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My husband will be spending the next 2-4 months working in downtown Pittsburgh and living in Bethel Park. I would appreciate some suggestions on casual restaurants near Bethel Park. He does have full kitchen access in the house he is renting, so he will be cooking a lot of his own meals, so I am looking more for places where he can get a good burger and fries, wings, sandwiches, and pizza. Bado's Pizza Grill and Alehouse would be more to his liking than Bado's Cucina. He's not at all into most ethnic cuisines, except for Italian. Thanks for any help.

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  1. Bado's pizza isn't bad and they have a decent beer selection, if that's important. Our favorite pizza places in the South Hills are A'Pizza Badamo's in Mt. Lebanon and Slice on Broadway in Beechview. Both of these are more take out places although Badamo's recently expanded and has a few tables.

    For burgers, sandwiches and wings we LOVE Someone Else's Bar in Castle Shannon. It's a cool little place with great food. They have trays that make eating at the bar comfortable and fun candy on every table.

    Again, if he's into beer, Sharp Edge in Peters Twp is great for Belgiums and crafts with pretty good food, too.

    The fish sandwiches (it's a Burgh thing) at Dorido's in South Park are legendary.

    There is a branch of Primanti's in Mt. Lebanon, near the Galleria Mall. Speaking of which, if he's here through the fall, a BRGR is opening there, not sure of the date. This is an upscale burger place from the people who have one of the best restaurants in town, Spoon. They have 3 other locations, including PNC park. Besides the obvious burgers, they have fun apps and adult milkshakes.

    1. There's a place called Pasta Too. It's not the best place, but it's not the worst (you can find really bad Italian food in Pgh). It's in Bethel Park, though. http://pasta-too.com/

      1. Il Pizzaiolo has a nice Italian wine bar. Really good brick oven pizza and some good pasta.
        Little tokyo for sushi
        Kous Kous Cafe is BYOB and great but on the expensive side
        Bistro 19 is very good and a little more expensive.
        Arpino Trattoria has good pasta and is BYOB
        Silk Road is good chinese, in Caste Village in Whitehall near BPark.
        Danny's Parkview for a Italian Hoagie --not the pizza.
        Al's Cafe is popular, though it is pretty mediocre.
        If you want a good taco and street food go to Las Palmas in Brookline.
        Someone Else's bar has been mentioned.
        Kabob G Grill is good Lebanese and a few door up from Someone Else's bar.
        Enjoy the adventure of trying some new places!

        1. Thank you for the recs. I spent Friday night and Saturday morning with him and we went to Someone Else's Bar on Friday and Dorido's for an early lunch on Saturday before I headed back home to Cleveland. We really liked both a lot. Best of all is that both of them are only 2-3 miles from where he is living. We drove past Pasta Too and I pointed that out to him. The parking lot was jammed pack on Friday around 8.

          I'll send him the rest of the suggestions. Thanks again for your help. Please keep them coming.


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          1. re: kasw

            Glad you liked Else's...that's the owner's name BTW. Hope you checked out the restrooms, they are hilarious.

            If you liked Dorido's, the South Park Clubhouse is the same owners. We had good sandwiches there, and they sell a lot of pizza, which looks good, too.

            FYI, the portions at Pasta Too are gigantic. We're not fans of the food or the place in general, it's very large, pink and full of families and large groups. But it's obviously popular so YMMV.

            A fun place for breakfast is the Dor-Stop in Dormont. Totally a DDD place, but seriously delicious, homemade food.

            Up thread Effort recommended several of our favorite places in the south hills...Little Tokoyo, Il Pizziaolo, and Kous Kous Cafe. I didn't mention these earlier because you said he didn't like ethnic and you were looking for burgers, wings, etc. but those are all great, as is the taco stand in Brookline and Pitaland next door.

            And then there the rest of Pittsburgh. If you're willing to travel around town, there are lots more great places.

          2. It's not fancy, but armstrongs in caste village is a longtime family favorite as evidenced by insane lines from 5-7. We usually go in the afternoon for a late lunch or early dinner. I think their wings are really quite spectacular (always crispy), love the zucchini strips. The sandwiches are solid, very good veal parm and meatballs as well. Part of the charm is the ridiculous portion... You always have enough for the next day. The homemade desserts are awesome. I love the coconut creme pie. I have used them for catering on multiple events and the food is always extremely affordable

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            1. re: yammers

              Thanks yammers and mb. Armstrong's and Dor-Stop are on my list as I will be visiting him this weekend. And, yes mb, loved the restroom at Someone Else. The ladies room is one of the first things I check out at a restaurant/bar.

            2. Planning to do a little exploring this weekend and may go to Latrobe by taking either US 30, PA-51, or US 22. Which route is most interesting food-wise. I'd love to hit some farmer's markets, farms, orchards, etc. in addition to any restaurants. Do Greensburg or Latrobe have any interesting places? My sister and niece (and their dogs) are participating in a dog agility competition in Latrobe, so that's why we may head out that way. Thanks for all the great suggestions. Please keep them coming.

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              1. re: kasw

                I don't know too much about this area, but 376/22 would be the quickest. Route 51 is a terrible road, lots of lights and traffic.

                If you took Route 30, you could stop at DeLallo's Italian Market in Jeanette along the way. They have a good deli, bread and prepared food, as well as their other products available in most Pittsburgh grocery stores:
                Looks like there are some farmers markets on Saturday in Westmoreland County as well:

                The nearby town of Ligonier is very pretty and will probably have good places but don't have any personal recommends.

              2. I make that trip frequently, and try to avoid the highway. I'd recommend taking 22 to Delmont, then 66 south, which takes you to 30, and that goes into Ligonier.

                There are a number of restaurants on 30 although none come to mind as standing out. Ligonier has a few good places. One very quirky place is Joe's Bar, which practically has a animal museum in the back! It might not be your thing, but I never miss it.


                1. Some feedback and need more guidance. 2 weeks ago - went to South Park Clubhouse on Saturday for a quick wings and beer meal because I dawdled and didn't get to the house until 8 or so. Sunday, I found a breakfast/family place via trip advisor that sounded great then found out it had closed but been replace by another and then when we went there it was another place. I think it's called Kristy's but don't quote me on it. It was crowded so we stayed and had a wonderful breakfast. Made the round trip to Latrobe and back and then went to Armstrongs for dinner. That was great and the leftovers fed my husband for a couple of meals. Dor-Stop was our breakfast on Monday. Meh. Pancakes were super heavy - I was only able to eat 3/4 of one although Jim's eggs, bacon, hashbrowns, and toast was quite good. The place is cute and the coffee was good.

                  Going back tomorrow and have planned pizza and salad - A'Pizza Badamo for a slice and 1/2 meatball sandwich and then a pizza from Slice on Broadway. Hopefully, they will reheat well. Sunday we'll be checking out The Strip and hopefully going to Waffle Incaffeinated beforehand if it's not too long of a wait. (Thank you Burghfeeder - you have a great food blog). Thinking about the Original Oyster House or the Church Brew Works for dinner. Any other suggestions?

                  Again, thanks to all of you for your help.

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                  1. re: kasw

                    At the DorStop we tend to get egg dishes or French toast. Pamela's is the place for pancakes, but be advised it's more like a crepe. There is also a Pamela's in the Strip. Waffles Incaffinated is across the river from there, in the Southside. Not that far but just an FYI in case you thought it was nearby. It's a bridge (and maybe a tunnel) away.

                    There are lots of inexpensive food stands in the Strip, Lucy's bahn mi, Edgar's tacos, etc. The Pittsburgh Public Market has soup, Mexican, cheese and pasta. Plus there's popcorn, coffee, pastries, biscotti...Come hungry.

                    Never been a fan of the food or beer at Churchworks and haven't eaten at the Oyster House in this century so I can't advise. In Market Square I'd pick Wingharts. If I was in Lawrenceville, there are a bunch of places I'd go over Churchworks. However, none of them will be anything like Armstrongs or the South Park Clubhouse.

                  2. I forgot to mention Harry's which serves great pizza, salads, and drinks. It's a nice informal, sit down place. It's next to Panera's in a little shopping center, south of Bethel on rt. 19.


                    1. Again, thanks much for the recommendations. Last week we got carry out at A'Pizza Badamo for a slice of pizza and 1/2 meatball sub and Slice on Broadway (both delicious) and made a salad at home to accompany. Sunday breakfast was Waffles Incaffeinated (very good and excellent coffee)and takeout ribs and mac and cheese from Pittsburgh Barbecue Company. We also checked out The Strip and stopped for a beer at the Church Brew Works. What a neat place! Didn't eat there, but we enjoyed our 2 beers and marveled at the place. Monday morning breakfast was at Pamela's in Mt. Lebanon before I headed back to Cleveland and Jim went off to work. That was an amazingly good breakfast but I wish they had better coffee.

                      Thanks again for all the help.