I saw Big Jim’s “In The Run” on Guy Fieri’s ‘Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives’ and when a trip to Pittsburgh presented itself just after Christmas I thought we’d make it a point to stop there for dinner. The place was famous for their wedding soup and their gigantic portions, among other things, on the Food Network feature which can be watched by clicking here. The link also explains the neighborhood is called “The Run”, hence, “In The Run”.
The atmosphere was as expected, a bit dated but homey and the waitress was very attentive and friendly. They even had Hawaiian Punch by the pitcher, which was appreciated by one of our diners who doesn’t drink carbonated beverages or Iced Tea. A provolone (as opposed to mozzarella) stick appetizer was a nice change and equally flavorful.
The wedding soup was reported to be excellent by those who ordered it, as advertised.
The salads with dinner were excellent. A nice ice cold mixed greens with hearty dressings. My Russian dressing was very, very good.
Garlic bread was just so so. The good parts of dinner seemed to end there.
The veal parm was large, as advertised, but underwhelming. The gnocchi was reported to be “just ok”. The eggplant parm was well received but also not declared anything but “good”. The hot roast beef platter was tasty, but served only lukewarm (actually there were some cold spots).
The meal was reasonable and the big portions were as advertised, but I don’t think I’d return to Big Jim’s “In The Run”. Locals, however love the place and maybe we caught them on a bad night.
Big Jim’s Restaurant
201 Saline St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15201