It's hard to put your finger on Shadyside's Spoon, with a globally inspired menu that zigzags between hyper-modern, experimental, ten-ingredient plates and more casual, comfort eats. But, you don't have be able to put your finger on a place in order to want to lick your plate. More playful options on the changing menu can take the form of a gorgonzola soufflé with candied walnuts and stone-fruit salad, or stick to traditional tastes with a straightforward serving of short rib and rib eye. You wouldn't be going wrong in either direction. A dignified proprietary cocktail selection can be sipped in any of the turquoise banquettes underneath the contemporary firework-shaped chandeliers, making for a clubby drinking atmosphere.

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