We are constantly scouring the city for new and old treats to tell you about. This Pittsburgh Food Guide: Oakland edition, is not inclusive, it’s just some of our favorite places to enjoy great food and drink in Oakland.
Pamela’s: A Pittsburgh staple and must-try when in the city. If you are feeling famished (or a bit hungover) we recommend ordering The Morning After Breakfast Special (pictured above), which includes two eggs, bacon, ham or sausage, and two hotcakes. Sub in the famous crepe hotcakes and add a side of the equally famous Lyonnaise potatoes and you have yourself a bomb.com breakfast or brunch. Be sure to bring cash, as Pamela’s is cash only.
The Porch: Monday through Friday, The Porch opens up a walk-up window starting at 7 am where hungry Oaklanders can take out made-to-order breakfast sandwiches served on housemade farmbread, breakfast pastries such as hand pies and doughnuts, and speciality coffees. On the weekend, brunch is served and includes a variety of breakfast delights, as well as salads and speciality pizzas. If white pizza is your jam, try the Bianca with fig jam, goat cheese, arugula, and black truffle oil.
Eat Unique: Fresh sandwiches, soups, salads, and some tasty baked cookies are what you are going to find at Eat Unique. We recommend the Summer Sandwich, quiche of the day, goat cheese and beet salad (in the photo above), and any (if not all) of the cookies. A must-try cookie is the Sea Salt Chocolate Chip cookie created by owner Dave. It’s the perfect combination of sweet and salty in every bite.
Hello Bistro: The concept of Hello Bistro is to serve up all things customers love about local Eat’n Park restaurants in an urban setting. And what we love are Superburgers served with fries and a make-you-own salad bar with over 30 toppings to choose from. We also love Ranch dressing and it’s served up for free at the self-service station right next to the Heinz Ketchup.
Uncle Sams: Subs are all the rage at this sandwich shop. We recommend getting a classic cheese steak (or sub with chicken) and dining in. The advantage to dining in is that fries come on the side, for free. And, Uncle Sam’s has some of the best fries around town, at least Sarah thinks so. A handful of vegetarian subs are also on the menu for our non meat eating friends out there.
Legume: At Legume, the speciality is in house butchering and whole animal cooking. Don’t let the name fool you. The menu changes often, so be sure to peep it online the day that you make a reservation. If you are unsure of what to order, let Legume staff take the lead and order the Just Cooking (or Just Cooking Vegetarian) meal.
COCKTAILS & BEER
Butterjoint:The bartenders at Legume’s adjacent bar, Butterjoint, know how to make a mighty fine cocktail. If you are torn on what to drink, let us suggest The Mercy of the Bartender, a surprise cocktail made of the bartender’s liking. While here, be sure to order a few snacks to enjoy with your libations, including the fresh daily ground burgers, pierogies with housemade farmer’s cheese, and rich and delicious chocolate truffle cake.
Fuel & Fuddle: Fuel & Fuddle has plenty of beers rotating on it’s menu, including a few of it’s own brewed in New Hampshire by Smuttynose Brewing Company. There’s even a beer cult club you can join if you dare take the drinking challenge. Food here is inspired by the open brick oven, which churns out unique pizzas such as the Smoking Hen (barbecue chicken pizza) and the Kick-Gas Nachos with the chicken chili are a for sure must- try.
Dave and Andy’s: Ice cream! Ice cream! You are gonna need some ice cream after walking past Dave and Andy’s and taking in the whiffs of freshly, hand rolled waffle cones, which come with a little surprise in the bottom of the cone. Over 200 homemade flavors are on constant rotation including trusty flavors like Birthday Cake and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, as well as a variety of sorbets, yogurts, and low fat no sugar flavors.
Razzy Fresh: If fro yo is more your style, check out one (or both) Razzy Fresh locations in Oakland. A variety of tart and sweet yogurts and an array of toppings will let you create the dessert of your dreams.
The Original Hot Dog Shop: Open until 3:30 every day, the O is the perfect place for a late night snack after an evening out on the town or studying the books. Hot dogs are this places namesake but the fries will blow you away. Order a large fry and be amazed about just how large it is. So large, condiments like ketchup and cheese come in tubs.
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