Local company launches a North Side food tour

Add another to the list of Pittsburgh neighborhoods where you can take a food tour: The North Side.

Part of what once was Allegheny City will be seeing food tourists starting Friday, Aug. 29, when Burgh Bits & Bites starts running its new North Side food tour. 

The tour company is based in the Strip District, which is where its first walking tour is located. It also offers food tours in Bloomfield’s Little Italy, Brookline and Lawrenceville, and for a time offered a tour in Dormont.

Company owner Sylvia McCoy says she decided to add a tour of a stretch of the North Side, which also is known as Deutchtown, for several reasons, ranging from her own German and Swiss background and ties to neighborhood institutions such as the Teutonia Mannerchor. “People don’t necessarily know about the historical treasures.”

The two-hour tour, offered at 1 p.m. Friday mornings and weekdays by private appointment for groups of six or more, starts at the Priory Hotel, which opened in 1888 as St. Mary’s Priory. 

The tour description says, “Enjoy a German pretzel at this stop before continuing through the streets of pre-Civil War architecture. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a giant cookie and tasty cupcake after you sneak a peek at the antique photo collection in the largest photography museum in the country” -- Photo Antiquities.

The tour company doesn’t, and we won’t, give away all the other stops, but foodwise, tour-goers keep the neighborhood’s Germanic theme going by getting to eat a potato pancake and another nosh before hitting the Citiparks North Side Farmers Market where they can taste some “local Middle-Eastern fare.”

All told, it’s a mile walk, led by guide Richard Domencic, who has a particular interest in neighborhood history including some childhood memories. 

At the end of the tour, he will give guests a sweet treat that used to be made nearby.

Cost is $37 and includes the food tastings and a bottle of water. 

For more information and to reserve, visit burghfoodtour.com or call 412-901-7150.


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