I’ve been wanting to try Pittsburgh’s The Library restaurant for a while now, but as always it took an imminently expiring Living Social deal to actually get me there (sooner rather than later I might add). Located on the city’s South Side, The Library is a casual restaurant and bar whose menu theme is, you guessed it, books. Small plates are fittingly named “Chapter 1,” while salads are “Chapter 2,” and so forth (yes, desserts are indeed the epilogue).
We were coming from the movies and so dined at the rather early hour of 4:30 PM and the place was a bit deserted (although many people were opting for patio seating, it seemed). However, it’s a place right on Carson Street, which is unofficially and in some ways unfortunately the drinking capital of Pittsburgh, so I’m pretty sure that as the evening wore on, it would pick up quite a bit more.
My only disappointment with the meal had nothing to do with the food-I was just sad that the place itself was not literary themed. Essentially the inside was like any other restaurant/bar space. The menu namings were certainly neat and cute but it would have even been more special if there had been literature/library references or artwork on its walls.
But on to the food. We ended up splitting the Arabian Nights small plate ($9). This consisted of Cajun black bean and roasted red pepper hummus served with veggies and grilled, garlic-herb flatbread. Hummus is a great starter in the sense it doesn’t overly fill you up like some appetizers, not to mention, it’s much healthier.
For my main course, I went the pizza route (or Chapter 5 as the pizzas are known on the menu), specifically ordering Men Who Stare at Goats. Pizzas are available in two sizes, small and large; I ordered the small for $12 and it was more than enough for one person. Goat cheese was naturally one of the ingredients, in addition to caramelized onions, bacon, and mozzarella. Yes, it was unholy rich but the combination of all of those ingredients was phenomenal and the crust was also one of those you could have spent all day eating.
For his entree, D selected the Fahrenheit 451 burger ($12). Jalapenos, pepperjack and a fried egg were all piled on top of a Cajun dusted burger with a spicy sriracha sauce then spread on the bun. He said it was one of the best burgers he had had in a while.
While I didn’t partake (I ordered a Moscow Mule-$8), they do have happy hour specials seven days a week at two different times (special plates are also half off during these times).
Our waitress was lovely and attentive and the food extremely delicious. It’s definitely the neighborhood type spot you’d want to return to again.
2302 East Carson Street | Pittsburgh, PA | 15203