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Visiting Pittsburgh on 10/2 and would like recommendation

Gleason Sep 26, 2010 08:47 AM

I'll be in Pittsburgh this coming weekend, 10/2-10/3, for the Steelers game and would be interested a recommendation for a restaurant that provides uniquely Pittsburgh fare. Pierogies, for example, are known as a Pittsburgh dish. I'm open to any suggestion and nearly any type of food. I just want to get something that I might not be able to get quite so easily at home in Virginia. Thanks!

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    vafarmwife Sep 26, 2010 09:14 AM

    When I was in Pittsburgh last month for work, I ate at Primanti's and Pamela's Diner. Primanti's is defintely not something you will find in VA- at least not in my area of VA. I really wanted good Italian- hopefully I will get recs when I go back next month. Several people at US Steel recommended Coal Hill Steak House, but I wasn't in the mood for a steak house.

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      burghgal Sep 27, 2010 05:35 AM

      Then you need to visit the Bloomfield Bridge Tavern - they are closed on Sundays I believe:


      Bridge Tavern & Restaurant
      222 S Market St, Williamsport, PA 17702

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        bagofwater Sep 28, 2010 08:31 AM

        1. Primanti's (all over the place) -- it's the quintessential "Pittsburgh" sandwich. I'm sure you've seen it on any number of food shows.
        2. Tessaro's (Bloomfield) -- hands-down, the best burger you will ever eat.

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

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          punkgirl107 Sep 29, 2010 05:03 AM

          It's not really a restaurant but there are many food options at the new Public Market in the Strip District. If you say want pierogies, you can try them and then also buy them to take home. Nothing beats homemade pierogies. Roland's in the Strip is very Pittsburgh. Nearly anything in Bloomfield is great. Tessaro's is awesome for burgers. I have also heard that Fathead's on the South Side is really good for burgers and wings. Another uniquely Pittsburgh thing is a pierogie pizza - carb heaven.

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

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            Burghfeeder Sep 30, 2010 09:40 AM

            Isaly's in West View is a unique Pittsburgh diner. Home of the famous chipped ham sandwich!


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              bagofwater Sep 30, 2010 12:57 PM


              I'm loving your blog. Makes me want to move back to Pittsburgh.

              You live on Mt. Washington, right? Have you been to Kaib's on Bigham St? Hands-down some of the best wings I have ever eaten.

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