These new businesses were of particular interest to the PDP because the building itself is going through the PDP’s Façade Improvement Program.
|901-902 Penn Avenue - Home to Sinful Sweets and Nicky's Thai Kitchen|
First we met up at Nicky’s Thai Kitchen. Although they have yet to have an official Grand Opening, it is clear that Downtown Pittsburgh was ready for some excellent Thai Food to add to their dining options, as the restaurant was busy the entire time we were there. First of all, the atmosphere truly transports you to Thailand, with lush artwork complimented rich, dark, colors on the walls, it is easy to forget you are Downtown. The menu includes all of your usual Thai favorites along with some extra special Nicky’s dishes. If you are familiar with any of their other locations, you will not be disappointed.
Since there were four of us, we were able to sample a nice variety of the menu including: fresh spring rolls and traditional egg rolls and chicken satay with a delicious peanut dipping sauce for appetizers.
|Yellow Vegetable Curry|
Next up - entrees: Brian tried the Yellow Vegetable Curry and had this to say – “I ordered medium and it was quite spicy and I liked the heat. As I did finish everything, can’t say it wasn’t good!”
|Garpow Chicken Lad Kao|
Chicken Massaman Curry was up for Leigh who “really enjoyed the sweetness of the coconut and peanuts paired with the traditional Thai spiciness.” She was happy to have some leftovers!
Lastly Geof had this to say about his dish: “I have eaten at a lot of Thai restaurants, including pretty much every restaurant in Pittsburgh that makes it. I may go to one restaurant for my favorite red curry, choose a different restaurant for Pad Thai, and pick yet another place for Cashew Tofu. After this meal, Nicky’s Thai is now my go-to place for Cashew Tofu- They got it right. This version had a great balance of tofu to vegetables, and the sauce was the ultra-intense dark and spicy/sweet/salty style that makes me happy. Plus, there was one lone Crab Rangoon perched on top of my rice- a very welcome stowaway.”
All-in-all, we can’t wait to go back.
|New Sinful Sweets Customer|
|Delicious Peanut Butter Truffles|
What a great lunch break! Come on down to the Cultural District and check out these new businesses for yourself – you won’t be disappointed.