Food & Drink

The Best Late-Night Eats in Pittsburgh

Published On 09/15/2015 Published On 09/15/2015
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There is no doubting that Pittsburgh has a terrific selection of high-quality culinary delights. But the Steel City also has a solid late-night, semi-regrettable food scene. Bars close at 2am, but some of the best (OK, worst) food decisions happen after midnight and late, late, late into the night.

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Hot dog

The Original Hot Dog Shop (address and info)
Oakland
The Original Hot Dog Shop, or “The O,” is a mix of classic and terrifying. Hot dogs can be ordered until 1:30am on weekends, which is perfect for the college crowd. You can also get a legit lunch tray covered in French fries.

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Breakfast sandwich

Bloomfield Sandwich Shop (address and info)
Bloomfield
A tiny storefront with room for about 10 people to sit, the Bloomfield Sandwich Shop slings good and greasy sandwiches from behind a small counter until the wee hours of the weekend mornings. Start your day right, even at 1am or 3am, with an egg and cheese breakfast sammie.
 

Pancakes

Ritter's Diner (address and info)
Shadyside
Ritter's is a 24-hour diner that specializes in grease. Get a short stack of pancakes and play a tune from the on-table jukebox. Bring cash.
 

Meat pie

The Pub Chip Shop (address and info)
South Side
Longing to be on the other side of the pond? Try one of the great meat pies from The Pub Chip Shop, a UK-inspired space that offers fish & chips and meats wrapped in pastry.  
 

Pizza slice

Mineo’s (address and info)
Squirrel Hill
For a cheese-heavy slice of pizza, nothing is better than Mineo’s. Slices are big and the cheese is thick. But then there is always…

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Pizza pie

Aiello’s (address and info)
Squirrel Hill
… Aiello’s. Mineo’s and Aiello’s are neighbors and are locked in an epic battle for the title of best pizza. While Mineo’s has a great slice, Aiello’s serves a better complete pie (this is based on science, or something). Down a whole pie -- it won’t hurt that bad tomorrow.

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Cheesy bread

Caliente Pizza & Draft House (address and info)
Bloomfield
Caliente is one of the only places in town that serves food until 2am every day. EVERY DAY. Cheesy sticks of bread are a great snack and they pair well with the many beers on tap here.

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Capicola and cheese

Primanti Bros. (address and info)
Strip District
Pittsburgh’s gross and iconic sandwich is the perfect terrible decision. The Strip District Primanti’s is open 24 hours. Nothing says regret like a sandwich covered in fries and coleslaw at 4am.
 

Breakfast buffet

Eat'n Park (address and info)
Various locations
The midnight buffet at local chain giant Eat'n Park is an after-bar wonderland. Biscuits, eggs, bacon -- the gang is all here. All-you-can eat always wins.

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Laura Zorch is a Pittsburgh-based writer who likes Mineo’s and Aiello’s pizza almost equally.

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1. The Original Hot Dog Shop 3901 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

You can order an entire lunch tray covered in french fries. An entire tray!

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2. Bloomfield Sandwich Shop 4613 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15224 (Bloomfield)

This tiny shop along Liberty Avenue in the heart of Bloomfield is the best kind of greasy-spoon. Open for breakfast and lunch during the week, and late into the night on weekends, it’s a neighborhood favorite. Ordering a breakfast sandwich, with two eggs your way on grilled bread, will be a perfect remedy for Monday morning or late Saturday night.

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3. Ritter's Diner 5221 Baum Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15224

Enjoy some delicious pancakes 24-hours a day while listening to a sweet on-table juke box.

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4. The Pub Chip Shop 1830 East Carson Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203

This UK-inspired eatery is known for their delicious meat pies.

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5. Aiello's 2112 Murray Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15217

Aiello's serves the best whole pizzas in Pittsburgh, hands down.

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6. Caliente Pizza & Draft House 4624 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15224 (Bloomfield)

This place knows whats up. What goes better with beer than pizza? Nothing. With more than 20 beers on tap, and a menu detailing each one's aromas, flavors, and hoppiness, you will never be lead astray.

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7. Primanti Brothers 46 18th St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 (Strip District)

Primanti Brothers sandwiches are as iconic as Pittsburgh food comes, and the caloric empire all began with a humble food stop slinging sandwiches to truckers in the 1930s. The must-order Almost Famous Sandwich has equally humble beginnings: when a food transporter feared his potatoes may have been ruined by the cold, he asked the kitchen to fry some up to test them. Customers quickly asked for the fried potatoes inside their sandwiches, and a tradition was born: the addition of a pile of french fries to sliced tomatoes, tart coleslaw and your choice of meat (from pastrami to roast beef) between thick slices of Italian bread. Come hungry, because these things are gigantic. And you want to leave room for the wings, cheese-drenched fries and beer, don't you? This flagship location, marked with an old-time neon sign, has been the deli's home since 1933, long before the brand expanded up and down the East Coast.

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