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BYOB in Pittsburgh

Last time I was in Pgh, it seemed as though it was lacking in good BYOBs--very few of them in fact, compared to Philly. Any suggestions for a decent BYOB this weekend? Looking for something similar to Alba's in Malvern. Not necessarily looking for anything too hip, for example the scene on Southside--if that's still considered hip. But of course if you know of a place there, please advise. Anywhere in greater Pittsburgh area is fine.

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  1. Legume in Regent Square. Great food, nice atmosphere, and small corkage fee.

    1. it's probably too late, but my favorite BYOB places are :

      Bona Terra (Sharpsburg) - I had incredible duck there. This is a higher priced restaurant, nice intimate setting.

      Piccolo Forno (lawrenceville) - nice atmosphere, great food, surprisingly very affordable italian food. We always get a pizza app, salad, 2 entrees and dessert and have never spent more than $50

      Cafe Zinho (shadyside)- I like it in the summer time, sitting outside.

      1. To those already listed, I'd add Vivo in Bellevue.

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        1. re: hassenpfeffer

          re: VivoHaven't been there, but it was highly recommended to us this weekend by friends. Going to try it Thursday.

          1. re: Consuela

            Vivo is fantastic. Bellvue is a dry town so get your wine before heading to the restaurant.

        2. La Tavola on Mt. Washington is a good choice for BYOB. Very good food, not really expensive and close to the inclines, Station Square and the city.


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          1. re: Davecli

            I agree with La Tavola, but you might want to reconsider "close to the inclines."

          2. Check out www.pittsburghbyob.com for listings and reviews.

            1. Iovino's in Mt Lebanon and Wild Rosemary in USC/Bridgeville are two more very good options, although Wild Rosemary is probably long full with reservations.

              1. Pittsburgh is notoriously bad for lack of BYOB's. I once called a place and asked if I could bring a very nice bottle and they said no.

                It's been 2 years since I lived in Pittsburgh (I now reside in Boston), but when I left there was only ONE BYOB in the Burgh that was very good and that was Bona Terra.

                This Legume place sounds good, but I have a hard time believing it could stack up to Bona Terra. How does it compare?

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                1. re: gmcurology

                  Have only eaten at Legume once and it was very good. Not necessarily as "refined" as Bona Terra, but it's not trying to be either.

                  1. re: Whigsboy

                    Nice, I will check it out the next time I am in town.

                    1. re: gmcurology

                      My chowspouse travels to Pittsburgh regularly (from Phila) and always goes to Legume - locally sourced/humanely raised food as well.

                2. I am not sure what Albs's is like but if you enjoy Filipino food - check out La Filipiniana. http://www.mysweetbasil.com/ I enjoy thier jackfruit entree and their banana heart curry as well. They do great fish and meat dishes but this is the only place I have found in Pittsburgh that prepares jackfruit and banana hearts so I kind of get stuck on them. They also have a few specials each night as well. If you go in warm weather, you can sit outside in a neat little garden.

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                  1. re: chinacat1969

                    This is now Pusadee's Garden and the place is amazing! They scaled down the menu but added some new dishes like Street Noodles #1. The garden is like walking into a tropical forest. You won't believe you are in Larryville. It has the same phone number and staff. Super friendly and very, very tasty!

                  2. I've recently discovered 2 BYOB's in the Pittsburgh area:
                    Green Mango Noodle Hut in Regent Square (absolutely excellent Thai food)
                    Mendoza Grill in Greentree (very good Mexican food)
                    Neither charges any fees (corkage, glass, etc.)

                    1. Davio (Beechview) is a great Italian BYO.
                      Ditto on Vivo.
                      The aforementioned Legume and Green Mango are both in Regent Square and are both excellent choices. I could eat my way though that town. If you want to bring some beer with you to either place, stop by Dee's (also in Regent Square) and make your own six pack of beer. Give yourself time to consider - there are plenty of choices!
                      Taj Mahal in the North Hills is also BYO.

                      1. I like Cafe du Jour in Southside. Also Cafe Roma in Bloomfield.

                        The BYOs are out there but just not quite on par with other larger cities.

                        1. Cafe De Sur is at one end of the South Side (Station Square side) same block as Jack's Bar. Was inexpensive but just increased prices still great value. Our favoite is Vivo in Bellevue. Husband and Wife team Sam and Lorrie Sam is the Chef and Lorrie does desert. Nice slow 5 course sevice plan 1 1/2 hrs if not 2 for dinner bring cocktails and wine. Expect to spend $130 for 2 before tip worth it. Seaonal menu all good stuff. Steak there is alway great even compared to Peter Luger in NYC.


                          1. Mount Washington has a very nice BYOB place called LaTavola. It is on Boggs Avenue, kind of back in the residential area. Very good Italian food.


                            1. Chaya, the really authentic Japanese place in Squirrel Hill, is BYOB. Great food and relatively reasonably priced for how fresh the fish is and how big the portions are. Last time I was there, there were two couples celebrating anniversaries with bottles of champagne.

                              1. I replied to this post awhile back but would like to add a few more places:

                                -Kassab's - Southside - super casual, not fancy, but standard lebanese food

                                -La Feria - Peruvian - Walnut Street, Shadyside - again, not fancy at all but good, interesting, home cookin-like food

                                -Chaya - Squirrel Hill - very good sushi, small place

                                -Piccolo Forno - Italian - very good, reminded me of Italy - Lawrenceville

                                -Paris 66 Bistro - French - Shadyside/East Lib - I did not have a good experience here (see my review - http://snickies.wordpress.com/2009/07...) but the concept of the bistro is promising and its very nice inside

                                -Cafe Davio - Southside - I have not been here yet but saw the Munch review in the Post Gazette and also got a tip from a very reliable source (in the same week) that this was a great spot...apparently 'JP's cafe' on Carson (near Southside Works) becomes a BYO Italian spot at night linked to the Davio in Beechview. This is on my 'to try' list.