Hungry for a taste of Pittsburgh while you're in town for the Frozen Four?
April 10, 2013 8:00 AM
Keith Srakocic/Associated Press
The Primanti's experience: In Pittsburgh, the fries and cole slaw go on the sandwich.
Market Square offers a variety of offerings and settings.
Pittsburgh's restaurant scene is experiencing a period of unprecedented growth, so whatever neighborhood you wander through, you're likely to find a variety of interesting dining spots. Here's a brief guide to some recommended restaurants in neighborhoods convenient to the Consol Energy Center.
Meat & Potatoes: Craft and classic cocktails, microbrews and comfort food draw tourists and locals; reservations recommended. (649 Penn Ave., www.meatandpotatoespgh.com, 412-325-7007)
Sharp Edge Bistro on Penn: This local chain offers a fine selection of Belgian drafts, craft and imported beers. Take advantage of happy hour specials from 4:30-6:30 p.m.and after 10 p.m. (922 Penn Ave., sharpedgebeer.com, 412-338-2437)
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RedBeard's Bar and Grill: Open from 11 a.m.-2 a.m. daily, this new outpost of RedBeard's offers plenty of TV's for sports fans and serves bar food well past midnight. (144 6th St., redbeardspgh.com, 412-261-2324)
Market Square, Downtown
NOLA on the Square: This festive, cavernous spot touts Abita beer, New Orleans-inspired plates and live music on weekends. (24 Market Square, www.nolaonthesquare.com, 412-471-9100)
Winghart's: Pull up a stool at this cozy spot to enjoy wood-fired pizza, gourmet burgers, beer and bourbon. (5 Market Square, winghartburgers.com, 412-434-5600)
Il Pizzaiolo: This new restaurant pulls crowds craving Neapolitan pizzas cooked in its wood burning oven. Many strengths lie among terrific antipasti, salumi, house-made pastas and an extensive wine list featuring varietals from around Italy. (8 Market Square, IlPizzaiolo.com, 412-575-5858)
The Original Oyster House: This institution has been a Downtown anchor for more than 140 years. Skip the line and head to the stainless steel bar framed by autographed photos and faded memorabilia, where longtime bartender Bob Harper serves up one-liners with pints of Iron City. (20 Market Square, originaloysterhousepittsburgh.com, 412-566-7925)
Pamela's P&G Diner: These lacy, crepe-like pancakes and hearty breakfasts are worth the wait. (60 21st St., www.pamelasdiner.com, 412-281-6366)
The Enrico Biscotti Co.: A charming owner and a rustic space serve freshly baked Italian cookies and bread as well as breakfast and lunch. (2022 Penn Ave., www.enricobiscotti.com, 412-281-2602)
Primanti Bros.: If you're going to sample one of Pittsburgh's famous overstuffed sandwiches with french fries on top, you might as well visit the original location. (46 18th St., www.primantibros.com, 412-263-2142)
Bar Marco: Craft cocktails, snacks and unusual fare are draws to this sultry restaurant in a former firehouse, with a menu that features smoked trout, chicken and biscuits, and lamb tartare. (2216 Penn Ave., barmarco.squarespace.com, 412-554-6037)
Thin Man Sandwich Shop: Named for 1930's film series, this is a fast-casual destination with fantastic sandwiches and plenty of soul. (50 21st St., thinmansandwichshop.com, 412-586-7370)
Gaucho Parilla Argentina: The smell of rosemary and firewood greet customers as they walk into the door of this new meat mecca open for lunch and early dinner. (1607 Penn Ave., eatgaucho.com, 412-709-6622)
Franktuary: Franktuary's strengths are its respectable craft beer selection, the hot dog menu, and bar food such as pierogies, meatballs and poutine. (3810 Butler St., Franktuary.com, 412-586-7224)
Round Corner Cantina: This hipster taqueria offers a range of beer cocktails and tequila with a side of people watching. (3720 Butler St., roundcornercantina.com, 412-904-2279)
The Porch at Schenley: A casual cafe at lunch becomes polished for dinner. Don't miss the flavorful salads and pizzas. (221 Schenley Drive, www.theporchatschenley.com, 412-687-6724)
Legume Bistro/The Butterjoint: Seasonally-inspired, refined American cooking gains fans at Legume. Housemade condiments and pickles as well as sustainably sourced meats on the bar menu pull a casual crowd at Butterjoint. (214 North Craig St., legumebistro.com, 412-621-2700)
Spice Island Tea House: Don't mind the faded storefront. This neighborhood institution is beloved for its eclectic decor and South-East Asian cuisine. (253 Atwood St., www.spiceislandteahouse.com, 412-687-8821)
Shiloh Grill: There's no view, but in return there are moderate prices, a solid beer selection, strong cocktails and an eclectic menu of casual fare. (123 Shiloh St., www.theshilohgrill.com, 412-431-4000)
Yo Rita: Creative tacos and small plates are featured at this fun watering hole. (1120 E. Carson St., www.yoritasouthside.com, 412-904-3557).
Piper's Pub: Pub fare inspired by the British Isles seed the menu here, along with a library of whiskey and scotch. (1828 East Carson St., piperspub.com, 412-381-2797)
Stagioni: This family-owned Italian restaurant offers rustic classics and polished service. (2104 E. Carson St., stagionipgh.com, 412-586-4738)
Tootie's Famous Chicago Beef: Thin-sliced roast beef with hot peppers on a hoagie roll are worth the trip to this new sandwich shop, named for the proprietor Karl Horn's mother. (93 S. 16th St., 412-254-6501)