Dining Guide: Shadyside

By Staff Report


Bagel Factory

5825 Ellsworth Ave.

6 a.m. to 7… AMERICAN:

Bagel Factory

5825 Ellsworth Ave.

6 a.m. to 7 p.m.



Panther Funds? no

The only independent bagel bakery in Pittsburgh prides itself on making everything from scratch.

Bites and Brews

5750 Ellsworth Ave.

Sunday to Wednesday 4 p.m. to midnight, Thursday 4 p.m. to 1 a.m., Friday to Saturday 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.




Panther Funds? no

This combination bar-and-restaurant serves pizza and sandwiches and has 30 beers on tap.


806 S. Aiken Ave.

Monday to Friday 6 a.m. 8 p.m., Saturday to Sunday 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.




Panther Funds? no

This local franchise of the national chain serves bagels and other breakfast and lunch items.

Buffalo Blues

216 S. Highland Ave.

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



$ to $$

Panther Funds? no

This bar represents a cross-section of American culture. Far from a nameless bar, customers are known by name and what they drink.

Elbow Room

5744.5 Ellsworth Ave.

Sunday to Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday to Saturday 11 a.m. to midnight



$ to $$

Panther Funds? no

Whether stopping in for burgers or a taste of one of the 85 varieties of wines in stock, The Elbow Room provides a casual environment and eclectic menu for everyone.

Doc’s Place

5442 Walnut St.

Monday to Thursday 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., Friday to Saturday noon to 2 a.m.



$ to $$

Panther Funds: no

Called the “the ultimate comfortable bar” by BarAmerica.com, Doc’s Place offers a warm atmosphere, a full smoke-free bar on its second floor and a wide selection of foods from its menu.

Harris Grill

5747 Ellsworth Ave.

Monday to Saturday 11:30 to 2 a.m., Kitchen open till 1 a.m., Sunday brunch 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.



$ to $$

Panther Funds: no

A bar, a grill or a little bit of both? Harris Grill offers a full food menu in addition to festive theme nights to keep the atmosphere fun and lively.

Highlander Pub

228 S. Highland Ave.

4 p.m. to 2 a.m.



Panther Funds: no

A hole-in-the-wall bar, the Highlander Pub offers an intimate atmosphere and affordable drink prices for an escape from the typical Oakland scene.

K&T’s Fish and Chicken

4521 Centre Ave.

noon to midnight


$ to $$

Panther Funds: no

Specializing in, well, fish and chicken, K&T’s offers both individual meals and catering with salads, wings and sandwiches in its menu.


5527 Walnut St.

Monday-Saturday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.



Price: $ to $$

Panther Funds: no

Come to the Shadyside location of this classic local chain for breakfast or lunch, especially if you’re in need of some good old-fashioned comfort food.

Pittsburgh Deli Company

728 Copeland St.

Monday-Wednesday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday-Saturday 11 to 2 a.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.



Price: $ to $$

Panther Funds: no

If you’re looking for a fun twist on traditional deli food, the Pittsburgh Deli Company offers drinks and unique sandwiches.

Shady Grove

5500 Walnut St.

11 a.m. to 2 a.m., seven days a week



Price: $ to $$

Panther Funds:no

Stop into restaurant-and-bar Shady Grove for a diverse menu and a full service bar.

Sharp Edge Beer Emporium

302 S. Saint Clair St.

Sunday to Thursday 11 a.m. to midnight, Friday to Saturday 11 to 1 a.m.



$ to $$

Panther Funds? no

It’s really a cohesion of fancy food and varied beers. The Emporium offers wild game burgers, ostrich and buffalo burgers, 45 draft beers and 300 bottled beers.

Walnut Grill

5550 Walnut St.

Tuesday-Saturday 11 to 2 a.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m.



Price: $ to $$$

Panther Funds: no

The Walnut Grill offers contemporary American cuisine, featuring seafood, burgers, steaks, pasta and vegetarian options.

William Penn Tavern

739 Bellefonte St.

11 to 2 a.m.



$ to $$

Panther Funds? no

An eclectic sports bar, the Tavern has a comfortable Pittsburgh atmosphere, where food is not too fancy but still a step up from regular bar food.


Girasole Restaurant

733 Copeland St.

Sunday to Thursday 11:30a.m. to 10p.m., Friday to Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.



$ to $$

Panther Funds? no

A cozy little restaurant in Shadyside, one could describe it as “cute.” Girasole is family-run and it is well regarded for its different salads, though it offers a variety of Italian dishes.

Minutello’s Restaurant-Lounge

226 Shady Ave.

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




Panther Funds? no

The interior has the charm of an old-world Italian restaurant. It offers some of the finest pizza at affordable prices.

Pizzutti’s Restaurant

709 Bellefonte St.

Lunch 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Dinner  5 to 9 p.m.



Price: $$ to $$$

Panther Funds: no

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette called this BYOB Italian bistro, owned and operated by Chef Susan Pizzutti herself, “an oasis off Walnut.”


Crepes Parisiennes

732 Filbert St.

Tuesday-Thursday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Panther Funds: no

Price: $ to $$

Serving thin and crisp crepes with friendly and fast service, Crepes Parisiennes offers a cozy, relaxed atmosphere in which to enjoy Parisian-style crepes.

La Casa

5884 Ellsworth Ave.

Monday-Thursday 4 to 11 p.m., Friday 3 to 11 p.m., Saturday-Sunday noon to 11:30 p.m.



Price: $$ to $$$

Panther Funds: no

Combining music with an extensive selection of Moroccan and Spanish tapas and fine wines, La Casa offers visitors a Mediterranean experience like no other.


736 Bellefonte St.

Tuesday-Sunday serving dinner starting at 4 p.m.



Price: $$ to $$$

Panther Funds: no

A creation of Chef Ronald Deluca Jr., Pangea focuses on its international menu, featuring an eclectic variety of culinary influences.

Paris 66

6018 Centre Ave.

Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 to 9:30 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.



Price: $ to $$

Panther Funds: no

At this quaint French bistro, which was called “intimate, noisy and throbbing with energy” by Pittsburgh Magazine, you can enjoy savory crepes and French pizza.

Sunnyledge Boutique Hotel & Tea Room

5124 Fifth Ave.

Tuesday-Sunday, Lunch 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Tea 3 to 5 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday, Dinner 6 to 9:30 p.m.



Price: $$

Panther Funds: no

Just a quick walk from the Walnut Street shopping area, Sunnyledge Hotel currently features an affordable, casual bar menu.


Fajita Grill

5865 Ellsworth Ave.

Tuesday-Thursday 5 to 10 p.m.



Price: $$

Panther Funds: no

This is no Taco Bell. The Fajita Grill has been serving up authentic Mexican recipes for 23 years.

La Feria

5527 Walnut St.

Monday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.



Price: $ to $$

Panther Funds: no

Want a taste of Peru? Check out La Feria to see what the daily special is —­ meat or vegetarian — to experience some traditional or fused Latin American and Peruvian cuisine.


5849 Ellsworth Ave.

Tuesday-Thursday 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Friday-Saturday 5 to 10:30 p.m.

412 -362-6198


Price: $$-$$$$

Panther Funds: no

Part of the Big Burrito group that includes Mad Mex and Soba, Umi is a Japanese-themed restaurant, featuring many popular Japanese items including sushi and special omakase meals — from $75 up per person.


China Palace II

5440 Walnut St.

Monday-Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday-Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday 2 to 9 p.m.



Price: $ to $$

Panther Funds: no

Whether dining in or taking out, China Palace II offers a large variety of elegant Asian meat and vegetarian dishes. Each meal at the restaurant begins with hot tea and ends with a sliced up orange. Classy.

Jimmy Tsang’s

5700 Centre Ave.

11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.


Price: $ to $$

Panther Funds: yes

Serving both Chinese and Korean food, Jimmy Tsang’s is a great place to pick up or eat inside. Check out its cheap lunch specials.


5847 Ellsworth Ave.

Sunday-Thursday 5 to 10 p.m., Friday-Saturday 5 to 11 p.m.



Price: $$$

Panther Funds: no

Zebra wood accents and a silent wall of water greet those entering this Pan-Asian restaurant. The menu changes often, and reservations are suggested.

Sushi Too

5432 Walnut St.

Daily, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., 5 to 10 p.m.; Sunday 4 to 9 p.m.




Panther Funds? no

Tasty Japanese and Pan-Asian specialties, this restaurant delivers within a 3-mile radius and also caters special events. It prides itself on using the finest quality of seafood and vegetables.

Tasty Chinese

213 South Highland Ave.

3 to 9:45 p.m.



Panther Funds? yes

Hosting a menu full of specialties and entrees under $10, Tasty Chinese provides cheap and satisfying takeout options.

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.



$ to $$$

Panther Funds? no

Voted one of America’s Top 10 Thai restaurants by the International Restaurant and Hospitality Rating Bureau, Shadyside’s Thai Place provides spicy takeout and sit-in dining. Try its Thai Place Curry Puffs appetizer.

Tokyo Japanese Food Store

5855 Ellsworth Ave.

Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Closed Monday



Price: $ to $$

Panther Funds: no

This Japanese grocer has plenty of items that are hard to find elsewhere in the city. Fresh sushi and daily Bento boxes consisting of whatever is freshest, are highlights of the store.


242 S. Highland Ave.

Monday-Thursday 5 to 10 p.m., Friday-Saturday 5 to 11 p.m., Closed Sunday



Price: $$-$$$$

Panther Funds: no

Available for private daytime and evening events, Typhoon is a Thai-themed dinner restaurant featuring items such as pumpkin curry and steak with panang curry.



229 S. Highland Ave.

Monday-Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Friday-Saturday 5 to 11:00 p.m., Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 5 to 9:00 p.m.



Price: $$-$$$$

Panther Funds: no

A Mediterranean restaurant and wine bar from the Big Burrito group, Casbah’s menu has North African influences and includes such dishes as Chanterelle Mushroom Risotto and Red Pepper Casereccia.


Cappy’s Cafe

5431 Walnut St.


11 to 2 a.m.

$ to $$

Panther Funds: no

Opened in 1981, Cappy’s combines the intimate feel of a standing-room-only bar with an expansive, affordable beer selection and several exciting theme nights, including its legendary Friday “Cappyoke” karaoke event.

Coffee Tree Roasters

5524 Walnut St.

Monday to Thursday 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday 6 a.m. to midnight, Sunday 7 a.m to 10 p.m.




Panther Funds: no

With two locations in easy reach of Pitt students — Shadyside and Squirrel Hill — Coffee Tree Roasters quenches its patrons’ thirst for caffeine with reasonable prices and free refills.

Crazy Mocha

5830 Ellsworth Ave.

7:30 a.m. to midnight



Panther Funds: no

With multiple locations in the vicinity of Pitt’s campus and a host of appetizing drink and dessert options, this growing regional franchise is the coffeehouse of choice for many students.

Jitters Cafe and Ice Cream

5541 Walnut St.

7 a.m. to 10 p.m.



Price: $ to $$

Panther Funds: no

Calmer and slower-paced than Starbucks, Jitters offers specialty coffees, homemade ice cream and baked goods from Prantl’s.

Juice Box Cafe

735 Copeland St.

Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.



Price: $ to $$

Panther Funds: no

With its emphasis on using uncooked, local produce, the Juice Box Cafe is a fresh and health-conscious alternative to a burger and fries.


730 Copeland St.

Monday-Friday 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.



Price: $ to $$

Panther Funds: no

It’s a Starbucks.


Karmic Yogurt

731.5 Filbert St.

Tuesday-Saturday noon to 9 p.m., Sunday noon to 7 p.m.



Panther Funds: no

Karmic specializes in tart frozen yogurt — a healthy, 90 calories-per-serving treat that can be topped with fresh fruits or dozens of dry toppings.

Mercurio’s Mulberry Creamery

733 Copeland St.

Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday-Monday 1 to 9 p.m.



Price: $ to $$

Panther Funds: no

If you like gelato, an Italian ice-cream product, go to Mercurio’s. If you don’t like gelato, you should try it again.

Oh Yeah! Ice Cream and Coffee Co.

232 S. Highland Ave.

Monday-Friday 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.



Price: $

Panther Funds: no

For those hard-to-please ice cream eaters, Oh Yeah! offers just about any ice cream combination you can imagine. With more than 100 different mix-ins, you can mix and match the typical candy, granola and fruit, or — for the daring — try some less common treats: avocado, habanero, figs and more. Also, it’s dog-friendly.

Prantl’s Bakery

5525 Walnut St.

Tuesday-Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.




Panther Funds: no (cash only)

Founded more than 100 years ago, Prantl’s has been dealing out delicious sweets like Ronald McDonald hawks Happy Meals. Though known for its burnt almond torte, Prantl’s offers a variety of cookies, donuts, coffee cakes, cakes, pie and just about any other baked good there is.

Vanilla Pastry Studio

6014 Penn Circle St.

Tuesday-Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.



Price: $-$$

Panther Funds: no

For those who struggle with the choice between having your cake and eating it too, you might want to avoid Vanilla Pastry Studio — its confections are so adorable that you might not be able to bring yourself to actually eat them.


Pizza Parma

217 S. Highland Ave.

Sunday-Thursday 10 to 1 a.m., Friday-Saturday 10 to 2 a.m.



Price: $-$$

Panther Funds: no

A local pizza joint with two other locations, Pizza Parma offers many of the standard pizza shop entries, with a collection of specialty pizzas, ranging from broccoli-chicken to steak-rodeo pies.

Pizza Perfecta

258 S. Highland Ave.

10 a.m. to midnight


$ to $$

Panther Funds: no

This popular Shadyside pizzeria offers hearty portions of quality pie and reliable delivery options.

S Aiken Bar & Grille

815 S. Aiken Ave.

11 to 2 a.m.



Panther Funds: no

This Shadyside fixture serves up a diverse menu of pizza, wings and other bar-food staples in a well-lit, modern atmosphere.