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Downtown Pittsburgh Recommendations

team_eater Nov 7, 2012 07:48 AM


My significant other and I are travelling to Pittsburgh (from Toronto) in about a month's time, and are looking for some great foodie recommendations. We're staying at the Wyndham Grand in downtown Pittsburgh. We'll have a car so that we can travel outwards for dinner, but I'd prefer breakfast/lunch to be within walking distance.

Last time we visited, we went to Monterey Bay Fish Grotto, Habitat, and Primanti Brothers.

We're pretty flexible on price (anything from a diner/dive to high end), and we love Perogies, Pizza, Seafood, Burgers, American and Fusion cuisine.

I look forward to your recommendations!

Thanks so much in advance.

  1. prima Mar 25, 2013 03:02 PM

    Bumping this thread... does anyone have a non-hotel restaurant recommendation for a breakfast spot in downtown Pittsburgh that can handle a group of 15? Do any good breakfast spots take reservations?

    Bluebird Kitchen looks neat, but I realize it doesn't take reservations. How large is the restaurant? http://bluebirdkitchen.com/menu.html

    I noticed Braddocks, Habitat and the Terrace Room on Opentable. Would you recommend any of those restaurants for breakfast? Thanks for any ideas.

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    1. re: prima
      Jay F Mar 25, 2013 08:32 PM

      Bluebird Kitchen, unless it has remodeled extensively, has almost no seating. I'm not familiar enough with downtown for breakfast to recommend anything else, though.

      1. re: prima
        Panini Guy Mar 26, 2013 05:01 PM

        Haven't been to any of them, but I think of both Habitat and Terrace Room as hotel restaurants as they function as such.

        1. re: Panini Guy
          prima Mar 26, 2013 08:23 PM

          Thanks, Panini Guy. Wasn't clear to me from Opentable, that they were both hotel restaurants.

          1. re: Panini Guy
            prima May 26, 2013 07:32 PM

            I ended up having breakfast at The Terrace Room in the Omni William Penn hotel while I was in Pittsburgh. It's a beautiful hotel restaurant. Service was friendly and well-intentioned, but sometimes a little slow/awkward. The buffet is a reasonably good value, at around $19 including coffee and juice. Very fresh and interesting breads, omelette bar, lots of breakfast meats, but no pancakes/waffles at the buffet. I ordered the Vegetarian Benedict, with spinach and artichokes another morning, which was fine, although I like my Hollandaise more lemony. The Terrace Room can handle large groups, and takes reservations.

            We also had a late-night pub meal at The Tap Room, also located in the William Penn Omni. Tasty black bean burger, good version of fish and chips, nice version of spicy seafood gumbo. Very good value for an upscale hotel's restaurant. Each of our mains were under $15. http://www.omnihotels.com/FindAHotel/PittsburghWilliamPenn/~/media/Images/hotels/pitdtn/pdf/PITDTN_TapRoomDinner.ashx

            We had dinner at Six Penn one night that we were in Pittsburgh. The crab cake with seafood hash was the winner. I tried the Buffalo mac & cheese, which was very rich and decadent, but I grew tired of its taste about halfway through. I think I'd rather have that dish offered as a side or an appetizer, rather than a main. Very down-to-earth service. I thought the prices were reasonable. http://www.sixpennkitchen.com/

            We also had a quick snack at the Bar Louie near Station Square. Very garlicky (but quite tasty) bruschetta. I liked the Bavarian Pretzel Sticks. What we ordered was better than most chain food I'm familiar with.;-) http://www.barlouieamerica.com/locati...

        2. Rodzilla Nov 21, 2012 12:45 AM

          I'm more concerned about you visiting the best for dinner. Pittsburgh is a small city, make sure you get to one of these places.

          Salt of The Earth
          Root 174

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            Burghfeeder Nov 18, 2012 07:29 AM

            You have a nice selection of casual restaurants within walking distance from your hotel. Aside from Market Square (I enjoy NOLA there) if you walk up Penn Avenue one of the first places is Meat and Potato's, which has great food in a nice bar setting. For a more upscale feel, Nine on Nine is just a couple of blocks further.

            Also, there is a subway station very close to your hotel, and you can take it to the North Shore, for no charge, believe it or not. There are several moderate restaurants there along with a casino, if you like that kind of thing.


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              Panini Guy Nov 8, 2012 08:47 PM

              I'd definitely try Bluebird Kitchen for breakfast (or lunch), just off Market Square. I've heard Stone is good and by time you're here Il Pizzaiolo will have opened in Market Sq as well - consistently ranked among top 100 pizzerias in US.

              Wingharts has good burgers. They had a fire. I think they'll be reopened by time you get here. If not, search out a Burgatory. I'd suggest Tamari as a good place for fusion, but there are others. Mentioning that one as that part of Lawrenceville is pretty cool. Best cappuccino in town just a block up at Espresso a Mano. On the way there you can stop at SM Polish Deli for pierogi - or for a real treat, stop up in Polish Hill at Gooski's for pierogi while dining in one of the diviest bars in town (great jukebox and beer selection though).

              1. Jay F Nov 8, 2012 05:51 AM

                For lunch, I like Winghart's in Market Square, or Penn Avenue Fish Company just off Market Square at 308 Forbes Avenue. And there's a new pizza place near Point Park, Stone Neapolitan. Just writing this, I think I'm having pizza for lunch. Thanks.




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                1. re: Jay F
                  team_eater Nov 8, 2012 08:05 AM

                  Thank you! I actually shortlisted Penn Avenue Fish Company myself. I will check out your other suggestions.

                  Any idea of where I can get pierogies? I've heard Pittsburgh is well known for them!

                  1. re: team_eater
                    Jay F Nov 8, 2012 10:22 AM

                    Actually, if you go to the Strip District location of Penn Avenue Fish Company, there's a pierogi place right next door.



                    This isn't really walking distance from downtown, but it's only one neighborhood away.

                2. Bacchus101 Nov 8, 2012 05:36 AM

                  Just down the posts under "Serious Question" one can find diverse opinions on the good and the bad of Pittsburgh restaurants. I would expect some responsible informed Hounds will directly address your question also, thus adding substance and information to that often strangely combative dialog. Although I have never been to your fair city I have heard from colleagues that both the city and its restaurants are top notch. As a less than frequent visitor to Pittsburgh I can not recommend nor provide very current information. Good Luck!

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                  1. re: Bacchus101
                    team_eater Nov 8, 2012 08:06 AM

                    Thanks for your reply. If you do end up venturing to Toronto, I'd be happy to provide some recommendations. We're pretty proud of our city and foodie scene as well :)

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