Pittsburgh: Restaurants Near Springhill Suites (Northside)
I appreciated the suggestions near Allegheny Hospital. We'll be staying at Springhill Suites. I know this is about a mile away. Are there any additional restaurants near the hotel that you would also suggest? Thank you for your suggestions.
Very close to that hotel are a few restaurants that may interest you:
Hyde Park Steakhouse - Is just around the corner from your hotel. It is one of Pittsburgh's four upscale chain steakhouses (along with Ruth's Chris, Capital Grille and Morton's). I think they do an exceptional job with their steaks, and they generally have the most unique specials of the aforementioned steakhouses. They also do a $4 martini happy hour (M-F), which is a good time. If I'm choosing between the four steakhouses for dinner, though, I generally prefer Ruth's Chris. The Ruth's Chris location in Pittsburgh is the best I've been to and worth a visit.
Bettis' Bar and Grille - This is a sports bar (part of a chain that sets their theme on a regional sports star) that serves good and unique takes on standard pub fare. The portions are huge and the prices are reasonable. They have a ton of TV's and a large bar area. Someone on this board will surely tell you to go to the restroom if you visit. It's interesting.
Atria's - Located near the left field entrance to PNC park. It's a regional chain and not anything out-of-this-world, but they do a good job with standard fare like burgers and salmon. I really, really like their pot roast nachos.
Other than the suggestions made on the other thread regarding the restaurants near Allegheny General, that is about all that is worth checking out on the North Shore.
Otherwise, you will have to cross the bridge into downtown Pittsburgh, but if you do, there are several good food options there. These are all less than a 5 minute drive or a 15-20 minute walk from your hotel:
Meat & Potatoes - In theatre square, next to the O'Reilly theatre, is a gastropub. I have been consistently impressed with the food there and consistently underwhelmed with the service. The space is kind of a disaster, too. But the food generally makes up for the missteps elsewhere.
Six Penn Kitchen - At the corner of 6th and Penn is nothing extraordinary, but it is a comfortable space that serves good, refined American comfort food. Their pizza is quite good as is their grilled cheese.
A little further into downtown you'll find Market Square. There are several good options there:
Primanti's - It's a local icon. You'll find plenty of people on this board that bash Primanti's, but I love it. I have gone straight to Primanti's from the airport when I've been out of town for an extended period of time. You get your meat, cheese, fries and coleslaw all between two thick slices of Italian bread. My favorite is the capicola and egg, but the pastrami is also exceptional. If it is your first time going to Primanti's, though, I usually recommend taking an extra 6 minute car ride and heading down to the original location in the Strip District.
Winghart's - This is a small burger joint tucked a few storefronts away from Primanti's. They serve what I consider to be the second best burger in Pittsburgh*. It really is fantastic. My favorite is the Shipwrecked burger, which comes topped with brie, caramelized onions, arugula and white truffle oil.
*The best burger in Pittsburgh is at Eleven an excellent, upscale restaurant, in the Strip District. It's only served at lunch.
NOLA - New Orleans-themed cuisine, and they do a pretty good job. Their gumbo, jambalaya, frog's legs, red beans & rice are all tasty and faithful versions of the New Orleans favorites. I also really like their flat breads and their French Onion soup.
Diamond Market Bar & Grille - Is owned by the same people as Primanti's but it's a totally different concept. They serve typical American bar staples -- burgers, sandwiches, fries, etc. I've had a number of things here, and most items have been good, but nothing has been outstanding.
Oyster House - I think is the oldest restaurant in Pittsburgh. Their fried fish sandwich is good. Everything else is middling, at best.
Penn Avenue Fish Company - Isn't in Market Square, but is right up the street, on Forbes. They serve lunch every day, but only serve dinner Wed - Sat. They have some very good sushi and fish dishes. After Monterey Bay (up on Mt. Washington), it is my favorite seafood restaurant in Pittsburgh.
A block over from Market Square is PPG Place. There you will find the aforementioned Ruth's Chris.
Lastly, I will mention, again, the Strip District. It is 5-10 minutes by car from your hotel and one of the more interesting food locations in Pittsburgh. It's great for just wandering around. There are grocers that cater to a number of different ethnicities. There are also a number of good restaurants and food stops there. The original Primanti's is there. There's a Penn Ave Fish Co. location there. Otherwise, you can find food ranging from the upscale Eleven all the way to Reyna's Taco Shack, which serve exceptional food.
There is a great Thai restaurant in Northside called Nicky's Thai Kitchen on Western Ave ....they may deliver. Also, a great German restaurant, Max's Allgheny Tavern on Suismand street within walking distance of AGH.
Surprised nobody has mentioned Brix. I haven't been yet but really want to go. Have read quite positive things on other dining/restaurant sites.