For Health Professionals



Thai Cuisine
4627 Liberty Ave.
A great place for Thai food. Closed on Tuesdays.

4050 Penn Ave.
Don’t judge a book by its cover or a restaurant by its décor. Tram’s is one of the best Vietnamese restaurants in town. Inexpensive too!

3519 Butler St.
Tamari is a Latin-Asian fusion restaurant and a new intern favorite. It’s a good spot for happy hour on Fridays. The atmosphere is a bit upscale, but it’s a nice treat after a hard day’s work.


Soba Lounge
5847 Ellsworth Ave.
Part of the Big Burrito chain, pan-Asian cuisine, lounge-y and stylish.

229 South Highland Ave.
Another member of the Big Burrito chain. Great ambience, cute outdoor tent, yummy wine list.

Harris Grill
5747 Ellsworth Ave.
Harris Grill is another intern favorite. Get there early on a Friday night. There is always a wait but worth the good drinks and food.

Bites and Brews
5750 Ellsworth Ave.
Bites and Brews is another favorite. Great beer, great pizza.

Squirrel Hill

Silk Elephant
1712 Murray Ave.
Asian tapas? Why not, they are delicious. If you’re lucky, you may see some Thai dancers.

Aladdin’s Eatery
5878 Forbes Ave.
Aladdin’s menu includes falafel, shawarmas, hummus, and baba ganoush.

Bangkok Balcony
5846 Forbes Ave.
Great Thai food. A little fancy but good food, good service, and great atmosphere.

2032 Murray Ave.
Recommended Japanese cuisine.


Mineo’s (Squirrel Hill) – Named year after year as Pittsburgh’s #1 pizza.
Aiello’s (Squirrel Hill)
Bella Nolte (Strip District)
Pizza Sola (6004 Penn Circle S.)
Pesaro’s Pizza (4324 Butler St.)

Other popular places:

Grand Concourse (Station Square) – Voted Pittsburgh’s Best Restaurant for 2006. This converted railroad station is a stunning setting for dinner or Sunday brunch.
A la Familia (Mt. Washington) – One of the best Italian restaurants, small, family-run place.
Grand View Saloon (Mt. Washington) – This place has affordable good eats and a great view of the city.
Khalil’s (Centre Avenue in Shadyside) – Great Middle Eastern Cuisine.
Nakama (South Side) – Voted Pittsburgh’s Best Sushi Restaurant for 2006.
Abay (Highland Ave.) – Ethiopian food served family style. BYOB. Wonderful!
Buffalo Blues (Shadyside)
Eleven (Strip District) – A bit fancy, but worth the dollars.
Georgetown Inn (Mt. Washington) – Full of seafood and a gorgeous view of Pittsburgh.

Vegetarian-friendly (although many restaurants mentioned are veggie friendly)

The Perfect Storm Coffee House (Lawrenceville)
Udipi  (Monroeville)
Bangkok Balcony (Squirrel Hill)
Lulu’s Noodles (Oakland)
Aladdin’s (Squirrel Hill)
Mad Mex (Oakland) – Stupendous margaritas!
Fuel and Fuddle (Oakland)
Hemingway’s (Oakland)


Pamela’s (Oakland, Shadyside, Squirrel Hill, Strip District) – Get there early on weekends before the line forms all the way down the street.
Ritter’s Diner (Friendship) – Apparently a Dr. Drew, Dr. Nas and Dr. Jake Kattan classic.
Coco Café (Lawrenceville) – Fabulous food in the hot new neighborhood.
DeLuca’s (Strip District) – The best diner for the real deal.
Simply Delicious (Aspinwall) – Open Saturday and Sunday only.
Square Café (Regent Square)
Point Brugge Café (Point Breeze) – Belgian waffles and terrific brunch dishes.

Desserts/Ice Cream/Misc

Gullifty’s (Squirrel Hill)
Cheesecake Factory (South Side)
Dave & Andy’s Homemade Ice Cream (Oakland)
Rita’s Italian Ice (Oakland, Squirrel Hill)
The Pretzel Shop (South Side) – The best soft pretzels EVER!!
Dozen (Lawrenceville) – Pittsburgh’s trendy bakery for cupcakes, brunch and lunch.
Prantl’s Bakery (Shadyside) – Did anyone say burnt almond torte?

Last Update
August 20, 2012
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Last Update
August 20, 2012