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Apr 28, 2011 06:34 AM

Food suggestions for Pittsburgh?

I am visiting Pittsburgh from Thursday to Sunday. Are there any must eat places? Can be any type of food and for any meal.

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  1. Hello Matronix.... There is a lot of must eat places, however they really depend on what you are into and looking for. Any preferences or trip details will help narrow down the "best" places.

    9 Replies
    1. re: Augie6

      Are there any foods that PGH is known for?
      Somewhere around Squirell Hill or Shadyside is the area I am in. I can venture anywhere though as I will have access to a car.

      1. re: Matronix

        Squirrel Hill
        Sun Penang:

        Avenue B:

        East Liberty (just N. of Shadyside
        )Salt of the Earth:

        If you can get to the Strip District (lunch only) or Downtown (weekday lunch; dinner Wed-Sat), check out Penn Avenue Fish Company:

        1. re: Matronix

          The most famous of Pittsburgh foods is, by far, the Primanti's sandwich. It is two slices of thick, Italian bread with the meat, cheese, and a vinegar-based coleslaw all inside the sandwich. Some people on this board aren't too enamored with Primanti's, but I love them. Whenever I am out of town for an extended period Primanti's is always very high on the list of places I go to when I return. They have a number of locations around the Pittsburgh area, but the original (and my favorite location) is in the Strip District.

          I can also reiterate Jay F's suggestions of Avenue B, Toast, Spoon, Brgr, Penn Avenue Fish Company and Salt of the Earth. Personally, I think Salt of the Earth is the best restaurant we have in Pittsburgh at the moment.

          In Shadyside, specifically, I would also recommend:
          Girasole - very good Italian food. One of my favorite lunch spots over there.
          Pangea - interesting flavor combos from all over the world, a little upscale, only dinner.

          There are a number of restaurants and bars in the South Side, and if you are interested in before or after dinner drinks (or both) it could be a neat place to check out, in which case I'd suggest:
          Dish Osteria - very good Italian food.
          Yo Rita - gourmet tacos.
          Fatheads - Lots of big sandwiches and a good beer selection.

          Lawrenceville is also an up-and-coming neighborhood with a number of good food options:
          Piccolo Forno - has some real good Italian food at very reasonable prices.
          Tamari - has pretty good tapas and sushi.
          Round Corner Cantina - tasty and cheap Mexican food.
          Church Brew Works - converted church. Neat ambience. Some good menu options.

          The Strip is another good place to hang out for a while, what with the abundance of food purveyors:
          Eleven - upscale American and very good. Their burger (only at lunch) is my fave.
          Reyna's Taco Stand - Taco shack on the sidewalk. Cheap and good.
          Cafe Raymond - artisan sandwiches.
          Penn Avenue Fish - good sushi and sandwiches.
          Kaya - good Caribbean-fusion food.
          Wholey's - also has good sushi.

          If gourmet pizza is your thing, then I'd offer up these two suggestions:
          Il Pizzaiola - in Mt. Lebanon, is my favorite of the gourmet pizza joints in Pittsburgh.
          Dinette - in East Liberty, also sells some pretty tasty gourmet pizza.

          A few final suggestions:
          Bona Terra - in Sharpsburg, offers very good American food. It is BYOB.
          Nine on Nine - Downtown, is very good upscale American.
          Point Brugge - in Point Breeze, is a nice Belgian cafe with great food.
          Park Brugge - In Highland Park, closer to where you'll be is their second location, but I haven't been there yet.

          I'm just scraping the tip of the iceburg here. I could probably go at this all day. I eat at restaurants a lot. But all of the places I list above are certainly within 10-15 minutes by car from where you're staying. Many of them are probably even walkable, depending on exactly where you plan to stay.

          Anyway, I hope this helps. I'm sure others will chime in. I've found the suggestions of this board to be extremely helpful.

          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

          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

          Point Brugge Cafe
          401 Hastings St, Pittsburgh, PA 15206

          Yo Rita
          1120 E Carson St, Pittsburgh, PA 15203

          Cafe Raymond
          2103 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

          Avenue B
          5501 Centre Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15232

          1. re: MonMauler

            Thanks for the suggestions. I think I am gonna try Brgr for a late lunch here and a nice couple mile walk there. Gonna try going to The Strip tomorrow or Saturday for lunch I think. A lot of Dinner places listed. Also, any Breakfast recommendations for Tomorrow or Saturday? I love a good breakfast/brunch...and doesn't even have to be traditional.

            1. re: Matronix

              I like the breakfast at Pamela's. They have good pancakes and Lyonnaise potatoes. The pancakes are the thin, crispy almost crepe-style. I really do like them. They have a few locations around the city, but I usually go to the one in the Strip. There is also one in Shadyside, though.

              DeLuca's, a diner in the Strip, also has a very good breakfast. The menu is huge, and you can get pretty much any breakfast staple here, but I really like the breakfast burrito.

              If brunch is your thing, both Lidia's and Kaya, in the Strip, have very good Sunday brunch. Downtown, Six Penn Kitchen, has a good Sunday brunch. Point Brugge, mentioned in my previous post, also has a good brunch. And it's been a while since I've been back, so I'm not sure they've maintained quality, but the brunch at Grand Concourse, in Station Square, was also very good.

              If you go to any of these places on the weekend you can expect a lengthy wait.

              Point Brugge Cafe
              401 Hastings St, Pittsburgh, PA 15206

              Six Penn Kitchen
              146 6th St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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

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

              1. re: MonMauler

                Wow, MonMauler has it covered. Agreed! Six Penn does a nice Sunday Brunch if you looking for a more diner type atmosphere try Deluca's.

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

              2. re: Matronix

                For lunch on Friday in the Strip, I'd go to Penn Avenue Fish Company. I had a salmon salad today. It was so good, I think my eyes rolled back in my head from time to time. Oh, and it was a whole big $8.95. Get the soup, too. They have three different ones every day. I think they're the best fish soups I've ever had.

                Breakfast Friday in the Strip: De Luca's. A diner. I don't care much for their sweet items, but anything "egg" is delicious. My favorite thing is the breakfast burrito. They use the best sausage.

                Pamela's pancakes are good, but get one of the ones you don't need maple syrup for (strawberry, blueberry, chocolate, banana). Because they don't use real maple syrup. I would be happy to pay $1 more, but they won't hear of it. So I bring my own maple syrup if regular pancakes are what I'm up for.

                Brunch on Saturday or Sunday: Lidia's. But I've not been to most of the other places Mon Mauler listed. Lidia's, IMO, is such a bargain, $24 for all you can eat, with *the best antipasto*, a choice of 12 or so entrees, and dessert. I so love their food, I simply don't feel like trying anywhere else. I favor Italian over almost everything, though, so infer what you like from that.

                I also love Piccolo Forno in Lawrenceville. They have the best lasagne in Pittsburgh, period. Bolognese, not that ricotta and mozzarella merda Americana.

                Piccolo Forno
                3801 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201

                1. re: Matronix

                  Go to the strip on Saturday morning...stop by Cafe Raymond for breakfast - the best in city. Fresh ingredients and the best options vs. Deluca's or Pamela's(and with no wait time). After breakfast you can walk around the strip and visit many stores and vendors...the weather should be perfect!
                  Lunches - Penn Fish, Avenue B, BRGR, Piccolo Forno
                  Brunches - Eleven, Park Brugge, Cocoa Cafe
                  Dinners - Nine on Nine, Salt, Spoon, Dish

                  Nine on Nine
                  900 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

                  Piccolo Forno
                  3801 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201

                  Cafe Raymond
                  2103 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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

                  Avenue B
                  5501 Centre Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15232

              3. re: Matronix

                Go to Tessaros
                Go to Dave and Andy's.
                If you wanna divish place, go to the O

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

            2. I would not go through Pittsburgh without hitting Salt of The Earth, on the current menu the black cod - tartare, potato salad or pork baguette are must haves. As for apps, cockscombs and escolar sashimi.

              Spoon is right up there, the bread basket is the best I've had.

              Finally Notion - a little ways out of town is worth a trip if you're really in to modernist / avant garde cooking (though there is a good bit of that at Salt of The Earth)

              brunch - eleven or coco cafe