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Oct 16, 2007 01:05 AM

Pub Grub in Pittsburgh?


My girlfriend and I are traveling from Akron area to Pittsburgh to do some shopping this week. Any recommendations for a laid back bar with good pub fare? Great beer sellection is a plus. Not too keen on sports bars or trendy joints.

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  1. Fathead's on the South Side has an excellent beer selection and pretty good food. I like their wings.

    Sharp Edge in Friendship or the Sharp Edge Creekhouse in Crafton (owned by the same people) have a wide variety of beers, specializing in Belgian, and above average pub grub.

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    1. re: Greyhoundgrrl

      That would be Sharp Edge in East Liberty, not in Friendship. They also have a new Sewickley location.

      Other bars with good pub fare: Penn Brewing in the North Side; Church Brew Works on Liberty Ave. I hear the Squirrel Hill Cafe (the "Cage") at Forbes and Murray has a good burger. Of course, so does Tessaro's in Bloomfield.

      1. re: jacktanner

        Technically, the Sharp Edge is in Friendship-- I used to live a block away. It's actually on Friendship Ave. But those are Pittsburgh neighborhood semantics, I suppose.

        1. re: Greyhoundgrrl

          These definitely are Pgh neighborhood semantics. Probably beyond relevance to most CF folk. But still. SE is on Friendship Ave at S St Clair St. This is two blocks east of Friendship proper, which technically ends at Negley.

          Just to make this a bit more topical, this brings to mind a used-to-be spot with good bar food: Harris Grill in Shadyside, just across the tracks from Sharp Edge. It's (hopefully) recovering from a fire that shut it down this summer.

          1. re: jacktanner

            I'd add that if beer is the thing you're looking for (actually, knowledgeable bartenders who will offer tastes and work with your palate) then the Crafton location of Sharp Edge is preferable. I believe the food there is better than in Friendship as well.

            Let's also not forget there's decent beer, greasy pub grub and the best jukebox in Pittsburgh at Gooskis.

            1. re: Panini Guy

              Gooski's is a Pittsburgh tradition, but if you are at all sensitive to cigarette smoke it is intolerable. I couldn't breathe last time I was there, much less taste my food.

              1. re: Panini Guy

                I agree...I think that the food at the Friendship Sharp Edge is leaps and bounds behind the Crafton location.

      2. My husband and I love D's Six Pax and Dogz. Chicago's Vienna Beef hot dogs, excellent bar food, and great beer cave- over 1000 different varieties. It's on the corner of Forbes and Braddock in Regent Square. One of my favorite places in the city:)

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        1. re: QSheba

          Ryan's Pub is located at Forbes and Braddock Avenues, Dee's is located at Braddock Avenue and Huchinson Streets.

          1. re: QSheba

            Oops! you're right. I was thinking of the intersection people would turn at. It's at the corner of Braddock and Sanders, a few blocks down from Forbes and Braddock. Brain on sabbatical. We live two blocks away and just walk...

            D's Six Pax should NOT be confused w/ Dunning's Grill on the corner of Braddock and Hutchinson they're totally different!- sorry for the confusion! I hope this doesn't turn anyone away from checking out their beer cave:)

          2. The best place is Tessaros in Bloomfield! Great atmosphere - EXCELLENT burgers!

            1. Fatheads has a great beer selection, but it's a sports bar. If you don't want that or trendy, I would go with the Sharp Edge.

              1. I just wanted to thank everyone who posted with suggestions! We had a great day trip to the Pittsburgh area.

                We went to Gooski's for drinks and dinner. Awesome place! I loved the atmosphere, dark, quiet, smokey. I had the Polish Platter while my girlfriend had a Dinner Salad. The food took awhile to come out, but we could tell they were preparing several to go orders at the same time. When the food did arrive it was absolutely beautiful! My girlfriend said her salad was a visual 'work of art'. However the Italien dressing seemed to be only oil and herbs...lacking any kind of vinegar.
                The polish platter actually came on three seperate plates. Even though it didn't contain the exact same items listed on the menu, I was very pleased. The Pierogie's were the highlight. According to the bartender they are from Pierogie's Plus. I'll tell you what...that Polish Platter was cooked very well and tasted great....However, it's not for the faint of stomach. In terms of portions, and upsetability! Luckily my body handled it well for the 2 hour car ride back to Akron...It was later in the evening when things got a little....erm....uh...gassy.