I was staying in Pittsburgh for work and had never stayed on the south side. So I booked a room at the Holiday Inn Express on south Tenth Street just at the end of the bridge. I was looking for a cocktail and dinner, but since it was 6 degrees outside I was not considering a long walk. Lucky for me the Bridge Ten Brasserie was just next door. At first I had to make sure it was open, Dave the bartender quipped “and why wouldn’t we be”? At first I didn’t quite know how to take this and if I liked his attitude. But after I found out that he was born in France and move to New York when he was 14, I figured it was just his normal persona. Anyway, he makes a fine martini and is very knowledgeable about the wine list, which obviously consists of only French wines at a surprisingly reasonable price. The owner, Dave DeSimone, introduced himself and we discussed wines and the restaurant. He writes articles about French wine locally and seems to have a good knowledge of them. I had the snails with a nice white Grenache suggested by Dave the bartender (yes it was white and while the nose abounded with fruit, the wine was quite dry). For my entrée I had the chicken fricassee special and a full bodied French syrah. Overall, my dinner was very nice; Dave the transplanted French/New York bartender was very helpful and makes a nice martini. The owner cares about his place and the customers. And the entirely French menu is interesting and the food I had was great.
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