I decided to make reservations for Verde as I saw that they were participating in the city's 2012 Restaurant Week. The restaurant and cantina are open seven days a week, with dinner starting at 5 PM, as well as a happy hour that runs Monday through Friday, 5-7 PM. Verde does have six parking spaces reserved for diners in the lot behind the restaurant, but there seems to be ample street parking too.
Although the cantina menu is quite extensive (there are over 160 tequilas featured ), I decided to go the non-alcoholic route with a jarrito, a Mexican soft drink for $3. There are very few places where one can find a tamarind (a fruit) flavored beverage in Pittsburgh so when it's on the menu, I'll normally order it. However, the Spicy Honey BBQ Margarita certainly sounded interesting (honey, Mexican spices, and smoke).
We had a fantastic time at Verde and look forward to returning again in the near future, especially during the warmer weather when dining al freso is an option. Bienvenidos a Pittsburgh, Verde!
Verde Mexican Kitchen & Cantina
5491 Penn Avenue