogs Take Pittsburgh (RESTAURANT REVIEWS - New Dumpling House, Té Café, and Tana Ethiopian)
After two weeks of roughing it at Pennsic, Hedgie and Buttercup convinced April to do a bit of sight-seeing in the big city of Pittsburgh. April was thrilled with the architecture, and spent a couple of hours just wandering around neighborhoods taking pictures of the houses.
While out walking, Hedgie spotted a dumpling house and wanted to investigate.
New Dumpling House
2138 Murray Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217
Buttercup giggled at a sign outside -
Once inside, April discovered that one gets free tea, wontons, and pickled cucumber -
Hedgie insisted on dumplings (though it didn't take much at all to convince April). They were almost as big as the hedgehogs, and the most amazing dumplings April has ever eaten.
The Vegetarian Yellow Bird was the most exciting-looking thing on the menu, so that's what April got next -
Apparently, they sometimes make this with chicken stock, so be sure to specify that you don't want it.
After all that food, Buttercup suggested a nice pot of tea. April had seen a tea shop just up the street, so they all decided to go.
2000 Murray Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217
Facebook Page & Twitter Page
Walking into the shop, they were greeted by the sight of vegan banana walnut bread. This was a very good omen!
Hedgie suggested that April get something with mint or possibly ginger to aid in digestion. The guy behind the counter offered up a peppermint rose green tea with fresh ginger added. It was only $4.45 for a whole pot, and the free hot water refills made a second pot possible!
In fact, it was while drinking the second pot of tea that Hedgie talked April into getting the banana walnut bread (again, not terribly difficult), which was a lovely compliment to the tea.
The next day, everyone decided to check out the Ethiopian restaurant around the corner from the Awesomely Big Church.
5929 Baum Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Outside the restaurant, the hedgehogs made a new friend.
Buttercup wants to buy him some pants.
The food at Tana was good, but the portion sizes were much smaller than Aster's, which made April a bit sad.
After dinner (and a bit more sight-seeing!), it was time for bed. The hedgehogs needed their beauty sleep before the drive to Canada!