With so many eateries opening in Pittsburgh, it’s easy to get caught up in trying them all. But while everyone is waiting for reservations at Morcilla (totally worth it), we suggest you try some equally awesome, but easy to overlook spots.
The Abbey, Lawrenceville
This gorgeously designed restaurant will have you feeling like you’re sipping cocktails in another era. So bust out your best thrifted outfit from decades past and step inside. Even the coffee house boasts vaulted ceilings. Its outdoor patio even has, wait for it…an outdoor fireplace. The food doesn’t disappoint either. Snag some brunch with hearty breakfast foods, stop by for nightly dinner specials, or grab some late-night small plates to share over drinks.
Pizza Taglio, East Liberty
It’s time to take your pizza to the next level, and Pizza Taglio is just the place to do it. You can start by choosing the crust style (for the uninitiated: Roman is a thicker crust and Neapolitan is a thinner crust), then get going on the various artisanal options you have for toppings. We’re a little past just the old sauce-and-cheese combos here, folks. Try tossing on some calabrese, chiles or even hot honey. Grab a six-pack on your way over, because it’s BYOB.
If you’re like us, you’re always on the search for the freshest ingredients. Luckily, Dinette delivers spectacularly. Why? It has its very own rooftop garden, where chefs harvest fresh herbs and veggies every day. This pizzeria/wine bar isn’t messing around when it comes to providing the best of the best. For example, it offers the decadent rosemary ham pizza with brussels sprouts, roasted butternut squash, gruyere, and mozzarella. Uh, yum. Guess what else? That’s right, $1 Yuenglings. (Yes, you read that correctly.)
B52 Cafe, Lawrenceville
We all love the New American cuisine available all over the ‘Burgh. But sometimes, it’s time to try something new and delicious from other parts of the globe. B52 offers an awesome vegan American/Middle Eastern fusion menu. You can start off with some hummus or baba ghanouj. Grab a falafel sandwich with tahini sauce. Then finish off your mouth-watering dinner with namoora, a semolina cake with almond. We know you’re always trying to get your Sunday brunch on, so check the cafe’s brunch specials out. And if that’s not enough, three little words: House. Made. Kombucha.
Scratch, Troy Hill
Scratch is exactly what its name implies. Its menu is constantly rotating, since it’s based on what’s available locally and seasonally. If you’re vegetarian or vegan, there’s no better place to try something new and exciting. Want to give your taste buds something to think about? Try the cricket-and-mealworm arancini. Plus, you can brighten up your day even after daylight savings with curated shot and local beer pairings.
Point Brugge, Point Breeze
If you’ve ever been strolling down Hastings Street in Point Breeze and caught a glimpse of a packed patio, chances are you’ve spotted Point Brugge Cafe. It’s a European-style bistro offering Belgian-inspired cuisine, including a large selection of Belgian craft beers. Grabbing lunch (or Sunday brunch, if you’re lucky enough to get a seat) at the cafe is like taking a mini Euro vacation in your own backyard. Even better, it’s reasonably priced — you won’t have to break the bank to enjoy Liege waffles or a braised beef sandwich.
Avenue B, East Liberty
East Liberty is killing it with the fresh and local ingredients, and Avenue B is joining the list of eco-friendly joints in the area to visit. You like grilled cheese, right? How about trying an artisanal twist on that old standard: aged cheddar, apple, jam and tomato bisque. Or, if you’re more of a pasta lover, you can look forward to dishes including roasted squash, beets, pistachios, arugula and chevre. True, the chalkboard menu can get a bit pricey, but it’s worth every penny. Just don’t forget to pick up the perfect bottle of wine on the way — it’s BYOB.
We’re going to go ahead and guess that you like craft cocktails. Well, there’s no better place to try the coolest, most innovative drinks in the Steel City than Station in Bloomfield. Get your sip on with the Paisley Park, featuring splashes of Old Overhold, Averna, lemon and the best part, blackberry ginger shrub. The food is equally as delicious, and standout dish tagliatelle boasts smoked parm shank, soffrito and parm. Whether you want to try the coolest drinks or have yourself a ridiculously filling meal, Station is your spot.
Bar Marco, Strip District
Sometimes you just need a glass of wine at the end of a long day. Bar Marco has a massive wine list, and it even has its own sommelier, so you can believe they know exactly what they’re doing. After filling up on a bevy of Italian dishes including arancini, beets & stracciatella or rigatoni cacio e pepe, try a glass of wine or create your own cocktail. That’s right, you can try the Bartender’s Choice. You pick a base spirit, a flavor profile, and have your own specialty drink mixed up right in front of you. That’s the classiest twist on happy hour we’ve ever heard.
Smoq Pitt BBQ, Brookline
Barbecue isn’t just for hot summer nights. When the air’s getting cold and you’d rather watch Netflix, a hearty barbecue sandwich might just be what you need. Brookline’s Smoq Pitt is a farm-to-table establishment, and all meats are smoked on the premises daily with oak, apple, hickory and mesquite woods. Hungry yet? Plus, Smoq Pitt has rotating specials every single day, including, wings, sandwiches, and desserts. Trust us, Pittsburghers, you’ll want to cross the bridge for this one.