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Valentine529 Aug 18, 2011 08:24 AM

Hello!

My little family of 3 ( my husband, myself, and our 2 year old daughter) will be visiting Pittsburgh
from Thursday, September 8th through Sunday, September 11th. We will be staying at the Sheraton Station Square. Does anyone have any suggestions as where to dine within walking distance of this hotel? We love all types of cuisine, so with limited time, we would like to experience the best of this area of Pittsburgh. We are interested in all meals, bakeries, and coffee shops! Keep in mind that we do have a toddler, and she will be included in every outing! Also, if anyone would have any suggestions as far as events and attractions which might be happening in this vicintity, it would be appreciated!

Thank You!!!,
Valentine

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    wadejay26 Aug 27, 2011 08:34 PM

    It was mentioned above, but I have to agree. Lidias is fantastic! Pasta trio rocks!
    http://www.lidias-pittsburgh.com/
    Slightly off topic, but I am from Moosic. Ever go to AV in Moosic? Check it out when you get home from the Burgh

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      Valentine529 Aug 29, 2011 04:43 PM

      Thanks for your input, wadejay! Do you think that Lidia's would be better than Piccolo Forno as far as the atmosphere for a toddler??? I am still keeping an open mind as to where we are going to eat.

      I have never been to AV in Moosic. I really have not eaten out in Moosic, although we do have season tickets to the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Yankees. We are there a lot! Where is AV located? What do you recommend that we try if we go???

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      Piccolo Forno
      3801 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201

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      Whigsboy Aug 22, 2011 01:55 PM

      Trying to keep the 2-yr-old in mind -- and using our own experience with our kids -- hitting the Strip and getting some street food would work well. Bahn mi from Lucy's stand, around 23rd and Penn, is worth it. Tacos from the stand in front of Reyna's also good. Some popcorn from Pittsburgh Popcorn Co., and then a delicious coffee drink at La Prima after that.

      If you want to sit, the cafe behind Enrico biscotti does decent food and is a neat place to get a bite. A little pricey in my view, but an interesting space back there. Kaya could also work with a kid

      Just up the street in the South Side, you could do Yo Rita for some pretty darn good tacos and drinks and then to Edward Marc chocolates/the Milkshake Factory for desert.

      Another place with excellent food that does very well with kids, but for which you'd need to drive, is Dinette. Not the cheapest, but among the best restaurants in the 'Burgh, IMO, and, again, assuming you get there somewhat early, food comes out fast and is simply fantastic.

      The Post-Gazette just raved about Meat & Potatoes downtown, but whether it's kid-friendly I can't say.

      If you're into beer, Church Brew Works, also a drive, is a neat place where we've had successful outings with the kids, and Penn Brewery could be another option. Foodwise nothing amazing, but respectable.

      Have fun!

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

      Penn Brewery
      800 Troy Hill Vinial St, Pittsburgh, PA 15203

      Yo Rita
      1120 E Carson St, Pittsburgh, PA 15203

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        Valentine529 Aug 23, 2011 04:53 PM

        Thanks for the great ideas, Whigsboy! I am definitely looking forward to experiencing the Strip at the very least once, probably on Saturday morning. I like all your suggestions, especially for the tacos from the stand in front of Reyna's, the bahn mi from Lucy's, and the coffee at La Prima. I am also looking for a great bakery (for bread, cookies, muffins), produce stand (to buy fruit), an olive bar, and a cheese shop. I plan to buy some good snacks for our hotel room while I am there.

        We are planning to go on a Ducky tour for sure. Also, we are going up the Mon Incline, so we need to decide if we are going to eat, snack, etc. up in Mt. Washington. Maybe it will be better to just go up and then come right down just to see the view. It might depend how my daughter likes the ride!

        As far as Station Square, our hotel is right at the station from what I understand. We are going to make time to explore the area, and we defitely want to see the lightshow at the fountain there. I still can't decide if eating in this area is worth it or not.

        If you think of anything else which you think my 27 month old daughter would probably like, please let me know! My daughter loves to go, go, go... She isn't going to be very happy just staying at the hotel! She loves all types of animals, so does Pittsburgh have a zoo?

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          burghgal Aug 24, 2011 05:51 AM

          Yes - we have a great zoo:

          http://www.pittsburghzoo.com/

          Carnegie Science Center is very kid friendly too:

          http://www.carnegiesciencecenter.org/

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            Valentine529 Aug 24, 2011 01:37 PM

            Thanks for the information, Burghgal!

            Based on all the suggestions, I will probably want to stay more than 4 days just to be able to eat at every eatery and visit all the attractions. Pittsburgh seems like it is an underappreciated treasure...I had NO idea that your city has SO many wonderful things to offer. I am really looking forward to our visit.

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              six dower Aug 25, 2011 06:58 AM

              Go to Cafe Raymond's on Sat morning for breakfast. Great for your daughter. His pastries are fab...the scones are the best. CoAngelo's Bakery is great for sweets. For your cheese and olive bar, visit Penn Mac. I sure you will spend a bit of time looking through many options.
              A word of caution...Meat and Potatoes was mentioned above...avoid at all cost. The recent review was decent due to the fact that the critic was spotted. She notes this at the bottom of her review. The food and service is horrible.

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              Cafe Raymond
              2103 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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                Whigsboy Aug 25, 2011 07:52 AM

                I have not been yet and have seen complaints about the service from some, but have also seen raves about both, so let's not totally trash this place just yet, eh? :D

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                  six dower Aug 25, 2011 08:55 AM

                  No...it deserves the trash.

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                    Jay F Aug 25, 2011 11:36 AM

                    I looked up the review, and while one could make the inference that the meal China Millman was served may have been served because she is China Millman, it's also logical to assume that the food might actually be good.

                    Do you really think they made special "good" food just to serve her?

                    In any case, reading the review made me want to eat there, so thanks, six dower.

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                      six dower Aug 26, 2011 06:01 AM

                      Jay...Please report back. I am curious what your opinion will be......

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                        Jay F Aug 26, 2011 06:23 AM

                        Dower, do you know if they're open for lunch? From what I read on the website, it looks as if they're not, which is sort of weird for a downtown restaurant. If not, I might not get there for awhile.

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                          MonMauler Aug 29, 2011 07:53 AM

                          I live and work downtown and have patronized Meat and Potatoes on around half a dozen occasions now.

                          The Good -
                          Almost all of the food has been very good. I really enjoyed their Yukon skins (their version of a potato skin, with pastrami), their burger is good (esp the one with the pastrami), and I thought both the hotdog and the pork sandwich were good as well. Particularly notable, also, is the foie gras and the bone marrow, both of which are incredible. I'm a sucker for poutine, and theirs is good - one of the only places I've found in the 'Burgh to have decent poutine. And the tomato flatbread was good. The only two items that have fallen short on my visits has been the mussels and pork entree, both of which were slightly overcooked.

                          The have a good (but small) beer list, inventive cocktails and generally talented mixologists.

                          The Bad -
                          Excepting the bartenders' talents at making drinks, the service is attrocious. T waitstaff is slow, inattentive and unfamiliar with the food in terms of taste and preparation. The specials, although posted on chalkboards in the restaurant, are generally ignored by the waitstaff. The inattentiveness is what struck me the most, and it has occurred at all times of service, from when they've been very busy to when they've been deathly slow and affects both the servers and bartenders.

                          The beer list, while good and varied, is small. And I'm not totally sure, but for some reason I think they might serve their beer in 10 oz. pours.

                          The space is a bit of a trainwreck. Their is a large oval bar in the middle of the restauraunt. Tables are lined against the walls, facing the bar, except a small area to the left of the bar, which has tables arranged in more of a block format. There are no buffers to sound, so it is usually quite loud. Also, it is very dark, which I prefer, but I recognize that not all people do.

                          The restaurant shares and entrance with the O'Reilly Theatre, and to use the restroom you have to leave the restaurant and use one in the hallway of the O'Reilly. Not a big deal, but it is a little awkward.

                          Overall -
                          I'll continue to go there. The food generally makes up for the lack of service and lacking ambience. It will rarely be my first choice, and I would never wait to eat there, but Meat and Potatoes is a solid option. As compared to other restaurants in downtown Pittsburgh, it stands up well and is needed.

                          Jay F - as far as I know they are still not open for lunch, although they did say they'd be offering lunch service soon when I was in a couple weeks ago.

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                            Jay F Aug 29, 2011 08:21 AM

                            Thank you, MM. Great review. Exactly the kind of things I wanted to know.

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                  Valentine529 Aug 25, 2011 11:13 AM

                  Thanks for the input, six dower! Cafe Raymond seems to be recommended very often, so I am thinking that we are going to there. I also want to go to Lucy's and Reyna's for tacos. The Strip seems to be the place for good eating!

                  Now, I have to decide on what my go-to pizza place is going to be.... That is not going to be easy!

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                  Cafe Raymond
                  2103 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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                    traveleryvette Sep 24, 2011 08:00 AM

                    Years back, I remember when Cafe Raymond was Cafe Richard owned by the same guy that owns Nine on Nine downtown. Cafe Raymond is good but Cafe Richard was even better.

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                    Nine on Nine
                    900 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

                    Cafe Richard
                    2103 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

                    Cafe Raymond
                    2103 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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                    traveleryvette Sep 24, 2011 07:55 AM

                    Thank you for the heads up on the restaurant Meat & Potatoes. I hate spending the time and money to be disappointed.

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                    Whigsboy Aug 25, 2011 07:53 AM

                    If you go to the zoo, I recommend bringing food with you, bagels, fruit, etc. The food offerings there, sadly, are the typical fried foods, burgers, pizza. Save those calories for good food!

                    Also, if you go to the zoo, I recommend getting there early. Less busy and the animals are far more active then. The difference b/w 10 am and 1:00 pm can be quite dramatic.

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                      Valentine529 Aug 25, 2011 11:28 AM

                      Whigsboy, you have been more than helpful with all your suggestions, both for dining and activities. Thank you!!!

                      Would you be able to recommend your favorite pizza places? I have been reading ALL the threads and checking many websites like burghfeeder.com, urbanspoon.com, etc., but I am having difficulty! I do understand the whole pizza debate thing depends a lot on the style that a person prefers. I have lived in Philadelphia, Manhattan, and Los Angeles, and now I live in NE PA, not far from Old Forge. I enjoy all styles of pizza if the ingredients are fresh and of high quality. I am a minimalist when it comes to pizza in that I prefer plain, margherita, or even tomato pie. Sorry for not being much help in honing your suggestion

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                        Jay F Aug 25, 2011 11:41 AM

                        Pizza: Piccolo Forno is the best pizza I've eaten in Pittsburgh. You can get Pizza Margherita there. It used to be called Cafe Margherita, IIRC.

                        There's also Il Pizzaiola in Mt. Lebanon, but I've never been there.

                        www.piccolo-forno.com/

                        http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/23/335665...

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                        Piccolo Forno
                        3801 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201

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                          Valentine529 Aug 25, 2011 04:40 PM

                          We are definitely going to try Piccolo Forno based on your suggestion and the other great reviews of this restaurant. I only wish that they had a caprese salad on the menu because my toddler loves good mozzarella and fresh tomatoes. I noticed that there is a caprese panini at least! The menu really looks perfect for my family!

                          Thanks again for your input! I am really looking forward to our Pitttsburgh visit!

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                          Piccolo Forno
                          3801 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201

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                            Jay F Aug 26, 2011 05:44 AM

                            If they have the ingredients, Valentine, I would ask them to make you the salad version. I've never known them not to be accommodating that way.

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                              Augie6 Aug 26, 2011 06:05 AM

                              I am really looking forward to hear how your trip turns out....You're todler is very lucky she has parents that open her eyes to going out and ffood outside buttered noodles.

                              ** word of caution... Stick by the suggestions on this website for Pittsburgh.. Alot of visitors get side tracked by hotel suggestions or someone they run into.. (you can luck out, but most don't) Some of the mentioned options on here are not as popular or well known by Pittsburgh as a whole .. **

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                                Valentine529 Aug 26, 2011 11:13 AM

                                Thank you for the compliment, Augie! We think that we are the lucky ones to have our amazing daughter! I Know that we all are going to enjoy your city!

                                I do not plan on deviating from the suggestions from this website. I really trust your advice! No matter where my travels have taken me, I have always tried to avoid "tourist trap" type places and restaurant chains. I try to experience each place from a local's perspective.

                                I will definitely post a review of my Pittsburgh experience! Please feel free to add any additional thoughts. We won't be arriving until September 8th.

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                                  Effort Aug 27, 2011 11:10 AM

                                  Children's Museum on the Northside is great for kids

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                                  Northside Restaurant
                                  323 N Jefferson St, Mount Union, PA 17066

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                                    Valentine529 Aug 27, 2011 05:03 PM

                                    Thank you for the suggestion, Effort!

                                    The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh is on my radar. I am considering visiting the Pittsburgh Zoo, The Carnegie Science Center, taking a Ducky Tour, going to the fountain and light show at Station Square, riding the Mon & Carnegie Inclines,etc. I know where we are going to eat (Piccolo Forno, Reyna's Taco Stand, Lucy's bahn-mi, Cahe Raymond, Penn Avenue Seafood, and maybe Primanti"s and the Shiloh Grill) get snacks(Penn Mac),coffee (La Prima), but I am having a tough decision when it comes to our toddler-centric activity agenda. The weather might influence our plans! I have a feeling that we are going to end up doing EVERYTHING!!!

                                    There is one more question that I have regarding food. I would like to purchase some great fruit and vegetables for my family to snack on. What would be the best place to purchase produce on the Strip or anywhere else within 3 miles of Station Square?

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                                      six dower Aug 27, 2011 07:33 PM

                                      You will find plenty of produce in the strip.

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                                MonMauler Aug 29, 2011 08:07 AM

                                Valentine, Piccolo Forno, as Jay suggests, is terrific. I think they have some of the best Italian food (and prices) in the city, and the pizza is very tasty.

                                Still...

                                For my money, the best pizza in Pittsburgh can be found at Il Pizzaiolo in Mt. Lebanon. They serve a very classic Neapolitan pie, whereas Piccolo Forno does not. In fact, the owner had his dome brick oven built in Naples and shipped whole to Pittsburgh.

                                My favorite of their offerings is the Margherita DOC, which is prepared with bufala mozzarella and San Marzano tomatoes classified DOC by the Italian government. This pizza really does stand up to the Neapolitan pies I've had in Italy and New York.

                                That said, the other of their pizzas I've had are all really tasty too. So are their many pasta options. Unfortunately, I cannot remember if they serve a caprese salad. I'm sure they'd prepare one for you - they have all the ingredients and have been very accomodating on similar requests in the past.

                                One other consideration, which could sway you one way or the other: Piccolo Forno (IIRC) is BYOB. Il Pizzaiolo has beverage service.

                                Ultimately, if I had one pizza to try in Pittsburgh, it would be Il Pizzaiolo.

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                                Piccolo Forno
                                3801 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201

                                Pizzaiolo
                                703 Washington Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15228

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                                  Valentine529 Aug 29, 2011 04:31 PM

                                  Thanks, MonMauler!

                                  I am really into pizza these days because we are in the process of building a brick pizza oven. I might just go and check out Il Pizzaiolo too! Which restaurant has a better atmosphere? Which one would be the better for taking out a pizza? Which place is more toddler friendly? We do not really drink alcohol these days because I am breastfeeding...

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                                  Pizzaiolo
                                  703 Washington Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15228

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                              Whigsboy Aug 29, 2011 10:26 AM

                              I think you've gotten some good pizza recommendations. With a few exceptions, I have not eaten a lot of pizza in Pittsburgh. We love Dinette and I have heard fantastic things about Il Pizzaiola.

                              Sounds like you've got a good plan. Have fun.

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                              traveleryvette Sep 24, 2011 08:05 AM

                              If you are going to the zoo. I agree skip the food at the zoo. Definitely, don't miss the restaurant offerings on Bryant Street. Food Glorious Food, Banana Leaf, E2. I am sure others would agree.

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                              Food Glorious Food
                              5906 Bryant St, Pittsburgh, PA 15206

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                      Burghfeeder Aug 21, 2011 07:00 AM

                      If you want to walk a little, don't be intimidated. Downtown isn't nearly as spread out or as big as Philly. You can go across the Smithfield St. bridge (at Station Square) and be in Market Square in a few minutes. At the PPG building (the glass one) there is a courtyard with a fountain designed for kids to play in. Since you seem to like local, quirky places, you may try the Original Oyster House in Market Square. This is not fine dining, but very historic and a fun place to visit. The best concentration of restaurants is along Penn avenue which is a short walk from Market Square.
                      If you go to the Strip District, Saturday morning is the most fun. Parking is a little tough, but I always find a space. The street vendors are very good...I like Lucy in front of the Firehouse bar. If you want to try Pirmanti's, I'd recommend the one in the Strip. While you will read a lot of negative comments about them, I think the sandwichs are really good, except for the cheesesteak.

                      A non food suggestion would be to take one of the Just Ducky tour boats which are based at Station Square. I did this with a friend from out of town last year and we both really loved it!

                      Hope you enjoy your visit!

                      http://burghfeeding.blogspot.com/

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                      Original Oyster House
                      20 Market Sq, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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

                      1. Jay F Aug 18, 2011 08:34 AM

                        I don't know if it's a "best," exactly, but the Grand Concourse is a lot of fun for Sunday brunch. And it couldn't be any closer.

                        http://www.opentable.com/grand-concourse

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

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                          Valentine529 Aug 18, 2011 01:59 PM

                          Thanks for the suggestion, Jay!

                          When I say "best", I mean any place that is worth making an effort to go to. I am definitely a foodie, but I am not a food snob. I love street food, diners, drive-ins, and dives as much as exclusive restaurants. I just don't want to feel disappointed in anything that I eat during our visit. I hate going to a place, eating their food, and feeling like I could have made the food better than the restaurant!!

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                            Jay F Aug 18, 2011 02:06 PM

                            I think it will suit you, Valentine, the Grand Concourse.

                            I am not very familiar with Station Square, but there are -- or were, three or more years ago -- a fondue place and an ice cream shop, also.

                            And there's a branch of the Buca di Beppo Italian chain (which I do NOT recommend specifically). If you can get into the main part of town, you want to go to Lidia's or Piccolo Forno for Italian, but those aren't walkable unless you're really into walking.

                            STATION SQUARE LINKS:

                            http://www.meltingpot.com/pittsburgh/welcome

                            http://www.bucadibeppo.com/locations/italian_restaurant_pittsburgh_station_square_pa.aspx

                            http://www.stationsquare.com/info/restaurants

                            NOT IN STATION SQUARE, BUT WORTH THE DETOUR:

                            http://www.lidias-pittsburgh.com/

                            http://www.piccolo-forno.com/

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                            Piccolo Forno
                            3801 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201

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

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

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                              Valentine529 Aug 18, 2011 05:58 PM

                              Thank you for all the wonderful information, Jay! You are so knowledgable, so I have some other questions for you!

                              The more that I read here, the more I think that we should head up to Mt. Washington. What would you recommend there for us? Also, I think that we should try to get to the Strip. What would you recommend if we make it there?

                              Once again, thank you for your guidance!

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                                Jay F Aug 18, 2011 08:50 PM

                                Mt. Washington I don't know anything about. Le Mont used to be the best restaurant in town, but that was 40 years ago. I haven't eaten there since 1979 or so. Sorry I couldn't be more help.

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                                  Burghfeeder Aug 19, 2011 06:31 AM

                                  I really think that Mt Washington is a "must", not really for the food, but to enjoy the view. From Station Square you can get on the Mon Incline (which is right across the street). Your daughter will love it! This might not be a trip for food so much although there is a restaurant called the Shiloh Grill right near the top. There is also an ice cream place.

                                  I'll second the rec for the Grand Concourse. The brunch is really good and the building is really beautiful.

                                  http://burghfeeding.blogspot.com/

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

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

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                                    Valentine529 Aug 19, 2011 09:39 AM

                                    Thanks again for the help, Jay!

                                    Thank you for your post, Burghfeeder! I love your blogsite, too. I was reading one of your previous posts to a gentleman visiting Pittsburgh with his toddler to visit his wife. They had eaten at the Polish Deli at the Strip. I LOVE ehtnic places like this, especially if they are really good! My family, including my toddler, is very adventurous when it comes to eating. We are Philly transplants, and we miss the large ethnic selection that was available to us when we lived in that city. Unfortunately, we live in the middle of nowhere now, so I will definitely try to get my fill of "ethnic" when I am in Pitsburgh.

                                    Please recommend anything ethnic that you see as being great, and I will be checking your blog regularly. Thank you for your suggestions!

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                                  traveleryvette Sep 24, 2011 06:58 PM

                                  The fondue place from years ago is gone, but fondue has made a come back . The Melting Pot is the fondue place at Station Square now. I enjoyed the meal. They present a 3 course seasonal appetizer fondue, entree fondue, dessert fondue

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

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                                  Augie6 Aug 19, 2011 08:07 AM

                                  This post puts some pressure on picking the right places to eat, haha Station Square food selection is poor. You have the standard chain types. Grand Concourse is beautiful on the inside, the food is not too bad , however I do not eat seafood.

                                  Monterey Bay Fish Groto is up on Mt Washingtong .. view is really nice, I hear decent things on the food...

                                  However if possible venture out into other places.

                                  South Side is right down the road.. You have DISH Osteria (Italian) which is really good

                                  Strip District.. Street Venders Renya's Taco Stand and Lucy's Bahi mi sandwhiches ... Cafe Raymond is very good ( caution the stores in the strip and NOT open very late )

                                  Piccolo Forno is also a nice italian place. Thier pizza is good.

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                                  Piccolo Forno
                                  3801 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201

                                  Cafe Raymond
                                  2103 Penn Ave, 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

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                                    Valentine529 Aug 19, 2011 09:50 AM

                                    Thanks for your recommendations, Augie! Please keep your ideas coming if you think of anything else. I do appreciate it!

                                    I am hoping to get around town as much as possible. I am excited to be staying at Station Square because I know that we will enjoy the Mon Incline, but I wish that I was closer to the Strip District as far as eating. I am Italian and Eastern European, and my grandparents were "right off the boat", so I am sure that I will really enjoy everything about the Strip District. I even plan on purchasing produce, olives, baked items, etc. from the vendors!

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

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                                      Effort Aug 20, 2011 08:10 AM

                                      Grand Concourse but on the expensive side. Some like the Melting Pot, but have not been there. If you take the incline, you can wast to the Shiloh grill and it is OK.

                                      Walk across the bridge to town and there are many: Meat and Potatoes, Six Penn, a few steak houses, but it will be a little bit of a walk once in town.

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

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                                        Valentine529 Aug 20, 2011 11:39 AM

                                        Thanks for your help, Effort! We are ready to walk and walk! We will have our truck, but I know how city parking is just from living in center city Philadelphia for 12 years!

                                        We are so excited to come to your city and experience all it has to offer. I am doing my best to have a plan before we arrive since we will be there for only 4 days. I am going to do my best to experience what is truly un1que to Pittsburgh. I plan on boycotting "chains".

                                        Please feel free to update your recommendations if you think of anything else. We still have some time until we arrive. Thanks again for your input!

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                                          Effort Aug 20, 2011 12:19 PM

                                          If you have a vehicle you can go to the further down the southside and lots of places and some small lots. Just pay the meters or the pay station and put a ticket on your dashboard. Cafe du jour is great, need reservations and it is BYOB, so bring a bottle of wine for you and the ms.
                                          Dish is great, italian.
                                          Kaya in the strip district is good. Parking is not bad at night during the week. To far to walk.

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                                            Valentine529 Aug 23, 2011 03:49 PM

                                            Thank you for your guidance, Effort! I just called the hotel where we will be staying, and I hit the jackpot because there is a complimentary shuttle within 3 miles of the hotel!!! So, if these venues are within 3 miles, we are golden!

                                            I am very excited about all the recommendations. Now, I need to decide what our itinerary will be. I want to hit the Strip on Saturday morning. I want to ride the Mon Incline at least once during the day and once again at night to see the city during the day and night. Also, I plan on taking my daughter on a Ducky Tour of your city. I am going to have some difficulty deciding on what we are going to eat!!!

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                                            Jay F Aug 20, 2011 01:23 PM

                                            Valentine, if you're planning to park on the street anytime while you're in the city of Pittsburgh, BRING TONS OF QUARTERS.

                                            The city recently decided to charge more for parking and increase the number of hours you have to pay. I read somewhere else today that you need maybe 20 quarters for 2.5 hours of parking, and THE PARKING METERS DON'T TAKE CARDS.

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