Nellie’s Sandwiches – 23 Years Of Fresh, Quality Mediterranean Cuisine

If your taste buds are in the mood for some fresh, homemade Mediterranean cuisine, look no further than Nellie’s Sandwiches, located at 3524 Fifth Avenue in Oakland. As a popular Oakland staple, Nellie’s is a place brimming with both history and pride – and not to mention amazing bites!

“Having been in Oakland for 23 years, our customers have always been like family,” said owner, Nellie Abdulnour. “I have a real passion for feeding people fresh handmade, homemade foods. Everything we make is healthy, fresh and gourmet—made from scratch with love.

Nellie moved to the United States from Lebanon in 1980, owned Chahine’s Bakery in Squirrel Hill for 21 years, and eventually opened Nellie’s Sandwiches in Oakland.

Rania Abdulnour, Nellie’s daughter, stands by Nellie’s Sandwiches’ use of fresh and seasonal ingredients. “Nothing comes from a can here! We don’t skimp on ingredients, and we grow a number of the herbs and foods ourselves – everything from the grape leaves, to tomatoes for sauces – we even have an herb garden,” Rania continued. “With Pittsburgh’s growing foodie culture, Nellie’s Sandwiches really does have the quality you can taste. We’ve always believed in eating clean – even before it got popular!”

Nellie’s Sandwiches has always been a go-to place for Oakland’s many hospital employees and they specialize in catering. On Wednesdays at 4 p.m., you can find Nellie at the Mt. Lebanon Farmer’s Market.

If you have a hankering for some quality falafels, gyros, fresh rolled grape leaves, tabbouleh and other Lebanese cuisine, Nellie’s Sandwiches is your stop right here in the Oakland business district.

Nellie’s Sandwiches
Open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
www.nelliesonline.com

The Palace Bar & Grill

For Marian Edmonson, The Palace isn’t just a food and beverage establishment – it’s an adventure. The Palace Bar and Grill, located at 226 Meyran Avenue (former location of AD’s Pittsburgh Café), opened on May 11, and Marian looks forward to giving Oakland a wonderful place to socialize and relax. “We welcome everyone! …The Palace has a fun atmosphere anyone can enjoy,” said Marian.

Marian has dedicated her time, energy and talents into giving The Palace a fun and modern atmosphere. “We’ve repainted the walls, replaced the kitchen’s lighting system to eco-friendly LED bulbs, installed new floors in the restrooms and even updated the sound system,” she said.

The Palace Bar and Grill offers nightly drink specials and mouth-watering traditional bar foods, from wings to sliders and fries.

“The must-try specialty drink on our menu would be ‘The Palace’ made with clear liqueurs and other secret ingredients,” said Marian. “We also like to offer some fun, spontaneous specials! During the Stanley Cup, we offered $2 shots whenever the Pittsburgh Penguins would score a goal.”

The Palace Bar and Grill also loves to give back to the community and help others. “We want to be a good neighbor to everyone,” said Marian. “We recently held a fundraiser event benefiting the family of a slain woman in the Hill District – it was very special.”

The Palace Bar and Grill is open from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday to Saturday, and 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, visit their Facebook Page.

Two Oakland-Based UPMC Hospitals Achieve Sustainability Designation

UPMC Presbyterian and Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC have achieved Silver Plate and Gold Plate designation, respectively, through the Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurants program. The hospitals are the 15th and 16th locations to earn designation through the program.

“Becoming designated really gives us a sense of accomplishment. Hospital cafeterias and restaurants do some great things, but don’t always get recognition,” said Robert Franz, retail manager at UPMC Presbyterian.

“It’s nice to partner with organization that will help us reach our goal of helping the environment,” said Sarah Black, retail manager at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC.

Franz and Black oversee the retail and food services and manage operations at their respective hospitals.

Both locations do incredible things when it comes to green practices. Magee-Womens incorporates freshly grown items into their menu and uses the flowers they grow for their retail shop.

“Magee-Womens uses the help of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens to manage our three gardens,” said Black. “We look forward to having two bee hives on our roof in spring of 2018 as well!

“We also like to educate people through our Roots of Wellness program – a hub of information on nutritional, physical, emotional and environmental wellness for staff and visitors.”

The program includes bulletin boards throughout the hospital that display tips and facts to adopt a healthier lifestyle as well as functions in the cafeteria, such as cooking demos and wellness consulting. Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC’s cafeteria serves around 1,200 to 1,500 people per day.

UPMC Presbyterian’s cafeteria, which serves around 3,000 to 4,000 people per day, is partnering with Freedom Farms to help bring in fresh local products every week – from jarred items like honey to fresh produce and local meats.

“It’s things like this that give the hospital’s staff more of an appreciation of what they’re getting on a daily basis at our cafeterias,” said Franz.

Franz and Black highly recommend that Oakland food establishments get on-board with the Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant program to capitalize on the lasting value of functioning in greener and more sustainable ways.

“A lot of the things we were doing were already in the criteria to become designated! We filled out the online application and received our plate level, and Rebecca Bykoski, Program Manager of the Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant program, is always there to answer questions,” said Black. “Oakland really is a foodie city.”

OBID is recruiting Oakland restaurants for the Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant Program. Designation enables restauranteurs to see the lasting value in operating in socially and environmentally responsible ways, while saving money and increasing business. Interested in joining the program? Contact Jonathan Winkler: jonathan@oaklandbid.org

UPMC Presbyterian’s Summer Farm Markets
Hosted By Freedom Farms

Thursdays starting June 1
11AM – 2PM

Enjoy local produce, jarred products, local meats and baked goods.

Dates held in UPMC Presbyterian’s front entrance green space
along Fifth Avenue: June 22, July 20 & August 24.

All other Thursdays, this will be located outside of the
cafeteria on the 11th floor.

Pamela’s Diner – A Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant

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An Oakland staple since 1985, Pamela’s Diner located at 3703 Forbes Avenue is one of the latest restaurants to be designated in the Sustainable Restaurants Program. Landing a Silver-Plate level of designation, owners Tim Blosat and Michele Mazzella are proud to be a part of the “green” movement. “We look forward to using the funds granted to us through the program to upgrade more equipment to Energy Star. Not to mention, Rebecca Bykoski, program manager of Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurants, was extremely friendly and awesome to work with — she made the process very easy,” said Mazzella and Blosat. Pamela’s Diner recently upgraded their refrigerator system to an Energy Star undercounter refrigerator.

The two also encourage other Oakland restaurants to join the program and get designated. “We strongly recommend the program. Not only for the benefits for the business, but more so for the environment,” they continued.

Pamela’s Diner is also happy to see the returning university students as well as meeting the new ones that come through their doors. “As always we enjoy having the students return. It’s always is a delight to see the empty plate and their smiles of content.”

Pamela’s Diner is open Monday to Sunday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and they welcome you to stop by and try their most popular dish: The Morning After Breakfast Special – 2 eggs (any style), Ham, bacon, or sausage, and 2 of Pamela’s famous (crepe like) hotcakes!

OBID is recruiting Oakland restaurants for the Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant Program. Designation enables restauranteurs to see the lasting value in operating in socially and environmentally responsible ways, while saving money and increasing business.