Dining Guide: Local restaurants to fit your mood

Raka Sarkar | Staff Illustrator

Dessert
Yes, we put dessert first, and so should you.

Crêpes Parisiennes

207 S. Craig St.
412-683-1912

Tuesday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

$

This cozy cafe on S. Craig Street serves both sweet and savory crepes, including a berry french toast crepe and a smoked Icelandic salmon crepe.

 

Paris 66

6018 Centre Ave.

Monday – Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday – Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

412-404-8166

$$

Offering authentic French cuisine from brunch through dinner, Paris 66 occupies a special niche in the city. The macarons are famously delicious and are the perfect follow-up to their expertly crafted crepes. If you want a beautiful meal for a special night out or Sunday brunch, Paris 66 is among Pittsburgh’s most distinctive spots.

 

Mercurio’s Mulberry Creamery

5523 Walnut St.

Monday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Tuesday – Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday – Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

$$

This family-owned gelato and pizza shop is equipped to satisfy hunger and a sweet tooth, offering flavors such as blueberry muffin and dark chocolate stracciatella to go with classic Margherita pizza.

 

Prantl’s Bakery

5525 Walnut St.

Monday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Tuesday – Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

$

Prantl’s Bakery offers more than 100 different sweets, including the famous burnt-almond torte. While the original family sold the business in 2007, Prantl’s still offers the same handmade cakes and doughnuts it has made for over 100 years.

 

Vanilla Pastry Studio

1130 S. Braddock Ave.

Tuesday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

$$

Popular for its specialty cupcakes, Vanilla Pastry Studio also offers full cakes and cookies. The prices may be a bit high for some though, costing $2.50 for individual cupcakes.

 

Love Yogurt

229 Atwood St.

Monday – Thursday, noon to 11 p.m.; Friday – Saturday, noon to midnight; Sunday, 3:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

412-381-6668

$

If you’re assuming this is just another frozen yogurt place, guess again. Love Yogurt offers ramen, froyo, crepes and desserts, all in one place. You can make your own ramen noodle bowl a la carte at the bar alongside the frozen yogurt dessert section. You choose the type of noodles, broth, proteins and veggies you want. They have fresh fruit toppings for your froyo.

 

Dave and Andy’s

207 Atwood St.

Monday – Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.; Saturday – Sunday, noon to 10 p.m.

412-681-9906

$

Nothing is more comforting than some homemade Dave and Andy’s ice cream. With its constantly changing menu, every trip is a surprise.

 

Peace, Love and Little Donuts

118 Meyran Ave.

Monday – Friday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to  4 p.m.

412-379-3930

$

These little donuts that pack in the flavor — and limit the guilt — are the perfect size for satisfying that sweet tooth.

 

Razzy Fresh

3533 Forbes Ave.

Monday – Saturday, noon to midnight

412-586-5270

$

Lighter than ice cream and heavier than ice, frozen yogurt is the perfect in-between treat — and Razzy Fresh is the perfect place to enjoy the lighthearted experience.

 

Rita’s Italian Ice

3712 Fifth Ave.

Daily, noon to 9 p.m.

412-621-6423

$$

You’ll be surprised by the concoctions that can be created using this water-ice concept. Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Rita’s has taken this wow factor and built an empire.

Editor’s Pick: Picking a favorite sweet spot, for me, is like picking the limb I like least. I’m just not going to do it. Eat all the ice cream. 


Vegan & Veg

Note: many of these restaurants also offer an array of carnivorous options.

Milky Way

2120 Murray Ave.

Monday – Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

412-421-3121

$

Milky Way — a vegetarian and kosher pizzeria in Squirrel Hill — boasts a friendly staff and cheap eats in a relaxed environment. Bring a couple of friends and split a cheddar ranch pizza, or give the tuna melt sandwich a try.

 

Double Wide Grill

2339 E. Carson St.

Monday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Tuesday – Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight; Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

412-390-1111

$$

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Double Wide Grill offers originals including a “build-your-own TV dinner” combination of meat, veggies and sides. Famous for their pork, steak and chicken dishes, Double Wide doesn’t leave any customer out, offering vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free menus.

 

Red Oak Café

3610 Forbes Ave.

Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m

412-621-2221

$

Red Oak not only tastes good — it makes you feel good. The organic menu soothes the soul without packing on the pounds.

 

Hello Bistro

3605 Forbes Ave.

Sunday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

(412) 687-8787

$$

Build your own salad — or opt for fries and a milkshake — at one of the most visited eateries on Forbes.

 

Eat Unique

305 S. Craig St.

Daily, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

412-683-9993

$

A staple cafe that emphasizes fresh and tasty food, with a variety of flavors. Eat Unique’s fare includes soups and sandwiches and salads.

 

Aladdin’s Eatery

5878 Forbes Ave.

Monday – Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday – Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

412-421-5100

$

Aladdin’s Eatery offers vegetarian choices and foods that are made to align with a guest’s health preferences and dietary restrictions. Enjoy smoothies, beer, wine and the best of Lebanese hospitality in a relaxed and casual setting.

Editor’s Pick: Red Oak Cafe. Try the sriracha chicken wrap with a seitan substitute, you’ll thank me.


Breakfast & Brunch
Brunch is trending. Here’s the most Instagram-worthy spots in the Burgh.

Pamela’s Diner
3703 Forbes Ave.
Daily, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
412-683-4066
$

Among Pittsburgh’s more famous restaurants, Pamela’s has hosted visits from the Obamas and Vice President Joe Biden. Home of crepe-style pancakes and famously fluffy omelets, Pamela’s is a necessary destination for anyone seeking a delicious breakfast in Pittsburgh.

 

Peter’s Pub
116 Oakland Ave.
Sunday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.
412-681-7465
$

If you’re in the mood for quintessential pub grub, look no further than Peter’s. The casual atmosphere is enhanced by the mostly college crowd who flock to Peter’s, not only for a brew to quench their thirsts but also for a meal to fill their stomachs.

 

Murray Avenue Grill
1720 Murray Ave.
Monday – Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.
412-521-1272
$$

Looking for a perfect lazy Sunday? Grab brunch at Murray Avenue Grill, then stop by at the nearby Manor Theater for an afternoon matinee.

 

The Porch at Schenley
221 Schenley Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Monday-Friday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
(412) 687-6724
$$

You can’t go wrong with The Porch’s pizza lineup — especially the Bianca Pizza, made with fig jam and black truffle oil. Go for the weekend brunch if you have parents in town.

 

The Bagel Factory
420 S. Craig St.
Monday – Thursday, 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday – Sunday, 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
412-681-1101
$

With a dozen bagel varieties and a menu full of sandwich options, The Bagel Factory provides visitors with anything they could want inside a ring of dough. For those uninterested in the namesake item or looking for something to go along with one, choices include omelettes, housemade soups and specials like french toast.

 

Allegro Hearth Bakery
2034 Murray Ave.
Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
412-422-5623
$

Customers rave about the friendly service, cakes and European breads at one of Pittsburgh’s most-treasured bakeries.

Editor’s Pick: Ritter’s Diner on Baum Blvd., it’s the authentic diner experience you’ve been looking for — mini jukeboxes included. Also good at 1 a.m.


Asian
You really don’t have to leave Oakland to sample a variety of Asian eateries, but in case you want to, we’ve included some.

Indian

All India
315 N Craig St, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Monday – Thursday, 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday, 11:30 – 2:30; 5-10:30 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m., 5 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
(412) 681-6600
$$

Take your co-workers out to lunch at this North Oakland Indian eatery — its popular buffet will have something for everyone, from the lamb kabab to the vegetable pakora.

Prince of India

3614 Fifth Ave.
Monday – Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Saturday – Sunday, noon to 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
412-687-0888
$$

This on-campus, cozy Indian restaurant provides a plethora of cultural favorites and an all-you-can-eat buffet.

 

Kohli’s Indian Imports
319 S. Craig St.
412-621-1800Monday – Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
$

Kohli’s is a one-stop shop for all the Indian groceries you might need.

 

Yuva India Kitchen + Bar
412 S. Craig St.
Daily, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
412-681-5700
$$

Located right around the corner from the Carnegie museum, this kitchen and bar offers delectable Indian cuisine with a photographic collage of Indian scenery that graces the walls.

 

Tamarind Flavor of India
257 N. Craig St.
412-605-0500Tuesday – Thursday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday – Saturday, 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Sunday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
$$

This house-like venue offers bona fide Indian food — including curries, dosas biryani and lunch buffets on select days.

Sushi

SAKE Asian Cuisine and Sushi Bar
2773 Sidney St, Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Monday – Thursday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturday, 12 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Sunday, 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.
(412) 481-8888
$$

Start with a sake bomb and end with a sampling of sushi offerings. Try the BJ Roll, or one of the restaurant’s several combo platters.

Sushi Boat
128 Oakland Ave.
Daily, 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
412-681-1818
$

Sushi Boat is an Asian kitchen specializing in Japanese cuisine, offering affordable options for sushi boxes and platters.

Umi
5847 Ellsworth Ave.
Tuesday – Thursday, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday – Saturday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
412-362-6198
$$$$

The most famous sushi restaurant in Pittsburgh, Umi is definitely a spot for special occasions. The food is authentic and fresh, delicately made by the expert chefs. Stop in for a fancy evening of drinks and Japanese delicacies.

New Dumpling House & Sushi House
2138 Murray Ave.
Monday – Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday – Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
$$

New Dumpling & Sushi House brings traditional Chinese cuisine to Squirrel Hill. Enjoy sushi, dumplings or tempura in the restaurant’s contemporary Chinese dining room.

 

Sakura Teppanyaki & Sushi
5882 Forbes Ave.
Monday – Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
412-422-7188
$$

This restaurant serves Japanese and Chinese fare, including hibachi, udon and sushi. If you can’t make the trip to Squirrel Hill, it delivers within a three-mile radius.

General

Lulu’s Noodles
400 S. Craig St.
Daily, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m
412-687-7777
$

Lulu’s serves a wide range of traditional and modern Asian-inspired dishes.

 

Oishii Bento
119 Oakland Ave.
Monday – Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
412-687-3335
$

Oishii Bento offers healthy, authentic Korean and Japanese cuisine, specializing in bento boxes and Sushi.

 

Chick’n Bubbly
117 Oakland Ave.
Monday – Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
412-863-7741
$$

Korean fried chicken comes in wings or drumsticks with two sauces: sweet and spicy and soy garlic. With a variety of bubble tea options, you can combine flavors and create your own custom tea.

 

Hokkaido
4612 Browns Hill Road
Monday – Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday – Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10 a.m.
412-421-1422
$$

Hokkaido Restaurant is named after the Japanese island of the same name where founder Hiroshi Kubato lived for 15 years. The restaurant offers Japanese and Chinese dishes at a self-service buffet and focuses on making healthy dishes.

 

bd’s Mongolian Grill
SouthSide Works Cinema, 428 S 27th St.
Sunday-Thursday, 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
(412) 390-1100
$$

Choose your own ingredients, pass it off to the chef and watch your Mongolian masterpiece grill to perfection over drinks.

 

 

China Palace
5440 Walnut St.
Monday – Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., 5 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 9 p.m.
412-687-7423
$$

Americanized Chinese food is always a staple of college student diets, and China Palace has a menu able to satisfy anyone’s takeout cravings. Some of the dishes have a more authentic base Western students may not be familiar with, but that means there are even more opportunities to expand your palate. They even deliver right to your door.

 

Soba
5847 Ellsworth Ave.
Monday – Thursday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday – Saturday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
412-362-5656
$$$

Another prominent part of Pittsburgh’s Asian-fusion scene, Soba has a full bar plus a menu full of different, complex noodle and sushi styles. Prices are on the higher end, so Soba may not be the place for everyday dining. But those looking for a sampling of high-class Asian eats can find an intimate seat, with free Wi-Fi, at Soba.

 

Tasty Chinese
213 S. Highland Ave.
Daily, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
(412) 362-5656
$

Tasty Chinese offers the standard Chinese takeout fare for cheap prices, and you can order your food online if you’re in a rush. The menu is focused on Hong Kong-style offerings, so if you’re just looking for some General Tso’s Chicken, this may not be for you.

 

Thai Place
5528 Walnut St.
Monday – Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday – Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 9:30 p.m.
412-687-8586
$$

Thai Place offers authentic Thai curries and noodle dishes at prices a bit higher than the average Asian takeout spot, but there are plenty of vegetarian and seafood offerings to try from its large menu. WIth a cozy space for dining, Thai Place is casual without sacrificing ambiance.

 

T4U
3501 Forbes Ave.
Daily, noon to midnight
412-605-0858
$

The fluorescent green decor, complimented by a quirky menu, including frozen yogurt and bubble teas, is the place to go for something new and refreshing.

 

Golden Palace Buffet
3607 Forbes Ave.
Monday – Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 9 p.m.
412-687-2288 ‎
$

Golden Palace Buffet offers classic Asian-style cuisine located in the heart of Pitt’s campus.

 

Korea Garden
414 Semple St.
Monday – Saturday, 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
412-681-6460
$$

Korea Garden offers a traditional Korean dining experience as well as private karaoke party rooms.

 

Little Asia
301 S. Craig St.
Monday – Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 9 p.m.
412-622-0133
$$

Located on the first floor in a small nook of the building, Little Asia is a cozy restaurant specializing in Chinese and Japanese food.

 

New China Inn
4609 Centre Ave.
Monday – Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Friday – Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 10:30 p.m.
412-621-6199
$

New China Inn serves traditional Chinese eats, offering dine-in, takeout and delivery options.

 

Orient Express
4609 Forbes Ave.
Monday – Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday – Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
412-622-7232
$

This halfway point between Pitt and Carnegie Mellon’s campus provides a great range of Asian cuisines geared toward students in the area.

 

Spice Island Tea House
253 Atwood St.
Monday – Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 8:45 p.m.; Friday – Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 9:45 p.m.
412-687-8821
$$

From Malaysian and Thai dishes to beer, wine and exotic tea flavors, Spice Island is a quaint restaurant that will satisfy an abundance of cravings.

 

Szechuan Express
125 Oakland Ave.
Monday – Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
412-687-8000
$

From entrees to value meals, Szechuan’s provides flavorful Chinese food from its pint-sized restaurant in the heart of Oakland.

 

Ali Baba
404 S. Craig St.
Monday – Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Saturday – Sunday, 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
412-682-2829
$$

Ali Baba is a deep-rooted restaurant that serves up authentic Middle Eastern cuisine in a relaxed, sit-down environment.

 

Basha 21
1827 Murray Ave.
Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
412-904-2764
$

A Middle Eastern restaurant in the heart of Squirrel Hill, Basha 21 is a short walk down the street from Forbes Avenue. Offering vegetarian and meat options to orders, the shawarmas come out sizzling hot with a side of their “to-go packs.”  And if you happen to be in a rush, they deliver.

 

Bangkok Balcony
5846 Forbes Ave.
Monday – Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday – Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 10 a.m.
412-521-0728
$$

Enjoy some upscale Thai cuisine while overlooking Squirrel Hill boutiques from this second floor restaurant. Bangkok Balcony offers a wide array of authentic curries and a smattering of Thai-influenced seafood dishes. They also offer many vegetarian options — stop by or order takeout from this must-try Thai restaurant.

Chaya Japanese Cuisine
2032 Murray Ave.
Monday – Thursday, 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Friday – Saturday, 5 p.m. to 9:45 p.m
412-422-2082
$$

Chaya has received many accolades for being one of the best Japanese restaurants in Pittsburgh. With over 40 years of cooking experience, the owner Fumio Yasuzawa ensures the freshest sushi fish and other ingredients possible. The wide ranging menu features full dinner meals or sushi a la carte in a cozy, welcoming environment.

 

How Lee Chinese
5888 Forbes Ave.
Monday – Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Friday – Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 9:30 p.m.
412-422-1888
$$

How Lee Chinese serves Sichuan cuisine and favorite Chinese dishes in both mild and spicy varieties. The restaurant’s sign, which the current owner repurposed from an older restaurant’s sign, has become a Squirrel Hill landmark.

 

Ka Mei Chinese
2209 Murray Ave.
Tuesday – Sunday, noon to 10 p.m.
412-422-2828
$$

This Squirrel Hill restaurant offers a Cantonese and Chinese-American menu, including noodle dishes, seafood, spare ribs and congee — a porridge made from rice.

 

Silk Elephant
1712 Murray Ave.
Monday – Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday – Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
412-421-8801
$$

Thai restaurant Silk Elephant serves soups, salads, different kinds of curry and noodles and rice. It also serves wine and cocktails.

 

Sun Penang
5829 Forbes Ave.
Monday – Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Friday – Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
412-421-7600
$$

This Asian restaurant focuses on providing authentic Thai and Chinese dishes. Though Sun Penang prides itself on its delivery service, it also has an eat-in restaurant in Squirrel Hill.

 

Tan Lac Vien Vietnamese Bistro
2114 Murray Ave.
Monday – Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday – Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 11  p.m.; Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 o.m.
412-521-8888
$$

Tan Lac Vien offers traditional Vietnamese fare, including com tam, a mound of rice topped with various meats and vegetables. For those who would like to stray from traditional dishes, Tan Lac Vien also offers a salad section and a make-your-own summer roll option.

Editor’s pick: This is a huge category, so let me give you a few. Sushi Fuku on Oakland Ave. is the Subway of sushi with a yum-yum sauce to die for, Noodlehead in Shadyside for mod decor and delicious dishes and, if you’re super hungry and low on funds, Szechuan Express is a tried and true Oakland favorite.


Pizza

Antoon’s Pizza

247 Atwood St.

Monday – Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Thursday – Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 a.m.

412-687-5446

$

A South Oakland staple, Antoon’s has cheap yet delicious pizza. The locale is a solid, reliable option for anyone, not just college students.

 

Sorrento’s Pizza Roma

233 Atwood St.

Monday – Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Thursday – Friday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m.; Saturday, 4 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.

412-621-9129

$

For over 40 years, Sorrento’s has been the cornerstone of every college student’s diet. With its fantastic prices and delicious pies, who could resist?

 

Vocelli Pizza

4740 Baum Blvd.

Daily, 10 a.m. to 3 a.m.

412-246-4444

$

Vocelli Pizza is a little taste of Italy here in Pittsburgh, offering scrumptious sandwiches and pizzas to satisfy the pickiest of palates.

 

Sciulli’s Pizza

3404 Fifth Ave.

Call for hours

412-687-9287

$

Great deals, friendly people and delicious pizza — three things that make Sciulli’s a great destination for all your pizza needs.

 

Pizza Pronto

4611 Centre Ave.

Monday, 11 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.; Tuesday – Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.; Friday – Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 12:45 a.m.

412-621-7700

$

Offering a variety of pizzas, Pizza Pronto boasts a rare and delicious dining experience.

 

Shady Grove

5500 Walnut St.

Daily, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

412-697-0909

$$

Shady Grove’s list of appetizers is one of the largest around, and visitors can follow their apps up with a one-of-a-kind pizza variations. With patio seating and half-price bottles of wine on Wednesdays and Fridays, Shady Grove is the place to go for a laid-back night of drinks with friends.

 

Ephesus Pizza

616 Lincoln Ave.

Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

$$

Offering pizzas covered in everything from omelets to gyro meat, Ephesus Pizza provides visitors with pies and pasta dishes that combine Italian and Turkish food unlike almost anywhere in Pittsburgh.

 

Genoa Pizza and Bar

111 Market Square

Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Friday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 a.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.

$$

Visitors to Genoa’s Pizza can get taco and seafood pizzas for a change of pace and “wedgies” — pizza crust pockets filled with Italian meats or grilled steak.

 

Giovanni’s Pizza and Pasta

1504 Fifth Ave.

Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Saturday, 1 p.m. to 1 a.m.

$$

The original location of the Pittsburgh chain, Giovanni’s has customizable sandwiches, pasta and pizzas, such as their football-shaped pies for game day parties and cheese-stuffed crusts.

 

Italian Village Pizza

5886 Forbes Ave.

Monday – Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday – Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday noon – 9 p.m.

$

Italian Village Pizza provides customers with by-the-slice, New York-style pizza for less than $2, and each one is huge. It delivers, and you can get traditional cannolis for dessert.  

 

La Gondola Pizzeria

4 Market Square

Monday – Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

$

The menu at La Gondola includes typical pizzeria items, including by-the-slice options for both Sicilian and round pizza, customers highlight their tiramisu as a particular high point.

 

Mamma Lucia Pizza

433 Wood St.

Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

$

Meals at Mamma Lucia’s are generously portioned and the thick pizza slices come piled high with toppings. The owner makes the lasagna from scratch daily, along with all of the pizza dough, plus they deliver locally for free.

 

Monte Cello’s

2198 Babcock Blvd

Monday – Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday – Saturday, 11 a.m. to midnight; Sunday, noon to 10 p.m.

$$

Along with a bar and their own parking lot, Monte Cello’s has a menu full of reasonably priced dishes, priced at about $10. It also sells Chicago deep dish pizza, which can be hard to find in Pittsburgh.

 

Pizza Fiesta

14 Smithfield St.

Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Friday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 1 a.m.

$

With delivery drivers going late into the night, Pizza Fiesta offers customers Italian-American  meals all day. Enjoy pizza by-the-slice, along with large sides of  breadsticks and hot wings.

 

R&B’s Pizza Place

107 Smithfield St.

Daily, 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.

412-288-8888

$$

Every late-night feeling of hunger can be satisfied by their traditional Italian cuisine. The menu is filled with pizzas, calzones, gyros and wraps, wings and burgers. The storefront setting is spacious and sits right on Point Park’s campus.

 

Larry and Carol’s

410 Semple St.

Monday – Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.; Thursday – Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.

412-687-1189

$

Home to the King Kong Overload Challenge, Larry and Carol’s serves up some of Oakland’s biggest Italian fare, sure to satisfy the most monstrous of appetites.

 

Little Nippers II

216 N. Craig St.

Monday – Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight; Friday – Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to midnight

412-683-3777

$$

From pizzas to “wedgies,” Lil’ Nips — as some Pitt students affectionately call it — brings some delicious and fresh Italian cuisine to the table.

 

Original Milano Pizza

3606 Fifth Ave.

Monday – Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

412-681-2858

$

At this small, cozy location, you can find some authentic pizza in between the hustle and bustle of Fifth Avenue at Original Pizza Milano.

 

Papa Da Vinci

3526 Boulevard of the Allies

Monday – Wednesday, 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Thursday – Saturday, 6 p.m. to 3 a.m.; Sunday, 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.

412-683-3000

$

Papa Da Vinci is perfect for your late night pizza cravings — go there for a drink and follow it up with a fresh slice.

 

Say Cheese! Pizza

3507 Cable Place

Tuesday – Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight; Friday – Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

412-687-0606

$

Say Cheese! Pizza has pies so photogenic, you may not even want to eat them, despite how tasty they are.

 

Domino’s Pizza

1001 E. Carson St.

Monday – Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Thursday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 a.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 a.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to midnight

412-432-3232

$

This popular pizza chain promises a 30-minute delivery guarantee.

 

Sal’s Pizza

1322 E. Carson St.

Monday, 4 p.m. to 3 a.m.; Tuesday – Saturday, 4 p.m. to 4 a.m.; Sunday 4 p.m. to midnight

412-381-3663

$$

A reliable spot for a late-night slice, this New York-style pizzeria is a South Side favorite for calzones, salads and wings.

 

Italian Village Pizza

5886 Forbes Ave.

Monday – Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday – Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 9 p.m.

412-422-1300

$$

With several locations throughout the Greater Pittsburgh area, Italian Village Pizza offers all of the classic Italian foods, including New York style pizza, calzones, hoagies and stromboli. Italian Village Pizza makes their dough fresh daily and also carries chocolate chip cannolis and several kinds of cookies.

 

Mineo’s Pizza House

2128 Murray Ave.

Monday – Thursday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Friday – Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.

412-521-2053

$

John Mineo founded this family pizzeria in 1958, but their pizza is made just as fresh now as it was then. With homemade dough, sauce slow-cooked from Italian tomatoes and fresh cheeses, Mineo’s Pizza House is the stop for pizza, pasta, hoagies and calzones.

 

Napoli Pizzeria

2006 Murray Ave.

Monday – Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday – Saturday, 11 a.m. to midnight; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

412-521-1744

$$

Located in the heart of Squirrel Hill for more than 25 years, Napoli Pizzeria uses nothing but the finest ingredients. Napoli’s serves calzones, hoagies, pizza and salads, but if that doesn’t sell you, their cold beer is available with your meal or even for delivery.

 

Editor’s Pick: Sorrento’s for life. You never quite kick your first-year habits.


Sandwiches

 

Campus Deli

400 Semple St.

Monday – Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.; Friday – Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sunday, noon to 10 p.m.

412-683-3200

$

Campus Deli is a New York-style deli that serves sandwiches and other deli snacks. Students can order online and have it delivered to their door. One of the most popular sandwiches is the aptly named “Student” and includes two chicken tenders, french fries, cheese and thousand island dressing on a baguette.

 

Primanti Brothers

3803 Forbes Ave.

Monday – Wednesday, 10 a.m. – midnight; Thursday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 3 a.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to midnight

412-621-4444

$$

This place is well known in Pittsburgh for its mile-high sandwiches piled with coleslaw and french fries. If you are not in the mood for the “The Pitts-burger,” other menu items include their almost-famous chicken wings, soups and salads.

 

Tootie’s Famous Italian Beef Restaurant

93 S. 16th St.

Monday – Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight; Friday – Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 a.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to midnight
412-586-5959

$

Tootie’s claims to serve the “best sandwich Pittsburgh has to offer,” so stop by and see if they live up to the hype. You won’t be disappointed.

 

Kevin’s Deli

101 N. Dithridge St. No. 120

Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
412-621-6368

$

Kevin’s Deli, located in Webster Hall, serves breakfast and lunch dishes, including omelettes, burgers, hoagies and salad. Kevin’s also has new daily features not listed on the regular menu.

 

Uncle Sam’s Sandwich Bar

210 Oakland Ave.

Monday – Friday, 10:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.; Saturday – Sunday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

412-621-1885

$

Hidden away, this place is the quintessential hole-in-the-wall sub joint. Uncle Sam’s measures its tastiness in greasiness, and for $10, you can get more food than you know what to do with. The menu offers a variety of subs from cheesesteak to mushroom, and each dine-in order comes with a mountain of fries.

 

Smallman Street Deli

1912 Murray Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217

Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
412-421-3354

$$

You can’t go wrong with a corned beef sandwich at the Murray Avenue lunch hotspot.

Editor’s Pick: Eat Unique. The ingredients are fresh, the bread is amazing and the portions are hearty.


Dinners

Dogs, wings & burgers

Wings Over Pittsburgh

2525 E. Carson St.

Monday – Thursday, 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Friday – Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 a.m.; Sunday, noon to midnight

412-301-9464

$$

Available for takeout and delivery, Wings Over Pittsburgh offers a variety of wings, ribs and sandwiches for an individual meal or enough to feed a large party. With barbeque, buffalo and teriyaki sauces, the restaurant encourages its customers to be as messy as possible.


Essie’s Original Hot Dog Shop

3901 Forbes Ave.

Monday – Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursday – Sunday 10 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.

412-621-7388

$

A historic ‘corner’ stone — pun intended — of Oakland’s history, this hot dog shop has transfixed the local neighborhood for over 52 years with their famous franks, burgers, fries, wings and fish sandwiches. They carry “over 400 specialized micro and craft” beers as well as domestic favorites. This “original” restaurant is the perfect introduction into Pittsburgh’s local culture.

 

Five Guys Burgers and Fries

117 S Bouquet St.

Daily, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

412-802-7100

$

With a selective menu offering only burgers, fries and hot dogs as well as grilled cheese and veggie sandwiches, Five Guys is redefining fast food. Now offering milkshakes, too, Five Guys prepares all their fries — regular or cajun style — in-house, offering the customer freshness guaranteed. Also, there are unlimited free peanuts. *Note: Peanut oil and peanut dust are in the store.


BRGR

5997 Centre Ave.

Monday – Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday – Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to midnight; Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

412-362-2333

$$

BRGR serves gourmet burgers made with a specialty blend of Angus, chuck, sirloin, New York strip and ribeye beef, piled high with toppings like short ribs and pastrami. Plus, spiked milkshakes.

Casual dinner

K&T’s Fish and Chicken

4521 Centre Ave.

Monday – Thursday, noon to 10:45 p.m.; Friday, 2 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday – Sunday, noon to 10:45 p.m.

412-621-2526

$

An unpretentious shop that mainly offers fried fish and chicken, K&T’s is the place to go for a box of fries and battered indulgences. Beyond the fryer, there are some Moroccan dishes and a selection of sandwiches available, plus K&T’s delivers all over the city for a $2.00 fee.

La Feria

5527 Walnut St.

Monday – Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

412-682-4501

$$

Peruvian food isn’t the most widely available cuisine, which is why La Feria is such a special restaurant. Its menu includes authentic and modern takes on South American food, along with sweet potato chips worth raving about. If you’re looking for art, it also sells authentic pieces of Peruvian craft work in its connected store.

 

Las Velas Mexican Restaurant

21 Market Square

Monday – Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday – Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

$$

A step away from Chipotle’s fast food lines, this Mexican restaurant offers a view of Market Square and a long list of taco varieties, including fish and mango flank steak. There are also traditional Mexican dishes that come with the meat of your choice and spicy pepper sauces.

 

Salim’s Middle Eastern Foods

4705 Centre Ave.

Monday – Friday 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

412-621-8110

$

Salim’s Middle Eastern Foods is a small market and deli featuring traditional Middle Eastern cuisine from falafels to gyros.

 

Sphinx Café Hookah Bar

401 Atwood St.

Monday – Thursday, 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Friday – Saturday, 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Sunday, 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.

412-621-1153

$$

Sphinx is the ideal environment for some relaxation — hookah, food, Wi-Fi and a stress-free atmosphere.

 

Chan An

2013 Wharton St.

Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

412-381-3188

$

Although you’ll have to cross the Birmingham Bridge to get there, Chan An is one of Pittsburgh’s best bets for an inexpensive Chinese meal.

 

Bubble Pi Baking Arts

2218 Murray Ave.

Daily, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

412-422-0993

$

Pair the bubble tea with one of Bubble Pi’s signature pastries for a late-afternoon snack that won’t leave you too full.

 

Greek Gourmet

2130 Murray Ave.

Monday – Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

412-422-2998

$

With a diverse selection of hummus flavors, including jalapeno and sweet potato as well as deals such as a gyro and a can of soda for $5, Greek Gourmet is the place to go for the Pitt student craving some falafel while on the move. This restaurant provides customers with authentic Greek food at affordable prices. Just be sure to take your meals with you — with only a couple tables inside, this hidden gem doesn’t provide a lot of elbow room.

 

Family dinner

 

Bridges Restaurant and Lounge

100 Lytton Ave.

Daily, 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

412-682-0938

$$

Part of the Wyndam Pittsburgh University Center in Oakland, Bridges offers Pittsburgh-themed dishes such as Roberto Clemente pork sliders and the Franco’s Italian Army flatbread. For hotel guests, room service is available during the restaurant’s regular operating hours.

 

Mad Mex

370 Atwood St.

412-681-5656

Daily, 11 a.m. – 1 a.m.

$$

Made-to-order Mexican classics fuse with modern American cuisine at this casual bar and restaurant. A Pittsburgh chain, Mad Mex is an essential stop for weekend drinks and Mexican fare.

 

Lucca Ristorante

317 S. Craig St.

Monday – Friday, 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.; Saturday, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.; Sunday, 4:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

412-682-3310

$$

The S. Craig Street restaurant and wine bar has a brunch, lunch, dinner and dessert menu. Their menus include omelettes, mussels, fettucine and breakfast cocktails.

 

Union Grill

413 S. Craig St.

412-681-8620

Monday – Thursday, 11:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Friday – Saturday, 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sunday, noon – 9 p.m.

$$

Nestled on S. Craig Street, this is a high-class place to get a giant burger and maybe a beer or two. For a spread of Americana, Union Grill is the place to visit. With a nice ambience, you can enjoy your meal in classic fashion with a menu ranging from their famous burgers to the big corned beef Reuben. Union Grill offers simple selection served well.

 

Mediterranean Grill

5824 Forbes Ave.

Monday – Saturday, noon to 9 p.m.

412-521-5505

$$

BYOB to wine and dine on stuffed grape leaves, gyros and shish kebabs at Mediterranean Grill in Squirrel Hill. Start the evening off with “humous” — the smooth chickpea paste we all know and love — and bring a final smile to your lips with an order of flaky, buttery baklava.

 

Fuel and Fuddle

212 Oakland Ave.

Daily, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.

412-682-3473

$$

Fuel and Fuddle is a lively restaurant located in the heart of Oakland and Pitt’s campus. It specializes in house brews and upscale pub food to satisfy any craving. The late night cheap-eats menu, available from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. every night, is the perfect ending to a great night out.

 

Round Corner Cantina
3720 Butler St.

Monday – Tuesday, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Wednesday – Saturday 11 a.m. – midnight.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

412-904-2279

$$

Round Corner Cantina serves delicious Mexican cuisine, complemented perfectly by their buckets of beer.

 

Aladdin’s Eatery

5878 Forbes Ave.

Monday – Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday – Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

412-421-5100

$

Aladdin’s Eatery offers vegetarian choices and foods that are made to align with a guest’s health preferences and dietary restrictions. Guests can enjoy smoothies, beer, wine and the best of Lebanese hospitality in a relaxed and casual setting.

 

Tan Izakaya

815 S Aiken Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Sunday – Saturday, 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.; 4:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.

$$

(412) 688-0188

This spot promises an authentic izakaya — a Japanese gastropub — for newcomers and families alike, with ramen that’s sure to beat what you’ll find on grocery store shelves.

 

Harris Grill

5747 Ellsworth Ave.

Monday – Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

412-362-5273

$$

Harris Grill’s menu, full of witty names and descriptions, offers a wide selection of drinks and modern takes on classic bar food like steak mac and cheese and specialty tacos. The atmosphere is casual enough for jeans but nice enough for a date night out. When you add high-quality ingredients and quick service, you end up with a great dinner-and-drinks

 

Casbah

229 S. Highland Ave.

Monday – Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday – Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

412-661-5656

$$$

A menu that changes daily means there’s always something new to try at Casbah, a Mediterranean-style restaurant that focuses on seafood and pasta dishes. Casbah offers signature cocktails and customers rave about their dessert menu. There’s even valet parking if you’re interested.

 

Editor’s Pick: If you’re looking for somewhere nice to take your family, try Ceviche downtown. Seafood, drinks, ambience — your mom will be impressed.


Beer and Breweries

Hemingway’s Cafe

3911 Forbes Ave.

Monday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.

412-621-4100

$

Voted Best College Bar in Pittsburgh, Hemingway’s is known as a place to meet friends, have drinks and enjoy casual dining. With over 40 types of different draft beers and a $5 food menu, Hemingway’s draws upperclassmen from all over campus.

 

Hofbrauhaus

2705 S. Water St., Pittsburgh, PA 15203

Sunday 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Monday – Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Thursday, 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.

Friday – Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

412-224-2328

$$

Modeled after the original German brewery, Hofbrauhaus brews seasonal beer on-site and offers a wide array of authentic Bavarian dishes.

 

Sharp Edge Beer Emporium

302 S. Clair St.

Monday – Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight; Friday – Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Sunday, noon to 9 p.m.

412-661-3537

$$

Sharp Edge Beer Emporium lives up to its name, offering 70 beers on tap and over 150 bottles for guests to try. There’s also a half-price food menu Monday through Saturday starting at 10 p.m., which knocks a basket of wings down to just $0.55. Look no further if you want a wide selection with reasonable prices for your night on the town.

 

William Penn Tavern

739 Bellefonte St.

Monday – Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sunday, noon – 2 a.m.

412-621-1000

$

Shadyside’s William Penn Tavern is a no-frills destination for anyone seeking cheap beer and solid pub food while watching a Steelers game. It offers four different wing nights throughout the week — with an order of wings costing only $0.50 — which visitors can enjoy in this relaxed, welcoming environment.

 

Cappy’s Café

5431 Walnut St.

Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Saturday – Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.

412-621-1188

$

A small bar with cheap beer specials and outdoor seating makes for a great place to grab a quick drink and people watch. Cappy’s Cafe offers all of that, right beside Walnut Street’s strip of shopping outlets. Food is generally about $7, and there are events like Friday-night karaoke and Tuesday-night trivia.

 

Birmingham Bridge Tavern

2901 Sarah St.

Monday – Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sunday, noon to midnight

412-381-2739

$$

You’ll find a quality atmosphere to go along with your IPA and sandwich at this popular pub.

 

Brewski’s

801 E. Carson St.

Daily, noon to 2 a.m.

412-481-9140

$

If you’re looking to blow off some steam, try out the in-bar punching machine after a couple drinks at this rough-nosed spot.

 

Carson City Saloon

1401 E. Carson St.

Monday – Friday, 5 p.m. to 1:45 a.m.; Saturday – Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 1:45 a.m.

412-481-3203

$$

Whether it’s the Pirates, Penguins or Steelers, Carson City Saloon is one of this sports town’s best places to watch a game.

 

The Library

2302 E. Carson St.

Daily, 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.

412-381-0517

$$

The menu looks like a book at this South Side bar and restaurant, if you’re looking to get literary with your meal.

 

Mario’s South Side Saloon/Blue Lou’s

1514 E. Carson St.

Monday – Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.

412-381-5610

$$

If you can brave the line, stop by Mario’s for some after-hours antics.

 

Nadine’s Restaurant

19 S. 27th St.

Monday – Friday, 6:30 a.m. to midnight; Saturday, 9 a.m. to midnight; Sunday, 10 a.m. to midnight

412-481-1793

$

The family-owned bar and restaurant has been featured on Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.”

 

Smiling Moose

1306 E. Carson St.

Monday, noon to 2 a.m.; Tuesday – Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sunday, noon to 2 a.m.

412-431-4668

$$

Looking for a new favorite local band? Head out to the Smiling Moose for some live music to go along with your weekend fun.

 

Smokin’ Joe’s Saloon

2001 E. Carson St.

Monday – Thursday, noon to 2 a.m.; Friday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

412-431-6757

$

Featuring a whopping 60 beers on tap, you’d be hard-pressed to find a go-to drink at this South Side joint.

 

Tad’s on East Carson

1109 E. Carson St.

Monday – Saturday, 5 p.m. – 2 a.m.; Sunday, 8 p.m. – 2 a.m.

412-481-3480

$

In this blink-and-you’ll-miss-it bar, you can grab a cheap burger to go along with your happy-hour revelry.

 

Walker’s Pub

2024 Sarah St.

Call for Hours

412-431-2040

$

Stop by for the beer specials at one of South Side’s few off-E. Carson Street boozing spots.  

 

Carmella’s Plate and Pints

1908 E. Carson St

Monday – Friday, 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Saturday – Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

412-918-1215

$$

With cocktails, a whiskey tap and entrees ranging from meatballs with curried tomatoes to homemade yogurt and harissa, Carmella’s promises customers a true American dining experience. The locale, an antique tavern, adds to the authentic feel.

 

The Independent Brewing Company

1704 Shady Ave.

Monday – Wednesday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Thursday, 5 p.m. to midnight; Friday – Saturday, 3 p.m. to midnight; Sunday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

412-422-5040

$$

This spot’s motto is “Good beer deserves good food.” Pair the mac and cheese dish with a local beer, made in one of Pittsburgh’s many breweries, such as East End Brewing Company and Hitchhiker Brewing Company.  

 

Silky’s Sports Bar & Grill

1731 Murray Ave.

Monday – Friday, 3 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Saturday, 11:30 a.m to 2 a.m.; Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to midnight

412-421-9222

$$

Take the 15-minute trip to one of Squirrel Hill’s favorite watering holes if you’re in the mood for waffle fries, spicy meatballs and, of course, a tasty brew.

Editor’s Pick: Penn Brewery. Brewed seasonal beer for affordable prices and German apps and entrees to share with a group. 

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