Grit and Grace is a restaurant I had wanted to try for a while, ever since its opening back in 2013. As I’ve said before and have no doubt I’ll be saying again (probably in the near future), I’m not sure why it took me so long to get there. But back in October, I finally had the chance to dine there before a play in the city’s Cultural District.
Grit and Grace is located in the space formerly occupied by the long since closed restaurant Taste of Dahntan. While the setup inside is the same, I do feel it’s a bit darker now as Grit and Grace.
To start, D ordered a beer and I went with one of their cocktail selections, Rose Whiskey Sour ($11). It consisted of rose, bourbon, falemum, lemon, egg white, and bitters. I got it as it sounded comparable to another favorite drink of mine, the pisco sour. I definitely enjoyed this.
The unique offering of Grit and Grace is that they do dim sum, although it’s more in the way that tapas have become a universal thing (not really anything like you’d find in Spain). That, and instead of the dim sum offerings being wheeled around on a cart, a waiter had a tray he carried about.
We ended up splitting an order of the pork belly bites, these were flavored with orange, chili, garlic, and ginger, and then D on his own opted for some kimchi (the ubiquitous Korean staple). All dim sum options are $5 and you can order them at any time.
The standard menu comprises salads, sandwiches, and noodles, as well as small and large plates. I ended up ordering the Steam Bun ($7). This featured a chicken thigh, kimchi, and chili aioli. I wasn’t overly wowed by the taste of the bun. I guess I prefer more traditional dim sum buns in that regard. Moreover, it was impossible to eat with my hands due to its size and “messy” middle.
I also selected the Chicken Meatball Ramen ($14) which included one hour egg, kimchi (this seemed to be everywhere), confit chicken, roasted carrot, and Schmaltz. I liked the taste of the broth the most, very aromatic and it reminded me of pho. There was also more than enough to take home as a second meal.
In addition to the kimchi he had, D selected the burger ($12) for his main entree. It came topped with kim ‘cheese’, Korean barbecue, and house pickles, on a brioche roll, along with a side of non-traditional looking potatoes. He said they were tasty, though.
Dessert selections change but that night we had the chocolate mousse although when it was first brought to our table, we were both puzzled as it didn’t resemble any chocolate mousse we had ever seen before. To me, it looked AND tasted more like a crumble of sorts but it was still good.
I’m glad to have finally made it to Grit and Grace but it was just one of those places where I liked my meal well enough but by no means loved it. Although service was stellar, nothing on the menu particularly enthralled me, nor did what we ordered either. There are countless restaurants around Pittsburgh I’m dying to try, so I don’t see myself rushing back anytime soon.
Grit & Grace
535 Liberty Avenue | Pittsburgh, PA | 15222