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Sep 21, 2010 02:50 PM

Ethnic,budget restaurants in Pitt

My daughter has started attending the University of Pittsburgh. Her and her friends are looking to discover interesting, ethnic restaurants on a student budget in the city. They started at an Indian place, not sure the name and have also gone to a crepe place. Any suggestions would be appreciated

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  1. It's been a long time since I worked in Oakland but I know Spice Island Tea House (on Atwood St) is really good and really reasonable

    Spice Island Tea House
    253 Atwood St, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

    1. - Lulu/ yum wok on n. Craig street was a college staple and still regularly in the rotation. I stick primarily to the noodle/soup dishes (wonton noodle, pad Thai, Singapore etc) it is really cheap. Like 6.95 for 1 noodle dish that lasts 2 meals.
      - union grill - not ethnic, but local owned and solid, affordable American food. Burgers, salads.
      - tamarind - Indian food , n. Craig. I like the buffet.

      Do they have a car? Squirrel hill is very bus accessible and has a lot of Thai/ asian (bankok balcony, rose tea cafe, silk elephant) and mid eastern restaurants (mediterranean grill, aladdins, taza21)

      also with a car, some other affordable ethnic eats are Penn ave/ s. Highland. Vietnamese at trams, Ethiopian at bay.

      A trip to the strip on sat or Sunday yields many affordable, fun ethnic eats (reynas tAcos, Peruvian chicken, bang mi, Mancini pepperoni name a few)

      Also lawrenceville has some great restaurants that are affordable (piccolo forno, iastanbul grille)

      1. Fuel and Fuddle (Oakland Ave) is solid. I call it interpreted American bar food. It's a little pricey for a college place normally, but after 11pm the food is half off.

        Speaking of half off, the menu is also half off at Mad Mex (Atwood St) for students from 2-4p M-T and for everyone after 11p.

        I second the Spice Island recommendation. It is a wide array of pan-Asian food.

        Also, have your daughter trek over to Shadyside. It's about a 15-20 minute walk, and she'll find good Thai, good Greek, and decent sushi, among other things.

        Finally, she should head up to CMU's campus some time. There are several food trucks that are both good and cheap. Sree's (Indian) has a pretty phenomenal lunch on the cheap. When I was in school it was only four bucks for two entrees and rice. It's more now, I'm sure, but I hear it's not by much.

        1. Abay Ethiopian Cuisine is very good, and will be an adventure for a budding foodie.
          30 S Highland Ave
          Pittsburgh, PA 15206-3931

          Point Brugge Cafe is a great Belgian place. It is very small and popular with people in the know so you may have a wait. It is also a great place for brunch.
          401 Hastings St
          Pittsburgh, PA 15206-4505

          Soba is a little pricy, but it is my favorite restaurant in Pittsburgh. Its Asian fusion. The pork belly is the greatest thing I have ever eaten.
          5847 Ellsworth Ave
          Pittsburgh, PA 15232-1707

          LuLu's Noodles was one of my favorite places to go when I visited my wife in college. I even have a t-shirt from there. You can't go wrong with many of the dishes.
          400 S Craig St
          Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3709

          Your daughter lives in Oakland so I'm sure she has been the places below. Maybe you can go next time your in town.

          Mad-Mex in Oakland is a fun place. But I would only recommend it after your daughter is of age. The margaritas are the big draw there. My wife lived in the house right behind it on Myran (sp?) ave. so we were there all the time.

          Fuel and Fuddle is a great place as well in Oakland. The food is relatively cheap. They have a wide variety of beers. But what is amazing there are the pizzas (in my opinion of course) I get the smashed potato pizza. They have a brick pizza oven that makes all the difference.

          Pittsburgh, PA
          Pittsburgh, PA, Pittsburgh, PA

          Abay Ethiopian Cuisine
          130 S Highland Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206