Dinner/Lunch Options near Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh
We will be spending a couple of days late next week visting the Warhol museum and others, as well as attending a Pirates game, and are looking for casual, but excellent food for lunch and dinner in the North Shore area. We will be staying at the Priory Hotel and would prefer to walk to lunch and dinner but are open to driving if its really worth it.
We are open to all cuisines and prices, and want to avoid chains and places more for tourists, etc.
Look forward to your recommendations. We will report back after our trip.
BL -- DC Hound
i 2nd that the warhol cafe is good, much better than expected.
i don't recommend going to grill 36 for food. its the new jerome bettis restaurant and they are still working the kinks out.
downtown is walkable from the northside. i suggest checking out 6 penn, nine on nine, palomino's (happy hour has great food deals).
the strip is also walkable (if you like to walk)! there are many good restaurants there including kaya (carribean), wholey's (for a lunchtime fish sandwich and soup), they sell good food on the street and have wonderful shopping if you feel like doing the european thing (bread, cheese, olives, etc.). la prima espresso is the place to go for coffee in the strip.
Max's Allegheny Tavern is on the North side and has very good German food. Also, one of my favorite restaurants anywhere-Vivo- is on Lincoln Avenue in a town called Bellevue,about 5 miles north of Pittsburgh. It would be a short drive from the North End and well worth it. Really exceptional dining. Not cheap! Bring your own wine and your appetite!
Try the New Moon Fusion Cafe on General Robinson St. for good Pan Asian fusion. I would also recommend Sassy Marie's on James St. on the North Side, Muriel's on Western Ave. in Allegheny West (part of the North Side), and Legends of the North Shore on West North Ave. in the North Side near Allegheny General for Italian (Legends & Muriel's are BYOB). Max's Allegheny Tavern is a good choice for German food.
In fact, from where the Priory is, walking to stuff like the stadium and the Warhol is kinda weird as well. There's an elevated highway in the way, basically, although I think there are sidewalks and it's not that far. Penn Brewery can be fun, though, and you probably could walk there on a nice day. Beware the uphill, will make you thirstier by the time you get up there. It's closer than the Strip (see below).
Just have to warn, we had a software trainer come in back in December and she chose to stay over there at the Priory. She didn't find it nearly as appealing as it is made out on the web site. It tries to play like a boutique hotel but it really isn't that great, very plain rooms. Depending upon occupancy there are better places to stay at similar price generally. If you still stay there, you'll probably have a better time of it just due to the fact that it's summer. Kinda sucks to wander around by foot in the evening when it's cold and gets dark at 5 or 5:30. If you want to stay on the North Side I'd recommend the Springhill Suites instead. It's a normal chain hotel, but it's adequate, only a few years old. We've put our employees who come in from out of town up there several times.
Having just been to Kaya yesterday, I would say going over to the Strip to Kaya is really worth driving (would be a long ambitious walk though doable if you really get into walking). Kaya is really casual but really excellent food IMO. http://www.bigburrito.com/kaya Can I say "really" a few more times in this paragraph, really? ;-)