Eleven is another breakout concept from the good folks at Big Burrito, the people that brought us most notably the mini chain Mad Mex.
Eleven aims to provide what they call comfort food. The comfort food term seems to be a buzz word of the current time in restaurants. Big B had previously opened a location in North Hills featuring home cooked goodies like you wish mom had made them, meatloaf, mashed potatos, etc.
Eleven is slightly different than that sort of comofort food and thereby a whole new thing. Eleven is housed in the location that most people will remember the much talked about but underdelivering Valhalla.
Again, eclectic, Eleven at the bar/lounge area you can feast on appetizer portions of marinated hard-boiled eggs. For the regular appetizer line up you will see the infusion of fancy and french, lots of meat and the seafood is adequately represented.
For the main course fish, pork, tuna, various steaks, chicken, veal and spaghetti appears. Comfortable, but definitely after deciphiring the fancy names and out of the ordinary ingredients.
Beer wise, their website lists selections from Rogue, Dogfish, Stoudt's, Anderson Valley, Great Lakes, etc. etc. etc.
Oh time to call mom and tell her to revise the recipes.
With a chef lineup that includes Greg Alauzen, Derek Stevens (formerly of Dusquesne Club), Sean Kelly (Steelhead Grill), Dan Mosedale (Original Fish Market), and Eben Copple (the much regarded, humorous and talented recently departed from the nearby Lidia's) -- this is going to be a severely good place with far more creative dishes on the near horizon.
Time for me to go eat and take in the environment, service and flavor at what is bound to become Pittsburgh's new restaurant of the year for 2004.