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Family Restaurant

 2614 Brownsville Rd
Pittsburgh, PA
 

A fantastic find in Carrick/Brentwood

When this place opened sometime in mid 2013 I had no idea it was there. When I saw the store front I had no idea what was going on inside and then I asked some locals – everyone who talked about it said that it was very impressive middle eastern food.

So when I finally went – I wasn’t sure if it was just overblown stories or what. I started with the gyro wrap and because I was intrigued that they also served wings, I got those too.

The gyro was enormous and delicious! The wings reminded me of the ‘broasted’ style that you can only get in a few places in Pittsburgh now days (Chicken Derby, George Aikens, Frisch’s) and they were large and excellent! I want them now just thinking about it.

When I returned with my wife I tried the shawarma wrap. Holy wow! The wrap is stuffed with everything good in the universe. They make their own pickles that just make the sandwich yum! Next the wife and I ordered a pizza – their regular cheese is like extra cheese from most places, and the sauce is a spicy, not sweet affair. I would say that the pizza itself is better than most places in the area who deliver.

Today I got the shish tawook (wow!), and my wife the falafel and it was great to see her face light up with pure joy – seriously – she loved it more than any falafel she has ever had.

What I’m saying is – great food – all around!

The place is run by a couple – the husband cooks, the wife serves all other roles in the evenings. She’s very friendly and he knows what hospitality is. Because my kabob was going to take a little longer than other meals, he brought out a place of hummus and baba, for free, and when my wifes meal was ready before mine, he plated a falafel ball for me, again without charge, just being proud of his food and a great host.

It is very clean inside, the bathrooms are spotless, there is usually parking available on the street, and a parking lot very close by and you should try this place out. Help another great local business become a stable member of our business community.

shawarma wrap

There is another place in castle shannon that people say has the best shawarma, and it doesn’t hold a torch to what Family Restaurant will give you – either in price or taste.

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  • 9/09/2013

    Nathanielb tried Family Restaurant in Carrick, liked it, and rated it . Nathanielb liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

    Pros
    The best middle eastern food in Pittsburgh, pretty good wings and pizza too!
    Cons
    Small new business, needs the support of Pittsburghers to stay open!
    Comments
    I've been here 4 times in the past 2 weeks, and tried something different each time, from the broasted style wings, to the gyro wrap, to the baba gannouj and the falafel I have been constantly impressed.

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