With an idyllic setting and not a french fry to be found on the menu, The Café at the Frick - located on the scenic grounds of the Frick Art & Historical Center - may not exactly scream Steel City. But it's the perfect spot for a quiet, memorable lunch or a leisurely afternoon tea. The outdoor patio, nestled among the gardens behind the Clayton mansion (the house of the late steel baron, Henry Clay Frick), provides a stunning backdrop for the inventive contemporary cuisine. Many of the vegetables used are raised on-site in the greenhouse, so locally grown is more than a culinary catchphrase here. Inventive soups, salads and sandwiches highlight the ever-changing menu and may include the likes of chilled peas and carrots soup, crab bruschetta or the grilled fondue sandwich with fontina and Gruyére cheeses, asparagus tips and orange marmalade. Entrées such as scallops piccata or ravioli in a mushroom cream sauce with caramelized leek crème fraiche
round out the menu. Kick back with a house-made dessert and a Rob Roy while surveying the landscape, and imagine for a brief second that your
industrial ingenuity made all of this possible.
"The kitchen creates lively dishes such as butternut squash soup; Mushroom Rachel (corned Pennsylvania mushrooms, white cabbage slaw and Swiss cheese, with tomato-caperberry dressing on toasted marble rye); and short ribs Wellington."