Kaya Pittsburgh Review – The One We Return to Again and Again

Fried Avocado Tacos at Kaya in Pittsburgh

After living in Pittsburgh for five years and eating our way through neighborhood after neighborhood, Kaya is definitively one of our favorite restaurants in the city.

The laid back yet classy Caribbean vibe, awesome bar and happy hour, one of the best burgers we've ever had (just about anywhere), and a creative menu with Latin American and Caribbean influences combine to make this an all-around standout restaurant.

But to truly get the best out of this great restaurant in the Strip District, you'll have to visit at least three times.

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100+ Attractions and Restaurants Open in Pittsburgh on Sundays

Wigle Whiskey in the Northside

Ugh, not another Sunday!  For many it seems like Sunday is the least favorite day of the week here in Pittsburgh.  Sure, you probably get the day off work, but what good is that if your favorite restaurants and bars are closed or have extremely reduced hours?

We know the feeling. We've had our share of frustrations when it comes to finding attractions, restaurants, and bars in the city that are open on Sundays- especially when the weather prohibits spending the day at one of the many awesome Pittsburgh parks.

After several years of exploring the city in the hopes of finding an activity to experience and places to eat within a sea of closed doors, this guide was born. So while more than 50% of the city's businesses may be closed or on reduced hours on Sundays, that doesn't mean you can't find something to enjoy in just about every corner of the city.

Note- Operating hours may have changed since publishing and some businesses may have seasonal hours in effect as well (we will try and note these when we can). Please check the website of each to confirm hours prior to visiting. To read our article about the business or attraction, click the link in the business name.

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tako Pittsburgh Review – Upscale Tacos and Tequila Downtown

Our visit to täkō almost didn't happen. We didn't think that the restaurant would be completely reserved on a Saturday night prior to the restaurant even opening, but this buzzing downtown restaurant was nearly there anyway.

Luckily they had space, and we were given two options: seating at 5:30pm or 10:15pm with nothing in between.  Not wanting to pass up on our chance to try out the restaurant everyone in Pittsburgh seems to be talking about, we jumped on the early seating and were so glad we did.

Prepare your taste buds Pittsburgh.

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Smoke Taqueria Review – Traditional Tacos with a Twist

Tacos at Smoke Taqueria in Lawrenceville

Smoke Taqueria in LawrencevilleHaving been to the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico where tacos are nothing more than fresh, handmade corn tortillas topped with meat, I've since been a bit skeptical of the rise of the gourmet taco in the US.

Sometimes I think gourmet taco places try to do too much with this simple, humble street food. However, we were pleasantly surprised when we recently dined at Smoke in Lawrenceville where we had perfectly executed, inventive tacos. The flavors were not so out there that they didn't seem to belong in a taco, but rather evoked traditional Mexican flavors with a unique twist.

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17 of the Best Pittsburgh Ice Cream Shops to Visit

RazzyFresh in Pittsburgh

I have a serious frozen concoction problem. I think it all started when I first moved to Pittsburgh during a bloody hot summer and the apartment I was renting didn't have air conditioning. And Razzy Fresh, with its mind-blowing frozen yogurt, had just opened its first Pittsburgh store two blocks away from me. Let's just say I was on a frozen yogurt meal replacement program for the majority of the summer.

Unfortunately, that first summer I was in Pittsburgh, it seemed to me that there was a dearth of frozen concoction stores in the city. Sure, everyone knew about Dave and Andy's, but it didn't seem like there were many other local options.

Well, after several more years of living in the city and much more (delicious) research for this blog, I can confidently say that Pittsburgh now has an abundance of frozen treats available. Ranging from custard, frozen yogurt, ice cream, to Italian ice, Pittsburgh's got it all.

So if you are looking for a delicious and frozen snack on a nice hot summer day, you may want to start with one of the following local favorites.

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Gaucho Pittsburgh Review – Argentinian Sandwiches in Pittsburgh

When it comes to barbecued meat, the country of Argentina could really teach the world a thing or two.

During our travels in Argentina we devoured the country's famous barbecue and were so enamored with it that we frequently highlight the dish of Patagonian lamb as one of the best things we've ever eaten. (…and if you read our full travel destination list, you'll understand that this is truly saying something).

That being said, crafting an authentic Argentinian barbecue is not easy, and we can attest to being disappointed in most Argentinian restaurants that try to produce this country's iconic food outside of South America. As you can imagine, we had mixed emotions going into our visit to Gaucho Parrilla Argentina in the Strip District.

On one hand the reviews we've seen were all fantastic, but on the other hand we have a long history of being disappointed by restaurants in other parts of the country that simply do not stack up to the real thing.

Luckily for Gaucho Parrilla, they are absolutely spot on.

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La Tavola Review – Authentic Italian on Mount Washington

The Scallops at La Tavola Are Phenominal

Having been to Italy, I can definitely say that La Tavola magically transports you there. The restaurant takes you to a place where meals are not to be rushed or eaten while staring at the glow of your phone, but rather in the company of good friends and family with enriching conversations.

This is not the place to come if you are in a hurry.

It is, however, an amazing place to come with a large group, a bottle of wine or two (La Tavola is BYOB), and settle in over an evening to enjoy an amazing meal. The pace of every meal I've ever had there has been perfect – if you're an anxious person you might think it's “slow,” but I urge you to give it a try. It really does feel like you're in Italy.

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Tessaro’s Review – Legendary Burgers in Bloomfield

Tessaro's Burger with Everything On It

Tessaro's is old school.

Upon stepping inside, everything from the waitresses calling you sweetie to the 1980s computer behind the bar suggests you've entered some sort of time capsule. After checking out so many up-and-coming restaurants and attractions in the past few weeks, we thought it was time to visit a Pittsburgh institution.

Tessaro's has a pretty extensive menu with deli style sandwiches, salads, ribs, steaks, and chicken. But if you've never been here before, there's really only one thing you need to know: get the burger.

Having been on all sorts of “best-of” burger lists, and being in search of the best burger in Pittsburgh ourselves, there was no question that we had to order burgers.

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Bier’s Pub Review – Burgers and War Streets Beer in the North Side

Preface: Bier's Pub was formally known as Benjamin's. It was purchased in mid-2017 by our friends at War Streets Brewery. As of late 2017 the food menu has not changed; however, they have updated happy hour specials and War Streets Brewery's beer on draft. We revisited this one after the ownership change and updated our review accordingly based off of both visits.

We've heard rumors that Bier's Pub in the North Side is the place to be in the neighborhood, and our visit during a Sunday Brunch confirmed that rumor the second we walked in the door.

To put it simply, the restaurant was packed– mostly because it is one of the only restaurants open on Sunday in the North Side. Throw in the Sunday special “Make Your Own Bloody Mary” bar and you have a great reason to come in to try one of their popular burgers. Although I never drink Bloody Marys, I decided to take one for the team and join the crowd.  An entire restaurant full of happy looking patrons can't be wrong, right?

I had to find out.

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NOLA on the Square Review – Burgers and Sandwiches in Downtown

NOLA Burger at NOLA on the Square

Shrimp Po Boy at NOLA on the SquareWhen we first walked in to NOLA on the Square, we were hopeful that a great meal would await us. The ambiance was inviting and chic, and the restaurant was buzzing with business people on their lunch breaks. There were many classic, Creole-inspired items on the menu like gumbo, crawfish dishes, po boys, a muffaletta, and jambalaya straight from New Orleans.

The menu descriptions all sounded delicious and promising. However, we felt that the food and the service overall just fell flat.

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