Spirits & Tales located in The Oaklander hotel fulfills the much-needed niche in Oakland of a chef-driven destination restaurant with creative small plates and entrees. We've been huge fans of Chef Jessica Lewis since her Carota Cafe days at Smallman Galley, and we are thrilled to see she now has her own spot where she can showcase her vegetable-forward dishes.
Soju is a semi-casual Korean spot in Garfield where you'll find Korean barbecue dishes, classic bi bim bap, and a few other tasty surprises like poke bowls and chicken katsu. Throw in some great happy hour deals as well as creative and surprisingly delicious cocktails, and it's easy to see why this place nearly always has a line out the door.
LeoGreta, an Italian restaurant with a neighborhood vibe, opened in Carnegie in 2018 and brings a wonderful dining option to the borough. The space is on the smaller size and so is the menu, but the simple, homemade offerings are designed to please.
It doesn't get more traditional than Piazza Talarico in Lawrenceville. This family-owned Italian spot serves up Southern Italian food including homemade pizzas, pasta, and more in a cozy little space.
The best part? They also make their own wine and offer it on tap or by the bottle to go!
Fish Nor Fowl in Garfield is creative fine dining at its best. Our recent visit was the second for us, the first being shortly after they opened.
As the menu format is completely different now from when they opened, and we enjoyed the food even more, we felt that our review was due for an update.
The Colombian Spot is a casual restaurant in the South Side with a menu full of authentic Colombian dishes like arepas, empanadas, ropa vieja, tostones, and bandeja paisa.
There aren't too many places in Pittsburgh where you can find Colombian food, which is why we're super happy that The Colombian Spot exists and is delicious to boot.
While the food was delicious, we couldn't help but think this one was significantly over-priced for what you get.
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.
Allegheny Sandwich Shoppe in the North Side is an old school establishment that serves up classics like burgers, deli sandwiches, and Pittsburgh salads (salads topped with French fries).
Located on Western Avenue in the historic Allegheny West neighborhood, this spot is great for a wallet-friendly quick bite to eat for a weekday breakfast or lunch.
We recently did just that and picked up a few sandwiches and soup to go. While simple deli-style sandwiches like chicken salad, BLT, capicola, and corned beef are available, we wanted to try something a little more unique.
Totopo in Mt. Lebanon serves up well-executed traditional Tex-Mex dishes along with a few traditional-leaning Mexican plates. The quality of the service, atmosphere, and food make this one much more of a destination restaurant than your average Mexican joint.