We all know Pittsburgh has an amazing food scene, but what about when you’re hungry after a night at the bars out or just want to feast at midnight? Luckily, you don’t need to look far (or succumb to fast food) – some of our favorite restaurants are open as late as 3 a.m. for your late-night needs. From the classy to the dives, we guarantee there’s something here for every late-night craving.
1. Butcher & the Rye (2 a.m.)[relevant url=”http://butcherandtherye.com/”]It can be hard to get into Butcher & the Rye for dinner, but late-night is a different story. The atmosphere here practically begs you to stay out until the wee hours of the morning. Between the delicious, hearty food and the extensive whiskey selection, your night will end on a high note.
2. Fuel & Fuddle (2 a.m.)[relevant url=”http://fuelandfuddle.com/”]
A favorite of Pitt students, Fuel & Fuddle is open until 2 a.m. every night of the week. As its name suggests, the menu features food to keep you fueled, plus a number of craft beers to get you fuddled. And did we mention the late-night cheap eats menu offered every night from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m.? We’ll meet you there.
If you need to get some studying done, you’ll want to avoid this particular library. But when it’s time for a study break, round-up your friends and get to The Library. Don’t worry, they’ll be open long after other restaurants have already closed. Even better, many of the menu items are named after books, so you get the unusual opportunity to order an Oedipus Rex or a Men Who Stare At Goats. And, bonus: from 9 p.m. through 1 a.m., you’ll get half off all small plates.
4. Sienna Mercato (2 a.m.)
At Sienna Mercato you’ll find a wide variety of foods for all tastes, a litany of cocktails, and a rooftop beer garden. The third level of the restaurant, called Il Tetto, serves a special bar menu (and trust us, this isn’t your typical bar food) and has a number of beers on draft. If your late-night adventures take you to the Cultural District, you’ll get the chance to gaze out over the twinkling lights blanketing the sleeping city. If that doesn’t sound like a romantic date idea, we don’t know what is.
5. Primanti Bros. (2 a.m., 3 a.m., or 24 hours in The Strip)[relevant url=”http://www.primantibros.com/”]
Primanti’s is a must-visit Pittsburgh destination, but did you know the location in The Strip is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week? Because sometimes, all you want is a plate filled with carbs and greasy goodness, and sometimes you want that plate in the middle of the night. Primanti’s has you covered. And don’t worry, most of their other locations are open until 2 or 3 a.m. on weekends.
6. Ritter’s Diner (24 hours)[relevant url=”https://www.facebook.com/RittersDiner1951/”]
If you haven’t been to Ritter’s, have you really been to Pittsburgh? This greasy-spoon staple has fed many late-night wanderers of Baum Boulevard and provided breakfast for college students fending off hangovers in the wee hours of the morning. If you’re craving classic diner fare including stuffed pork chops, hot sandwiches and piles of delicious French fries (who isn’t?), then this beloved ‘Burgh spot is just right for you. Pop a few quarters in the jukebox, listen to some old-time rock-and-roll and enjoy the great food at a great price.
7. The Original Hot Dog Shop (1:30 a.m.)[relevant url=”http://www.theoriginalhotdogshop.com/”]
Whether you know this popular one-stop hot dog shop as The Original, Essie’s or The Dirty O, there’s no doubt that this is the place to score the best dogs – and fries – in town. Speaking of fries, at The O, they’re cooked twice over in peanut oil and poured in hearty measures on your plate. The dogs range from ordinary ketchup-and-mustard-topped meals to Parmesan-stuffed masterpieces, and you can even grab a few beers while you’re there.
8. Benny Fierro’s (3 a.m.)
A newer South Side establishment, you might have heard of Benny Fierro’s giant slices of pizza. They always offer classics like plain or pepperoni, and they rotate specialty ‘zas. Be careful of your eyes being bigger than your stomach…each slice is practically as big as a child. Possibly bigger. Their whole pies are great for sharing with a group of friends, too.
9. Doce (3 a.m.)
If you’re craving tacos late at night, ditch the chain and head to Doce. They serve some pretty amazing tacos, nachos, n’at until 3 a.m., so they’ve got you covered even after the bars in the South Side close. We’d give you our recommendation…but we recommend trying everything. It might take a couple late night trips, but we trust you’re up to the challenge.
10. Dive Bar and Grille (2 a.m.)
With locations in the South Side, Lawrenceville, and Wexford, Dive Bar and Grille has your late night needs covered. If you think their menu of burgers, sandwiches, small bites, salads and bowls is excessive, just check out their 12+ page drink menu, with everything from local beer to cocktails to wine. Who said you couldn’t eat late in the suburbs?
11. Industry Public House (2 a.m.)[relevant url=”http://www.industrypgh.com/”]
Industry Public House might be known for their whiskey, but did you know they serve it late into the night? Add to that their tasty apps, meals, and homemade desserts, and you’ve got yourself something for everyone.
12. Rivertowne North Shore (2 a.m.)
It doesn’t matter which game you go to, Rivertowne North Shore is open until 2 a.m. every day of the week. You can’t beat the views of the city from their back patio, and they even have a fire pit to warm you on those chilly nights. Meet some friends for craft beer, good eats, and fun memories.This content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.