This Is a Bar on Wheels
1. Meat and Potatoes649 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh
2. Sonoma Grille947 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh
3. Stagioni2104 East Carson Street, Pittsburgh
4. Sienna On The Square22 Market Square, Pittsburgh
5. täkō214 6th St, Pittsburgh
6. Bar Marco2216 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh
7. The Livermore124 South Highland Avenue, Pittsburgh
8. Cioppino Restaurant & Cigar Bar2350 Railroad Street, Pittsburgh
9. Union Pig & Chicken22- N Highland Ave, Pittsburgh
10. Spirit242 51st St, Pittsburgh
11. Tender Bar + Kitchen4300 Butler Street, Pittsburgh
12. The Commoner458 Strawberry Way, Pittsburgh
This aptly named Downtown restaurant serves luxe versions of its namesake items-- Waygu beef and truffle tator tots, for example-- in a lively, spacious setting. Open for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch, stop by for revamped takes on classic comfort fare and a varied selection of cocktails, including a full service Bloody Mary bar with savory garnishes galore.
This cozy bistro space has an American tapas menu that pairs beautifully with the West Coast wines that are heavily featured both by the glass and by the bottle. There's a great Mixed Grille section to the menu where you can choose a protein like Grilled Salmon or Indonesian Glazed Tofu, a side like Garlic Mashed Potatoes and an arrangement of sauces for dipping. Be sure to stop by on Sunday as well for a jazz brunch.
Simple Italian dishes combined with delicious local ingredients create the ultimate dinner experience.
As soon as you enjoy one of Sienna On The Square's pasta dishes, you'll know why they've won a bunch of awards since 2013.
Think you know tacos? You haven't tried the Asian-Mexican fusion versions coming out of täkō, serving up modern street food with a global bent. The namesake octopus (täkō is octopus in Japanese) is the must-order: coming grilled and folded into a tortilla adorned with harissa aioli, preserved lemon, greens, and pickled onion. The lineup ranges from unexpected to familiar, with a Korean-inspired taco (with Wagyu short rib, peanuts, and fermented cucumber) balanced by more safe Mexican choices like chorizo or carnitas. Whatever you do, try one of the eight margaritas, which can be spiked with lychee & pepper or sweetened with Thai coconut milk.
Bar Marco, an elegant European-inflected Strip District destination, doesn't just make waves with it's food (which is nothing to scoff at). The restaurant has disposed of the traditional tipping policy, instead offering employees substantial salaries and stake in the business instead. That means servers are all the more enthusiastic to serve your pigs' head croquettes with dollops of grain mustard aioli, discuss the buckwheat fettuccine with a nutmeg-spiced pork ragu blanket that you just ordered, or take extra care that the kitchen cooks your filet mignon to the right temperature. A subterranean Wine Room offers ticketed meals which require reservations, but you can stop by the main dining room anytime for a meal and a glass of wine from small producers.
Since you don't have to tip your server, you'll be able to spend all of your cash on the amazing papagiorgio meatballs.
Their brandy sangria will absolutely knock your socks off.
Prepare yourself for out of this world poutine. It'll blow you away.
Crispy, thin-crust, square-cut pizza meets Pennsylvania booze -- it's a love story to end all others. That's what happens every night at Spirit, a spot on the upper West corner of Allegheny Arsenal that tricks everyday passerby with its outer abandoned warehouse look. Those in the know, however, regularly flock here for the simple Slice Island pies and glass after glass after glass of craft beer, wine, and cocktails alongside some live indie music in '70s-prom kind of dance hall or out on the back patio.
Although it no longer tenders money, Tender Bar + Kitchen provides reputable craft cocktails, upscale American comfort foods, and a casual yet swanky atmosphere out of this vintage bank-turned-speakeasy location. The Kitchen offers mostly small plates like mac and cheese, potato skins, and buffalo chicken dip, but it also turns out a wicked challah bun burger marinated in Worcestershire and stacked with gourmet fixings like pickled fennel and black truffle aioli. The Bar serves an unending list of creative libations inspired and organized by spirit, but the laborious house specialties are what draw the crowds: The Sheriff of Pitkin County packs a flavor wallop with two types of rum, allspice, minty BrancaMenta, grapefruit, egg white, nutmeg, and aromatic coffee bitters.
Located within Downtown's Hotel Monaco, The Commoner gives an attention to American fare and cocktails that is less common than the name suggests. Comfort dishes are given an elegant treatment, as low dishes like mac & cheese get gussied up by higher brow ingredients like braised pork belly, fusilli, buttered breadcrumbs, smoked peas and brie cream. Even the humble cocktail names betray their more refined appeal: The Farmer's Son is garnished with flowers, and made up of a blend of gin, Pimm's, lemon sorbet, pickle brine and an IPA float -- hardly something a typical peasant farmhand would be sipping.