The Commoner Review – Delicious Food, But Terribly Overpriced

The Commoner, located in the trendy Hotel Monaco in downtown Pittsburgh, is an equally trendy restaurant serving up elevated gastropub fare with a hipstery industrial vibe.

While the food was delicious, we couldn't help but think this one was significantly over-priced for what you get.

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11 Pittsburgh Wine Bars You Must Stop at For a Delicious Glass

When it comes to drinking in Pittsburgh, we have a number of great options ranging from beer, to wine, to liquor, and even a strong scene of local producers for all three of those as well!

One industry that has been growing at a rapid pace in recent years is wineries, and more specifically that of the wine bar.

Today, we wanted to share some of our favorites from our explorations around the city!

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Smokin’ Toad’s BBQ Review – Looking for More North of Pittsburgh

Smokin' Toad's BBQ is located in Sarver, PA, just under an hour northeast of Pittsburgh, and is one of those places we've driven by a number of times but never quite made it in to try.

It was only when visiting Cellar Works Brewing next door that I was able to put in an order from the menu (available at the brewery).

While a robust menu with a number of options, I left wishing I was able to sample a bit more.

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City Oven Review – A Prime Lunch Spot in Downtown Pittsburgh

City Oven closed in 2019.

It took me years to get to City Oven in downtown Pittsburgh. This is not an exaggeration.

The reason for this is because this popular pizza and sandwich shop is only open from 7am to 3pm, Monday to Friday- the exact time I was never able to be downtown despite my best efforts.

With getting frequent pushes by those in the know about Pittsburgh's pizza scene, I finally made it happen. It was worth the wait.

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The Market Street Grocery Wine Bar Review – A Must at Happy Hour

Market Street Grocery is a small grocer located just steps away from Market Square in downtown Pittsburgh.

If you didn't know any better, odds are good you'll walk by it without giving it a second glance. Today, we want to let you know about something special that is tucked away at the back of the store- a beautifully stocked wine bar!

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Pie for Breakfast Review – Higher End Diner Fare in Oakland

Pie for Breakfast is a trendy diner in Oakland serving up creative diner fare and homemade pies.

The menu here goes beyond just the basic eggs and bacon staples and ventures deftly into steaks, kielbasa, quiches, biscuits and gravy, and a good selection of healthier vegetarian options as well.

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Liberty Magic is the Kind of Performing Arts Venue Downtown Needs

A few months ago if you would've asked us if Pittsburgh's Cultural District needed another performing arts venue, we probably would've said no.

With gems like Heinz Hall, the Benedum Center, the O'Reilly Theater, the Byham Theater, the August Wilson Center, and many more (plus a number of awesome free galleries and other art installations), the district already serves up an array of wonderful shows seemingly every night of the week.

But then Liberty Magic opened, and our thoughts changed completely. This one is a welcomed addition to the Cultural District, as we could all truly use some magic in our lives.

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Kingfly Spirits Review – Distillery and Cocktail Bar Comes to the Strip

Kingfly Spirits opened its doors in Pittsburgh's Strip District in early 2019 and is poised to be a new drinking hotspot in one of the city's most popular neighborhoods.

We ventured down to the Strip to check this one out on opening day and were rather impressed with what we found.

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