Pittsburgh Food & Drink
Inside the Omni William Penn
Food and drink options inside the hotel include the Terrace Room, Tap Room, Speakeasy, and Starbucks.
Mexican Street Fare. Tacos. Whiskey. Tequila.
940 Penn Avenue
*Host of the AMIA Student Mixer
Bluebird Kitchen (http://www.bluebirdkitchen.com)
Artisan sandwiches, salads and pastries to go, $$
221 Forbes Ave.
Bea Taco Town (http://beataqueria.com)
633 Smithfield St.
The Umbrella Cafe (http://www.theumbrellacafepgh.com)
Cafe and Bakery, with vegetarian and vegan option, $
951 Liberty Ave.
Inventive Mexican street food & margaritas, $$
214 6th St.
Il Pizzaiolo (http://ilpizzaiolom2.com/)
Neapolitan style Wood fired pizza and other entrees. Great cocktails and a good selection of beer and wine. $$
8 Market Square
Sharp Edge Bistro (http://sharpedgebeer.com/bistro-on-penn)
Burgers and pub food, featuring 36 taps and over 200 bottles of Belgian and Craft beers, $$
922 Penn Ave.
Grit & Grace (http://gritandgracepgh.com/)
“Global dishes with an Asian flair & craft cocktails offered in a modern venue with communal tables”(Google), $$
535 Liberty Ave
Butcher and the Rye (http://butcherandtherye.com/)
Features an “extensive whiskey collection and creative menu, which offers contemporary riffs on rustic American dishes” (restaurant’s website), $$$
212 6th St.
Meat & Potatoes (http://meatandpotatoespgh.com/)
“Modern gastropub making elevated comfort food, eclectic brunch items & inventive mixed drinks.” (Google), $$$
649 Penn Ave.
The Commoner (http://www.thecommonerpgh.com)
“American classics with a touch of the unexpected.”(Restaurant’s website), $$$
458 Strawberry Way
Gaucho Parrilla Argentina (http://eatgaucho.com)
Argentinian Restaurant that specializes in wood-fired meats. Among the highest-rated U.S. restaurants according to Yelp! $
1601 Penn Ave
Sienna Mercato (http://www.siennapgh.com/mercato/)
Three restaurants under one roof: Emporio (gourmet meatballs, veggie balls, poutine), Mezzo (house made charcuterie, wood-fired pizzas, creative pastas), and Il Tetto (rooftop beer garden). $$
942 Penn Ave.
Smallman Galley (http://www.smallmangalley.org/)
Restaurant incubator hailed by the New York Times, Smallman Galley allows diners to choose from four restaurants (and one bar) while enjoying a group-friendly, industrial loft-like setting, $$
2016 Smallman St.
Nicky’s Thai Kitchen (http://www.nickysthaikitchen.com/)
Voted the Best Thai restaurant by the City Paper, Nicky’s cuisine is fresh, flavorful and delightful, $$
903 Penn Ave.
Other suggestions from the Local Committee
NOLA on the Square (http://www.nolaonthesquare.com/)
$$$ Creole-inspired dishes like jambalaya and a lively atmosphere straight out of New Orleans. Gluten-free and Vegan/Vegetarian options available.
24 Market Square (Downtown)
Reservations recommended. Open Table provides the most up-to-date availability.
The Original Oyster House
$ [CASH ONLY] Opened in 1870, this Pittsburgh institution is best known for its fried-fish sandwich and its tenured staff. Vegetarians will have to sit this one out.
20 Market Square (Downtown)
$ Original home of the legendary Pittsburgh sandwich shop where fries always come ON your sandwich since 1933. Menu may vary slightly by location.
46 18th St. (Strip District-the original restaurant and local institution)
2 South Market Square (Downtown-closer option)
Proper Brick Oven and Tap Room
$$$ Upscale Pizza and pasta joint with a great beer list. Also serves brunch and lunch.
139 7th Street (Downtown)
Emporio: A Meatball Joint (http://emporioameatballjoint.com/)
$$ Meatball sandwiches abound with an excellent vegetarian meatless ball option. Don’t forget the tater tots! Gluten-free and Vegetarian options available.
942 Penn Avenue (Downtown)
Church Brew Works (http://www.churchbrew.com/)
$$$ Great food and beer brewed in the former altar space of the church. Gluten-free and vegetarian options available.
3525 Liberty Ave (Lawrenceville)
Reservations recommended. (Not easily accessible by public transit)
Dormont – Hollywood Theater Area
Thai Spoon (http://www.thaispoonrestaurant.com/)
1409 Potomac Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15216
Right near the trolley line. Gluten-free and vegetarian options available.
Fredo’s Deli & Market (http://www.fredosdeli.com/)
1451 Potomac Avenue (right beside the theater)
Only open until 7:00 PM
Traditional deli fate.
Molly’s Pizza (www.mollyspizza.com)
1525 Potomac Avenue
You have to try the Pierogi Pizza!
2937 W Liberty Ave
Traditional diner fare with a Greek twist (they serve Gyros!)
2883 West Liberty Avenue
Blues bar that gets some great local bands. No food, but interesting place for a drink.