Arsenal Bowl – A Classic Experience for Bowling in Pittsburgh

Arsenal Bowl is an award-winning bowling alley in Pittsburgh, and is a staple attraction right in the heart of Lawrenceville.

While more or less your typical bowling alley, this one gets a few extra points for a higher-end ambiance, themed nights, and of course, its location!

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Franktuary Review – Unique Hot Dog Combinations in Lawrenceville

My cravings for hot dogs are often few and far between, but when they come I often want a crazy combination of toppings that goes well beyond the simple hot dog, ketchup, and mustard I grew up on.

Enter Franktuary in Lawrenceville, the kind of restaurant to visit if you are in the mood for some rather unusual hot dog options!

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Homemade Italian Food and Wine at Piazza Talarico in Lawrenceville

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!

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First and Third Friday Wine Tasting at Palate Partners

If you've spent any time driving through Lawrenceville, specifically up Liberty Avenue from the Strip District, odds are good you've seen Dreadnought Wines (just a few blocks from Church Brew Works).

Odds are good you've also never checked this one out besides seeing it in passing.

The reason for this is because Dreadnought Wines is not a winery, but rather a specialty wine importer that serves many restaurants, wine shops, and other businesses in the state. But their sister business, Palate Partners, is for the public- and this one holds wine tasting events and classes at the same location.

We recently visited for one of their informal First and Third Friday wine tastings events and wondered why it took us this long to go in the first place.

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Walter’s Southern Kitchen Review – Texas BBQ Comes to Lawrenceville

Walter's Southern Kitchen is a Texas style barbecue joint located in Pittsburgh's Lawrenceville neighborhood that opened in 2018.

While this one has an array of sides, starters, and even brunch, when I visited this one I had one thing on my mind: the meat.

It did not disappoint.

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V3 Pizza Review – Cheap Flatbreads in Downtown Pittsburgh

When we are exploring downtown Pittsburgh, we often find ourselves lamenting the fact that there are not very many affordable, local restaurants.

But moments after walking in for a pizza at V3 (as guests of the restaurant), we knew we found one. The reason? All pizzas are under $10 (as of 2018)!

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Justin Severino’s Hog Butchering Demonstration at Morcilla

Most Pittsburghers know about esteemed Chef Justin Severino and his two restaurants, Cure (closed in early 2019), that featured his creative and unique charcuterie, as well as Morcilla, focusing on Spanish tapas. But did you know that Chef Severino also hosts semi-annual hog butchering demonstrations where you can take a deep dive into his world of meat curing while enjoying a multi-course meal?

We've long been fans of Severino's work and were so excited that we recently had the chance to finally enjoy one of these events at Morcilla.

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Driftwood Oven Review – Pizza Truck Turned Restaurant in Lawrenceville

Driftwood Oven was a popular Pittsburgh food truck until early 2018 when the owners decided to ditch the wagon and open a brick and mortar restaurant right in the heart of Lawrenceville.

We were always big fans of this particular pizza as, well, who could say no to mobile brick oven pizza? We were a bit bummed to find out they wouldn't be at our favorite breweries moving forward, but were also excited to see how they'd expand their pizza into a traditional restaurant concept.

They didn't disappoint.

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Cinderlands Beer Co. Review – Creative Food and Beer in Pittsburgh

Although new breweries have been popping up all over the region the past few years, a newer trend is breweries that have their own restaurants. Cinderlands Beer Co. in Lawrenceville is one such brewery/restaurant hybrid that offers creative and delicious beers with interesting small plates and entrees.

Cinderlands Beer Co. has two locations, one right on Butler St. in lower Lawrenceville and a second in the Strip District- both in really cool buildings.

For this review we visited the Lawrenceville location, and in this one here's cozy wooden booths along the length of the restaurant, an upstairs seating area, an exposed brick wall with a huge Cinderlands logo painted on it, and of course, the sophisticated bar that makes you feel like you've been transported back in time.

But Cinderlands has more than just good looks. We visited shortly after they opened (and several times since) and one thing that strikes is just how interesting and good the beers are for being such a young brewery. Tea kolsch, coffee double IPA, and strawberry sour IPA are just some of the unique beers you'll find here. And although the food menu is somewhat small, we really appreciate the effort they're putting in to crafting and creating these dishes.

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The Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer – A Bi-Annual Event Full of Nostalgia

The Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer is a bi-annual event that showcases local and regional vendors selling vintage home goods, furniture, clothes, and other collectibles.

Started in 2011, this event typically takes place in the spring and fall and combines dozens of vintage vendors, DJs, drinks, and food to make one memorable and fun event.

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