Best Bites Pittsburgh is back and you won’t want to miss the chance to take your taste buds on a tour! This event includes tastings at a variety of restaurants in downtown Pittsburgh. Each featured restaurant will be offering their best bite with custom cocktail stations along the way. It’s your chance to fall in love  with all that the city has to offer. For those traveling in for the event, and those of you who want a city “staycation” The Industrialist Hotel will be offering a special hotel rate for attendees. 


Saturday, October 23, 2021

1 p.m. – 4 p.m. | Downtown Pittsburgh

Grand Tasting Ticket

For just $60, this ticket includes all Best Bites food and drink tastings at 15 restaurant and drink stops along the tour. Only 300 tickets will be sold so don’t miss out, they will sell quick!

Event Details

  • Enjoy a day of tastings at 15 Downtown restaurants throughout Downtown Pittsburgh.
  • In addition to enjoying the bites along the way, guests receive specialty drink samples at the given cocktail spots placed along the tour as well as a full drink at one of the stops!
  • Purchase tickets by October 12 to receive the ticket packet by mail. Packets include an official ticket lanyard to wear on the tour, restaurant map, starting point assignments and tasting instructions.
  • Guests will be assigned different restaurant starting points in small groups like a golf scramble to create social distancing along the tour (we recommend buying tickets together for those of you wanting to travel together, if that’s not possible, just add something to the special request section when purchasing).
  • Restaurants on the tour will be marked with sidewalk signage and balloons. Guests present their lanyards to receive a tasting at each stop.
  • After a day of tasting, guests vote for Best Bite and Best Tasting experience. Awards will be presented to the winners.


Featured Restaurants

Alihan’s Mediterranean Cuisine  

ALihan’s Mediterranean Cuisine is a family owned restaurant serving the best Turkish Cuisine in downtown Pittsburgh. They have curated homemade meals from hand-picked ingredients, promising the quality of the meal does not contain any processed items or preservatives. The menu is an array of Turkish dishes as well as Greek, Italian, and Middle-Eastern influences. Alihan’s gives you the opportunity to experience traditional cuisines without the travel.

Allegheny HYP Club

The Allegheny HYP Club has been around since 1930, it now is the cumulative merger of three premier clubs that helped shape Pittsburgh: The Harvard Yale Princeton Club, The Pittsburgh Club and The Allegheny Club. The historic venue is filled with elegant furnishings and works of art. Their menu includes an assortment of go-to favorites and unique staples.

Emporio: A Meatball Joint

Emporio Meatball is a well-known spot in downtown Pittsburgh. They offer a variety of 4 meatball bases to choose from, one being a vegetarian option! The next step in your dining experience with Emporio is to choose one of their 10 sauces. Lastly, navigate if you want your meal traditional style over pasta or to switch things up and add it on a bun or bed of fries! Not only are they doing amazing work in their kitchen, Emporio is well known for their charitable fundraising to help serve its community

Fogo de Chao

Fogo de Chao is best known for its Brazilian-inspired small plates and award-winning wines and cocktails. The founders of Fogo de Chão got their start in their hometown, Serra Gaucha. It is there that they learned to cook in churrasco grilling tradition. They worked hard to perfect their craft and began opening restaurants. They had their first debut in the US, in Dallas and to our delight have expanded to right here in Downtown Pittsburgh! 

Harris Grill

Harris Grill is known for its unique and trendy atmosphere. It’s the go-to place to grab a drink and good quality food. Their menu has something for everyone, inclusive and adaptive to all dietary requirements. As for the drink menu, they promise that, “there’s something fresh, fruity, frothy, or funky in a frosty glass waiting for you.”

The Milkshake Factory

The Milkshake Factory is every yinzer’s trusty source when they’re craving something sweet. Whether it’s a hand spun shake, craft sundae, or a piece of gourmet chocolate, they’ve got you covered. The family has been in the sweets business since 1914 and knows a thing or two. They pass on traditions that make all of our lives a bit sweeter.

Millie’s Homemade Ice Cream

Millie’s is another Pittsburgh sweets staple! Whether it’s running to your local grocery store for a pint, hunting down the Millie’s truck, or stopping in at one of their store locations, you always feel the positive effects of Millie’s mission to #spreadlove in the community. The scratch-made ice cream is made with real ingredients and is always sourced from farmers & artisans- we love a local supporting local moment! 

Morton’s The Steakhouse

Morton’s is known for its take on classic and contemporary. They offer an unmatched innovation of cocktails and an elegant dining experience. We admire the time spent perfecting their seasonal menu and cocktails, all while staying dedicated to service locally and nationally. 

Pizzaiolo Primo 

Pizzaiolo Primo is known for its authentic Neapolitan Cuisine. The spot located in Market Square offers a stunning European ambiance with traditional Tuscan themes. They have recently launched a new cocktail program, seasonal specials, and private tasting dinners. If you can’t make it for dinner make sure to stop in during their lunch hours throughout the week!

The Rebel Room at The Industrialist 

The Rebel Room has been said to be influenced by the movers and shakers of Pittsburgh. The set up includes a well lit room filled around the bar. They serve flavorful American cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and feature a mixology program you won’t want to miss out on.


Calling all Italian food lovers! Scarpino is known for its fresh Italian flavors and high-quality cuisine. Chef Peter Henry and his top of the notch team share a passion for cooking with locally sourced ingredients, fresh flavors, and creativity. He seeks inspiration from many cultures and styles but prides himself on the heavy Italian influence. The atmosphere provides a beautiful space that will have you wanting to snap photos from every angle and of every plate!

Sly Fox Taphouse at the Point

Sly Fox Brewing Company opened its first Taphouse in Pittsburgh and provided a beautiful overlook of Point State Park. You won’t want to miss a chance to try their award-winning Sly Fox beer, crafted wines & spirits and delicious fare while taking in the view.

The Eagle

The Eagle is known for its cage free, free roaming, all natural chicken served with a side of housemade hot honey! The main course pairs perfectly with any of their southern sides and  craft beers. Sit back, relax, and enjoy music in the upbeat atmosphere!

The Speckled Egg

The Speckled Egg is a must try spot in Downtown Pittsburgh. Their brunch menu is loaded with every craving under the sun and a drink menu to match! Their Happy Hour is a fan favorite, everyday 4-7pm. It includes half priced cocktails & drafts, $2 beers, and $6 select wines.

The Standard Market & Pint House

The Standard Market & Pint House in the Cultural District is best known for its passion around the food it delivers to its customers. The Market includes a full service espresso bar, hot teas, fresh smoothies & juices, and quick made to order foods for breakfast & lunch. 

The Pint House brings a unique take on an interactive bar experience. They offer a full-service bar, self-serve tap system that allows you to take on local craft beers, wines, and cocktails. The Pint House is full of big screens to cheer on all our local sports teams, and it’s not a game night- they’ve still got you covered with entertainment in their vintage arcade.


Best Bites is proud to be sponsored by Industrious. Industrious Liberty Center offers an all-inclusive workspace and makes it easy to access downtown’s top dining, retail and entertainment! They provide a space that is designed to assist your productivity all while offering you the best-in-class amenities. 

Purchase tickets here, we hope to see you at the event!


This content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.

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