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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.

Thanks.

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  1. You might like to go to :
    Fatheads for good beer selection and Headwiches
    https://www.fatheads.com/

    Church Brew Works for great beer and eclectic menu
    http://www.churchbrew.com/

    Penn Brewery for (surprise) more great beer and German food
    http://www.pennbrew.com/

    Max's Allegheny for ah, some beer and German food
    http://www.maxsalleghenytavern.com/

    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

      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

    2. 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. 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.