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The 38 Essential Pittsburgh Restaurants

Where to find Polish egg noodles, “In-N-Aht” burgers, and Obama’s go-to breakfast in the Burgh

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Pittsburgh has come a long way from its industrial roots. In the past five years or so, the City of Bridges has traded steel for soulful cuisine and creative libations, with industry leaders like Richard DeShantz and Wei Zhu earning national recognition and the city as a whole regularly topping lists of the best American food cities. Communities like Lawrenceville, East End, and Squirrel Hill have seen restaurant opening after opening, while the pierogi shops and red sauce restaurants of Pittsburgh’s Eastern European and Italian communities share space with Latin eateries like Market Square’s Las Velas, James Beard contenders like Chengdu Gourmet, and street food like Cilantro & Ajo.

In 2020, COVID-19 turned the world upside down, and the Burgh’s food and beverage industry along with it. The pandemic closed a number of great restaurants permanently, including Spoon, Zorba’s, and even the Carlton Restaurant (after 37 years in business). But many were able to weather the storm with creative pivots, strong customer loyalty, and industry support initiatives like Pittsburgh Virtual Tip Jar and Allegheny Eats. Las Velas started offering family-sized “Pandemic Packs” of fajitas, tacos, and burritos; Driftwood Oven moonlighted as a bakery on the weekends to make up for lost pizza revenue; and the Warren bottled up their beverages for consumers to enjoy at home, and served free to-go meals to furloughed service industry employees. After going dark in 2020, even Pittsburgh’s annual food and drink festivals, like Picklesburgh, Pierogi Festival, and Barrel & Flow Fest (formerly Fresh Fest), have reemerged this year.

These days diners are heading back out to their favorite eateries, and trying out new restaurants and bars to make up for lost time. Whether you’re rediscovering local favorites or stopping by the Steel City for a weekend, the city’s must-try restaurants will be glad to have you.

Note: The inclusion of restaurants offering dine-in service should not be taken as an endorsement for dining inside. Studies indicate a lower exposure risk to COVID-19 outdoors, but the level of risk is contingent on social distancing and other safety guidelines. Check with each restaurant for up-to-date information on dining offerings. For updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the Allegheny County Health Department.

Pittsburgh native Briana “Bree” White is an avid traveler and best friends with a 20-pound fox terrier named Murphy. She is also the founder of the blog Breelicious Bites, where she chronicles her journey all over the city of black and gold to taste what local eateries have to offer and share her thoughts about everything from the magnificent to the mundane.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Al an’ Rubens Bar and Grill

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2390 Jefferson Ave
Washington, PA 15301
(724) 223-1038
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Located in Washington, Pennsylvania, about 40 minutes outside of Pittsburgh, Al an’ Rubens is worth the drive. Chef Al Collins, who co-owns the restaurant with his wife Leesa, turns out award-winning Italian comfort food with soulful twists, like the game-changing mozzarella in carrozza: a mozzarella sandwich that’s breaded, deep-fried, and topped with Parmesan cream sauce. Combined with a variety of pasta dishes, house-made sausages, and other classics, this is a great place for family dinners and date nights. You’ll have plenty of time to digest dinner as you choose from the day’s rotation of more 260 different cheesecake flavors.

2. Love Rocks Cafe

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420 Chartiers Ave
McKees Rocks, PA 15136
(412) 331-1685
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Jackie Page wears a lot of hats. She’s the food coordinator for nonprofit Buy Fresh Buy Local/Farm to Table and the VIP chef for Barrel & Flow Fest 2021, a festival focused on increasing diversity in craft brewing. But Page has energy to spare for her own restaurant, Love Rocks Cafe. Located in the Father Ryan Arts Center in McKees Rocks, just minutes from downtown, it’s the perfect place to grab lunch, with options like burgers, shrimp and grits, and salmon salad. Nothing on the menu exceeds $15.

A curved plate of grits topped with shrimp, roasted vegetables, a fried egg, and a dusting of herbs
Shrimp and grits.
Love Rocks Cafe

3. Better-Maid Donut Co

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1178 Steuben St
Pittsburgh, PA 15220
(412) 921-9526
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You’ll need to be an early riser to get a hold of the doughnuts at Better-Maid, especially the doughnut holes, which are usually the first to go. The line starts forming as soon as the door opens, at 6 a.m. during the week (7 a.m. on weekends), and the shop closes when they sell out, sometimes within two hours. Beyond doughnut holes, the Boston cream, glazed, and cake doughnuts and cinnamon rolls are among the favorites that owner Ken Smith makes on a daily basis.

4. Beto's Pizza

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1473 Banksville Rd
Pittsburgh, PA 15216
(412) 561-0121
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Opened in 1953, Beto’s is Pittsburgh’s oldest pizzeria, but it keeps customers coming back and newbies pushing through the doors with its unique twist on toppings. Once the pizza crust, sauce, and first layer of cheese is piping hot, it’s removed from the oven and topped with cold provolone cheese and your choice of toppings, creating a surprisingly delightful contrast of temperatures and textures. Don’t expect a whole pie, though; Beto’s only sells pizza by the cut.

5. Monterey Bay Fish Grotto

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1411 Grandview Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15211
(412) 481-4414
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The stunning view of Pittsburgh’s skyline from Monterey Bay is unmatched, as are the fresh seafood, top cuts of beef, delectable sides like truffle frites, and the MB Mac n’ Cheese, which comes loaded with snow crab and Mexican paradise shrimp. Paired with soft music, dim lights, and scenic views of the three rivers, the Fish Grotto makes for a wonderful place to celebrate birthdays, promotions, and any other special occasion.

A char fillet, topped with chopped tomato and herbs, surrounded on a plate by a drizzle of balsamic glaze
Arctic char.
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6. The Summit

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200 Shiloh St
Pittsburgh, PA 15211
(412) 918-1647
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Mount Washington isn’t just a great place to get a good view of Pittsburgh’s skyline. It’s also home to the Summit, a cozy bar with elevated cocktails and pub grub. After a long day, grab a drink, play some board games, snack on some popcorn, and enjoy the wide variety of tunes on the playlist. All the social activities and relaxing vibes make the Summit perfect for meeting up with friends or a first date you’re nervous about.

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The Wild Hare, featuring carrot-infused rum.
The Sophisticated Sipper

7. Grand Concourse

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100 W Station Square Dr
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
(412) 261-1717
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Housed inside the beautifully preserved Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad Station, Grand Concourse sets the standard for elegant brunch, with a menu that spans from sweet treats to savory lunches. Omelet and carving stations, as well as fresh doughnuts, make for an experience you won’t forget.

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The grand main dining room
Grand Concourse

8. Ephesus Pizza

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219 Fourth Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 552-9020
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Pittsburghers love their pizza, and there’s always a debate about who has the best. A strong contender is Ephesus, which takes pizza to a whole new level by incorporating staple Mediterranean ingredients on their pies. Get a gourmet pizza with lamb kebabs, Moroccan chicken and dates, or Turkish pepperoni (or opt for something more traditional if you’re feeling less adventurous). Ephesus also serves Mediterranean appetizers like baba ghanoush, grape leaves, and falafel, as well as gyros and wings.

Two pizzas in cardboard boxes, each topped with vegetables and several large skewers of grilled steak
Kebab-topped pizza.
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9. Las Velas

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21 Market Square
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 251-0031
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Las Velas can be hard to find, sitting above Bank of America in Market Square, but you’ll never forget how to come back. Their quesadillas, filled with Mexican cheeses and your choice of protein, are packed with flavor, especially the combo of chicken and shrimp. Breaded tilapia shines in the tacos, served with shredded cabbage, pico de gallo, and creamy chipotle sauce, while an order of black beans and elote completes any meal. Wash it all down with one of their frozen margaritas and you’ll be set for the evening.

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Fish tacos at Las Velas.
Las Velas

10. Con Alma

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613 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 932-2387
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Follow the sounds of music to Con Alma (translation: with soul), the restaurant and bar bringing jazz back to Pittsburgh’s historic Cultural District. There you’ll find co-owner and executive chef Josh Ross serving up Latin-inspired dishes like albacore xnipec with tortilla chips, bacalaitos, and lechon asado (as well as global dishes like dan dan mian and Korean fried chicken). Recently named one of the best bars in America by Esquire, the cocktail program, led by bar manager Hannah McKee, isn’t too shabby either. Meanwhile, the live jazz program curated by co-owner John Shannon has featured Pittsburgh legends like Roger Humphries and the RH Factor. All these elements make Con Alma a must-visit.

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Inside Con Alma.
Con Alma

11. The Warren Bar & Burrow

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245 7th St
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 201-5888
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The Warren offers a casual environment with handcrafted cocktails alongside shared plates, bowls, and sandwiches that lean pan-Asian. Cocktail enthusiast Spencer Warren, who previously opened Embury in the Strip District’s Firehouse Lounge, landed this gem in the heart of the cultural district in 2018. Patrons have flocked to the bar ever since for speakeasy vibes, made-to-order sushi, and Penn Cove Bottle Shop, the restaurant’s outlet for wine and beer next door.

From above, a bowl of crab dip on a plate beside wanton chips, all sitting on a wood-slat outdoor table
Crab rangoon dip.
The Warren Bar & Burrow

12. Huszár

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627 E North Ave #4844
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
(412) 322-8795
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Judy Torma founded Huszár to honor her parents, who immigrated to the U.S. after the Hungarian Revolution, and to bring Hungarian food and culture to Pittsburgh. Serving staples like goulash, chicken paprikas (stewed chicken in sour cream paprika sauce served over dumplings), and langos (crispy fried bread), the charming restaurant will have you plotting a trip to Hungary. Stop by for the annual bacon roast, a Hungarian fireside tradition that swaps the chocolate, marshmallows, and graham crackers of American s’mores for pork belly, chopped onions and peppers, and bread.

Chicken cuts in heavy sauce on a plate with small twisted dumplings and sliced vegetables
Chicken paprikas.
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13. Bridges & Bourbon

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930 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 586-4287
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Located in the heart of the cultural district, Bridges & Bourbon offers innovative, modern cocktails before or after a show at the Benedum Theater, for a girls’ night out, or any time you’ve got a special someone you want to impress. Try the Fan the Flame, Suntory Toki Japanese whisky, port, Byrrh Grand Quinquina, honey, apple blossom, and Angostura bitters, served with a souvenir hand fan. Or go for the Black Canary, which includes gin, blackberries, cherry blossom water, honey, lime, grapefruit, and a float of prosecco, served in a bird-shaped glass.

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The Fan the Flame cocktail.
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14. ATU Food Truck

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(412) 475-1294
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Former NFL player and current personal trainer Chris “Steel” Edmonds operates the Athletic Trauma Unit, a mobile gym that removes financial barriers to health and fitness by providing free services. The truck also serves food that keeps to the motto “a healthy food choice without sacrificing taste.” Options include black bean, turkey, and salmon burgers, which can also be made into salads. Whether you get your sweat on with Steel or need to fuel up before your own adventure, you can find a great meal at ATU.

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The ATU Food Truck.
ATU Food Truck

15. Cilantro & Ajo

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901 E Carson St
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
(412) 432-5708
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Venezuelan street food has made its way to the Burgh courtesy of Marlyn Parra and Anthony Goncalves, a couple who left their home country to find a better life in the U.S. Their menu includes traditional dishes like handcrafted arepas, empanadas, and cachapas, alongside more contemporary options like the pabellon bowl: rice, black beans, sweet plantains, queso fresco, and avocado, outfitted with your choice of meat, shrimp, or egg. Most menu items are gluten-free, and (outside of the platters) all the dishes are under $10.

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Empanadas.
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16. Z-Best Barbeque Chicken & Ribs

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1315 Fifth Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
(412) 235-7163
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Owned and operated by Darwin Copeland and his family, Z-Best in the historic Hill District serves up ribs, grilled chicken, and pork and beef brisket, all elevated by signature barbecue sauces. Among the down-home sides, fan favorites include the four-cheese mac and cheese, sweet potatoes, and potato salad based on a secret recipe handed down by Copeland’s mother. If your family isn’t as culinarily inclined, check them out to cater your next gathering.

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Ribs and sides.
Z-Best Barbeque Chicken & Ribs

17. Peppi’s

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1721 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 562-0125
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Since 1983, Peppi’s Old Tyme Sandwich Shoppe has been a staple in the Burgh for steak, chicken, and Italian subs, as well as Pittsburgh-style salad, typically topped with french fries instead of croutons. The version at Peppi’s, labeled the “now famous” steak salad on the menu, is a classic of the form, loaded with juicy steak, fresh-cut fries, and shredded provolone.

18. Pamela's Diner

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60 21st St
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 281-6366
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Breakfast is still the most important meal of the day, at least if you ask anyone eating at Pamela’s. There are six locations around the city, ensuring you’re never far from a mid-morning meal, but if you’ve got your choice, head for the popular Strip District location. That’s where President Obama went when he visited town in 2008 (before flying the owners to the White House to cook breakfast). If you’re recovering from a night of partying, be sure to get the Morning After, a plate of eggs, breakfast meat, and the famous crepe-style hotcakes. Add a serving of their Lyonnaise potatoes to complete your meal.

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Breakfast at Pamela’s.
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19. S&D Polish Deli

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2204 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 281-2906
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You can’t talk about Pittsburgh without mentioning pierogies. This bare-bones market offers fresh meats, sausages, and pastries, alongside pierogies stuffed with fresh fillings like sauerkraut and mushroom, or spinach and sweet farmer cheese. S&D also serves some of the city’s best haluszki, a Pittsburgh favorite of soft egg noodles served with sweet cabbage, onions, and butter.

A plate of egg noodles topped with grilled onions, beside a handful of piergoies and a sauce-covered piece of meat, on a cafeteria tray
Haluszki with pierogies.
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20. Lucy’s Banh Mi

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2216 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

If you’ve ever taken a stroll through the Strip District, you’ve seen Lucy Nguyen serving up fresh sandwiches at her stand on Penn Avenue. Her banh mi is filled with your choice of marinated grilled chicken or pork, and topped with fresh cucumbers, pickled carrots, cauliflower, red onions, peppers, and sauce. At only $8 a sandwich, it’s an affordable win.

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Lucy Nguyen.
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21. Carmi Soul Food Restaurant

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1825 E Carson St
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
(412) 231-0100
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Owners Carleen and Mike King know that their Southern comfort food keeps the customers coming back to Carmi on Carson Street. Classic combinations such as chicken and waffles and shrimp and grits never go out of style, but diners can also get ribs, meatloaf, and fish stew. The bustling Southside location is an exciting experience during the lunchtime rush, but if time isn’t on your side, visit their express location on the Northside.

A bowl of grits topped with several large shrimp, bacon bits, cheese, and herbs
Shrimp and grits.
Carmi Soul Food Restaurant

22. Art's Tavern

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2852 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 201-1169

Art’s has been around for generations. It’s kind of like the Cheers of Pittsburgh, except with decent mixed drinks and fried chicken. Regulars go to the bar every week to relax over stiff drinks for less than $5, but even occasional visitors should expect the bartenders to recall names and go-to orders. Go for happy hour before it gets too crowded.

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Outside Art’s Tavern.
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23. Salem Halal Market & Grill

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2923 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
(412) 235-7828
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Since 1983, Salem’s has been the go-to market for halal meats like goat, lamb, and chicken. While the grocery side of the operation remains popular for international specialty items, Salem’s has since expanded with an attached sit-down restaurant, where you can try dishes like biryani, kebabs, and the popular lamb chops, blasted with a signature blend of spices.

Several lamb chops on a plate, the bones sticking up into a sort of tent, with a mound of couscous in the center and vegetables around the periphery.
Lamp chops from Salem Grill.
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24. Thai Me Up

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118 S 23rd St
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
(412) 488-8893
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This quaint BYOB is one of the best Thai places in the city. You can’t go wrong starting your meal with the crab Rangoon or wonton fish tacos topped with grilled tilapia, vegetable fixings, Sriracha, and house sauce. If you like spice, try the spicy stir-fried basil noodles, or keep it mild with the pineapple fried rice. Look out for the return of the restaurant’s cooking classes, which (pre-COVID) taught patrons how to make signature dishes at home.

A server holds out a bowl of soup, topped with a pile of mung bean noodles, large cooked shrimp, bean sprouts, ground chile flakes, and a lime wedge
The Thai Me Up Noodles.
Thai Me Up

25. Pittsburgh Sandwich Society Food Truck

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501E Ohio St
Pittsburgh, PA 15209
(412) 709-1856
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The burgers are juicy, the chicken is crispy, and the pork is tender at this sandwich-focused food truck, which roves around Aspinwall, the Strip District, and Downtown. You can’t go wrong on the menu, but look for favorites like the Nashville-style PGH hot chicken sandwich and “In-N-Aht” double smash burgers. Follow the truck on social media to see where it’ll park next, or find the brick-and-mortar location inside Strange Roots Millvale Taproom.

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PGH hot chicken sandwich.
Pittsburgh Sandwich Society Food Truck

26. Poulet Bleu

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3517 Butler St
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
(412) 325-3435
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Restaurateur Richard DeShantz owns a few restaurants around Pittsburgh, including this French-inspired bistro. Since 2018, Poulet Bleu has provided delicious escargot and nicoise salads to diners without the costly plane ticket. Go for the filet mignon, served with your choice of bearnaise, Bordelaise, pepper sauce, or house sauce. If the fries on the side aren’t enough, complement your meal with fondue-like aligot, a blend of cheese and mashed potatoes that’s as satisfying as it sounds. If you somehow save room for dessert, be sure to try the fluffy, light chocolate mousse.

From above, a bright plate with a large hunk of steak beneath a pool of sauce and a pile of thin-cut French fries
Steak frites.
Poulet Bleu

27. Back To The Foodture

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2767 E Carson St
Pittsburgh, PA 15203

Husband and wife duo Eddie Barnz and Angel Randolph take customers back in time with their nostalgic restaurant. The space is decorated with vintage toys and memorabilia, while the menu takes inspiration from pop culture. Among the hotdogs named for characters, try the Brian Griffin with pepper jack and cheddar cheeses, fried onions, bacon, and Carolina sauce. Or try the Scooby, a dog with cheese and gravy. There are also more than 100 flavors of wings, as well as burgers (some with doughnuts for buns). If you are feeling adventurous, get the Challenge Burger: four patties, eight eggs, eight pieces of bacon, tomato, lettuce, mushrooms, onion, onion rings, and pickles. Finish it within 30 minutes to earn a spot on their wall and $10 off your next meal.

Pieces of fried chicken covered in bright bits of Fruity Pebbles cereal in a checkerboard paper-lined basket
Fruity Pebbles-dusted fried chicken.
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28. Driftwood Oven

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3615 Butler St
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
(412) 251-0253
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Driftwood’s executive chef-owner Neil Blazin prides himself on ethically sourcing ingredients for his pizzeria. The sourdough in the crust is made with 100 percent organic whole grains. The fresh meats for toppings come from local Goodness Grows Farm, and the mozzarella, ricotta, and provolone are from 100 percent grass-fed cattle at Caputo Brothers Creamery. All these ingredients make for amazing pies, sliced into Roman square cuts or classic triangles. Try one of the house pies like the bianca or pepperoni, or opt for a specialty topping combo like peach and corn.

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A full spread from Driftwood Oven.
Driftwood Oven

29. Walter's Southern Kitchen

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4501 Butler St
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
(412) 683-7474
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The brainchild of owners Joel Bolden and Chris Morgan, who each have over 20 years of culinary experience, Walter’s offers traditional Texas barbecue in an idyllic outdoor setting; the backyard space is dog-friendly, features a large garden, and is set with picnic tables for community dining. All items on the menu are made in-house, including the brisket and pulled pork smoked the night before (so when it’s gone, it’s gone). Get started with the smoked wings or candied bacon before moving on to tender meats and delectable sides like collard greens and potato salad. The Sunday brunch menu includes items like biscuits and gravy, and homefries. 

Classic Frito pie, served on a ripped open bag of Fritos placed in a paper boat, topped with cheese, ground meat, sour cream, and chopped herbs
Frito pie at Walters.
Walter’s Southern Kitchen

30. Page Dairy Mart

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4112 E Carson St
Pittsburgh, PA 15210
(412) 431-0600
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You’ll scream for this ice cream — or at least you’ll scream when you see how long the line can get. Open since 1951, Page’s has the best soft serve in the Burgh. Stop down for their signature South Side, your choice of milkshake flavor with sundae toppings, or an Arctic Swirl (the shop’s McFlurry-like candy-filled shake) featuring cookies from local bakery Nancy B. Catch them between March and October every year.

From above, a plastic cup of milkshake topped with whipped cream, chunks of chocolate chip cookies, and chocolate syrup, on a wooden tabletop covered in cookie crumbs
Nancy B Arctic Swirl.
Page Dairy Mart

31. Prantl's Bakery

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5525 Walnut St
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
(412) 621-2092
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Prantl’s is home to the best cake in America, according to HuffPost and almost anyone that’s tried the famous, melt-in-your-mouth burnt almond torte. The custard-filled square cake is topped with a light buttercream and candied toasted almonds. Although there’s nothing like walking in and getting a whiff of the cakes in the oven, Prantl’s delivers nationwide too.

A cake covered in sliced almonds, with one square piece cut from the corner to reveal the light creamy inside, all resting on a butcher block
Burnt almond torte.
Prantl’s Bakery

32. African Eats Cuisine

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2032 Murray Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
(412) 307-0294
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Saudat Lawal and her husband Luke Lawal wanted to bring the magic of West African cuisine to Pittsburgh. Saudat grew up working in her family’s restaurant in Nigeria and opened Pittsburgh’s first Nigerian restaurant in 2021 (while completing her doctoral degree in nursing during a global pandemic, no less). At African Cuisine, you can find the rich, nutty taste of egusi stew, Nigerian meat pies, and jollof rice, a staple dish made with long-grain rice, tomatoes, onions, spices, vegetables, and meat.

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Lyan (pounded yam) with eforiro (spinach stew).
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33. Chengdu Gourmet

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5840 Forward Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
(412) 521-2088
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Owner Wei Zhu is a James Beard Award semifinalist equally passionate about showcasing Chinese cuisine and adding his own special touches. The vast menu at Chengdu Gourmet reflects both interests, with traditional Chinese dishes and American-style Chinese dishes, as well as a section dedicated to new additions like silk tofu with crab egg and stir-fried frog. If you’re overwhelmed, try the double-cooked pork belly and tea-smoked duck, but any dish will deliver the comfort of a meal at your Chinese grandma’s house. Zhu already has a second location in the works.

A large piece of chicken sliced in a bowl of bright red oil topped with chopped herbs
A heaping dish at Chengdu Gourmet.
Chengdu Gourmet

34. Casa Brasil

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5904 Bryant St
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
(412) 404-7573
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In 2018, chef Keyla Nogueira Cook and her business partner Tim Guthrie (better known as DJ SMI) founded Casa Brasil as a pop-up restaurant, before moving into a brick-and-mortar location in Highland Park in 2019. Cook, a native of Sao Paulo, and has brought all the flavors of Brazil to Pittsburgh, including mandioca frita (yuca fries), moqueca de peixe (coconut milk codfish stew served with rice and farofa), and mousse de maracuja (passion fruit mousse). Be sure to grab Brazil’s national cocktail, the cachaca-based caipirinha, to wash everything down.

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A table full of deliciousness from Casa Brasil.
Casa Brasil

35. Nancy B's Bakery

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415 W 7th Ave
West Homestead, PA 15120
(412) 462-6222
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If you’ve never had a chocolate chip cookie so good that you dreamed about it, you’ve never visited Nancy B’s. The crunchy edges and gooey center make this Pittsburgh’s best chocolate chip cookie (especially if you’re lucky enough to get one right out of the oven), a claim to fame recognized in several local publications. This hidden gem is at the edge of the business district in Homestead, nestled on the bottom level of a commercial building. If you blink, you may miss it.

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A cookie worth dreaming about.
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36. Everyday Cafe

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532 N Homewood Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15208
(412) 727-2169
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In 2016, Bible Center Church opened this coffee shop in Homewood Avenue’s business district, becoming Pittsburgh’s first completely cashless coffeehouse. The cafe is more than just a place to score a good cup of joe, though. It’s also a community gathering and event space, with programs focused on education, employment, and entrepreneurship. The menu offers a variety of hot beverages, breakfast sandwiches, salads, soups, paninis, and desserts.

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Inside Everyday Cafe.
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37. Leona's Ice Cream

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774 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15221
(412) 709-5275
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When Katie Heldstab and Christa Puskarich received an ice cream maker as a wedding present, Heldstab began making lactose-free ice cream. The habit soon turned into a serious venture, which would become Leona’s. Heldstab attended an ice cream course at Penn State while Puskarich worked on launching the business. Currently available in more than 50 restaurants and shops in Pittsburgh and surrounding areas, Leona’s ice cream sandwiches can be enjoyed all year round. With winning flavor combinations like key lime ice cream on graham cookies, black sesame on salted tahini chocolate chunk, and coffee on snickerdoodle, there’s a sandwich for everyone to enjoy. They’ve also expanded into pints and affogato.

A variety of ice cream sandwiches, spaced geometrically on a wooden surface
Ice cream sandwiches from Leona’s.
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38. Coast and Main Seafood and Chophouse

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705 Mall Cir Dr
Monroeville, PA 15146
(412) 380-6022
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With a menu inspired by the Pacific Northwest, Coast & Main offers super fresh surf and premium cuts of turf. Don’t worry about filling up on the bread; the carb offerings are vast and each one is baked in-house to perfection. Although the restaurant has only been open for three years, the owners are veterans of the culinary world, having founded food competition and fundraiser Savor Pittsburgh, now celebrating its 15th year.

A large, bone-in beef cut on a plate with a pool of sauce, a handful of French fries, and herbs for garnish
Steak and fries.
Coast and Main Seafood and Chophouse

1. Al an’ Rubens Bar and Grill

2390 Jefferson Ave, Washington, PA 15301

Located in Washington, Pennsylvania, about 40 minutes outside of Pittsburgh, Al an’ Rubens is worth the drive. Chef Al Collins, who co-owns the restaurant with his wife Leesa, turns out award-winning Italian comfort food with soulful twists, like the game-changing mozzarella in carrozza: a mozzarella sandwich that’s breaded, deep-fried, and topped with Parmesan cream sauce. Combined with a variety of pasta dishes, house-made sausages, and other classics, this is a great place for family dinners and date nights. You’ll have plenty of time to digest dinner as you choose from the day’s rotation of more 260 different cheesecake flavors.

2390 Jefferson Ave
Washington, PA 15301

2. Love Rocks Cafe

420 Chartiers Ave, McKees Rocks, PA 15136
A curved plate of grits topped with shrimp, roasted vegetables, a fried egg, and a dusting of herbs
Shrimp and grits.
Love Rocks Cafe

Jackie Page wears a lot of hats. She’s the food coordinator for nonprofit Buy Fresh Buy Local/Farm to Table and the VIP chef for Barrel & Flow Fest 2021, a festival focused on increasing diversity in craft brewing. But Page has energy to spare for her own restaurant, Love Rocks Cafe. Located in the Father Ryan Arts Center in McKees Rocks, just minutes from downtown, it’s the perfect place to grab lunch, with options like burgers, shrimp and grits, and salmon salad. Nothing on the menu exceeds $15.

420 Chartiers Ave
McKees Rocks, PA 15136

3. Better-Maid Donut Co

1178 Steuben St, Pittsburgh, PA 15220

You’ll need to be an early riser to get a hold of the doughnuts at Better-Maid, especially the doughnut holes, which are usually the first to go. The line starts forming as soon as the door opens, at 6 a.m. during the week (7 a.m. on weekends), and the shop closes when they sell out, sometimes within two hours. Beyond doughnut holes, the Boston cream, glazed, and cake doughnuts and cinnamon rolls are among the favorites that owner Ken Smith makes on a daily basis.

1178 Steuben St
Pittsburgh, PA 15220

4. Beto's Pizza

1473 Banksville Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15216

Opened in 1953, Beto’s is Pittsburgh’s oldest pizzeria, but it keeps customers coming back and newbies pushing through the doors with its unique twist on toppings. Once the pizza crust, sauce, and first layer of cheese is piping hot, it’s removed from the oven and topped with cold provolone cheese and your choice of toppings, creating a surprisingly delightful contrast of temperatures and textures. Don’t expect a whole pie, though; Beto’s only sells pizza by the cut.

1473 Banksville Rd
Pittsburgh, PA 15216

5. Monterey Bay Fish Grotto

1411 Grandview Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15211
A char fillet, topped with chopped tomato and herbs, surrounded on a plate by a drizzle of balsamic glaze
Arctic char.
Brittany Spinelli

The stunning view of Pittsburgh’s skyline from Monterey Bay is unmatched, as are the fresh seafood, top cuts of beef, delectable sides like truffle frites, and the MB Mac n’ Cheese, which comes loaded with snow crab and Mexican paradise shrimp. Paired with soft music, dim lights, and scenic views of the three rivers, the Fish Grotto makes for a wonderful place to celebrate birthdays, promotions, and any other special occasion.

1411 Grandview Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15211

6. The Summit

200 Shiloh St, Pittsburgh, PA 15211
An orange cocktail with a creamy head in a Nick and Nora glass on a wooden table lit by the afternoon light
The Wild Hare, featuring carrot-infused rum.
The Sophisticated Sipper

Mount Washington isn’t just a great place to get a good view of Pittsburgh’s skyline. It’s also home to the Summit, a cozy bar with elevated cocktails and pub grub. After a long day, grab a drink, play some board games, snack on some popcorn, and enjoy the wide variety of tunes on the playlist. All the social activities and relaxing vibes make the Summit perfect for meeting up with friends or a first date you’re nervous about.

200 Shiloh St
Pittsburgh, PA 15211

7. Grand Concourse

100 W Station Square Dr, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
An opulent dining room with huge booths, long staircase, vaulted ceilings, old-style lamp posts, and stained glass
The grand main dining room
Grand Concourse

Housed inside the beautifully preserved Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad Station, Grand Concourse sets the standard for elegant brunch, with a menu that spans from sweet treats to savory lunches. Omelet and carving stations, as well as fresh doughnuts, make for an experience you won’t forget.

100 W Station Square Dr
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

8. Ephesus Pizza

219 Fourth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Two pizzas in cardboard boxes, each topped with vegetables and several large skewers of grilled steak
Kebab-topped pizza.
Ephesus Pizza / Facebook

Pittsburghers love their pizza, and there’s always a debate about who has the best. A strong contender is Ephesus, which takes pizza to a whole new level by incorporating staple Mediterranean ingredients on their pies. Get a gourmet pizza with lamb kebabs, Moroccan chicken and dates, or Turkish pepperoni (or opt for something more traditional if you’re feeling less adventurous). Ephesus also serves Mediterranean appetizers like baba ghanoush, grape leaves, and falafel, as well as gyros and wings.

219 Fourth Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

9. Las Velas

21 Market Square, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Three tacos of fried fish and fixings on a long plate
Fish tacos at Las Velas.
Las Velas

Las Velas can be hard to find, sitting above Bank of America in Market Square, but you’ll never forget how to come back. Their quesadillas, filled with Mexican cheeses and your choice of protein, are packed with flavor, especially the combo of chicken and shrimp. Breaded tilapia shines in the tacos, served with shredded cabbage, pico de gallo, and creamy chipotle sauce, while an order of black beans and elote completes any meal. Wash it all down with one of their frozen margaritas and you’ll be set for the evening.

21 Market Square
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

10. Con Alma

613 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
A bar interior with leather seats and tables, pendant lights over the bar, a neon sign reading Con Alma, and generally tropical vibe
Inside Con Alma.
Con Alma

Follow the sounds of music to Con Alma (translation: with soul), the restaurant and bar bringing jazz back to Pittsburgh’s historic Cultural District. There you’ll find co-owner and executive chef Josh Ross serving up Latin-inspired dishes like albacore xnipec with tortilla chips, bacalaitos, and lechon asado (as well as global dishes like dan dan mian and Korean fried chicken). Recently named one of the best bars in America by Esquire, the cocktail program, led by bar manager Hannah McKee, isn’t too shabby either. Meanwhile, the live jazz program curated by co-owner John Shannon has featured Pittsburgh legends like Roger Humphries and the RH Factor. All these elements make Con Alma a must-visit.

613 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

11. The Warren Bar & Burrow

245 7th St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
From above, a bowl of crab dip on a plate beside wanton chips, all sitting on a wood-slat outdoor table
Crab rangoon dip.
The Warren Bar & Burrow

The Warren offers a casual environment with handcrafted cocktails alongside shared plates, bowls, and sandwiches that lean pan-Asian. Cocktail enthusiast Spencer Warren, who previously opened Embury in the Strip District’s Firehouse Lounge, landed this gem in the heart of the cultural district in 2018. Patrons have flocked to the bar ever since for speakeasy vibes, made-to-order sushi, and Penn Cove Bottle Shop, the restaurant’s outlet for wine and beer next door.

245 7th St
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

12. Huszár

627 E North Ave #4844, Pittsburgh, PA 15212