Pittsburgh is without a doubt one of the biggest and best cities in the United States. That stems widely from the town’s restaurants and bars. In particular, Downtown Pittsburgh hosts so many one-of-a-kind hot spots filled with authentic food and drinks you can’t find anywhere else. Check out some of the city’s most popular restaurants and bars below:
If you want to eat in a relaxed environment full of the finest American gourmet foods, Avenue B is the restaurant for you. Chef Chris Bonfili, whose background includes being a longtime chef at the Red Room, is the owner of this establishment. He features seasonal menus, as well as daily chalkboard specials, every day. One of the most sought out dishes here at Avenue B is the aged-cheddar grilled cheese and roasted garlic-tomato bisque. It has quickly become a lunchtime favorite. In 2012, Avenue B branched out from just a restaurant and now hosts private events as well. They even have catering service available.
Located along the Beverly Road commercial strip, Cafe Io has a reputation for bringing simple dishes to life. In fact, their most popular dishes that customers can’t stop raving about include the tomato-basil soup, hot ham and cheese pretzelwich sandwich, and turkey and mashed potatoes. Popular chef Jeff Iovino, who once founded the beloved South Hills restaurant, currently runs this hot spot. If you’re bringing your children to Cafe Io, be prepared that some of the dishes for them may sound a bit different from anything you’ve ever heard before. For instance, they offer chicken-finger tacos and roasted turkey. However, your kids are guaranteed to love these meals. Even though Cafe Io is small, Chef Iovino and his staff make sure they don’t skimp out on quality. This restaurant has a full-service bar and even donates a part of their profit to local charities.
Ever since starting out a short time ago, Cure has garnered wide attention both locally and nationally. In fact, Bon Appetit even nominated this American styled restaurant in 2011 for one of the magazine’s 50 Best Lists. It’s currently owned and operated by chef Justin Severino, who Pittsburgh Magazine referred to as their 2013 Star Chef. The food here may be casual, but the setting is polished and refined. On the menu, there are plenty of meat dishes, as Severino has a background in butchering. That’s why you’ll find numerous cured meats offered here. Specifically, though, the salumi platter is a favorite among customers, as it features lardo, duck speck and duck rillettes. Severino works directly with local farmers and food suppliers, so when you eat here you are getting fresh and organic foods.
The Bigelow Grille is another restaurant that everyone in Pittsburgh needs to check out, as it’s run by acclaimed chef Anthony Zallo. In fact, Pittsburgh Magazine has named it as one of Pittsburgh’s Top 25 restaurants. Here, you’ll find a wide assortment of fresh produce used in countless meals. For instance, local mushrooms are often included in breakfast omelets, while the Market Soup features the produce that’s currently in season. Each of these produce ingredients come directly from local farmers. However, some of the Bigelow Grill’s specialties are steak hash, homemade sausage and blueberry and mascarpone stuffed french toast.
While people may not automatically associate Downtown Pittsburgh with their restaurants and bars, there are definitely some that everyone in the area needs to check out. These establishments not only provide excellent meals that you’ll be raving about, but an atmosphere you won’t be able to get enough of.