I want to have a typical meal. Where and what should I eat?

By Traveller May 23, 2018
Pittsburgh

I want to have a typical meal. Where and what should I eat?

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By Maria Traveller May 23, 2018

I’d really like to dig into the local cuisine on my trip. Any recommendations for authentic local places? Anything I absolutely must try?

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Yes, absolutely anything The Strip! A quintessential melting pot of various ethnic cuisines- as diverse as Pittsburghers themselves. All in a no-nosense, casual & friendly setting of the re-purposed groceries' warehouses district. Of course: 24/7 Primanti's, Gaucho for meat-lovers Argentinian style, Wholey's Fish Market w/their famous humongous fish sandwiches, Kaya (Caribbean w/the Pittsburgh twist).
I would also add: Apteka in Lawrenceville (vegan European, delicious, casual yet stylish), The Church Brew Works in Lawrenceville (microbrewery + Eastern European food in a repurposed church- no prayers required), People's Indian Restaurant in Lawrenceville (delicious Indian food- that's Pittsburgh, too!) and historic Penn Brewery (North Side, just across the Allegheny River from The Strip) w/its abundant offering of beers and German/Polish cuisine.
Bon appétit!
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Local May 25, 2018
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Hey Maria! I agree with the Strip District answer. It's a great place to explore for a morning or afternoon, and the Polish Deli down there has amazing Pirogi! If you are around on a Thursday, there is a farm market from 10 am to 2 pm in Market Square. If you are in Market Square, head over to Prantl's and get yourself a mini Almond Torte...it's life changing! For more food adventures, I recommend checking out Lawrenceville (Ki Ramen, Coca Cafe, Piccolo Forno are some of my favorites!), Squirell Hill (Everyday Noodles, Gaby et Jules) and Shady Side are some other cool places to eat and explore. I'm not sure when you will be in town, but on Weekends now in Millevale, there is a Food Truck Park that just started this year. Have fun exploring!
Local May 23, 2018
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Take a trip to the Strip District, an essential destination, which is lined with ethnic grocers and tons of eateries, including the aforementioned Primanti's, breakfast at Pamela's, and biscotti at Enrico's. The Strip represents the amazing ethnic diversity in our city and has food options from the simple to the extravagant. Though not local cuisine, but local favorites, we love the cafeteria-style Middle Eastern and Halal food at Salem's Grill, wood-fired grilled meats at Gaucho Parrilla Argentina, and the craft cocktails and cuisine at Bar Marco. Wigle Whiskey local craft distillery is in the Strip too. Pittsburgh is home to some of the best restaurants in the country as highlighted in the latest issue of Pittsburgh Magazine: http://www.pittsburghmagazine.com/Pittsburgh-Magazine/June-2018/Best-Restaurants-2018/
Local May 23, 2018
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Primanti Brothers! Pittsburgh is known for the famous sandwiches found here.
Local May 23, 2018
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