One of the biggest gambles for a person who grew up in Baltimore is to order a crab cake from a Pittsburgh restaurant. I took the gamble at Sieb’s Pub on Babcock Boulevard in Ross Township, and it paid off.
The bride and I arrived as the dinner rush was ending, just after 7:30, and were able to get a table in the relatively small dining room right away. Live music from the bar area was a nice touch.
For an appetizer, we split the Pub 4-3-2, four friend zucchini strips, 3 provolone cheese sticks and 2 chicken tenders. Nothing amazing here, but it was nicely breaded, well cooked and not the least bit greasy.
I ordered “Bubba’s Signature Crab Cakes” and as advertised, they were loaded with 100% real crab, a tiny bit of filling, lightly sautéed with a light Dijonnaise dressing. I would match them up against any Maryland crab cake. The only difference, Bubba’s version is light on the spice. I prefer just enough Old Bay Seafood seasoning to make my eyes water.
My bride went with Kennedy’s Reuben with a side of sweet potato fries. The corn beef was thin and tender, the marble rye not overly thick, and the portion so large that half of the sandwich now awaits one of our two ravenous teenagers.
So about now you’re probably wondering why we went to an Irish Pub and ordered seafood and a traditional German sandwich? Well, it’s August, and we just couldn’t get in the mood for Shepherd’s Pie.
But for lovers of Irish food, Sieb’s delivers. Many of my friends swear by it. Their menu includes dishes such as Kennedy’s Irish Stew, Guinness Beef Pot Pie, and Guinness Cream Salmon.
Sieb’s is located at 3382 Babcock Boulevard. For more information: siebspub.com.Sieb's Pub,