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Pittsburgh Shadyside lunch question

I'm revisiting your lovely city in a few weeks. We are staying at the Couryard in Shadyside (Liberty and Baum near the U of P Med Center). We hope to arrive sometime around lunch or early afternoon on a Thursday from Brooklyn. I'm looking for someplace to have lunch between (or not too out of the way) the hotel and the Carnegie Museum (we'll be walking, after the long drive.)
I can't guarantee our arrival time, so no place that needs a reservation. We are planning on having breakfast the next morning at Pamela's, and we are dining at Salt the evening we arrive.
Any thoughts? I've been looking at various places around Walnut Street.
No specific cuisines or price points. Thanks in advance

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  1. My favorite is a great place right across the street from your hotel called Cafe Sam. It dosen't really look like a restaurant as it's in an older house. Another good choice is Pangea on Belfounte street right in Shadyside.

    http://burghfeeding.blogspot.com/

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    Cafe Sam
    5242 Baum Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15224

    1. In addition to those mentioned by Burghfeeder, I can offer the following suggestions:

      Girasole - On Walnut - Very good Italian food in a quaint environment. It's my usual lunch stop when I'm around Walnut.

      Casbah - S Highland and Ellsworth - Very good Mediterannean-inspired food. Another very good lunch option.

      Harris Grill - On Ellsworth, about two blocks from UPMC - Pretty standard bar grub, but sometimes that is just what I'm looking for. A good lunch stop.

      Crepes Parisiennes - On Filbert, right down from Walnut - Is a neat little place to stop in for lunch. They specialize in crepes and many of them are pretty tasty.

      Those above, along with Cafe Sam and Pangea, all serve very good food, should fit your requirements, and should provide an exceptional experience. I'm actually not totally sure Pangea is open for lunch. I've only ever been there for dinner, and when I tried to go there shortly after noon last summer I remember them being closed. They may not open until 4 or later...

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      Casbah
      229 South Highland Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206

      Girasole
      733 Copeland St Ste 1, Pittsburgh, PA 15232

      Cafe Sam
      5242 Baum Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15224

      Crepes Parisiennes
      207 S Craig St, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

      Harris Grill
      5747 Ellsworth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15232

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      1. re: MonMauler

        >>>Girasole - On Walnut - Very good Italian food in a quaint environment. It's my usual lunch stop when I'm around Walnut.

        Girasole is actually on Copeland, just above Walnut. http://maps.google.com/maps/place?oe=...

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        Girasole
        733 Copeland St Ste 1, Pittsburgh, PA 15232

        1. re: Jay F

          Yeah, you're right. My bad. It's only a few paces off Walnut, though. Can be a little tough to spot because it is below street level...

        2. re: MonMauler

          These are all really good options. I looked at Pangea's web site and it says that they don't open until 4:00. I could swear that I've had lunch there but I've been wrong before!

          http://burghfeeding.blogspot.com/

        3. I would also add Avenue B, on Center Ave and Graham, just down the street from the hotel.

          Near Casbah, there's also BRGR and a nice little French restaurant.

          Near the CMA, there's Union Grill on South Craig Street and a whole host of ethic restaurants just past the museum on and around Forbes Avenue.

          I would recommend walking down South Aiken Street from the hotel towards Walnut Street and having lunch at Girasole. It's a nice neighborhood restaurant with decent prices. It's a pleasant enough walk to Oakland along Fifth Avenue, with a left up Craig Street. About 15-20 minutes depending on walking speed. I would also think Salt is a decent walk from the hotel, although others might disagree.

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          Casbah
          229 South Highland Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206

          Girasole
          733 Copeland St Ste 1, Pittsburgh, PA 15232

          Avenue B
          5501 Centre Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15232

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          1. re: k squared

            Also endorse Girasole. If open, try some gelato at Mulberry, was above Girasole, now on Walnut. Have a great visit!

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            Girasole
            733 Copeland St Ste 1, Pittsburgh, PA 15232

            1. re: 42duffy

              Mulberry has a new location, 5523 Walnut Street. I don't know if they're open yet.

              http://www.mulberrystreetcreamery.com/

              1. re: Jay F

                They are not open yet. They are also adding pizza to their menu, which should work out well. A taco place is supposed to be opening in mulbery's former location.

          2. Thanks for all the suggestions-I think the final choice will depend on exactly when we arrive and how we feel-I'll check in again before we leave in a few weeks and report back when we return...I'm just sorry we don't have more time to linger.

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            1. re: David W

              We arrived slightly later than I had hoped, but Girasole worked out perfectly-we had a quick Tuscan bean soup and a Ceasar salad and a glass of wine and a coffee-very pleasant space and service.
              The pasta's going by looked good, but we were saving ourselves for Salt (more on that soon.)

              Pamela's was also good, though it's not as charming as the downtown/strip location (at least for someone who enjoys 50's-60's music!)

              And, alas, the Mulberry spot is stil in the construction phase.

              We found all of the above a pretty easy walk from the hotel-it's a very walkable area.
              Thanks again for all your suggestions-I'm keeping them on file for a future stop.

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              Girasole
              733 Copeland St Ste 1, Pittsburgh, PA 15232