Industry Public House
4305 Butler St.

Elevated comfort food and craft beers.

La Gourmandine
4605 Butler St.

French bakery. Amazing pastries.

Piccolo Forno
3801 Butler St.

Tuscan cuisine with wood-fired pizza and homemade pasta.


4624 Liberty Ave.

Pizza and craft beer.

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!

Taste of India
4320 Penn Ave.

Great Indian food right across the street from CHP!

Many other great dining locations on Liberty Avenue!


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.

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.

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:

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!
Eleven (Strip District) – A bit fancy, but worth the dollars.
Point Brugge (Point Breeze)
Meat and Potatoes (Downtown)


(although many restaurants mentioned are veggie friendly)

Udipi (Monroeville)
Bangkok Balcony (Squirrel Hill)
Lulu’s Noodles (Oakland)
Aladdin’s (Squirrel Hill)
Mad Mex (Oakland) – Stupendous margaritas!


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

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!!
Prantl’s Bakery (Shadyside) – Did anyone say burnt almond torte?
La Gourmandine (Lawrenceville)
Oakmont Bakery (Oakmont)

Breweries/Pubs/Local Alcohol

Roundabout Brewery (Lawrenceville)
Arsenal Cider House (Lawrenceville)
The Church Brew Works (Bloomfield)
Hop Farm Brewery (Lawrenceville)
East End Brewery
Penn Brewery (North Side)
Grist House Brewery (North Side)
Hofbrauhaus (South Side Works)
Draai Laag (Millvale)
Copper Kettle Brewing Company (Greenfield)
Brew Gentleman’s (Braddock)
Full Pint Pub (Lawrenceville)
Maggie’s Farm Rum (The Strip District)
Wigle Whiskey (The Strip District)
The Beerhive (The Strip District)
Sharp Edge (Downtown and Friendship)