This restaurant make you feel like you have stepped back in time. As the window clearly states, hamburgers .79 cents. The Pickle Barrel has been open for over 34 years. It is decorated with old school lunch boxes from the 60's.
Favorite Dish: Hamburger and a coke.
The authentic German food here is delicious. The restaurant provides a real old-world neighborhood feel. It is located in the North Side of Pittsburgh, where it has been a neighborhood gathering place since the early 1900's. It is a quiet restaurant (it got busier when mostly locals came in for happy hour, but never got loud or rowdy.) We just had to make a second trip while we were in town. I tried the local Iron City Beer which is good. I would say it is similar to a Yuengling Porter. I loved the Dutch Club Dark. I believe Max's is the only place you can get it. If you go between 5 and 7, you can order 1/2 price appetizers and get $1 off of the already reasonably priced beers. Their website is very helpful and I listed it below.
Favorite Dish: The bratwurst dinner I had was delicious. The wurst wasn't huge, but since all of the accompaniments were delicious, the meal was just the right size. You have a choice of 2 sides with most meals. I chose the applesauce and mashed potatoes and gravy. Both were freshly handmade and absolutely delicious. The meal also came with a variety of breads, applebutter, a spiced apple, and sauerkraut. My wife ordered their breakfast buffet and she too was thoroughly satisfied. She really enjoyed the German Farmers' Breakfast, Potato Pancakes, and French Toast.
I only stopped in for a cup of coffee, but I'll go back to see what else this small café has to offer. I was impressed with the up-to-date selection of free newspapers, flyers and postcards announcing area events.
There are many restaurants along Grandview Ave. on Mt. Washington in Pittsburgh. But most of are more formal and require you to have lunch or dinner if you want to enjoy the incredible view of downtown Pittsburgh.
The Grandview's food is not spectacular, and most times I have gone, I did not even eat. They have the typical burgers, sandwiches, wings. etc. The nice thing about the Grandview is that you can enjoy a moderately priced drink (not inexpensive and not at the high-end as far as Pittsburgh prices go) and grab a table outside on the balcony (weather permitting) and enjoy an incredible bird's eye view on a balcony literally hanging over a steep cliff.
If you've never been to Pittsburgh, you can drive along Grandview and see the same view, but if you want to relax, grab a bite to eat, and have a drink at a reasonable price, the Grandview Saloon is the place.
ONE MORE NOTE: I prefer this place (and Grandview in general) at night. The view is great anytime, but I prefer the evenings when the City is all lit up.
Favorite Dish: None in particular. A drink and a table out on the balcony.
My fav place in Pittsburgh for sushi. It was a little out of the way from oakland but definitely worth the trip. Their sushi boat is the cheapest around pittsburgh and tastes great. Other than sushi, they also have many choices of korean food.
This must be the original "greasy spoon"! The open grill is in the front with a counter alongside, and booths in the back. People wait in line to get in, but that's part of the fun. Everyone talks to each other, and the line moves fast. There's even an occasional celebrity. The breakfasts are fantastic, and this place won a city-wide contest for best hamburger, and that's saying something! We like to go after church for a breakfast that holds us all day.
Favorite Dish: I love the mixed grill...great home fries with peppers, onions, loose sausage (sweet or hot), eggs. Or, the pancakes. Or, the belgian waffles. Or, the hamburgers. Or....everything is my favorite!
As has already been mentioned, Primanti Brothers is a favorite. I dare you to ask what the #1 best seller is. And the Original Hot Dog Shop - don't get an extra large fries unless you're with at least 4 other people.
As Pittsburgh is mainly a 'college town' and attracts many international students, we have a growing number of ethnic resteraunts. Mad Mex (California Mexican), India Garden and Spice Island, Road to Karakesh in South Oakland, LuLu's (Pan-Asian), Ali Baba (Middle Eastern) and The Union Grill (American) in North Oakland, The Lemongrass (Thai) and Kazansky's Deli (Jewish) in Squirrel Hill, The Thai Place in Shadyside. Too many sandwidch shops to meniton in the South Side.
There are pizza shops on every corner and a good Italian place in every neighborhood, just ask.
All of the restaurants are moderately priced. Some are downright cheap, but still very good.
Favorite Dish: All of the restaurants I mentioned have many vegetarian menu items.
Forty years ago, chef Raymond Burkhart discovered a gumbo recipe that won him fans from Pittsburgh to New Orleans. Taking fresh green peppers, rice and quarter-sized shrimp, mingled with chunks of spicy sausage in a lobster and tomato broth, he created a magic gumbo recipe that is now hailed as Pittsburgh's own traditional dish. Generations of ethnic flavours and cooking secrets converge in Pittsburgh; Indian spices, tapas secrets, Tex-Mex originals, Italian creativity and the freshest seafood are all celebrated here. Pieroghi is a MUST to try!
Grand Concourse (European/Seafood)
1 Station Square, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15219
Tel: +1 412 261 1717
Common Plea (American)
310 Ross Street, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15219
Tel: +1 412 281 5140
Monterey Bay Fish Grotto (Seafood)
1411 Grandview Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15211
Tel: +1 412 481 4414
One Oxford Centre, 301 Grant Street, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15219
Tel: +1 412 392 0225
Le Mont Restaurant (French)
1114 Grandview Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15211
Tel: +1 412 431 3100
The Tin Angel (American)
1200 Grandview Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15211
Tel: +1 412 381 1919
Primanti Brothers (American)
3803 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213
Tel: +1 412 621 4444
Le Perroquet (French)
709 Bellefonte Street, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15232
Tel: +1 412 687 1022
Top of the Triangle (American)
600 Grant Street, USX Tower, 62nd Floor, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15219
Tel: +1 412 471 4100
There is no better (and more reasonably priced) place to eat than Pasta Too in Bethel Park, a drive or bus ride about 15 minutes south of Pittsburgh. Another excellent restaurant is Armstrong's in Whitehall, another one of Pittsburgh's suburbs to the south. While there are some fantastic restaurants in (or near) downtown Pittsburgh, including Louis Tambellini's Italian Restaurant (pardon my spelling if I am off) which is just a little beyond the tunnel south of downtown Pittsburgh, I favor the less expensive suburban restaurants. Point of caution: Pasta Too ONLY accepts cash.
Of course, some of my other favorite places are: Sesame Inn, a slightly expensive Chinese restaurant in Mt. Lebanon; The Original's near the University of Pittsburgh, where they have unbelievable fries, cheap pizza and a large BEER selection; and the Beehive, a great Bohemian coffee shop where you can just chill out and meet new people.
1)Pramani's Sandwich Shoppe
2)The Church Brew Works.
1) puts fries, colslaw and egg on sandwich
2)If you like pubs, you must check out the Church brew works (www.churchbrewworks.com) in the bloomfield section of Pittsburgh. The Catholic Church was constructed in the early 1900's. In the 90's it was going to be torn down, but it was bought and turned into a brew pub. On the alter it the kettle and lauter tun. The conversion arcitecture is an A+. The beers are crafted a bit on the hoppy side, which, to me, is delicious. It is a must see if you are into the pub scene.
Favorite Dish: 1)Pastrami and egg with fries
2)Ask for the hoppiest brew they have
The restaurant has a fantastic chef and great view of the city from atop Mt.Washington. The side facing the city is glass and tiered. It is near the incline and vista points. (See photo taken from our table) $$$$
Favorite Dish: Everything!
Very good, but the wide variety of beer is the main attractant. The owner has been knighted in Belgium for doing so much to bring Belgian Beer to the US.
Favorite Dish: Dipping sampler- pick 3 dips
I was intrigued by the Cuban 'style' sandwiches on the menu, so I went in. They weren't as good as described, I probably won't return. I've had real Cuban sandwiches.
This restaurant is located on top of Mt Washington, overlooking the city of Pittsburgh. It's a more expensive restaurant, but the food and view are worth it!
Favorite Dish: Fried shrimp.
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