Streets on Carson Pittsburgh Restaurant Review
One of the restaurants I most looked forward to trying out was Streets on Carson, an eatery whose menu is comprised solely of street foods from around the world. Considering my love for ethnic foods and anything with a global focus, this so screamed me. Thankfully I finally had the chance to eat there myself last month.
Located on the city’s South Side (Carson Street is the main drag in the neighborhood), it’s a spot I could easily imagine in any number of cities, like Pittsburgh, with a grittier feeling to them-Lima, Mexico City, Rome. However, once you step inside, a beautifully decorated and painted interior awaits you.
The problem with going to a place like Streets on Carson is that you will literally want to order everything on the menu. So the hard part is choosing what to order without being gluttonous. From a geographical representation, I think we did pretty well-Mexico City, Quebec, Sicily, Pittsburgh (not my pick), and Amsterdam. But this is a place where you definitely want to share and sample so be sure you go with someone you like and who doesn’t mind the sharing aspect either. The other nice touch is that each item on the menu features the name of the street from that locale (i.e. pan con chicharron from the cercado de Lima).
We first went with the huarache-$10 ( I was complimented on my pronunciation of it-thanks, BA in Spanish). This is a dish consisting of a fried masa base with toppings that include salsa verde, potatoes, cilantro, barbacoa, and queso fresco. I’m not the biggest fan of salsa verde but this delectable taste definitely won me over. There’s also a vegetarian option of this available.
And then we had my favorite selection of the meal, the Duck Fat Fried Poutine ($8), fresh cut fries in duck fat with fresh cheese curds, demi-glaze, and herbs de Provence. This is one dish you do not want to miss on a trip to the Canadian province of Quebec (poutine in general, that is).
Ever since I made them last fall and order them whenever I can, we went with another love of ours-the arancini ($7). These are aborio rice balls filled with prosciutto, basil, pecorino romano, and quattro formaggi.
For our fourth dish, D selected the Confit Chicken Wings ($13). While I’m not normally a fan of wings, there was a lot of meat on them and it fell off effortlessly, it was that tender. These are topped with roasted garlic, roasted jalapeno puree, fresh lemon juice and scallions.
And while Amsterdam is a city that has still eluded me in my travels, we ordered the Stroopwafel ($3) for dessert. This is a traditional waffle topped with cinnamon cane sugar syrup and powdered sugar. We certainly didn’t “need” this by this point, but it was a must.
Service at Streets on Carson was terrific and the food equally so. Husband and wife owners Matthew Christie and Lauren Leon have brought an outstanding addition to Pittsburgh’s dining scene, one which I hope plenty of Pittsburghers will frequent if only to “travel through eating.”
Streets on Carson
1120 E Carson St, Pittsburgh, PA 15203