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weekend in downtown pittsburgh

taste test Oct 30, 2008 06:16 AM

I'll be staying downtown and would appreciate recs for good ethnic (I eat everything) or otherwise interesting places to eat. I'll have a car so if there are any great places not to miss, I'd love to hear about those too. The only thing, I'm not into "fine dining". I did a search and found some great suggestions for breakfasts downtown so I'm mainly looking for lunch and dinner recs.


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    co2 todd Nov 2, 2008 08:56 AM

    walk up to the strip district and go to enrico's to buy biscotti that is hand-made on site and home-made food in the back...ask for the owner - larry...unforgettable.

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      jbrooksb Nov 1, 2008 08:17 AM

      Staying downtown and with "ethnic", you could try:
      Kaya in the strip (http://www.bigburrito.com/kaya/) - Caribbean themed
      Seviche (http://www.seviche.com/) - Tapas
      Six Penn (http://www.sixpennkitchen.com/) - Not ethnic but real good food, good bar (and good Sunday brunch


      You can probably walk to all of these places

      1. yayadave Oct 30, 2008 11:00 AM

        You might like to go to :
        Fatheads for good beer selection and Headwiches

        Church Brew Works for great beer and eclectic menu

        Penn Brewery for (surprise) more great beer and German food

        Max's Allegheny for ah, some beer and German food

        These are all just a short drive from downtown. They are not formal dining and not "slick" places that are pretending anything. These are not the only places around, especially on the South Side, but a representative selection.

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        1. re: yayadave
          42duffy Oct 31, 2008 06:29 PM

          Smiling Banana Leaf 5901 Bryant St Highland Park. very good Thai.
          Tram's Kitchen 4050 Penn Ave upper Lawrenceville near Bloomfield very good, quirky Vietnamese
          Green Mango 1109 S Braddock Ave Regent Square very good Thai
          if up for a longer excursion; Udipi Cafe 4141 Old Wm Penn Ave Monroeville
          Excellent Vegetarian South Indian

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