For Regina: BeezusKiddo’s List of Essential Pittsburgh area restaurants

For Regina: BeezusKiddo’s List of Essential Pittsburgh area restaurants

My friend Regina is looking to expand her restaurant familiarity in the new year. She asked me to put together a list of essential restaurants to try.  Tonight, with the assistance and review of Mr. Beez, I put together such a list.  I included only restaurants I have personally visited. By no means is this an exhaustive list of all restaurants in the Pittsburgh area that I have visited or that I like, this is the list of the ones I like best, and get excited about visiting.  I have not included my usual Chinese take-out place or the run of the mill places I pick up a sandwich, because most of those are places that are just fine with me, but not ones that make me extra happy. This is my completely subjective list of favorites.  Do we have similar tastes? What would you have added or excluded?

Essential Pittsburgh Restaurant List, broken down by neighborhood but otherwise in no particular order:


  • Sonoma Grill
  • Bluebird Kitchen
  • Nine on Nine
  • Il Pizziolo
  • Diamond Market
  • NOLA on the Square
  • The Carlton
  • Franktuary
  • Andy’s Wine Bar
  • Habitat
  • Sienna Sulla Piazza
  • Winghart’s Burger and Whiskey bar
  • Hanlon’s Café
  • Speakeasy
  • Perle


  • Nicky’s Thai Kitchen
  • Max’s Allegheny Tavern
  • Penn Brewery


  • Club Café (for Brunch)
  • Yo Rita!
  • Piper’s Pub
  • Grand Concourse (for Brunch)
  • Fathead’s
  • Ibiza Tapas & Wine Bar
  • Big Dog Coffee
  • Pi Coal Fired Pizza (husband’s pick)


  • Legume/The Butterjoint
  • Spice Island Tea House
  • Tamarind Flavor of India
  • Mad Mex
  • Oishii Bento
  • Uncle Sam’s Subs
  • Joe Mama’s
  • Dave & Andy’s


  • Thai Cuisine
  • Tram’s Kitchen
  • Orient Kitchen

Strip District

  • Lucy’s Banh Mi cart
  • Taco Cart at Reyna’s Foods
  • Mung Bean pancake stall
  • Eleven (for Brunch)
  • Lidia’s Italian Kitchen
  • Kaya
  • DeLuca’s
  • Colangelo’s
  • Café Raymond
  • Thin Man Sandwich Shop
  • Primanti Brothers
  • Sushi Kim
  • Bar Marco


  • Cure
  • Tamari (for Brunch)
  • Coca Café (for Brunch)
  • Industry Public House
  • La Gourmandine

Regent Square

  • Square Café
  • D’s Six Packs and Dogs

Point Breeze

  • Point Brugge
  • Café at the Frick (for tea)

Highland Park

  • Park Bruges
  • Food Glorious Food
  • e2

Squirrel Hill & Greenfield

  • Moonlite Express Food Truck at CMU
  • Szmidt’s Deli
  • Big Jim’s in the Run
  • Hough’s
  • Wafflonia
  • Rose Tea Café
  • Everyday Noodles
  • Ramen Bar
  • Bangkok Balcony
  • Mineo’s (husband’s pick)
  • Coriander India Grill
  • Commonplace Coffee
  • Green Pepper
  • Sun Penang


  • Umi
  • Soba
  • Casbah
  • Noodlehead
  • Crepes Parisiennes
  • Avenue B

East Liberty/Garfield

  • Salt of the Earth
  • Union Pig & Chicken
  • Station Street Hot Dogs
  • Verde Mexican Kitchen & Cantina
  • Spoon
  • Voluto Coffee


  • Burgatory (Aspinwall)
  • Cornerstone Café (Aspinwall)
  • Marisquera Mediterranean Bistro (Aspinwall)
  • Smoke Taqueria (Homestead)
  • Tin Roof Café (for Brunch) (Homestead)
  • Blue Dust (Homestead)
  • Azul bar y Cantina (Leetsdale)
  • Bistro 19 (Mt Lebanon)
  • Jioio’s Pizza (North Huntingdon)
  • Alla Famiglia (Allentown)
  • Rey Azteca (Monroeville)
  • Oakmont Bakery (Oakmont)

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