Hidden gems in Robinson/Oakdale area of Pittsburgh?
We have recently moved from West Virginia to the 'burbs of Pittsburgh, specifically the Oakdale/Robinson area, and were looking for some recommendations on local/independent restaurants in the area (we are so happy to be getting away from the chain restaurant culture of WV) and suggestions for the best grocery shopping. We checked out the new Market District in Robinson last weekend, and were overwhelmed by both prices and crowds, so really don't want to return, at least not until the novelty wears off. Thanks!
One place that I like right in Oakdale is called Pepporchini's. It was just a take out pizza place that was expanded into a restaurant. I write a little about it here:
If you head toward the Moon Township area (very close) there are a number of good places. Armstrongs comes to mind which is off of Thorn Run Road and a place on Narrows Run Road called Wings, Suds and Spuds is a good casual wing joint. Another that you may like is called Downey's House which is on Steubenville Pike toward's the city. Casual eating, but very good and a pretty good value.
There is a farmer's market a few miles off the route 30 Clinton exit, past the airport as you are heading out of town. http://janoskis.com/index.html
In Robinson, I like All Star (across from the mall) for happy hour/bar food. Bocktown (across from Target) also has good sandwiches. I second Armstrong's in Moon- delicious.
Here are a few suggestions. Not exactly in the area you specified, but not far, either.
Armstrong’s - take out
We're not talkin' high end, here, just good grub in local spots.
3201 Millers Run Rd, Cecil, PA 15321
I'll second the Golden Pig in Cecil. It's a very small place but the woman that took care of me on my visit was tremendous! I can't recall what I had, but she kept giving me samples of other things on the menu and all were terrific. It's not real easy to find from Oakdale though...
I forgot about the Bronze Hood. Its just about across the street from Downey's House. All of the previous suggestions are pretty good local joints.
3201 Millers Run Rd, Cecil, PA 15321
6080 Steubenville Pike, Mc Kees Rocks, PA 15136
these are not hidden gems by any means. but if not from the area you may find them to be acceptable alternatives. They are pat "local" chains and I'm not sure how their quality compares with other locations - I'm sure we'll find out shortly!
Mad Mex & Atria's were my 2 thoughts.
I'm a little late with feedback, but since I used to live in WV and now live in Robinson, I felt a certain moral obligation to provice my 2 cents.
The vast majority of restaurants in the Robinson/Oakdale area are either chains or serve bar food. Overall the restaurant choices aren't great.
The Hyeholde is the best restaurant in the area. It's an outstanding formal restaurant that is great for special occasions. It's pretty well-known, however, so I wouldn't categorize it as a hidden gem.
The only hidden gems we've found have been ethnic restaurants which are often short-lived. Fuji Sushi and Grill on Route 60 is very good and has some great sushi rolls. The Golden Dragon on Route 60 has a decent dim sum on Saturdays and Sundays. It may be the only place in the Pittsburgh area that serves dim sum via carts.
If you go a little further out, Sewickley has some pretty good restaurants. We usually go to the Sewickley Cafe which is very good. Angkor in Green Tree has good Thai and Cambodian food. I second the Golden Pig recommendation - great Korean food in a very small, out-of-the way place. It's a bit of a haul from Robinson, however.
Carnegie also has a few decent places. Caio is supposed to be good. There's also a nice little family-run Mexican restaurant on Noblestown Road (near the cemetery). I foget the name, but their food is a lot more authentic than what you get from the chain restaurants.
Re shopping, we've been going to Market District in mid-morning when it's not as crowded. We go to Giant Eagle or Shop & Save in Kennedy when we don't have the energy for the Market District. I also highly recommend the Mediterra Bakery, which is in an Industrial Park (Building #8) and is within a 5 minute drive of the Market District. Everything that they sell is great!
Good luck with the new neighborhood.
Absolutely go to Mediterra Bakery! It's in a very odd location for a retail store, but very worth finding. Beware the prices are high $3-7 for most loaves. They also sell their products at Whole Foods. At Whole Foods they'll even cut a loaf in half for you and sell you just a half loaf, for exactly half the price.