Where to Eat in Pittsburgh Right Now
During these six months of the pandemic, Pittsburgh restaurant owners have really shown their mettle, turning elegant sit-down spots into takeout-only joints, offering brand-new delivery options, and otherwise finding new and interesting ways to pivot operations in unprecedented times. Now that restaurants in Pittsburgh are slowly opening back up for both in-person and outdoor dining (though, takeout is still the only option for lots of great spots), we wanted to shine a light on some of the newer places that are open for business. Because, while it may be hard to believe, these last few months have actually yielded some stellar new restaurant openings, from a new brick-and-mortar for a beloved food truck, to a family-run Caribbean restaurant with a growing legion of fans. In this list, you’ll find all of the places that you’ve got to put on your ‘must eat’ list right now.
The Coop Chicken & Waffles
The food: Fried chicken tenders, whole wings, drumsticks, and thighs paired with sweet and savory homemade waffles (Cheddar Cornbread and Bananas Foster are two favorites). The Chick-in-Waffle, shredded fried chicken baked inside a waffle, is a menu standout.
The cost: Fried chicken is $4.50-9.25, waffles are $4-6, combination meals are $4.25-12.50 and sides are $1-$3.50.
How to order: The restaurant is operating as a takeout-only joint right now, and the food truck is still making appearances around town.
Bae Bae’s Kitchen
The food: Rice, noodle, and salad bowls make up the bulk of the menu, with proteins like marinated ribeye, Korean fried chicken, and crispy tofu. Daily specials are seasonal, and can include everything from Kimchi dumplings to dukbokki (stir-fried rice cakes). Milk tea, Boba tea, Thai iced tea and Vietnamese coffee round out the menu.
The cost: Appetizers are $6-9, bowls start at $12-13, coffee and teas $3.25-$5 and jars of kimchi are $15.
How to order: Order online or call 412-391-1890 for pickup.
Gaucho Parilla Argentina
The food: Wood-grilled meat platters, empanadas, sandwiches, a selection of house-made sauces, and alfajores. The opening of the new space also introduced a new bar program, with local beer drafts, wine, and cocktails.
The cost: Small plates and shareables are $3-30, steak platters run $16-39, sandwiches are $11-15, cocktails are $8-15, and beer is $3.39-11.
How to order: Gaucho is open for takeout, and very limited indoor dining is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Order online or call 412-709-6622
Farmer + Baker
The food: A daily menu of seasonal breakfast and lunch offerings, including crepes with local rye flour, bagel sandwiches, egg tarts, local greens salads, wood-fired pizzas, and baked goods.
The cost: Prices vary based on menu options, but typically range from $6-8 for appetizers and small bites, $12-13 for larger plates, and $16 for pizzas.
How to order: Farmer x Baker is takeout-only, open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Follow their social media for weekly menus.
2 Sisters 2 Sons
The food: Classic Caribbean dishes like jerk chicken, oxtail, goat curry, and fried plantains.
The cost: Dinner platters are $13-27.99, homemade sides are $5-7.
How to order: 2 Sisters 2 Sons is open for takeout and delivery. Call 412-252-2864 to order, or through DoorDash, GrubHub and UberEats.
The food: Homemade everything, including fresh pasta dishes, seasonal salads, charcuterie platters, and larger entrees, like branzino and pork roast. In-house head baker Nick Malburg offers everything from sourdough focaccia to rustic loaves, and pastry chef Rachel Walton is responsible for an incredible array of desserts, including classic Italian cookies, cheesecakes, and cannoncini.
The cost: Antipasto and salads are $5-32, pasta is $17-30, main courses are $19-36, desserts are $2-10, cocktails to go are $9-12, and bottles of wine to go are $30-40.
How to order: Make a reservation or order takeout or delivery through DoorDash.
Two Sisters Vietnamese
The food: The main attraction is the duo’s pho, available in a variety of beef, chicken, seafood, and vegan options, each with a rich, fragrant broth that deserves to be savored. Other options include rice and noodle bowls, summer rolls, daikon salad, and desserts, including Banh Flan and sweet corn pudding.
The cost: Pho is $14-15, noodle bowls are $14, and rice dishes are $14-16. Sides run $6-10, desserts are $5, and teas and coffees are $4-6.
How to order: Two Sisters is takeout-only. Call 412-404-2760 to order.
The food: All the pizza starts with bread and pizza doughs that are hand-mixed with organic flours and sourdough culture, making the dough rich and flavorful. Seasonal salads, sourdough sandwiches, and a bread program round out the menu.
The cost: Small plates are $7-$12, salads are $10-11, sandwiches are $12-13 and pizzas are $21-31 for speciality pies, additional toppings are extra. Beers to go start at $6.
How to order: Orders are placed on a first call, first serve basis. Call 412-251-0253 or order online.
Duncan Street Sandwich Shop
The food: Unique sandwich options include house favorite ‘Everything’ Pork, with roasted pork, everything seasoning, and pickled red onion, and the vegan Roasted Mushroom, with roasted garlic and caramelized onion. A rotating list of homemade sides can include everything from spicy potato salad (made with house poblano sauce), and Chickpea salad with zhoug. Sweets include their ever-changing menu of crispies, with flavors like lemon, pepper and poppyseed, and chocolate chip with cranberry.
The cost: Salads are $11, sides are $3, sandwiches are $7.50 for half, $11 for whole, and crispies are $6.
How to order: Call 412-252-2940 for curbside pickup.
The food: Known for classic bistro favorites like French onion soup with oxtail, Nicoise platters and aligot, the restaurant also offers a killer burger, filet mignon, and Parisian gnocchi.
The cost: Small plates are $8-25, entrees run $18-50, and sides are $8-12.
How to order: Make a reservation online, or call 412-325-3435.
The food: Offering both an ‘American-style Chinese Menu’ and a ‘Traditional Chinese Menu,’ with Zhu’s specialities, like shredded duck with baby ginger and pork blood tofu, Chengdu Gourmet also has dozens of options for fans of heat, including spicy cold noodles and a fish filet in broth, served Chongqing-style.
The cost: Appetizers range from $1.99-8.99, most entrees are between $10.99-22.
How to order: Order online or call 412-521-2088.
The food: Pierogies stuffed with sauerkraut, mushroom, potato, or spinach, seasonal soups (like chilled beet soup soured with zakwas), vegan sandwiches on cabbage buns, tarts, and cakes baked with stone fruit. Don’t skip their bottled cocktails and their house-made kompot, made from dark sour cherries.
The cost: Prices change with the menu, typical items are $11-17. Kompot is $4, bottled cocktails are $18-20, wine by the bottle starts at $30.
How to order: Pre-order online for Friday and Saturday pickup.
The food: Sandwiches on heartland grain, marble rye, and sprouted spelt are available for lunch, along with pizza that’s made with a 96-hour dough, seasonal salad bowls, cheese and charcuterie boards, and all manner of sweet treats and baked goods.
The cost: Breakfast toasts are $8-11, sandwiches range from $10-13, entrees are $8-12 and tea and coffee is $2.50-$4.50.
How to order: The cafe is open with limited seating, or order online for takeout.
The food: The restaurant is best known for their deep dish, personal-pan pizzas with inventive toppings, like smoked mojo pork, ham and housemade pickles on The Cuban, and their beloved White Pie, with ricotta and onion jam. Additional snacks on the menu include a classic Caesar salad, cannoli, and chocolate chip cookies from Wilkinsburg’s Madeleine Bakery and Bistro.
The cost: Pizza ranges from $13-17, snacks are $5-10, and desserts are $2.
How to order: Head to their website to choose a location and order online.
The food: An assortment of small plates, appetizers and entrees that emphasize underrepresented regions of Brazil. Menu standouts include Pão de Queijo (cheese bread rolls), the vegan Prato Feito ‘Blue Collar’ special with beans, zucchini and onion farofa, and Moqueca de Peixe, a codfish stew with coconut milk, peppers, tomatoes, and onions.
The cost: Appetizers are $4.25-8, entrees are $13.25-19.25, and desserts are $2-7.
How to order: Order for pickup online, and delivery is available through GrubHub.
The food: The takeout menu at Morcilla changes regularly, but always includes a selection of snacks, salads, and meat and seafood plates with Spanish influences, plus an ‘On Bread’ section with a selection of tapas and sandwiches. Recent menu highlights have included delicacies like Vadouvan roasted cauliflower, crispy fried artichokes, and Costillas de la Matanza (baby back pork ribs with sherry pomegranate caramel, coriander, and crunchy black olives).
The cost: Snacks are $6-22, ‘On Bread’ options are $12, entrees are $8-28. Cocktails to go are $11.
How to order: Online ordering is available through Toast.
Pear and the Pickle
The food: Aside from the aforementioned breakfast sandwich (a simple bodega staple, made with bacon, egg and cheese on a roll), other menu items include two-handed sandwiches like the Rialto (their take on an Italian hoagie), the Troy Hill Turkey, and their classic corned beef Reuben.
The cost: Breakfast sandwiches start at $6.25, sandwiches are $5-13.25, sweet treats are $1.50-4.75.
How to order: Call 412-322-0333 or order online for pickup.