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Dining news: Off the Hook taking off in Warrendale

| Wednesday, July 17, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Sidney Davis | Tribune-Review
The Vera Cruz at Off The Hook, a seafood restaurant in Warrendale, on Friday July 12, 2013.
Sidney Davis | Tribune-Review
Customers enjoy the dining experience at Off The Hook, a seafood restaurant in Warrendale, on Friday July 12, 2013.

Lisa and Glenn Hawley, former owners of Monterey Bay, have opened a new establishment called Off the Hook at 908 Warrendale Village Drive, Warrendale. Off the Hook opened in June and has quickly become known for its fresh fish, crab cakes and oysters. Fish selections include Farroe Islands salmon, black grouper from Florida, Hudson Canyon swordfish, walu escolar from Hawaii, mahi mahi from Florida and more.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and 5 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m. Fridays; 5 to 10 p.m. Saturdays; closed Sundays. Reservations recommended for weekends. Details: 724-719-2877 or


Nakama Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar is rolling up in new locations with its first food truck. The truck features traditional Japanese hibachi, seasonal sushi rolls, hand-rolled egg rolls, noodle dishes, fried rice and fresh salads such as spicy squid salad, wakame seaweed salad and cucumber salad, as well as new specials every day.

The truck's first stop will be at the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix on July 18, in Schenley Park. Details: Find the Nakama Food Truck on Facebook or Twitter (@nakamafoodtruck) or email


Lidia's Pittsburgh, 1400 Smallman St. in the Strip District, will host an Italian craft beer dinner on July 26. Evoluzione della Birra, or The Evolution of Beer, will begin at 6:30 p.m. with light antipasti followed by a four-course dinner and Italian-beer pairing at 7. The cost is $55, not including tax and gratuity. Reservations are required. Details: 412-552-0150 or


On July 22, Haitians Families First will participate in an event at Bar Marco's No Menu Monday from 5 to 11 p.m. The menu will tentatively include Haitian salad, vegetarian rice and beans, chicken with Creole sauce, pkliz, vegetarian fritter, sweet plantains and ice cream. Guest chefs will be members of the Highland Park Kitchen Staples Co-Operative, featuring Amanda Gillespie and Brazen Kitchen's Leah Lizarondo.

Bar Marco is located at 2216 Penn Ave. in the Strip District. Details: 412-471-1900 or


CURE restaurant, at 5336 Butler St. in Lawrenceville, has launched a full-service bar and cocktail program, featuring classic and signature cocktails, draft and bottled beers, an extensive amari collection and a robust wine list, served by the glass or bottle.

Much like Chef Justin Severino's culinary style, the cocktail menu reflects the seasonality of Western Pennsylvania's ingredients and extends CURE's relationship with local producers and foragers beyond the kitchen doors to the bar. House cocktails incorporate items like house-made rhubarb-brandied strawberries, pickled ramps and dry vermouth infused with morel mushrooms.

Sommelier Michael Kreha selected a wine list to accent the story of Severino's cuisine. It includes a number of back-vintage wines, as well as European and American natural wines. West Coast wines speak to Severino's culinary pedigree in California, while a comprehensive list of Spanish and Italian wines accent the flavors in his Italian and European-inspired cuisine.

The restaurant, which has operated as a BYOB restaurant since opening in 2011, will continue to allow customers to bring their own beverages. Corkage fee is now $15.

Details: 412-252-2595 or


Panera Bread, with multiple Pittsburgh locations, is offering a half-off Smoothie Happy Hour, from 2 to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays this summer. All smoothies are low-fat and made with Stonyfield Farm organic yogurt. Flavors include mango, wild berry, black cherry and strawberry. The Superfruit smoothie is made is with organic Greek yogurt. Details:

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