Mike and I stayed overnight in Pittsburgh on our drive home from Chicago to Boston. After driving 10 hours, we weren't in the mood to search around for restaurants. While driving down the block from our hotel, we noticed a sign for Ditka's.
We always wanted to try out the Chicago location, but somehow never got around to it despite the fact that we lived in the city for years! Part of it was due to the inconvenient downtown location. We were eager to test out this location.
I always thought Chicago was the only location, so I had to jump online and make sure it was the same restaurant. Sure enough, I found out that locations exist in both Chicago and Pittsburgh. What a random find! Perfect - no need to search the GPS for lunch!
At first glance of the menu, I honestly was a bit let down. There were no visible vegetarian options! Luckily, I could order a chicken wrap (minus the chicken of course).
I decided to go with the 1/2 sandwich and Caesar salad combo. I was really impressed with my choice. Despite my hesitation, the sandwich (an avocado, lettuce, tomato, cheese, and chipolte mayo combo) was excellent.
Mike ordered a Turkey Burger, which he thoroughly enjoyed. He also appreciated the whole wheat bun, which isn't a common occurrence on most restaurant menus. He said the fries tasted homemade, a nice change, as opposed to the majority of restaurant using freezer fries.
I am not a fan of ordering desserts in restaurants: I feel like they are an overpriced waste of empty calories. However, I saw Flourless Chocolate Cake on the the menu.
I have always wanted to try this out. The serving was small, yet filling. This decadent chocolate delight was so rich we could barely finish it. I definitely had my chocolate fix for the week!
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Service was very professional. Presentation was fantastic. I believe that service makes all the difference between high and low quality restaurants. After all, what are you paying for if not good service? I might as well cook at home myself if service is going to be poor. No worry here though - A+ service all the way at Ditka's!
I wasn't sure what to expect inside. Being located near a mall, I wasn't expecting such an elegant atmosphere. However, the restaurant was filled with business lunches and afternoon dates. I originally assumed that Ditka's was more of a sports bar. However, after walking into a classy, refined dining room, I quickly changed my mind. The professional waitstaff, clean design, and pricey menu added to the ambiance.
I would dine at Ditka's again, however, next time I will be testing out the dinner menu. The dinner menu includes more vegetarian options like pasta. I am excited for my next experience at Ditkas, whether in Chicago or Pittsburgh!