Red Oak Cafe – Oakland, Pittsburgh

I love a good chalkboard menu!

Review By: Stefanie Parks –

It was lunchtime in Pittsburgh and I for one was starving. I had already scoped out the scene and after a quick glance at a few menus, I had decided that Red Oak Cafe was our best bet. They had a huge selection of sandwiches and salads, AND the place was packed. Always a good sign. Plus, they had chalkboard menus inside, and you know how I feel about chalkboard menus <3

My brother and I walked in, looked through the menu a little more closely and asked the cashier which sandwich she recommended. The first words out of her mouth were “Well, I’m a vegetarian so…..” After that I kind of tuned her out because I am the opposite of a vegetarian. To me, a meal really isn’t a meal unless there is some kind of meat involved.

She did tell me that the Chipotle Chicken Wrap with chipotle grilled chicken, carrots, cabbage, cheddar cheese, and honey lime cilantro dressing on a tomato wrap was one of their most popular sandwiches, and since that’s the one I had my eye on anyway, that’s what I went with. My brother, on the other hand, went with the cashiers vegetarian recco, the Hong Kong Veggie Wrap. We both got veggies and a pickle on the side, took our meals to-go, and headed back to our hotel to dig in.

The Chipotle Chicken Wrap was solid, but the dressing tasted more like BBQ sauce than the honey lime dressing that it was supposed to come with. I love BBQ sauce though, and even though I could have done with a little bit less of it, my wrap was pretty great, nonetheless. It came with green beans on the side, which were plain, but good (and healthy, which was just what I needed after Primanti Bros. the night before).

All-in-all, we had a very satisfying and seemingly healthy lunch at Red Oak Cafe. But coming from someone who usually only has time to grab a quick sandwich from Subway on business trips, I’m not sure that’s saying much.