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 The pork shoulder entree at at Jabo's Smoque House and Saloon in Bloomfield.

Munch goes to Jabo’s Smoque House and Saloon

New owners turn Del’s into a barbecue on Liberty.

1 month ago


 Duck tacos at Tres Rios on the South Side.

Munch goes to Tres Rios

South Side Tex-Mex spot is vastly improved but can still smooth some edges

1 month ago


 Pittsburgh Cheesesteak -- hanger steak, grilled onions/mushrooms, house-brined hot peppers,  Emerald Valley Artisans' Mozzarella, Mediterra Bakehouse's French  Baguette servied with hand-cut fries at the Railyard Grill & Tap Room in Bridgeville.

Munch goes to Railyard Grill & Tap Room

Former Tambellini’s in Bridgeville is on track to be a sports bar destination for people who like good and interesting food.

1 month ago


 The Romano, with tomato sauce, mozzarella, meatballs, and ricotta.

Munch goes to Pizzuvio

New Downtown pizza shop brings Neapolitan street fare in sleek setting.

2 months ago


 The "Bleu Burger" from Provision PGH, located in Smallman Galley, the restaurant incubator/food hall in the Strip District.

Munch goes to Smallman Galley

Restaurant incubator/food hall in the Strip District gives four aspiring restaurateurs a space to ply their trade.

2 months ago


 The Ciganypecsenye, a Gypsy-style boneless pork chop with bacon strip and fried potatoes at Huszar on the North Side.

Munch goes to Huszar

Tavern brings Hungarian food, culture and heritage to Pittsburgh’s North Side.

2 months ago


 Customers converse at the bar at DiAnoia's Eatery in the Strip District, while bartender Heather Perkins prepares a drink.

Munch goes to DiAnoia’s Eatery

An ambitious new Italian restaurant in the Strip District combines tradition with technique to excellent effect.

3 months ago


 A platter of beer can chicken and tri-tip beef at Pork & Beans, Downtown.

Munch goes to Pork & Beans

The fourth restaurant from Richard DeShantz gives barbecue and booze with upscale twists in a Downtown roadhouse setting.

3 months ago


 An order of the churrasco tacos at Pirata Caribbean Cuisine & Rum Bar, Downtown.

Munch goes to Pirata

New Downtown spot focuses on rum and Caribbean cuisine.

3 months ago


 The “Land” mac and cheese at Ease Modern Comfort Cuisine in Regent Square.

Munch goes to Ease Modern Comfort Cuisine

Regent Square gastropub gives flourish to comfort food classics.

4 months ago


 The Korean fried wings at The Foundry Table & Tap on the North Shore.

Munch goes to The Foundry Table & Tap on the North Shore

An independent eatery amid a sea of chains offers interesting dishes.

5 months ago


 The 12-ounce "pepperoni" burger at UUBU 6 on the South Side Slopes.

Munch goes to UUBU 6 in South Side Slopes

Massive portions for little money are on the menu at this tiny tavern on the South Side Slopes.

5 months ago


 The exterior sign of iconic John's Roast Pork in South Philadelphia.

Munch goes to Philadelphia (for 25 hours)

An overnight cross-state trip for a Steelers game instead yields a fantastic array of culinary delights.

5 months ago


 The exterior of Roasted Barrelhouse & Eatery on Butler St. in Lawrenceville.

Munch goes to Roasted Barrelhouse & Eatery

New Lawrenceville spot good for a beer and a sandwich.

5 months ago


Munch goes to Bakersfield

Despite some uneven elements, Bakersfield is reasonably priced and a practical stop for a decent lunch or after work bites and brews.

6 months ago


 "The Heater" pizza at Yoli's Pizza in Jefferson Hills is topped with a spicy arrabiata sauce, hot and andouille sausages, hot soppressata, capicola, fresh banana peppers and jalapenos, and a habanero ranch drizzle.

Munch goes to Yoli’s Pizza

Ben Bartilson’s small pizza place in Jefferson Hills truly lives up to the promise of “feeding you like family.”

6 months ago


 The PA 'Shroom Crostini with button, crimini and oyster mushrooms at Scratch Food & Beverage in Troy Hill.

Munch goes to Scratch Food & Beverage

A Troy Hill gastropub serves high quality fare from scratch at reasonable prices.

6 months ago


Munch goes to The Abbey on Butler Street

A coffee shop, a bar and a restaurant under one roof in a gorgeous setting in Lawrenceville.

7 months ago


 An order of the Thai pork dumpling appetizer from Thai Suan Thip in Cecil, Washington County.

Munch goes to Thai Suan Thip

Restaurant is an unlikely spot for excellent southeast Asian fare in Washington County.

8 months ago


Munch goes to Full Pint Wild Side Pub

Suburban brewery’s city spot serves award-winning beer with winning sandwich combinations.

8 months ago


 The "Roadkill" burger at DJ's Sandwich Shoppe in Bloomfield has a patty made from elk, bison, beef, pork and venison and is topped with shredded pork.

Munch goes to DJ’s Sandwich Shoppe

A Bloomfield butcher uses his meats in his exceptional namesake sandwich shop.

9 months ago


 A platter of barbecue ribs, brisket and chicken, with a side of macaroni and cheese at Wheelfish in Ross Township.

Munch goes to Wheelfish

Barbecue, blues and bourbon are the specialty at this new North Hills spot.

9 months ago


 The front room of Dr. McCarthy's Kitchen in a 200-year-old house in Hopwood, Fayette County.

Munch goes to Bittersweet Cafe, Dr. McCarthy's Kitchen and the Titlow Tavern & Grille

For a Memorial Day road trip to Fort Necessity National Battlefield, I researched places to eat and drink.

9 months ago


 The kielbasa breakfast sandwich with loaded home fries at Breakfast at Shelly's in the city's Allentown section.

Munch goes to Breakfast at Shelly’s

A new Allentown diner embodies the classic greasy spoon, where everything is made to order and a homey feeling rules.

10 months ago


 The charcuterie board at Spork.

Munch goes to Spork

Chef Christian Frangiadis returns to Pittsburgh dining scene in a big way with a new Garfield spot.

10 months ago


 A platter of the elk carpaccio at Cibo in Regent Square.

Munch goes to Cibo

After a year’s hiatus, the Regent Square restaurant Cibo reopens with new chef, menu and look.

10 months ago


 A graffiti mural by artist Jewels Antonio at the newly opened Streets on Carson, on the South Side.

Munch goes to Streets on Carson

A new South Side spot gallops the globe with international street foods.

11 months ago


 The famous turtle soup at the new Carmody's Grille on Neville Island.

Munch goes to Carmody's Grille

The warmly renovated former Neville Hotel on Neville Island serves up turtle soup and other local favorites with upscale pub fare.

11 months ago


 The veggie tacos -- grilled pineapple, onion, shishito peppers, falafel crouton, micro greens and a harissa aioli -- at Hidden Harbor in Squirrel Hill.

Munch goes to Hidden Harbor in Squirrel Hill

New Tiki bar on Shady Avenue brings tropical tastes to the East End.

12 months ago


 The chicken and ribs platter with sides of cabbage and macaroni and cheese at Z-Best Barbecue, Uptown.

Munch goes to Z-Best Barbeque

An Uptown barbecue spot is ideal for quality — and inexpensive — Penguins pregame grub.

1 year ago


 A view of the interior from the sushi bar at Pan Asian Kitchen in Lawrenceville.

Munch goes to Pan Asian Kitchen in Lawrenceville

Sushi is as ubiquitous as pizza but remains a pleasure when it’s both interesting and well prepared as it is at Pan Asian Kitchen.

1 year ago


 A platter of the Pad Satay Noodles with Thai peanut sauce, carrots, broccoli, green and red peppers at Thai Touch Kitchen in Mt. Lebanon.

Munch goes to Thai Touch Kitchen

A Mt. Lebanon greasy spoon brings the heat and the flavor with its spicy southern Asian cuisine.

1 year ago


 Short rib braised in East End Blackstrap Stout with steamed vegetables at Wallace's Tap Room in the Hotel Indigo in East Liberty.

Munch goes to Wallace’s Tap Room

The Hotel Indigo Pittsburgh bar’s drinks and food are another winner for East Liberty.

1 year ago


 The "hot chicken dinner" platter at Prairie in Garfield.

Munch goes to Prairie

Rebranded Garfield spot shows promise but needs consistency.

1 year ago


 A platter of East Coast oysters at Muddy Waters Oyster Bar in East Liberty.

Munch goes to Muddy Waters Oyster Bar

A new East Liberty spot brings Southern seafood flair to Penn Circle.

1 year ago


 From left Jesse Batz, Elsie Webb and Henry Howard taste test peanut butter and jelly sandwiches from Peanut Butter and Jelly Time in Bloomfield.

Munch goes to Peanut Butter Jelly Time!

Bloomfield’s Peanut Butter Jelly Time! offers fun inexpensive takes on an American childhood classic.

1 year ago


 The pork shoulder sandwich with turnips, crispy kale and apple butter on toasted sourdough bread at The Vandal in Lawrenceville.

Munch goes to The Vandal

The gourmet Lawrenceville sandwich shop Vandal inspires patrons to poetry.

1 year ago


 Amanda and Ibrehim Sougouna stand in front of platters of hand-dipped chocolates at their Le Petit Chocolat & Cafe on the South Side.

Munch goes to Le Petit Chocolat & Cafe

A South Side chocolatier adds soups and sandwiches to its offerings.

1 year ago


 The "mother of all" breakfast sandwiches at The Umbrella Cafe, Downtown.

Munch goes to the Umbrella Cafe

Pittsburgh Public Market favorites band together for a Downtown location.

1 year ago


 The "Kolbassi" sandwich with melted Jarlsberg cheese and sweet sauerkraut at the Insurrection AleWorks in Heidelberg and a snifter of the house Suppression #2 Double IPA.

Munch goes to Insurrection AleWorks

A new brewery in Heidelberg shows great promise with both beer — and food.

1 year ago


 The embarrassment of food riches in Pittsburgh is like a sports team with a deep bench.  Clockwise from bottom right, Shelly Farren holds a pepperoni and mushroom pizza on a peel at Shelly Pie in Turtle Creek; the "pulled pork sundae" at Heirloom in Beaver; an asada taco at El Milagro in Beechview; the "Monongahela Meat Monster" at Portogallo Peppers N’at in Swissvale; the "thin Sicilian" style pizza from Spirit in Lawrenceville; an Italian beef sandwich at Old School Italian in Munhall.

Munch eats well in 2015

The embarrassment of food riches in Pittsburgh is like a sports team with a deep bench.

1 year ago


 The Monongahela Meat Monster sandwich at Portogallo Peppers N'at in Swissvale is an Italian beef, Italian sausage, meatball hoagie, with melted mozzarella and provolone and a spicy housemade giardiniera and marinara on a toasted Stagno’s bun.

Munch goes to Portogallo Peppers N’at

New Swissvale sandwich shop unleashes the magnificently massive and messy Monongahela Meat Monster.

1 year ago


 Roasted carrot and sweet potato bisque at the Pig Iron Public House in Marshall.

Munch goes to Pig Iron Public House

A new independent spot in Marshall, Pig Iron Public House offers a creative menu and craft beers in a sea of chains.

1 year ago


 The "Playground" -- a Chicago-style marinated Italian beef sandwich with sauteed peppers on a Breadworks bun at the Old School Italian Sandwich Shop in Munhall.

Munch goes to Old School Italian Sandwich Shop

Skip the chains near the Waterfront and check out a famil- run spot with grandmother’s recipes.

1 year ago


 munch1119c -- A platter of Italian sausage and provolone-stuffed hot peppers with marinara sauce from the 1905 Eatery in Stowe.

Munch goes to Cucina Vitale and 1905 Eatery

Munch hits the (red) sauce at a pair of new places with Italian-American classics.

1 year ago


 Table 86's  “MVP” Burger, made with grilled beef, pulled pork, aged cheddar, bacon, and Asian slaw.

Munch goes to Table 86 by Hines Ward

Unlike his career, the former Steeler’s new restaurant in Seven Fields plays it close to the vest with solid if unspectacular results.

1 year ago


 The "Heavenly Hashbrowns" plate at S&D Cafe, Uptown.

Munch goes to S&D Cafe

Small Uptown spot offers breakfast and lunch on the go.

1 year ago


 The "Iovino" appetizer at Cafe Io in Mt. Lebanon: tempura mozzarella, Italian sweet sausage, marinated tomatoes, basil, and organic mixed greens.

Munch goes to Café Io & Io Deli

Mt. Lebanon café and deli offers gourmet comfort food.

1 year ago


 The Cajun blue crab pasta at Breakneck Tavern.

Munch goes to Breakneck Tavern

Local and sustainable is the focus at a terrific new spot in the northern suburbs.

1 year ago


Munch goes to Community Kitchen’s CK 9th Street Cafe on the South Side

A nonprofit teaches culinary skills and offers food assistance (and sells a good black bean sandwich, with a cilantro cumin sour cream).

1 year ago


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