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Places to Eat

In Pittsburgh, food is more than just breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Here, eating is as varied as the people who built the city. There’s a natural blend of wealthy and working class, American and immigrant. Sure, we have our fair share of casual and chain restaurants, but it’s our fine dining, ethnic eateries, and uniquely Pittsburgh places that are to be explored and savored.

End a long day on a special note with an evening at one of Pittsburgh’s finer restaurants. Located in the Cultural District, Nine on Nine features an intimate setting and a mix of regionally inspired American and French dishes. Isabela on Grandview offers diners a delicious menu, impeccable service, and a breathtaking panoramic view of Pittsburgh’s skyline from atop Mt. Washington. And Downtown’s Capital Grille boasts an impressive menu of dry-aged steaks and fresh seafood.

Generations of immigrants flocked to Pittsburgh and created a mosaic of culture and cuisine. Today, the city has a bounty of ethnic restaurants that showcase its diversity. German cuisine can be found at Penn Brewery on the North Side and Hofbrauhaus on the South Side. Mallorca, in Pittsburgh’s South Side, offers fine Spanish fare, while Shadyside’s Abay is the city’s only Ethiopian restaurant. Asian dining is available at Chinatown Inn (Downtown), Sushi Kim (Strip District), Sushi Too (Shadyside), and Spice Island Tea House (Oakland). Pittsburgh also offers Hungarian (Jozsa Corner), Middle Eastern (Ali Baba’s), and Indian (Tamarind) fare.

Our most unique restaurants are those that reflect our past with a sense of pride. Primanti Brothers started serving their sandwiches topped with fries and coleslaw in the 1930s to truckers who had to get back on the road quickly and eat with one hand. The shop now has 15 locations in and around Pittsburgh, including the original Strip District shop. Also located in the Strip, Jo Jo’s continues to serve truckers and night owls full breakfasts that include an omelet filled with vegetables, sausage chunks, and home fried potatoes. Oakland’s Original Hot Dog Shop may not be the kind of place to take your parents, but the hot dogs and enormous french fry portions have been local favorites since 1960. And one of the best fish sandwiches in town is served up at a fish market that opened in 1912: Wholey’s.

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