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Weekend in Pittsburgh with 3 year old: suggestions?

Info on good coffee in Pittsburgh:

I haven't tried them all but love La Prima, Expresso a Mano, 21st St and Marty's. Missing from the list is Coffee Tree Roasters.

If you're going to Primantis, the original in the Strip is the best in terms of the real atmosphere. The rest are like a typical suburban chain IMHO.

The Strip is a must if you're into food.

For walking around neighborhoods...Shadyside, Squirrel Hill, Lawrenceville. Also walk the river trails. If you follow the one along the North Shore by your hotel toward the point and Heinz Field, you'll be treated with a huge Mr. Roger's statue. There is also a Fred Roger's exhibit at the Heinz History Center right now.

Children's Museum is great for a 3 year old.

I'd do Costco and the Grove City outlets on my way into or out of town. FYI there is a "chain" Primanti's at the outlets.

Mar 16, 2015
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In Pittsburgh For a Few Days

Agree to skip Mineos, love Dish. Stagioni's in the South Side is also good Italian.

Jame Beard finalists were just announced, including Bar Marco in the Strip which also had fabulous brunches, for Rising Star. The Big Burrito Restaurant group which includes Kaya, Eleven, Casbah and Soba/Uni is also nominated. Finally, Butcher & the Rye (sister restaurant of Meat & Potatoes) for cocktail program and Justin Servino of Cure for best chef, Mid Atlantic.

Chowrin, where are the Korean and Chinese bakeries?

Mar 03, 2015
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Weekend in Pittsburgh

Altius (new) in Mt. Washington has been getting positive reviews and has a great view. For Pittsburghers, it's in the old Georgetown Inn location, but you would never recognize the place. I can't speak for the food b/c we only had drinks but have heard good things. Same chef as Bistro 19 in Mt. Lebanon which we like (good, not great.)

Justin Servino of Cure was just nominated for Best Chef Mid Atlantic by the James Beard foundation. Others in the 'Burgh recognized include Bar Marco for Rising Star (great brunch, too!), Butcher and Rye for Cocktail Program and the Big Burrito Restaurants (includes Soba/Umi and Mad Mex mentioned by others but also Casbah, Kaya and Eleven.)

You may have trouble getting reservations at some of these at this late date. Good luck and enjoy your visit.

Feb 27, 2015
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Cranberry Twp PA dining recommendations

Yes, Aladdin's is a full service restaurant. I think they just have beer and wine, though. FYI, it actually is a chain, but regional. There are several around Pittsburgh.

Dec 03, 2014
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Lawrenceville part of Pgh - need place for large group for lunch day after Thanksgiving

Industry Public House would be able to accommodate a large group. Great food, large beer selection and fun cocktails.


Oct 27, 2014
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Pittsburgh/Bethel Park area

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.

Oct 10, 2014
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Pittsburgh/Bethel Park area

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.

Sep 26, 2014
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anyone been to jade grille? pittsburgh

We ate there a few weeks ago but I can't comment on authenticity as I'm no expert. They did not have the "traditional" Chinese American dishes on the menu, which seemed to indicate they are going for a different crowd than the Sesame Inn. We enjoyed our food, and especially like that they are using sustainable and ethical ingredients. Please try it and report back!

Sep 21, 2014
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Pittsburgh - restaurant/higher end bar/pub that can accommodate 150 people!

I think you're going to have a tough time finding a bar or restaurant that can accommodate a party of your size, especially on a weekend. The best bar/restaurants are on the small side to begin with, so they would have to agree to close for the event. Or maybe can't even accommodate that many to begin with.

We had a work event at PNC Park that was awesome, except for the food, which was just OK. Pretty sure they are open year round for private parties. Amazing views.

Engine House 25 in Lawrenceville is another place I've been to for an event. It's a restored firehouse with a photography studio, wine cellar and Roberto Clemente Museum. You'd have to arrange catering here and parking is an issue but it's very cool.

The Heinz History Center does events, too. I think they have in house catering.

Sep 14, 2014
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Pittsburgh/Bethel Park area

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.

Sep 07, 2014
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Pittsburgh/Bethel Park area

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.

Sep 04, 2014
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need help in Pittsburgh !

Agree with these and would add Meat & Potatoes (brunch or dinner), Grit & Grace (dinner) and Bar Marco (brunch).

No NYC branches in the Burgh and most CHers won't recommend chains. Our local food scene is small but mighty!

Jul 24, 2014
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Pittsburgh Bound

The Warhol is great and currently has a Halston exhibit I can't wait to see. There was a brief write-up in the NYTimes about the opening.

If you make it to Pittsburgh on Friday, they are open til 10:00 PM and have 1/2 price admission (yes, even on 7/4) and a cash bar in the lobby.

Jul 02, 2014
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Pittsburgh Bound

Besides Primantis (which I agree is a great place especially in the original location at 18th St in the Strip District) I will second Luke Wholey's and add Bar Marco (great for brunch, drinks or dinner.) We've never been to Enrico's but have heard great things.

M & P and their sister restaurant Butcher &the Rye are great, but not uniquely Pittsburgh. More like the Breslin or Little Owl in NYC.

Pittsburgh is known for their burgers and Wingharts is one of our favorites. The Market Square location (downtown walkable from the Strip) is a little divey but very good, fun whiskey selection too.

Unlike Burghfeeder, I would not recommend any of the Mt. Washington restaurants near the top of the Duquesne Incline. The Shiloh Grill, near the top of the Mon Incline has good bar food, however. Either one has awesome views.

Jul 01, 2014
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Trip to Pittsburgh: Where to eat?

The Strip is a must do...it's like the Reading Terminal and Italian Markets but with more ethnic choices (and no Amish...) Try Bar Marco if you like craft cocktails, or for brunch if you're here on the weekend.

Downtown we like Meat & Potatoes and Butcher & the Rye (same owners, would do just one.) Grit & Grace is similar small plates but with a more Asian twist. Il Pizziaolo is good, didn't care for Sienna. I love Wingharts burgers but it's a true dive (in a good way!)

Lawrenceville is great, too. Love Cure and Tamari. Piccolo Formo is popular but I like Il Pizz just as much and it's NOT a BYOB.

Lots more choices in the East End, Spoon, Dinette, BRGR...and Southside, Dish, Stagonis and a new fave, the Chip Shop next to Pipers Pub.

Good luck choosing!

Apr 17, 2014
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One Night In Pittsburgh

You might also try Grit & Grace, especially if you like a bit of Asian fusion. Its new, downtown and otherwise similar to Meat & Potatoes with the vibe, small plates, cocktails, etc.

Apr 02, 2014
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One Night In Pittsburgh

If you are thinking here....try to get a reservation ASAP. Its probably the hottest table in town right now. If you can't get in there, Meat & Potatoes is similar (same owners) and not as hot as its been around longer.

Mar 11, 2014
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One Night In Pittsburgh

Yes but there is a desolate 2 blocks to get there. It's a little fancier than my other recs as well. RE the post about the William Penn- I suggested it because you asked for 'neat.' There are other, better situated hotels downtown but the WP is a very cool place.

Mar 10, 2014
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One Night In Pittsburgh

Since you don't mention budget, I'll suggest the Omni William Penn, a lovely historic hotel right downtown. You can have a great cocktail in Speakeasy downstairs (it was one, back in the day.) then walk over to Market Square or the Cultural District. Try Meat & Potatoes, Butcher & the Rye, Grit &Grace, Il Pizziaolo, Wingharts, Nine On Nine or Habitat. Lots of choice and range.

Mar 09, 2014
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St. Barth / St. Bart's Best Restaurants Right Now

Although small, St Barth has over 80 restaurants, so your biggest problem will be which ones with only 4 days. If you are planning to cook in, there is a fish market in the early AM in Gustavia and a great butcher in St Jean.

La Gaiac is great, we have had several lovely dinners there but are doing Sunday brunch instead this trip...in a few weeks...YEA!

Right now the place getting the most accolades is L'Esprit Saline. It's a little out if the way for dinner but also serves lunch and is near Saline beach.

Maya's is an island institution, serving simply and freshly prepared ingredients. Google it for the back story, dinner only.

Other well-loved places include Wall House, Santa Fe and (if you feel like Italian on a French island) Isola. The first two do lunch and dinner with great views of the quay and Gouverneur beach respectively. Isola is dinner only.

Hope this helps. Let me know if you want more specifics.

Visited Pittsburgh for a weekend - trip report

Thanks for the report! We are relatively new to Pittsburgh and I like to hear about other's experiences, especially those that come from other urban areas. I have found Pittsburgh's Asian ethnic to be somewhat unremarkable, but have never tried Tram's (or the Golden Pig, which is supposed to be awesome Korean but is in the middle of nowhere.).

Your third wave coffee place in the Strip is 21st St Coffee on Smallman, not far from Kaya (which I also agree is unremarkable.)

The East End stand at the Market is great, the usual bartender is great fun and all beers are $1 which encourages tasting :-). Not a fan of Churchworks beer but the space is pretty cool. Our favorite local breweries are Helltown, East End and Full Pint.

Too bad you missed Yo Rita, it's one of our favorites. So you'll have to come back. BTW, we LOVED Toronto, haven't been for a while and need to get back. It's a beautiful city!

Jan 05, 2014
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Bethel Parkk?

Second Someone Else's Bar, especially over Cain's. Fun menu, candy on the tables, great sandwiches.

You are close to Mt Lebanon, especially at the Ice Castle, which has one of the best pizza places in Pittsburgh- Il Pizziaolo. More upscale and expensive but great food.

Nov 03, 2013
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Pittsburgh Where to find Duck, Capon, and really good meat?

The Crested Duck in Beechview (store and kitchen) and at the Pittsburgh Public Market in the Strip has duck, goose, lamb, elk and many other meats. They also make their own charcuterie.

The Farmers at Firehouse Market has several meat purveyors selling chicken, beef, pork and lamb. Often frozen but still fresh from the farm. The vendors vary by week so your best bet is to get on the email list. The market will run until November 23 on Saturdays next to Bar Marco in the Strip.

Oct 17, 2013
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Saturday night in Pittsburgh

Wow, that place looks great! Thanks for sharing, guaranteed we'll check it out soon.

Jul 26, 2013
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Saturday night in Pittsburgh

Pipers has a great craft beer selection. For cocktails, I would again recommend Meat and Potatoes or, if on a weekend, the speakeasy in the William Penn Hotel. Neither are on the Southside though.

I have never been to Truth, in the old Cafe Allegro location, but they have some craft cocktails and lots of scotch...if you can get past the "martini" list...It's about 5 blocks from Dish.

Jul 26, 2013
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First Time Visitor - Specific Questions

Thanks Bacchus, its nice to be quoted :-)

We are still exploring the food scene in Pittsburgh. Great advice from Panini Guy. The strip is your place for food, foodie and food gift shopping. Its quieter on Sundays but you could probably find good take out there for tailgating, too. I've been wanting to try Thin Man sandwiches on Smallman. Or get a huge breakfast at Pamela's or DeLucas and skip lunch!

Our liquor situation in PA is screwed up for sure. You may be able to get take out beers at Sharp Edge on Penn. Their selection is amazing. If you are serious about whiskey you may not like Wigle but its a cool local product. Love the label. Their ginever is fun to try.

Another place we've tried twice and liked is Union Pig and Chicken ( same owner as Salt of the Earth and Station St.). The bar upstairs has a cool view of the church next a door. The BBQ pork and cocktails were very good.

Also there is a Nicky'sThai downtown now, as well on the North Side.

I can't help with happy hours...at our age, we just drink when we're dry...

Regarding other sites for info...Pittsburgh City Paper seems to be a reliable source. Also google Pittsburgh best restaurants to get to P Magazines 2013l list.

We have been relying on Chowhound for years for food recs everywhere we travel. For the most part, its the best place for people serious about food.

Jul 09, 2013
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What will it take for Pittsburgh to get some respect in the food world?

I'm curious, where have you eaten in Pittsburgh to date? I agree that all recommendations are subjective (hey, some people don't care for EMP or think the food is over at Zahav...) and am interested in your opinions of the Pittsburgh restaurants you have tried.

I am in no way suggesting that Pittsburgh has places like Le Bernadin, Atelier Crenn or French Laundry. However, there are certainly places on a par with the Modern, Zuni Cafe and Brix (without the gardens LOL!) Few people can eat regularly, if at all, at places like those listed prior. If those places are "great" then "good" food is a pretty high compliment IMHO.

Jul 03, 2013
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What will it take for Pittsburgh to get some respect in the food world?

I am wondering if your problem has to do more with who you know in the city and what their experiences are. We moved to Pittsburgh last year and most of my co-workers are very interested in the food scene. Restaurant recommendations, feedback and comments are very much a part of the culture.
So far we have tried and enjoyed:
Root 174
Meat and Potatoes
Salt of the Earth
Alla Famiglia

All of these places are doing good food. Many have the kind of creative, farm to table, innovative cooking we have experienced in NYC and Philly, which we frequently visited before moving, and San Francisco and Sonoma, where we were last week.

We have not tried, but heard good things about:
Avenue B
Wild Rosemary

I believe any of these are worthy of a business dinner and have received plenty of local press so I don't know why your hosts are not aware of them. They are also located all over the city (perhaps one of the problems with Pittsburgh's alleged reputation for not having good food is that it is not all in one place and not downtown...) At least a few of these must be near where your hosts live.

Jul 02, 2013
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Saturday night in Pittsburgh

Meat and Potatoes is one of our favorite restaurants in Pittsburgh and is also downtown.

Jul 02, 2013
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Lord forgive me for this post.....and thanks for those who choose to help. Pittsburgh.

The best places in Pittsburgh are unfortunately NOT in the South Hills. However, Mt Lebanon is very close to Bethel Park and has a great pizza place, Il Pizzaiolo. Wood fired oven imported from Italy, good apps, some other dishes but the pizza is the focus. Plus Mt Lebanon is a nice little town for walking around.

There are also a number of good places in Harrisburg, including Bricco and Mangia Qui. This board has lots of central PA posts, you might want do a search.

You may want to repost you Philly questions on their board, which is separate from the rest of PA.

Jun 26, 2013
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