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persico82 Sep 9, 2008 01:05 PM

What's up guys,

Never been to PA, I am from CT and I will be in Pittsburgh on Oct 25-27 for the Giants Steelers game, (I'm a diehard Giants fan and my girl is a Steelers fan) and we need some recs for the meals. (2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 2 dinners) Not looking for anything fancy just good local places. My only definite so far is Tessaro's I don't wanna miss that burger! Other places I was thinking about after reading other posts were Deluca's, Pamela's, Primanti's, Peppi's (for a "Roethlisburger" are they worth it or no with the limited time we have), and Fatheads. What places should be added or taken away. Any help would be great. Thanks in advance for any help anyone can give us.

Rich

  1. SaraMiller Sep 10, 2008 01:37 PM

    For a casual game-weekend lunch, I would hit up Fatheads in the South Side. It's a local sports bar, has lots of great beer on tap and has an extensive bar menu of sandwiches, wings and salads.

    Tessaro's does have a good burger and is a Pittsburgh favorite. I would also recommend the Church Brew Works, which is right down the street from Tessaro's. You could do dinner or lunch there. This place is an old church that has been converted into a microbrewery. The food is tasty--nice dinner plates, sandwiches and tasty pizza!

    Pamela's is great for breakfast. There are several locations, but the one in the strip has the most extensive menu...if you like guacamole at breakfast try the tex mex omelette. Also, I'm not a huge sweet breakfast person, but I do love the crepe-like pancakes.

    I can give many recs for dinner so if you have an idea of what you what (type of food, casual v. fancy) I would be able to help a little more.

    Enjoy the game! And I feel your relationship rivalry, I'm from Pittsburgh and my boyfriend is an Eagles fan, ugh!

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      yayadave Sep 10, 2008 04:23 PM

      Yeah, Fatheads should be on the list for sometime that week-end. Just not for breakfast. Headwiches!! https://www.fatheads.com/

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        persico82 Sep 11, 2008 09:20 PM

        Thanks guys for all the great recs and the help. I think we are actually going to stay an extra day since there are so many places to try and see. I will be sure to let you guys know what I thought of everything when I get back. Thanks again All

        Rich

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        nyfoodjoe Sep 11, 2008 08:50 PM

        Fatheads has a lot of beer that you can't fine any where else on the East Coast...but the food is really not very good...Tessaro's is a really great burger....Atria's in Dormont is the best in town....Pamelas is a great breakfast..lots of pretty good food with lots of "hurry up and eat and get out" attitude....La Prima is the best coffee....bar none....my wife is not Pittsburghs'burgher....but she will go from west to east if she knows she will get her time at La Prima...and finally...great biscotti at Enrico Biscotti....and one last thing...just walk thru both wholley seafood and Parma Sausage

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          yayadave Sep 11, 2008 09:09 PM

          Sharp Edge (4 locations) has the Belgian beer market all wrapped up.
          http://www.sharpedgebeer.com/beer.htm

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        shadysider023 Sep 10, 2008 08:18 AM

        If I had two days of meals in Pittsburgh (leaning toward casual), I would eat the following -

        Breakfast - DeLuca's (strip), Coffee Tree latte and a pastry from Prantl's (shadyside)
        Lunch - Nakama (sushi - southside), Fatheads (southside)
        Dinner - Enrico's (italian - shadyside), Cafe du Jour (byob - southside)

        oh but I can think of so many more as well!

        also, southside, shadyside, and the strip are great places to walk around - strip and shadyside will be hopping on saturday mornings - southside is more nightlife oriented although it will draw lots of fans that care to watch the game at bars, etc.

        enjoy the burg!

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          Rick Sep 10, 2008 01:21 PM

          Not sure Nakama is really a good sushi choice to recommend.

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            shadysider023 Sep 11, 2008 06:51 AM

            There was a report in the Post Gazette mentioning a health code violation at Nakama. I was just trying to offer some variety in my recs but dine at your own risk I suppose. In my experience (and neighborhood) I prefer Nakama to Sushi 2 (Two? Too?) further down East Carson. Have you had other bad experiences at Nakama? I don't care for the benihana style stuff, I will just do a roll and a drink once in awhile.

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          Peppi Man Sep 10, 2008 08:17 AM

          Rich, I think you should come by the Peppi's on Western Ave. The Roethlisburger is quite unique, incredibly tasty. I believe the game is at 400, so you can come to Peppi's, which is close to the stadium, and enjoy a great sub before the game....Jeff the Peppiman

          1. yayadave Sep 9, 2008 08:01 PM

            Here's a nice interactive map to help you get the lay of the land.
            http://www.post-gazette.com/pghmap/ It's not entirely up-to-date, but it should help. The strip district is in the north east corner. You can move the map east for more. If you can find 21st and Penn Ave., you'll be in a good starting point.

            The Bettis Grille is new. http://www.jeromebettisgrille36.com/m... I've heard a little word-of-mouth. Good. The rest rooms got a lot of posts. I don't know what that means. It's roughly just across the street from the stadium. Since it's a 4 0'clock game, there may be a few fans in there early getting "warmed up" for the game.

            Since it's a late game, you'll have time for a nice brunch at Lidia's. It's on Smallman St. "in the strip."

            Hope you both enjoy our town and I hope your GF enjoys the game.

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              dmjordan Sep 10, 2008 12:45 PM

              Re: Bettis Grille
              My husband and I went on a Sunday afternoon. It wasn't all that crowded but the service was very slow. My Asian chicken salad was good but my husband's CHEESEsteak had no cheese. There really was nothing all that special about it or the food. It had a very sports-bar-chain feel to it. If there are no other options, as there weren't for us that day (we had to wait two hours to get in to a museum exhibit), it will do, but I would never go there if I had more options. The bathrooms were funky--and very dark--though.

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                yayadave Sep 10, 2008 04:20 PM

                Thanks for adding another report.

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                  persico82 Sep 11, 2008 08:46 PM

                  Thanks yaya really appreciate the help. That map is great. Lets hope my GF doesn't have too much fun at the game I don't want you guys winning or anything like that lol
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              Rick Sep 9, 2008 07:35 PM

              I'd pick Pamelas over Delucas. Tessaro's burger is good, but the one time I had it I didn't think it was excellent and didn't get the hype. Now the burger that I had at Ray's Hell Burger in DC was excellent and worthy of an on vacation dinner, I wouldn't say the same thing about Tessaros. I'd say at least try a Primanti's just so you have. I've never been to Peppis but I've really never heard anyone mention it or say anything good or bad about it. Fat heads has a very nice beer selection and we're fan of their buffalo parmesean wings.

              If you're in the Strip Distric on Saturday (not sure about Sunday), there's a lady that sells Bahn Mi and her friend has one or two things she makes herself. I don't know what they are technically called, but one is sticky rick with pork inside and wrapped in a bananna leaf, she's also had just sweet sticky rice in a leaf, and recently this spongy sort of thing with pork inside that was really good. They're all $2 so worth a try. She's on Penn Ave., in front of a Chinese restaurant that I can't recall the name of!

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                Panini Guy Sep 9, 2008 05:48 PM

                Can you bring two Colony pies with you? Meatball, onion & stingers please :-)

                Personal opinion from a long-time Stamford/Norwalk resident: For the breakfasts, Pamela's in the Strip (21st between Penn & Smallman) would be one. The Strip is humming on Saturday mornings - less so on Sunday morning. I'd also hit LaPrima for a cappuccino as there's nothing like that scene in CT (and Pamela's coffee is 'meh').

                Shopping around the Strip at PennMacaroni, Enrico's Biscotti and other shops are also part of the "scene" as are the couple of Asian food stalls and the Steelers merchandise sellers. It's worth the parking fee to just hang out there for a couple of hours, although you might luck into a free street spot.

                DeLuca's, Peppi's and Primanti's are also in the Strip, so you could spend both mornings there, although you can do without the Roethlisberger and many locals will tell you the sandwiches (and definitely the beer) are better at Fatheads. You'll want to end up on Carson St. at some point anyway. If the game was a later start, I'd suggest the brunch at Piper's Pub. But it's worth a stop anyway.

                Tessaro's burgers are very good, but you can find burgers just as good in many places in CT (Archie Moore's in Ffld comes to mind). A good alternate would be Church Brew Works on Penn in Lawrenceville, a microbrewery in a converted church with decent pizza and bar food. I'd also suggest the Sharp Edge in Friendship/E. Liberty if you enjoy beer with your food.

                And, since you've never been here, the right of passage is to park at Station Square, take the incline up to the top of Mt. Washington, have a drink up there and enjoy the view.

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                  persico82 Sep 11, 2008 08:27 PM

                  LOL Panini Guy you know those pizzas would never make it to Pittsburgh I might even eat them before we get out of CT lol they def make the best pizza in CT. I am from Brooklyn originally and am a pizza guy. What pizza place is your favorite in Pittsburgh? Thanks for all the recs you've been a huge help. Kinda disapointed to hear about Tessaro's I read an article in Playboy (I only read the articles) picking it as one of the top 10 burgers in the U.S. I'll be sure to write back on here to let everyone know how everything was when we get back.

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                    Panini Guy Sep 12, 2008 08:11 AM

                    Rich,
                    My personal favorite is Harry's, but that's about 20 miles south of the city in Peters at Waterdam Plaza (probably not coincidentally, it's a concept borrowed from Harry's in West Hartford). I wouldn't travel all that way.

                    If you're near the Strip, I'd probably go to Piccolo Forno in Lawrenceville. If you want to take the T up to Mt. Lebanon, then it would be Il Pizzaiolo, which is traditional Neopolitan in a custom brick oven.

                    And on Tessaro's - it's still worth it. A very good burger and in the top 3 in town I've had. It's also an institution and a Pittsburgh experience. I wouldn't cross it off the list. You'll enjoy it.

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                  42duffy Sep 9, 2008 05:27 PM

                  DeLuca's is a great choice for a city "diner" experience. Pamela's probably the better option overall with a more whimsical, fun atmosphere. Hey, 2 breakfasts in the burgh, right? I'd save your coffee for either La Prima Espresso or 21st, both very close. Also close, cruise into Enrico Biscotti for some sweet treats to go.
                  www.733copeland.com for lunch or dinner in Shadyside follwed by gelato from Mulberry
                  upstairs. May want to grab a drink at 36 the Bettis tribute spot b/w Heinz & PNC parks. Have a great trip.

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