Exploring around Pittsburgh can be one of the best ways to spend your day, but also an expensive adventure.  There is so much to do, especially in one of Pittsburgh’s most favorite neighborhood, Lawrenceville. Wondering these streets, you’re bound to strike up a big appetite. Not to fear, affordable, delicious and trendy, insta-worthy eateries are tucked in and all around Butler Street. We want to share some of our absolute favorite places to grab a bite to eat while not breaking the bank. Here’s to eating well and have some money left over for that classic movie you wanted to catch at Row House Cinema.

Banh Mi & Ti

Lawrenceville
Image via @bahnmiandti

This casual, traditional, Vietnamese cafe is dishing out some of the best banh mi sandwiches and bubble teas this part of the city has ever tasted.  Tuesday through Sunday, from 10AM-5PM, head to Banh Mi & Ti for an early lunch, midday pick me up, early dinner and everything in between. Each sandwich is topped with carrots, cucumbers, cilantro and homemade mayo.  Just pick your protein and if you crave the spice, add sriracha or jalapenos for an extra kick, all for only $7.25. Not interested in a sandwich, rice bowls are also available for only 75 cents more and come with jasmine rice, sliced tomatoes, cucumbers and Vietnamese scallion oil. You can also add the spicy ingredients if you’re feeling up to it. Wash these down with a Vietnamese coffee or a bubble tea which you can customize to your own liking.

Deli on Butler

Lawrenceville
Image via @deli_on_butler

This deli is the definition of a family run business.  With his loved ones chipping in, in all different ways, Gary Gigliotti was able to create something so special and something really delicious right on Butler St. Serving soups, salads, sandwiches, paninis, hoagies, wraps and of course desserts like homemade cookies. This deli is practically handing out the most  delicious deli options for everyone to enjoy. A fan favorite menu item entails the soup and sandwich special for only $7.75. Choose one half of any speciality sandwich or panini with your choice of wedding soup, or for an extra 75 cents, get the soup of the day. We love deals on deals and Deli on Butler is one of them.

V3 Flatbread Pizza

Lawrenceville
Image via @pittsburghpizza

V3 is a casual dining experience that is the perfect place to get your creative wheels turning and bringing out your inner artist. Pizza artist that is. V3 Flatbread Pizza is a place where customers are able to use their creativity to make their own pizza masterpiece for only $8.00. Start by choosing your dough, (gluten free being an option for an extra $2) then your sauce, next add unlimited toppings like cheese, veggies and some protein. Finally, finish it off with your favorite pizza seasonings and add some oils if you desire. Voila! Pizza art! The options here are endless so have fun with it! This is the perfect spot to try something new.

Franktuary

Lawrenceville
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Ahh, this hotdog joint isn’t only known for their amazing Franks, but they also know a thing or two about poutine and libations. Start your meal off with their famous Poutine which is traditional Canadian late night food. Hand cut fries, loaded with gravy, fresh cheese curds and scallions. You can never go wrong with this option before chowing down on some Franks. These hot dogs range in price starting at about $4.25 and can work their way all the way up to $10.00. Create your own or order one from their menu, and prepare to be mind blown. These dogs are not joke, like the Oahu, featuring toppings like grilled pineapple, teriyaki bacon and scallions. If you’re more of a morning person and rather brunch, Sunday Brunch from 11-3 is perfect for you!

Ineffable Ca Phe

Lawrenceville
Image via @ineffablecaphe

This unique spot is described as American coffee shop meets Vietnamese cafe.  The menu is mostly is made entirely in house and uses local ingredients. This is the perfect place to grab a delicious bahn mi sandwich, bubble tea, coffee or snack while getting some serious computer work done. Have no work for get done? Well aren’t you lucky. If you’re dining with others, play a board game, or just sit back and enjoy the beautiful atmosphere. Other classic options like bagels or muffins are also available but we really suggest a sandwich or their noodles. Perfect for a cold day.

Shannon Daly

Shannon Daly is the founder and content creator of the social media platform, PittsburghPlates. Her personal and professional life revolve around everything food. Whether she is entertaining, or trying a new local eatery, Shannon loves to use her passion for food and photography to bring together a food focused community, who equally share her passion for all things delicious.

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