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 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.

2 days 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.

2 weeks 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.

3 weeks 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 month 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 month 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 month 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.

2 months 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.

2 months 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.

2 months 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.

2 months 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.

3 months 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.

3 months 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.

4 months 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).

4 months ago

 The Butter Mesquite wings at Nox's Tavern and Grille in Blawnox, which took first place in the exotic wings category at the inaugural King of the Wing competition held this past weekend at Hop Farm Brewing Company in Lawrenceville.

Munch goes to Nox’s Tavern and Grille

A little Blawnox bar makes big impression with award-winning wings.

5 months ago

 The inaugural (and sold out) King of the Wing contest will take place Sunday at Hop Farm Brewing Company in Upper Lawrenceville.

Munch goes to Wingstop and Wings Over Pittsburgh

Wing chains bring the heat and provide the warm-up for a competition judge.

5 months ago

 An array of thin Sicilian pizza slices from Slice Island at the Spirit Lodge in Lawrenceville.

Munch goes to Spirit Lodge and Slice Island

Lawrenceville pizza and performance space offers perfect pies and people-watching.

5 months ago

Munch goes to Barrel Junction

House-smoked meats and craft beers highlight Barrel Junction, a pub on Route 8 in Richland.

6 months ago

 A weisswurst served with mustard, potato pancakes (with sour cream and applesauce) and roasted beets.

Munch goes to Open German Italian Flair

A quirky restaurant in Venetia serves both German and Italian food and more in the basement of a country post office.

6 months ago

 The fried bologna and egg sandwich at Sammy's Pin High Pub at the Hickory Heights Golf Club in Bridgeville.

Munch goes to Sammy's Pin High Pub in Bridgeville

Even non-golfers can appreciate a good bite at the clubhouse at Hickory Heights Golf Club.

6 months ago

 A platter of carnitas tacos toppped with fresh avacado, cilantro and Mexican farmer's cheese outside of Doce Tacqueria on East Carson Street on the South Side.

Munch goes to Doce Taqueria on the South Side

This Carson Street taco shop offers quick, quality and inexpensive grub.

6 months ago

 An asada (steak) taco at El Milagro in Beechview, topped with fresh radish, cilantro and onions in a soft corn shell.

Munch goes to El Milagro

El Milagro is a modest "miracle" of Mexican food in Beechview.

7 months ago

 Shelly Farren, proprietor of Shelly Pie Pizza in Turtle Creek, presents a pepperoni and mushroom pizza just our of the oven.

Munch goes to Shelly Pie Pizza

The pizza student becomes the Jedi Master in the Mon Valley.

7 months ago

Munch goes to Johnny's Diner in the West End

It has operated under many names, but Johnny's Diner is the last pre-fab diner in Pittsburgh.

7 months ago

 The "Fat Cat" burger at Bill's Bar & Burger, Downtown.

Munch goes to Bill's Bar & Burgers

New York outfit brings special burger blend to the 'Burgh

8 months ago

 The Baked Pastrami Stack, made with pastrami and melted provolone baked on sourdough, with horseradish coleslaw and fried haystack onions at Freedom Farms Sandwich Shop in Middlesex, Butler County.

Munch goes to Freedom Farms Sandwich Shop in Butler

The King family, farmers featured on a reality show, serve super-fresh sandwiches -- for real.

8 months ago

 The “E.O. Beef,” made with London port roast beef, with pickled onion, tomato and horseradish on a brioche bun at Arnold's Tea Shop and Cafe on the North Side.

Munch goes to Arnold's Tea Shop and Cafe on the North Side

The new North Side spot adds comfortable cheer to East Ohio Street.

8 months ago

 The Bison Burger at Carmella's Plates & Pints on the South Side.

Munch goes to Carmella’s Plates & Pints on the South Side

The new owners make over a former Carson Street dive with terrific food, drink and decor.

8 months ago

 A look at the colorful graffiti in the downstairs hallways of The Summit on Shiloh Street in Mt. Washington.

Munch goes to The Summit on Mount Washington

The Summit has the right mix of food, drink, music and attitude, combining a chic cocktail lounge with a corner pub sensibility.

9 months ago

 The Greenpointer pizza at Pizza Taglio in East Liberty, topped with mozzarella, spicy sopressata and honey infused with chiles.

Munch goes to Pizza Taglio in East Liberty

The Roman-style pizzeria is a fine addition to a booming Pittsburgh neighborhood.

9 months ago

 Portabella and wild mushroom pizza at Gianna Via's in Whitehall.

Munch goes to Gianna Via's Restaurant & Bar in Whitehall

Munch goes to Gianna Via’s and finds big piles of fried zucchini and lovely personal pizzas.

9 months ago

 The signature Italian beef sandwich rest on the counter at Tootie's Famous Italian Beef on the South Side while proprietor Karl Horn works in the background.

Munch goes to Tootie's Famous Italian Beef

South Side sandwich shop serves up Chicago specialty along with great mac & cheese.

10 months ago

 The Wake & Bake pizza and Killer Diller IPA at Spoonwood Brewing Company.

Munch goes to Spoonwood Brewing Company in Bethel Park

Named for an alias of our state flower, Spoonwood exemplifies the rise of local craft beer, served with highly satisfying pizza and more.

10 months ago

 A plate of ceregi, a Slovak fried-dough treat topped with powdered sugar that Sweet Peaches! proprietor Bek Hlavach affectionately bills as "Hunky Donuts.”

Munch goes to brunch at Sweet Peaches!

Allentown caterer Sweet Peaches! makes Sunday brunch with a smile.

10 months ago

 The Salumist pizza, topped with tomato sauce, sopressata, Italian sausage, pancetta, hand-pulled mozzarella, and basil.

Munch goes to Circolo on the South Side

The woodfired pizza spot on East Carson aims to serve a more mature audience, and is showing promise.

10 months ago

 Three legs and a spicy chicken sandwich, plus potato wedges, at Pittsburgh Poultry Company, which opened a few weeks ago along Cherry Way, Downtown.

Munch goes to Pittsburgh Poultry Company

Finally, fried chicken has returned to Downtown Pittsburgh.

11 months ago

Munch goes to The Commoner Corner

Take the time to grab a quick bite and see what the buzz is about inside new Downtown hot spot Hotel Monaco.

11 months ago

 A look inside Studio A.M. in Homestead during Sunday brunch.

Munch goes to brunch at Homestead's Studio A.M.

Homestead art gallery Studio A.M. is an unlikely setting for a Sunday feast.

11 months ago

 For Best of Munch 2014:  Clockwise from top right: Pierogies at the Dorothy Six Blast Furnace Cafe in Homestead; a platter of ribs and the "Hillbilly Club" sandwich at South Side BBQ Company; the Red Margherita pizza at Colangelo's in the Strip District; small plates of Duck Confit Steak Fries, House Made Sausage Links, Beer Braised House Pastrami and snifter of Helltown Idle Hands Double IPA at Il Tetto, the rooftop beer garden at Sienna Mercato, Downtown.

The 2014 Munchies!

In 2014, the Munches visited restaurants new and old, traveling north, south, east and west in search of a good meal and a cold drink.

1 year ago

 Arancini from the new Arancini House in Mt. Lebanon.

Munch goes to the Arancini House

It’s the quintessential Sicilian street food, and now you can find it below the street level shops in Mt. Lebanon.

1 year ago

 A plate of meatloaf with mashed potatoes and green beans from the Dorothy 6 Blast Furnace Cafe in Homestead.

Munch goes to Dorothy 6 Blast Furnace Cafe

The Homestead cafe houses mementos of Big Steel's days in the Mon Valley, and the food's not bad either.

1 year ago

Munch goes to Ormsby Avenue Cafe in Mount Oliver

So in the spirit of rooting for the entrepreneur taking a big risk, Munch suggests a visit to the Ormsby Avenue Cafe.

1 year ago

 A crepe topped with bacon at Cafe Moulin in Shadyside.

Munch goes to Cafe Moulin

Shadyside creperie Cafe Moulin offers a taste of France and the Mediterranean.

1 year ago

 Carmella Salem, David Murphy and Mike Alberter celebrate Mr. Murphy's Sunday night win on the Food Network program, "Cutthroat Kitchen."  Mr. Murphy is the executive chef at Carmella's Pints & Plates on the South Side, which Ms. Salem and Mr. Alberter co-own.

Munch: New-to-town chef and local veteran bartender team at Carmella's Plates & Pints

"Cutthroat Kitchen" winner David Murphy pairs up with longtime South Side bartender Carmella Salem at her new namesake restaurant.

1 year ago

 Pork Nepalese platter at Subba Asian Restaurant on the North Side.

Munch goes to Subba Asian Restaurant

The new North Side spot features Nepalese favorites such as momo dumplings, as well as Indian, Chinese and Japanese dishes.

1 year ago

 In the foreground, the spiral ham and Sriracha sandwich and behind it the Angus pastrami and spicy mayo sandwich at Curbside Coffee in Blawnox.

Munch goes to Curbside Coffeehouse in Blawnox

Brimming with good vibes, Curbside serves up healthy gourmet sandwiches, soups, salads and smoothies — and excellent coffee.

1 year ago

 From left, the deep fried chicken thighs in Nihilist and Abidance sauces, and the Loaded Mac & Cheese at the Hollywood Gardens bar in Rochester, Beaver County.

Munch goes to Hollywood Gardens

Munch abides Beaver County bar with generations of history

1 year ago

 The Red Margherita pizza at Colangelo's in the Strip District.

Munch goes to Colangelo's

Italian bakery Colangelo's is hidden gem in Strip.

1 year ago

 Bananas Foster crepes at Bartram House.

Munch goes to Bartram House Bakery & Cafe

The South Side’s Bartram House is the third and largest location in the small locally owned bakery and restaurant chain.

1 year ago

 A rack of ribs from the South Side Barbecue Company in the foreground, with the 'Hillbilly Club' -- brisket, pulled pork and cole slaw on the right, and a jar of Full Pint Chinookie IPA.

Munch goes to South Side BBQ Company

A South Side mainstay on 17th Street reopens with Southern spin as South Side BBQ Company.

1 year ago


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