Just when you thought you were nearing the end of your new restaurant bucket list, almost 20 more spots set up shop.
Sure, it’s a good problem to have. But keeping up with the food news can be tricky. So we’re here to help you keep tabs on all the best new eateries from some of Pittsburgh’s top chefs and the next generation of restauranteurs.
Whether you’re craving a proper egg sandwich straight from New York or New Jersey for breakfast or an espresso drink or cacio e pepe that makes you think you’re actually in Italy, DiAnoia’s in the Strip District might be your new go-to breakfast, lunch spot, or dinner spot. Opened by the former chef-de-cuisine at Spoon, DiAnoia’s serves inspired Italian fare and cocktails from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday (10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday) with shortened hours on Sunday.
Southern Tier Brewing
If you’re heading to a baseball or football game on the North Shore or a concert at AE, you can stop by Southern Tier’s first location outside of their Lakewood, NY birthplace. On nice days, enjoy one of their two dozen plus brews with a house-made meatloaf sandwiche, salads, or house-smoked wings outside in their beer garden. There’s even a special beer on tap to celebrate the new location, a collaboration between 17 local Pittsburgh Breweries — Pittsburgh Speed Date. Get it before it’s gone!
Urban Tap in Shadyside
While we miss Buffalo Blues, we’re excited about the transformation into the new Urban Tap in Shadyside. There are over 100 beers on tap, brunch service on weekends, and an “urban garden” space in the back featuring very Instagramable neon-green lights, cacti, and geodesic cubes.
Bahn Mi & Ti
This Butler St. newcomer might be the home of the most authentic bahn mi this side of the Mekong. Bahn Mi & Ti not only offers different riffs on the bahn mi like pork, chicken, beef, and a tofu option for vegans or vegetarians. Top it all off with a housemade Vietnamese coffee or bubble tea.
Reed & Co.
As much as we love all the breweries opening up in Pittsburgh, we definitely feel the lack of healthier options available in the city. Enter Reed & Co., the new grab-and-go spot on Butler St. featuring a bevy of juices, salads, soups, oatmeals, and even chocolate avocado pudding made from bananas, avocados, and coconut peanut butter. Trust us — it’s good.
Pittsburgh has no shortage of local breweries this day, but we can’t say we’re mad about it. Castle Shannon newcomer Mindful Brewing not only serves their own beer but beer from other local and regional breweries as well. They also serve video and the menu highlights local produce and products in sandwiches, pizza, burgers, salads, soups, and even fried chicken available three different ways (buttermilk fried, Nashville hot, or chicken and waffles).
In December Oakland got its first independently-owned coffee shop — Redhawk Coffee. Redhawk Coffee is a brick-and-mortar outpost of a 1969 food truck-turned-coffee truck that has been making its mark in Pittsburgh since mid-2016. One of the distinguishing aspects of Redhawk is that owner Braden Walter Jr doesn’t use beans from just one roaster. He serves beans from local roasters like Commonplace Coffee all the way to San Francisco staple Four Barrel Coffee with lots of producers in between.
Everyday Cafe isn’t just making delicious breakfast, lunch, and coffee for everyone in the Homewood area — they’re giving back to the community, too. Profits from Everyday Cafe get put back into the community by way of neighborhood organizations and causes. You can’t leave without trying a “waffleshot” which is exactly what it sounds like — a shot of espresso served in a chocolate-lined waffle cone.
The Trust Building renovation downtown is also bringing us one of 2017’s most-anticipated restaurants, Union Standard. Former Eleven chef is planning a wood-fired grill, rotisserie, and raw bar for the space — but has been keeping all the other details tightly under wraps. The 170-seat restaurant will also bring a much-needed brunch to the Downtown area.
2016 brought Penn Ave Spork, a small-plates restaurant with all ingredients made in-house. 2017 is bringing us Spork’s Texas-barbeque sister restaurant, Spork Pit, to sit on the corner of Penn and Aiken. Expect smoked jerk chicken, ribs, brisket, and lots of outdoor seating to fill in the barbeque void left by the exit of Union Pig and Chicken.
New Life for Salt of the Earth
The team that brought us Pittsburgh restaurant favorites Meat and Potatoes, Butcher and the Rye, Pork and Beans, and Tako are currently developing two concepts for the former Salt of the Earth space. One is inspired by a trip to Tulum, Mexico (think wood-fired grill and open air dining), so we know this project is going to be good.
If you like your dinners with a side of heavy metal, much-anticipated restaurant Onion Maiden, slated to open March 8, will be right up your alley. The vegetarian menu isn’t just about food — themes like music and film are interwoven into cuisine planning, so every bite is a piece of a story. It’s a big step up from the pop-up tent, and pieces by local artists will populate the walls.
Penn Ave is getting another new drinking spot with Helltown Brewing. This will be the first Pittsburgh outpost for the Westmoreland County brewer. They won’t be doing any brewing on premises, but will be offering growler fills to take away or pints to enjoy with their food offerings (which are still TBD but we’ve heard rumors of tacos).
Merchant Oyster Co
We’ve been anxiously anticipating Butler Street’s upcoming addition — Merchant Oyster Co. Merchant Oyster Co is going to bring much-needed seafood to Lawrenceville in the form of lobster rolls, mussels, steamers, and of course — oysters. Also on the menu are New Jersey-inspired eats like pork roll and egg sandwiches, foot long hotdogs, and a few grilled cheese options. Wash it all down with sherry-forward cocktails or a sparkling wine perfect to pair with bi-valves.
Or, The Whale
The soon-to-open Distrikt Hotel downtown is also getting a 150-seat restaurant — Or, The Whale. The menu will focus on humanely-raised meat, sustainable seafood, and locally-farmed veggies, all cooked on a wood-burning grill (are we sensing a theme in new Pittsburgh openings here?). Or, the Whale is being opened by Dennis Marron, who is also the purveyor of Merchant Oyster Co. We’re also excited for the solid wine list that is being touted by Marron, something much-needed in Steel City.
Millie’s (second location)
There’s not much to be said that hasn’t been said about Millie’s Homemade Ice Cream — except for the fact they’re opening a second location downtown. The new scoop shop will be opening in Market Square by Revel + Roost on Forbes Ave., perfect for an afternoon treat or a weekend outing.
After a pop-up ramen night at Grapperia on Butler St. had lines down the block, Piccolo Forno chef Domenic Branduzzi of Piccolo Forno and Umami chef Roger Li decided a ramen shop was just what Pittsburgh needed. Li will be handling the broth and Branduzzi will be handling the toppings alongside homemade ramen noodles at the upcoming Lawrenceville shop.
Gluten Free Goat Cafe
Penn Ave. continues its regeneration with the arrival of Gluten Free Goat Cafe. Their Instagram teases at a cozy-feeling interior full of beautiful wood tables and chairs and comfy couches for lounging with a quiche and cup of coffee or one of their signature gluten-free donuts.
No longer will we have to trek to Greenfield to play table top shuffleboard while we’re drinking from a curated craft beer list. Hough’s is opening in Garfield on the newly-bustling Penn Ave. They’re also be serving up wood-fired dishes and opening up their garage doors on nice days for prime sidewalk drinking.
It’s only fitting with all the breweries opening in Pittsburgh that we get our very own Beer Museum. Brew: The Museum of Beer is expected to be the size and scope as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and yet another tourist attraction to bring people to Pittsburgh. The online store is already open — but the physical space, including a brewpub and restaurant — won’t open until late next year.
More Food News
The food news just keeps on coming! BRGR is primed to open a new location downtown. And speaking of burgers, Burgh’ers is almost ready to open their doors in Lower Lawrenceville. Soon, Talia Cucina & Rosticceria will be offering ‘chef-driven Italian street food inside the former Alcoa Building downtown. Expect Italian eats that go beyond red sauce and pasta from this forthcoming spot by JustinVallozzi.
If you’re looking for something a little more refined, check out Casellula – a New York City-based cheese and wine bar that recently opened a second location at 40 W. North Avenue on the North Side. Keeping with the elevated vibe, the Cafe Carnegie has created a dining destination inside the Carnegie Museum of Art (FYI: It’s open to the public, not just museum-goers). Staying in Oakland, Legume’s Trevett Hooper is working on Pie For Breakfast or what they’re referring to as the Legume Cafe.
And some sweets for the road… Duck Donuts is officially coming to Pittsburgh with a location in the South Hills.