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Hello,

I'll be visiting Pittsburgh in a couple of weeks from San Francisco - I've never been here before so I would love to hear what the not-to-be-missed places are of locals and visitors alike! I'm really open to anything, and I'm willing to pay for a great meal (I'll probably end up having one fancy meal while I'm there!)

So please let me know where I should eat while I'm in town :) Thanks for your help, really looking forward to seeing what you guys have to say!

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  1. Do you know which area you will be staying in ? Any preferences in food?

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    1. re: Augie6

      We'll be staying around the airport which I realize is far away from the city proper so we're definitely open to visiting different areas (since there's really not much around the airport). As for food, I'm really open to anything, but my boyfriend really enjoys Japanese food - Are there any good Japanese restaurants you might recommend?

      1. re: Sfpaulina

        compared to j-town, I'd have a hard time recommending anything... but check out Chaya or Umi, or maybe Sushi Too.

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        Sushi Too
        5432 Walnut St, Pittsburgh, PA 15232

        Umi Restaurant
        5847 Ellsworth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15232

        1. re: Chowrin

          I'd go with Chaya or Umi, but know that Chaya is small so get there early. And Umi is priced like it's in SF and NYC. I've tended to hit Sakura in Squirrel Hill - it's a more casual sushi place. solid, but nothing special. It's just got reasonable prices and a large dining area. Sorry, this is a repeat of a later comment - sorry if it's redundant.

          If you like Thai food, I'd go with Bangkok Balcony and Silk Elephant, both in Squirrel Hill. Or Green Mango/Noodle Hut out in Regent Square.

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          Squirrel Hill Cafe
          5802 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217

          Bangkok Balcony
          5846 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217

          Sakura
          1144 E Chocolate Ave, Hershey, PA 17033

          Umi Restaurant
          5847 Ellsworth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15232

          1. re: chowness

            For thai, I'm partial to Smiling Banana Leaf in Highland Park - delicious well made food, very fair pricing, cozy and comfortable atmosphere.

    2. Well, it depends on the kind of food you are looking for. Breakfast/brunch there is Deluca's in the strip or Cain's in Dormont/Mt Lebanon. Deluca's is famous for their big breakfasts. Cain's had brunch only on the weekend and they have a bloody mary bar. Steak dinner the place to go in my opinion is Pittsburgh Rare at Station Square. I have never had a bad meal there. Tessaro's is another place to try. They are known for their burgers. Hope this helps.

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      Pittsburgh Rare
      7 Station Square Dr, Pittsburgh, PA 15203

      Deluca's Restaurant
      2015 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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

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

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      1. re: punkgirl107

        For breakfast, I also enjoyed The Enrico Biscotti Company Cafe in the strip. The pastries/biscotti are great. Or stay for lunch - it's a small menu but good

      2. For Breakfast try Pamela's or DeLuca's. DeLuca's only location is in the Strip. Pamela's has a location in the Strip as well, but they also have other locations around the city. Both are very good diner food. The pancakes and Lyonnaise potatoes are fantastic at Pamela's, and I like the breakfast burrito at DeLuca's. Expect to wait if you go to either place on the weekend.

        For lunch, you simply must try Primanti's. It is, by far, the most famous restaurant in the city - they serve sandwiches with the meat, cheese, fries and slaw between two large slices of Italian bread. As punkgirl says, the burgers at Tessaro's are very good, but I actually think the burger at Eleven (only at lunch) is the best in the city.

        For fine dining, my current favorite is Salt of the Earth. After that Bona Terra (BYOB), Vivo (BYOB), Toast, Nine on Nine, Alla Famiglia, and Eleven are my favorite fine dining establishments serving interesting, inventive and delicious food. For steak, my favorite in the city is Ruth's Chris. It's a chain, but, for whatever reason, I don't think any of the Ruth's Chris' elsewhere are nearly as good. If you're looking for a view then you need to get up on Mt. Washington, where I would suggest Isabella's (European, prix fixe) or Monterey Bay (seafood). Both places have floor-to-ceiling windows that allow you to look down upon the city as you eat. It's a very impressive view.

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        Bona Terra Restaurant
        908 Main St, Pittsburgh, PA 15215

        Vivo
        565 Lincoln Ave, Bellevue, PA 15202

        Nine on Nine
        900 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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

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        1. re: MonMauler

          Could not agree more with MonMauler and punkgirl.. I really have to try Tessaro's, always hear great things. A word of caution about Primanti's ...(hate to type this) do not expect anything too special. We always take business clients out of town there and most are very very underwhelmed. It is a Pittsburgh staple and in general food is good. If you do go to Pirmantis,,, go to the original in the Strip.

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

          1. re: Augie6

            go to the Original Hot Dog shop in Oakland instead... just my thinkin'

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            Original Hot Dog Shops
            3901 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15203

            1. re: Augie6

              Tessaro's has a great Thursday night bbq rib special. They have great food normally but there are weeks when I can't wait for Thursday to come so I can have some ribs.

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

          2. Thank you for all of your suggestions! They are very helpful so please keep them coming. I see that Lidia of Lidia's Italy has an Italian restaurant in Pittsburgh - I enjoy watching her show but have never been to one of her restaurants, how is it?

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            1. re: Sfpaulina

              Lidia's is good. If you go, go on a Sunday that is when they have her Sunday sauce and they serve family style.

              If you are looking for Sushi, a place in Mt. Lebanon called Little Toyko. They have great sushi. Also Sushi Too in Shadyside has pretty good Sushi.

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              Sushi Too
              5432 Walnut St, Pittsburgh, PA 15232

              1. re: punkgirl107

                I know everyone in Pittsburgh loves Sushi Too, but honestly, I always felt there were better options around. Umi, for sure, but it's priced like SF or NYC. Chaya is more reasonable, with a good mix of other Japanese dishes as well, but always crowded as it is such a small shop. I ended up going to some of the other places in town, like Sakura in Squirrel Hill - not stellar like Umi, but reasonable prices and a large space.

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                Squirrel Hill Cafe
                5802 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217

                Sushi Too
                5432 Walnut St, Pittsburgh, PA 15232

                Umi Restaurant
                5847 Ellsworth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15232

                Sakura
                , Harrisburg, PA 17101

              2. re: Sfpaulina

                I can echo punkgirl's sentiment regarding Lidia's. It is good, and the Sunday brunch is exceptional. But...

                I personally think there are a number of better Italian restaurants in Pittsburgh. My favorite is Alla Famiglia. It's a tiny space, and if you sit on the first floor you get the added benefit of watching the chef. Everything I've had there has been top-notch.

                Dish Osteria, in the South Side, is a very, very close second, IMHO, and in many respects I think it's better. It too is a smallish space. I also like it because of the location. South Side is home to dozens of bars, so you have your option for pre and post dinner drinks.

                Piccolo Forno (BYOB), in Lawrenceville, has a very neighborhood restaurant feel and serves exceptional Italian food. In terms of value, I don't think there is a better Italian restaurant in Pittsburgh. Although I don't quite think it is the best Neapolitan-style pie in the 'Burgh (that would be Il Pizzaiolo or Dinette), it isn't far off. Also, Lawrenceville is a bit of an up-and-coming neighborhood, with a bunch of interesting places to check out. The Happy Hour at Tamari, where the food is also very good, is a lot of fun.

                Shadyside is a fun neighborhood too. Walnut St. has a number of interesting little shops and restaurants, and if you get over in that area I would recommend Girasole for some good Italian food. It's also a neat space -- a small basement dining room -- with a very cozy feel. I like to go there for lunch when I find myself in that part of town.

                My last Italian recommendation in Pittsburgh would probably be Rico's. In the North Hills, tucked up on a forested hill, it's an outdated space with decor from the 60's, but I like everything they serve. Their veal dishes and the Virginia spots are exceptional. I really like their veal parm, but order off the menu and get veal and peppers or the veal medallions. In any event, definitely get the penne with pink leek sauce.

                Lidia's I would put a step below the restaurants I mention above.

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                Girasole
                733 Copeland St Ste 1, Pittsburgh, PA 15232

                Dish Osteria Bar
                128 S 17th St, Pittsburgh, PA 15203

                Piccolo Forno
                3801 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201

                Pizzaiolo
                703 Washington Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15228

                1. re: Sfpaulina

                  I enjoyed La Tavola in Mt. Washington for Italian. It's more out of the way but the owners were great and the food was excellent, without being pretentious. It's a local restaurant that has grown over the years and it retains much of that down to earth flavor.

                  I second Dish Osteria, Piccolo Forno and Girasole, though I'll have to say that Dish Osteria stood out more.

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                  Girasole
                  733 Copeland St Ste 1, Pittsburgh, PA 15232

                  Dish Osteria Bar
                  128 S 17th St, Pittsburgh, PA 15203

                  Piccolo Forno
                  3801 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201

                  Tavola Restaurant
                  400 West Sproul Road, Springfield, PA 19064

                2. Thanks so much for your words of advice! I'll definitely keep these places in mind. If you have anymore recommendations please feel free to throw it out - for anything! I hear there's lots of good ice cream in Pittsburgh, where should I go for that? (I'm always up for eating ice cream, even if it's snowing!)

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                  1. re: Sfpaulina

                    Dave and Andy's down in Oakland (sense a pattern?)

                    1. re: Sfpaulina

                      you might try drifting a bit north, and getting some hot dogs in New Castle.

                      1. re: Chowrin

                        Shadyside has Mercurio's - a good gelato shop very close to Girasole if you end up there

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                        Girasole
                        733 Copeland St Ste 1, Pittsburgh, PA 15232

                    2. I'm of the opinion that if you really feel the need to go to Primanti's (Strip location), make it breakfast. Get an egg on top of your kielbasa. Kill two birds with one stone because honestly, the breakfast places mentioned are a dime a dozen elsewhere in the country (not to mention Pamela's coffee is absolutely dreadful). And you won't waste an opportunity to have a nice lunch at one of the other places mentioned.

                      Since you're from SF, skip anything Asian. We cannot compete in Chinese/Japanese except for perhaps Korea Garden (and Golden Pig, although it's a tiny place with a tiny menu and one employee). Thai is hit and miss. We do have one pretty good Asian/fusion place (Tamari).

                      By all means skip Mexican, which, other than Reyna's taco stand in the Strip, is uniformly pedestrian and unimaginative. Nothing to speak of from Central or South America.

                      Pittsburgh's dining evolution only recently began to walk on two feet. It's been a steak/chop/redsauceitalian city for ages. This decade we've finally seen some chefs take some risks, and most have been rewarded for it. The places recommended by MM are all good. I'd add Spoon and YoRita (which is truly unique - local CHers probably think I get paid for shilling it constantly).

                      For lunch, scores of places make pretty incredible sandwiches and burgers (FatHeads, Big Jim's in the Run, Sauce, and anywhere in the Strip that serves those wonking huge fried fish sandwiches that hang off the plate).

                      A bit out of the city in Mt. Lebanon is a great little sliver of Moroccan goodness called KousKous, accessible from our light rail (which only goes south!). The same light rail (a.k.a. The "T") stop will also take you to Il Pizzaiolo (dine in the wine bar for a unique intimate setting if watching pizza ovens isn't your thing).

                      If you happen to go to Piccolo Forno in Lawrenceville, by all means make the short walk over to Espresso a Mano for a cappuccino that's every bit as good as anything you'll get in SF. In fact there are several excellent coffeehouses, one of the few areas where Pittsburgh can compete successfully head-to-head with SF.

                      Enjoy the weather :-)

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                      1. re: Panini Guy

                        Well, I think Pamela's pancakes are a little unusual, but otherwise agree on that breakfast thing. I say skip Primanti's though. A better local food is the fish sandwich, and I would get it at the Original Oyster House in Market Square downtown. (Although ask me again next year; my fav might change again if I go back to Benkovitz or Wholey's or whatever. ;-)

                        It's hard to know for sure what else to recommend to someone coming from a large city with plenty of food scene. But I think Salt of the Earth would hold its own against anything. And Yo Rita is really fun, wish we could have more places with this level of food in this price range. And try the cocktails, both places.

                        I haven't had a Primanti's in years now, but back in the day I always went back to capicola and cheese. Never did get it with the egg, but that would make the perfect breakfast, esp if you had been up all night. ;-)

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                        Original Oyster House
                        20 Market Sq, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

                        Yo Rita
                        1120 E Carson St, Pittsburgh, PA 15203

                        1. re: Panini Guy

                          pamela's pancakes are good. Midwestern style. food.

                          1. re: Panini Guy

                            The one thing i REALLY miss about working in the strip is RENYAS Taco Stand. I want one right now! FYI, I am planning to try Yo Rita this weekend.. cannot wait after your posts.

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                            Yo Rita
                            1120 E Carson St, Pittsburgh, PA 15203

                            1. re: Panini Guy

                              Im using a line from your post to start a converstaion.. well said !!!

                              Pittsburgh's dining evolution only recently began to walk on two feet. It's been a steak/chop/redsauceitalian city for ages. This decade we've finally seen some chefs take some

                            2. If you are staying near the airport, you are more then likely in Moon Twp. There is a Primanti's on University Blvd in Moon. If you can, the original shop in the strip is worth it for the "ambience" alone, but if you are transportationally challenged, the sandwiches are close to as good at the Moon location.

                              Pittsburgh has some very good and unique pizza places that are all worth a try depending on what area you are in. I'll run you through a handful of them.

                              If you get stuck in the hotel, Angelia's is the delivery place you want in Moon. Its solid pizza, nothing over the top but good. They also offer a sandwich called "The Pig" that is quite an adventure, and their other hoagies are also good, not sure if things are the same but back about 10 years ago they were using fresh Cellone's rolls for everything. If you are in their delivery area, your hotel will have their menu at the desk. If you order a chicken or steak salad, be prepared because it will come with a mound of shredded cheese and hot french fries on top, this is how most Pittsburgh places do them.

                              Franks Pizza on Duss Ave in Ambridge (about 20 mins from the airport) is a pizza place a lot of people rave about, some claim the best in Pittsburgh. Its not my favorite but its good, they cook with the cheese on first then sauce on top which is what sets it apart.

                              Police Station Pizza (actually called Pizza House) is also in Ambridge, they serve a traditional Sicilian style pizza which is one of my favorites in Pittsburgh. Its not for everyone, but if you are a bread/crust fan, this is your place.

                              Beto's in Banksville (just outside downtown) is also Sicilian style, but a less hearty crust. The thing Beto's is famous for is the cheese is put on the pizza after its cooked. It sounds weird, but it is actually pretty damn good. By the time you are eating it, you have the bottom layer of cheese kinda melted, but then a mound on top that is still cold. The first time I was their I almost walked out, but after going to high school nearby it grew on me and is now one of my favorites in Pittsburgh.

                              Fiori's Pizza is in the Brookline area, also just outside downtown. They do traditional round pizza, but their sauce is more on the sweet side If you've every had tomato pie in Philadelphia, its comparable to that style sauce, not quite as sweet but almost. You can also order extra shredded uncooked mozzarella on the side to throw on the pizza here too without being looked at like you've got 2 heads, though the pizza here is cooked with cheese like normal. Very, very good pizza either way.

                              Mineo's has historically been the top spot for a lot of people in Pittsburgh, the original is in Squirrel Hill but there is also one in Mt Lebanon. Their crust is probably closest to NY style, though thicker, it has that crispy yet chewy consistency. They also manage to pile an enormous amount of cheese on their pizzas, I think I've heard close to 2 lbs on their large.

                              Pittsburgh is also kind of known for its Eastern European population, especially Polish, and some of the comfort food from that region.

                              The Bloomfield Bridge Tavern is a dive bar through and through. You will get a taste of what Pittsburgh and its people are about here, and they serve classic Polish staples, perogies, haluski, kielbasa, etc. Check their website for hours as I think they may still not be open during the day or even on some weekdays.

                              The Church Brew Works is right down the street from the BBT. Its a nice, casual brew pub with great food if you just want to have a casual sit down meal and some beers. It is an old church, hence the name, and it is a really cool sight to see the conversion and all the brewery stuff inside there now.

                              If you want a romantic meal with your significant other one night, the Hyeholde is Moon Twp near the airport as well, although its a bit hard to find if you don't know where to look. Check the website if that interests you, I've never been there so I can't really comment on it.

                              If you think of any specifics or know any areas you will be spending time in feel free to throw it out there and I'll see if I can help. Have a great visit.

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

                              Hyeholde Restaurant
                              1516 Coraopolis Heights Rd, Coraopolis, PA 15108

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                              1. re: ajaye

                                The surest bet to chase visitors away from Pittsburgh is to tell them to go to Betos. Honestly, if you didn't grow up around here and acquire a taste for Betos growing up, you will find it laughable. It's hideous in both concept and execution - a Stouffer's-like crust, mounds of industrial cheese that never quite melt and room temperature canned toppings. The only reason for any out-of-town visitor to go to Beto's is if they were writing a book on "Foods Only Locals Could Love". Best to keep that place hidden from outsiders as it is a giant zit on the face we should be showing to the world if we want to attract folks to visit and live here.

                                Btw, there's nothing in Pittsburgh that matches Pizzaiolo in SF.

                              2. if you come not expecting too much, you will be pleasantly surprised. if you come wanting what's in san francisco... you're better off cooking it yourself.

                                Local tastes in Pittsburgh are surprisingly wide-ranging... (college town, nowadays) but we still don't get tons of kaffir lime leaves, or anything. Pricing's good whereever you go -- though it's not Puerto rico in that respect.

                                Try some pierogies, wander the strip district (particularly on Saturday).

                                The Sharp Edge in friendship/east liberty provides a decent pittsburgh experience -- white collar with blue collar crowd of people there for good beer.

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                                Sharp Edge Restaurants
                                288 W Steuben St, Pittsburgh, PA 15205

                                1. Near the airport I have to fecommend Armstrong's in Moon. Take Bus. 376 to Thorn Run Rd. It's in the shopping plaza next to the post office. Not fancy by any means but a family, homey place.

                                  My latest obsession in the Strip is the Peace, Love and Little Donuts on Smallman St. They have all sorts of crazy donut toppings but my favorite is just the classic sugar. You can't go wrong with a warm sugar coated donut! (or 1/2 dozen of them... just saying)

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                                  1. re: goldy12

                                    Pretty much any mention of PLLD.needs to comes attached with a disclaimer. http://lezgetreal.com/2009/10/homopho...

                                    1. re: goldy12

                                      For pastries and snacks, I like CoCo's Cupcakes in Shadyside, Dozen Cupcakes in Squirrel Hill, and Jean-Marc Chatellier’s French Bakery in Millvale.

                                      I would've loved to try Peace, Love and Little Donuts, but there's been some controversy about his hypocritical marketing. Personally it affected my decision but I'll leave that to you - just google "peace, love and little donuts" and "immoral minority" if you want to know more.

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                                      Squirrel Hill Cafe
                                      5802 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217

                                      1. re: chowness

                                        I did not know anything about the owner's social viewpoints. I just stopped in one Saturday because I was hungry and I love donuts.

                                        Sorry.

                                        1. re: goldy12

                                          Sorry didn't mean to make you feel bad - and you don't have to necessarily. I hear they have good donuts, but I would rather go to a place where my friends are welcome, and not just their money. It's up to SfPaulina if this matters or not, but thought it worth mentioning.

                                      2. re: goldy12

                                        Huge cosign on Armstrongs, but be hungry. We used to order from there every Friday when I worked at Pittsburgh Airport, I would imagine the menu has changed some since 1997/98 but I ate just about everything on it back then and don't recall ever being disappointed.

                                      3. I'll second (or third or fourth) the recommendation for Yo Rita - not every single thing on the menu is amazing (and I recommend trying a bunch of different things while/if you're there), but some things certainly are, and you'll have a hard time finding a food of that quality in a similar price range in pgh, or in plenty of other cities.

                                        I'm not a big fan of Primanti Bros. They put cole slaw and fries on a nothing-special sandwich and that's seemingly their only claim to fame - any place else could do the same, they just choose not to.

                                        Tessaro's is decent, as others have mentioned.

                                        I like Church Brew Works and Tamari both, especially for their happy hours.

                                        Piccolo Forno has quite good personal pizzas, even better sandwiches, and only ok pasta plates. If you stop by Piccolo, I recommend you stop across the street at the Round Corner Cantina - their kitchen has been improving since I first stopped in a year or two ago, cooking un-authentic, very delicious Mexican bar food, and their mixed drinks are excellent too. More of a bar vibe, and not kid or baby friendly.

                                        For something more extravagant (but still fairly affordable compared to fine dining in most other cities) - I haven't been to Salt of the Earth yet, but a bunch of my friends have gone and they've without exception raved about it, especially the vegetarian options - so consider this a second hand recommendation.

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

                                        Piccolo Forno
                                        3801 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201

                                        Yo Rita
                                        1120 E Carson St, Pittsburgh, PA 15203

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

                                        1. Since you're from San Fran, I'm guessing you've experienced fresh fish that is superior to ours. I'd love to know how Umi stacks up to what you have available, but if you're going to have one memorable meal - I'd look elsewhere. Most of the items at umi are dishes based off of nobu and the like.

                                          For a cheaper sushi fix you could go to chaya in squirell hill - authentic and generous cuts.

                                          Salt of the Earth is definitely a great experience, I think it is the tops of the Pittsburgh scene right now.
                                          http://www.rodzillareviews.com/2010/0...

                                          Dinette has some great pizza if you like really, really, thin crusts. The appetizers are always great as well
                                          http://slice.seriouseats.com/archives...

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                                          Umi Restaurant
                                          5847 Ellsworth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15232

                                          1. Hey everyone,

                                            Thanks so much for keeping this conversation going! I'm definitely not expecting SF food in Pittsburgh, and I don't mean that to sound like Pittsburgh doesn't have good food of course (SF definitely also has its share of not-so-good food), I just mean that I want to eat food that's different from what I could get at home, and I would love to enjoy what the local Pittsburgh crowd enjoys :)

                                            I really appreciate all your help. It turns out that I'll be spending two nights at the Fairmont Pittsburgh, which looks like it's a lot closer to the city proper than the airport hotel our package came with, so suggestions all over Pittsburgh are great.

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                                            1. re: Sfpaulina

                                              Six Penn Kitchen is good. Near Fairmont too. Agree with Panini Guys recommendations also.

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                                              Six Penn Kitchen
                                              146 Sixth Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

                                              Panini's
                                              317 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

                                              1. re: Sfpaulina

                                                Sfpaulina, It great to hear that you're open to enjoy a "Pittsburgh dinning experience'". I have family from NYC that make going out a painfull experience. Pittsbrugh has always been a blue collar atmostphere, that recently has been experiementing. Just from the the suggestions listed you can see the mixutre of both.

                                              2. There's a town near the airport called Beaver, PA which has a great sushi restaurant called Yama. It was a Groupon feature and the sushi rice there is perfect. The area is really cute too, i think they filmed parts of Wonder Boys there, and the thrift store shopping is cool too. You definitely get a taste of cheerier all-american main street too.

                                                1. The Hyeholde in Moon Twp is excellent but pricey. Try Mario's on Beaver Grade Road. It is Italian and very good. Also Selma's Barbeque on University Blvd - not fancy but all homemade. They have hush puppies, great brisket, cornmeal batter fried fish. smoked turkey and everything is fresh. If you like tripe the best place is Segneris in Coraopolis. Personally, I don't know why anyone would want to eat tripe but those who do rave about it!! have a great visit!!! Chatham

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                                                  Hyeholde Restaurant
                                                  1516 Coraopolis Heights Rd, Coraopolis, PA 15108

                                                  1. Thank you guys so much for your recommendations! We ended up eating at:

                                                    - Pamela's in the strip: I liked the pancakes! I had them with bananas and I really love how crisp they were on the edges. I'm usually not a huge fan of pancakes but I enjoyed these.
                                                    - 21st Street Coffee and Tea: Drank a delicious and warm cappuccino while waiting for a table at Pamela's.
                                                    - Enrico's biscotti: We did a small wine tasting at the attached cafe and bought a bag of assorted biscotti to snack on during our trip (there weren't any left by the time I landed back at SFO)
                                                    - Six Penn Kitchen: I'm glad someone recommended this restaurant since it was so close to the Fairmont. I had their cracklin' pork which was so tender, and I thoroughly enjoyed the sauerkraut potatoes it came with.
                                                    - Original Oyster House: We came here for lunch after the Penguins/Capitals alumni game after trying to go to the nearby Primanti Bros Bar and Grille and seeing how packed it was. I'm glad we came here because the fried fish sandwich was tasty (it was a little greasy but definitely not soggy, yum) as well as the clam chowder.
                                                    - Armstrong's (in Coraopolis): We ate here since we were now staying at a hotel near the airport, and Armstrong's was recommended. It was very crowded and the wait was long but I did enjoy their chicken parmesan and housemade ravioli.
                                                    - Primanti Bros (stand in Heinz Field): We ate here before the Winter Classic. I was hoping we could go to the location in the strip but we figured since it was in the football field, why not try it here? They only had two sandwich options here, the cheesesteak, and the capicola. I liked the capicola better because it was a little spicy. I really want to try the location in the strip next time I return.
                                                    - Grand Concourse: We ate here for a late Sunday brunch and enjoyed it. It was a little pricey, but I appreciated the aesthetics of the dining room and the food was pretty good.

                                                    I wish we rented a car because there were so many other places I wanted to try! I'm definitely bookmarking this thread for when I return to Pittsburgh, and I really hope it's soon! I had a great time in Pittsburgh and you guys really helped that experience.

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                                                    Six Penn Kitchen
                                                    146 Sixth Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

                                                    Original Oyster House
                                                    20 Market Sq, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

                                                    Grand Concourse Restaurant
                                                    100 W Station Square Dr Ste 1, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

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                                                    1. re: Sfpaulina

                                                      Thanks for reporting back and glad you enjoyed it. :-)