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.
The Original Hot Dog Shop (address and info)
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.
Bloomfield Sandwich Shop (address and info)
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.
Ritter's Diner (address and info)
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.
The Pub Chip Shop (address and info)
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.
Mineo’s (address and info)
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…
Aiello’s (address and info)
… 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.
Caliente Pizza & Draft House (address and info)
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.
Capicola and cheese
Primanti Bros. (address and info)
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.
Eat'n Park (address and info)
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.
1. The Original Hot Dog Shop3901 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh
2. Bloomfield Sandwich Shop4613 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh
3. Ritter's Diner5221 Baum Blvd, Pittsburgh
4. The Pub Chip Shop1830 East Carson Street, Pittsburgh
5. Aiello's2112 Murray Avenue, Pittsburgh
6. Caliente Pizza & Draft House4624 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh
7. Primanti Brothers46 18th St, Pittsburgh
You can order an entire lunch tray covered in french fries. An entire tray!
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.
Enjoy some delicious pancakes 24-hours a day while listening to a sweet on-table juke box.
This UK-inspired eatery is known for their delicious meat pies.
Aiello's serves the best whole pizzas in Pittsburgh, hands down.
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.
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.