When was the last time you spent the evening with just one of your kids? Time with my second-born child has been admittedly sparse. Fortunately, we recently had a chance to change that, by way of a media tour of Pittsburgh.
The tour included an evening out at Southside Works Pittsburgh, a former brownfield turned entertainment complex. We began with dinner at the Hofbräuhaus Pittsburgh, the city’s first authentic Hofbräuhaus – modeled after the legendary 400+ year-old Hofbräuhaus in Munich, Germany.
The patio offers great views of the Monongahela River – and even better food. I ordered the Schnitzel Weiner Art, a breaded and fried pork cutlet, which came with cranberry sauce, German potato salad and fried cabbage. My five-year-old son happily ate chicken fingers from the children’s menu.
But the most fun was the entertainment. The restaurant has nightly entertainment (and a quiet dining room for those who want a quieter meal – the main dining room can get loud, especially for young children); the night we dined, an accordion player stopped at each table to play music. All the kids in the restaurant ate it up – and the grownups enjoyed the music, too.
After dinner, we walked two blocks to the Town Square, an area surrounded by many restaurants and shops, and a movie theater. The
main attraction for kids, though, are the fountains. Thankfully it was a warm evening, because my son must have soaked up a gallon of water on his own, splashing and playing in the fountains.