Monterey Pub is located in the very real and very friendly Mexican War Streets secton of Pittsburgh's Central North Side.
While Monterey Pub sports a somewhat small list of micros (Penn Brewing products and Sierra Nevada) this is still a fabulous place to check out while in Pittsburgh.
In the spirit of real pubs across the big pond, Monterey features a rather robust menu, hearty seating, friendly chatty folks and a good spirit.
The food is rather good. They even have accomodated the non-flesh eaters with a delicious vegetarian offering and a large green salad. The plank style fries are delicious.
I sat one evening recently with a local PubCrawler user talking over everything, site related, politics, life, family and history. Those around us chimed in here and there with very interesting perspectives and warmth.
For what is now in most places described as a cramped smokey place with desperate folks propping up the bar- that being the definition of a Pub, Monterey excels and breaks the Pub mold with fresh, innovative offerings in a setting that teleports you to somewhere else. All while being gently moved along by friendly folks and words.
Monterey with a few more micros available is the definition of what a US pub should be.
From time to time Monterey embraces local artists with a late evening music accompanyment to your meal or beverage consumption.
While in the War Streets be sure to wander a block or two to experience the unique craftmanship of a real quality neighborhood that is well in the process of redeveloping itself, one home at a time.