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Jul 28, 2010 08:09 PM

Visiting Pittsburg and Grove City This Weekend , (Need Rec's) Thank you

Hi Fellow Hounds,
Driving in from Toronto Canada spending the better first half of Saturday at Grove City Mall.
Where can I have a great fresh "Local" lunch. It's just my wife and I.

Staying Downtown Pittsburg in the triangle for two nights. I will have a car if needed.
Looking for help with great restaurants, at least one fine dine dinner and then great places for breakfast, lunch and casual to mid scale dinner and local specialties. Please don't hold back as I really like to taste the local fare of new places I get too. I have seen some posts for Pizza and Wings but not a lot more. Fresh local cuisine is always great to find. Also any great wine stores or really good Scenic Patios for good drinks.

Thanks in advance,

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  1. Scenic patio: park in Station Square (or take the subway over there), go up the Incline (a train that runs up the hill) and have a drink atop Mt. Washington - great view of the city. Most places up there have outdoor decks, Georgetown Inn seems to be a favorite spot.

    Fine dining: Downtown: Nine on Nine, Eleven. A bit farther out, Mio (Aspinwall), Legume, Bona Terra (Sharpsburg).

    Casual: Yo Rita. Dinette.

    Local: Tessaro's, Bloomfield Bridge Tavern, Church Brew Works.

    If you find yourself in the Strip District during early afternoon, a must is the taco stand in front of Reyna's (21st and Penn). The cheese shop at Penn Mac across the street also a must do.

    Since you're from TO, not going to offer up much in way of Asian or Middle Eastern since your city beats us in those categories.

    There are many more choices others will contribute. Because none of the requests can ever escape the Holy Pittsburgh Trinity of Primantis, Pamelas and Fatheads.

    Can't help you with Grove City. Seems we always end up at Elephant & Castle when we're up that way, but someone more familiar with the area might suggest something.

    But you should stop to feed the carp on the drive down.

    Bona Terra Restaurant
    908 Main St, Pittsburgh, PA 15215

    Nine on Nine
    900 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

    Church Brew Works & Restaurant
    3525 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15201

    Yo Rita
    1120 E Carson St, Pittsburgh, PA 15203

    Tessaro's Restaurant
    4601 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15224

    Station Square
    2 E Station Square Dr, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

    4 Replies
    1. re: Panini Guy

      We have eaten a couple of times at Elephant & Castle. It is close to the outlets and not bad for a chain. In Mercer on Rt. 19 are Rachel's, Iron Bridge Inn, and Springfield Grille (dinner only), which are probably the best in the area. Local places, closer to the outlets, are My Brother's Place and a Mexican restaurant. Neither are CH-type recommendations but, like many places throughout PA, depending on what you order, can be decent. We have eaten at both and have not been unhappy.

      Springfield Grille
      1226 Perry Hwy, Mercer, PA 16137

      Iron Bridge Inn
      1438 Perry Hwy, Mercer, PA 16137

      My Brother's Place
      3240 Millers Run Rd Ste 1, Cecil, PA 15321

      1. re: jfr

        Thanks guys for your feed back. I'll be coming in Tomorrow morning and looking to enjoy eating my way through town. I'll be checking Chowhound through the weekend so if there are any more rec's please pass them along.

        1. re: Porto

          As always, Panini is right on. I'm partial to Tessaro's and highly recommend that you make it up to Mount Washington for a drink. The Coal Hill Steakhouse has a great little bar with an outside deck and great views. It's a couple of doors down from the Duquesne Incline if you choose to do that. I don't recommend that you eat there though...
          I would also second the Iron Bridge Inn when you are in Grove City. It's only about a 10 minute drive from there on route 19 which runs parallel to interstate 79.

          Iron Bridge Inn
          1438 Perry Hwy, Mercer, PA 16137

          Tessaro's Restaurant
          4601 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15224

          1. re: Burghfeeder

            Thanks Chows,
            Just back this morning and heres my notes on the weekend.
            Due to an extending shopping period in Grove city we actually bypassed eating there and headed for dinner into Pittsburg after checking in.
            We went up to Mt Washington and had dinner at Isabella on Grandview,
            supprisingly good decent straight forward food, farm to table driven restaurant, great view of the city, not seriously high end but happily an enjoyable evening with great service, champagne was provided at no charge when they understood we were celebrating an anniversary and a courtesy drive back to our hotel when we could not get a cab to pick us up.
            Visited the striparea and really enjoyed the market stores although I had the famous Enrico's biscotti which we also had a crossiant which was great but the biscotti really bland and uneventful. Further down the strip at Butler Rd we had brunch on Sunday @ the Coca Caffe, really good french toast, all thier dishes looked great. Sunday evening we went down to Mt Lebenon to Il Pizzaiolo. I have tried many a pie from New York to other Neapolitan Associate recognized pizzerias in North America and few there are. This place rocked all its offerings. True Neapolitan Wood fired perfectly charred dough with great tasting tomatoe sauce. The Oranchini rice balls....Get them and the sicillian canolli...dont leave without having it....truly exceptional. This place as far as food goes was the Gem of all my pittsburg dining expieriences. We als tried the famous burnt almond torte at Prantl’s and in all honesty it seems a waste to have spent those calories on this as it's truly a tasteless pound cake with whipped buttercream all around and sugared toasted almonds, very boring.
            Pizziaolo...go there.....Thank you Chows........Porto

            703 Washington Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15228