We are constantly scouring the city for new and old treats to tell you about. This Pittsburgh Food Guide: Downtown edition, is not inclusive, it’s just some of our favorite places to enjoy great food and drink Downtown.
WHERE TO EAT BRUNCH
Habitat is located inside the fancy pants Fairmont hotel so leave the standard issue brunch attire at home (ie sweatpants). If your a breakfast kind of brunch person try the Habitat Breakfast (pictured above) or more of a lunch kind of brunch person be sure to get the Curried Butternut Squash Soup with whatever you choose.
Meat & Potatoes has a make-your-own bloody mary bar. Need we say more? Ok, fine. It also offers a unique twist on classic brunch fare like Chicken & Waffles with fried chicken, cheddar jalapeño waffle, and bourbon bacon syrup; Brisket & Eggs with Korean BBQ, kim chee, and friend farm egg; and the BPLT (bacon, pastrami belly, arugula, tomato, and truffle mayo. Now go wipe your mouth.
WHERE TO EAT LUNCH
Bluebird Kitchen makes perfect picnic fare. Sandwiches, soups, and hot and cold grains and veggie sides make this hip eatery almost too cool for its own good. Try the House Roast Beef sandwich and homemade potato chips. And the beet salad. Always the beet salad.
Apollo Cafe serves the classic “working man’s” lunch with a Mediterranean twist. Soups, sandwiches, salads, and sides. All homemade. All delicious. Be sure to bring cash.
WHERE TO EAT DINNER
täko is the third restaurant by chef Rich DeShantz also known for Meat & Potatoes and Butcher and the Rye. It’s also the best in our opinion. Serving gourmet tacos and a variety of starters, täko is a great after work or late night dinner stop. Try the namesake täko with grilled octopus or the Korean with wagyu short rib. And don’t forget the margaritas!
WHERE TO HAVE COCKTAILS & BEER
Butcher and the Rye has 350+ whiskey bourbons proudly displayed on the wall. If you can’t find something to drink here you should probably give up. Be sure to check out the daily punch special on the butcher paper roll next to the bar.
Market Street Grocery is the first grocery store Downtown in over 10 years. It may not be a full service store but it has just enough to make a beautiful meal. It also has a hidden secret: a wine room where you can enjoy wine, cocktails, and tapas. Enter from Graeme Street or walk through the store to the back.
Sharp Edge has a lot of beers. Enough beer to make any beer lover’s heart skip a beat. It specializes in Belgian beer but you can get a variety of styles from a variety of countries. If you’re feeling adventurous, try the “Mystery Beer” on tap.
Biergarten is only open from May to October. So we apologize if you’re reading this in January. The rooftop views, life-sized games, and giant soft pretzels are worth the wait for warmer weather.
WHERE TO EAT TREATS
Dream Cream Ice Cream helps make dreams come true by donating a portion of each custom flavor scooped to your cause. They might not make the ice cream themselves but each scoop literally helps a dream come true.
Pittsburgh Popcorn Company is more than just butter, carmel, and cheese. Yes, it offers those flavors but it pushes the popcorn boundaries by offering special weekly flavors like Cinnamon Toast, Zesty Ranch, and Thin Mint.
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