What do you think of when you imagine the North Side? Our brain goes straight to The Children’s Museum, or to Allegheny General Hospital. But, there is so much to do around the North Side – from checking out some awesome restaurants to getting your dog groomed, even florists and salons. Here are a few of our favorite spots in the North Side!

Modern Cafe

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Modern Cafe has been open since 1933, and it’s been Greek family-owned since 1974. Between the cocktails-to-go, homemade adult “Capri Suns” (HELLO!), and a craft beer list selected based on customers recommendations, it’s the corner bar everyone wants to go to. They’re open Monday through Saturday and have outdoor seating available if you want to enjoy your Greek food, fresh 8-ounce burger, spicy Sicilian sandwich, or shrimp po-boy there.

Mike’s Beer Bar

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Mike’s Beer Bar, located on Federal Street next to PNC Park, is Pittsburgh’s premiere destination for great craft beer. They have over 500 beers in addition to 80 rotating taps – with at least 50 featuring local beers – so you’ll always find whatever you’re looking for! You can also go there for live music Friday and Saturday evenings (but check their website first because of frequent COVID limitations). Mike’s has a rotating weekly food menu with handhelds like classic burgers and small bites like pierogi or pretzels with beer cheese. And did we mention they have 21 TVs – so you can catch a game! Plus, stop by weekdays 11am-2pm for daily $10 lunch specials.

North Shore Tavern

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If you like delicious food, cold beer, and all things baseball, you’ll want to head to North Shore Tavern, across from PNC Park. It’s the perfect spot for lunch, happy hour, or dinner and a drink before/during/after an event downtown or on the North Shore. Their signature menu item – Steak on a Stone – is a unique dining experience where they serve your steak on an 850-degree lava stone. They have plenty of TVs – and some of them can be viewed from their outdoor seating. If you go for lunch on a weekday, make sure you check out their $10 specials from 11am-2pm.

Cooper’s Cutz

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Cooper’s Cutz is a full-service pet grooming business, offering bathing, nails, and de-sheds. Lead groomer and manager Jessica Humphries has 12 years of experience, plus a certificate in dog training – and 5 furry family members of her own – so you know your buddy will be in great hands. They also feature a self-service bathing and blow-dry area at the front of the store. Which, by the way, is named after owner Sena Templeton’s spunky little Shih Poo, Cooper, who was rescued from the Humane Animal Rescue on the North Side!

Bloom Brigade

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Bloom Brigade is owned by lifelong friends Carolyn and Suzan and has been open for the past 10 years. If you’re passing through, you can pop in to pick up fresh flowers. Or, contact them for an extraordinary flower experience for all of your arrangement needs. They source local flowers whenever possible – even using flowers from their own studio garden! Each arrangement is uniquely designed for their clients based on their vision for their event – from weddings to holidays, and everything in-between.

Legends Eatery

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Looking for upscale dining in a relaxed atmosphere? Check out Legends Eatery. They’ve family-owned and have been open for 18 years – through many renaissances of the North Side. You can visit for lunch or dinner, and feel free to BYOB. Enjoy one of the many pasta and seafood dishes they’re known for – like gnocchi bolognese or shrimp and mussels over linguine – in their outdoor dining area.

Ambiance Hair and Nail Gallery

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Ambiance Hair and Nail Gallery is located on Federal Street, although they also offer mobile services upon request. They can give you a cut or help you find a new hair style – providing a consultation with recommendations to transform you into your new beautiful self. Ambiance also offers affordable lash extensions…at just $15 for strips or $25 for individual extensions. While you’re getting your lashes done, you might as well shape up those eyebrows (for only $10!), too! And don’t forget to pamper yourself and schedule your mani/pedi. You deserve it!

The Lunch Box

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The Lunch Box is the perfect restaurant if you’re headed to AGH or near The Children’s Museum. They’re serving up everything from breakfast to paninis, soups, salads, and more. Protip: try one of their smoothies! And don’t forget to check their daily specials. You can even order online for carryout, or give them a call for all of your catering needs.

Mezza Luna Cafe

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Mezza Luna Cafe is a beautiful little haven for deliciousness, right on Western Avenue. There’s space to spread out and relax in their cozy and inviting atmosphere – you’ll feel like you’re visiting your best friend. Everything is made with fresh ingredients: coffee and teas, sandwiches, soups, salads, even ice cream sandwiches made with lactose friendly ice cream. They have tons of vegetarian and vegan options, too. Stop in, take a breath, and enjoy something amazing!

Wagsburgh

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Wagsburgh isn’t just a pet food and supply store, it’s a pet lifestyle. Your pup will LOVE the nutritious foods they carry that will help them stay healthy and active for years to come. And, if you’re looking for something they don’t already have it in stock, they’ll do their best to get it for you. They prioritize your experience and your pet’s wellbeing – offering only the best products, customer service, and their own personal involvement to build a lasting relationship with your pet.

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

Lauren loves all things Pittsburgh and all things food! When she's not checking out a new restaurant, you can find her in the kitchen trying a new recipe, working on her photography, or out on a bike ride exploring the city.

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