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 The Daniel Finch mural "Lady Commonwealth" at the Susquehanna Art Museum.

Harrisburg sheds its stodgy image

Pennsylvania’s state capitol is a hidden gem in plain sight in a city building a reputation as a foodie and sightseeing destination.

about 10 hours ago

 Cured Salmon at Poros in Market Square.

On the Table: Poros offers an interesting menu

With an expensive location, design and concept, Poros is the most ambitious restaurant of the moment.

4 days ago

County health department closes Hot Spot Cyber Cafe in North Versailles

Inspection reports for food facilities in the county are available online via the health department’s website.

5 days ago

 You don't have to wrestle with that bird if you don't want to -- there are plenty of places to get turkey takeout. But deadlines for orders are looming.

Last-minute finds for Thanksgiving feast

From roasted turkey to sides to desserts, takeout holiday dinners are available at the eleventh hour.

1 week ago

Cupka's Cafe II in South Side, Mediterrano in Ross hit with Consumer Alert

Allegheny County Health Department posted Consumer Alerts for the two restaurants.

1 week ago

 Eat'n Park is honoring WQED and PBS producer Rick Sebak with a Smiley cookie.

Rick Sebak has something to smile about

Eat’n Park chooses WQED documentary producer Rick Sebak for this year’s celebrity Smiley Cookie.

1 week ago

 From lelft, Casey Shively and Bethany Zozula.

Restaurant scene: Two Pittsburgh natives will helm Whitfield at the Ace Hotel

At Ace Hotel in East Liberty, Casey Shively and Bethany Zozula will take the reins.

1 week ago

 Former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle arrives at the federal courthouse in Indianapolis today.

Former Subway pitchman given 15½ years

He pleaded guilty to child-pornography charges in a deal that imposes lifetime supervision on the fallen sandwich pitchman.

1 week ago

 A few sandwiches similar to this one will accompany the "Good Morning America" tour bus to Philadelphia.

'Good Morning America' 40th anniversary tour will make Pitt stop at Primanti's

The tour bus will arrive at Primanti Brothers in Market Square around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

1 week ago

Quaker Steak & Lube files for bankruptcy protection

Sharon-based chain says it expects to be acquired by TravelCenters of America and could possibly expand nationally.

1 week ago

 A detail of a coffee at 4121 Main coffee shop in Bloomfield.

Distinction Winter 2015: Your guide to a cool cup of coffee in Pittsburgh

What makes a coffee shop cool? Is it the atmosphere, the drinks, the food or the people? Here’s a look at some of our favorites.

1 week ago

Two Pittsburgh-area restaurants hit with consumer alerts

The Allegheny County Health Department posted consumer alerts at Rudy's Bar & Grill in McKees Rocks and Golden Gate Chinese in Clairton.

1 week ago

Founded by Pittsburgher Richard Hayne, URBN buys Philadelphia-based Vetri

Expect retail and restaurant pairings in future developments.

1 week ago

Dine: Holiday haranguing at restaurants

When the holiday season brings stress, some diners take it out on the staff — even in Pittsburgh.

2 weeks ago

 The open kitchen at Poros Aegean Estiatorio in Market Square.

Fall 2015 Dining Guide: Answering your questions about Pittsburgh restaurants

Where to take tween nieces? Impress a foodie snob? Classic Pittsburgh dining? Wine heaven? PG dining critic Melissa McCart has answers.

2 weeks 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 weeks ago

 Michael "Gypsy" Pezzulo painted this mural of the Beatles at Beans 'N' Cream on Brilliant Avenue in Aspinwall.

Shopping worth a drive: Antiques, skull sweaters, vegan and comfort food? Must be Aspinwall

Aspinwall offers mom-and-pop boutiques and restaurants, exemplifying the charm of small-town life just 7½ miles from Downtown.

3 weeks ago

 Tartan Express food truck

CMU food truck cleared to reopen

The Tartan Express truck at 5000 Forbes Ave. was shut down because of multiple food safety violations, including a lack of running water.

3 weeks ago

 Casbah chef Eli Wahl holds a couple of his signature dishes.

Restaurant scene: Casbah has played significant role in shaping Pittsburgh-area chefs

Twenty years after it opened, Casbah still draws throngs.

3 weeks ago

 A Cajun chocolate milkshake is poured during happy hour at The Milk Shake Factory in June 2012.

Milk Shake Factory to open in new PNC Plaza, Downtown

The Milk Shake Factory, operated by South Side-based Edward Marc Chocolatier, will open in the first quarter of 2016.

3 weeks ago

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden dinner to feature gourmet chefs Sunday

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden in Collier is raising money for a Japanese garden.

3 weeks ago

Consumer alert issued for Robbie’s Super Stuff restaurant

The restaurant on Ardmore Boulevard in North Braddock was hit with a alert because of a leaking roof in the kitchen.

3 weeks ago

 Former chef-owner of Restaurant Echo, Brian Hammond, has bought Schrim's Garden Cafe, where he'll open a restaurant with a menu that emphasizes local sourcing.

Beyond bar food on East Ohio Street on the North Side

Chef Brian Hammond buys the former Schrim’s Garden Cafe with plans for something “really vibrant.”

3 weeks ago

 Michael Symon’s Lolita in Cleveland's Tremont neighborhood.

Rival revival: Cleveland's dining scene is worth the trip

Cleveland has become an interesting place to dine and drink, thanks to the jump start provided by chef Michael Symon.

4 weeks ago

 Fumio "Yasu" Yasuzawa  puts the finishing touches on a bowl of Udon Noodles at Chaya in Squirrel Hill.

Restaurant scene: The state of sushi in Pittsburgh

Andy’s Sushi Bar, Chaya, Kiku, Penn Avenue Fish Co. and Umi: Our columnist looks at sushi restaurants in the area.

1 month ago

 Lauren Leon and Matthew Christie bought the former Yo Rita space on the South Side where they will open Streets on Carson in March.

Streets on Carson will open in March

Street food-inspired restaurant will open in the former Yo Rita space on the South Side

1 month ago

 Chef and author Mike Solomonov will be back in Pittsburgh, where he grew up, on the tour for his new book.

Dine: Chef of modern Israeli cuisine coming home to Pittsburgh to celebrate his first cookbook

Mike Solomonov will take over the kitchen at Cure on Nov. 2 as a part of the 10-city tour for his book “Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking.”

1 month ago

 Rev. Brian Evans shows the soot and grease on his fingertips, taken from around the pipes of First English Evangelical Lutheran Church’s pipe organ.

Hotel Monaco restaurant ordered to pay $4,850 fine for violating air pollution enforcement order

The First Lutheran Church said The Commoner’s exhaust is damaging the building’s most important asset: its $1 million pipe organ.

1 month ago

 Owner of DJ's Butcher Block in Bloomfield, DJ Smulick, will be opening a sandwich shop in the neighborhood.

Pittsburgh restaurant news: A sandwich shop in Bloomfield, a pizza place and a coffee bar Downtown

Plus, the cafe and music venue Mixtape quietly opens on Penn Avenue in Garfield.

1 month ago

 Server Kai Guo takes an order at Bar Marco in the Strip District.

Restaurant scene: No other Pittsburgh restaurants following Bar Marco in no tipping

Bar Marco co-owner Justin Steel says that no-tipping practice is working out fine; the key is education.

1 month ago

 Bob and Vicki Lawhorne, owners of Dor-Stop Restaurant in Dormont, a popular local breakfast and luncheon spot on Potomac Avenue, are retiring after 29 years in business.

Dormont's Dor-Stop Restaurant: 29 years of family, food, service and friendship

There’s an old rule of thumb that applies to the restaurant business: “If you survive the first two years, you just might be successful.”

1 month ago

 Chef owner Randy Tozzie in the open kitchen at Bakn in Carnegie.

On the Table review: Bakn in Carnegie serves a lot of a good thing

Bacon lures people in the door of this new diner in Carnegie that’s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, six days a week.

1 month ago

 A fundraiser for Back of the House from Youth Places will be held Oct. 25 on the North Side. The program trains at-risk youth for work in the restaurant industry.

Pittsburgh restaurant news: Penn Avenue Fish Co., Dor-Stop and more

Also: Chaz & Odette opens in location of Toast! Kitchen & Wine Bar in Shadyside; fundraiser for Back of the House from YouthPlaces.

1 month ago

 Allegheny County Council didn't approve a grading system for dining establishments. But an analysis of restaurants using criteria from the rejected system, plus data from inspections, shows some restaurants warrant an alert or even a closure.

In an A-B-C rating system, which restaurants would make the grade?

If you eat at a restaurant in Allegheny County, you’ve probably seen a green health inspection sticker.  What does it tell you? Not much.

1 month ago

How PublicSource reported the story

PublicSource submitted a right-to-know request for every restaurant inspection conducted from Jan. 1, 2012, to April 30, 2015.

1 month ago

 The Porch at Schenley opened in Oakland four years ago, and Eat’n Park, the parent company, is planning to open a new location in Upper St. Clair.

Eat’n Park ready to invest in new dining options

The Homestead restaurant company is flush with cash after selling its hospitality division and has new venues planned.

1 month ago

 Dan Lamb, the chef at Marty's Market.

On the Table: Marty’s Market ups its game by adding dinner service, booze and brews

Marty’s Market is a specialty grocery store, coffee bar, bottle shop, bar and restaurant with dishes that aim to please many appetites.

1 month ago

New restaurants on Mount Washington, in Brookline and Market Square

Vue 412, Jolina’s Mediterranean now serving; Poros opens next week.

1 month ago

 Popcorn panna cotta at Station restaurant in Bloomfield, created by chef Curtis Gamble.

Station restaurant in Bloomfield makes its panna cotta pop

As the Italian dessert known as “cooked cream” becomes more popular on restaurant menus, cooks are incorporating other ingredients.

1 month ago

 The hanger steak at Station restaurant.

On the Table: Station in Bloomfield offers a menu beyond bar food

Station and chef Curtis Gamble are a welcome addition in Pittsburgh’s Bloomfield neighborhood.

1 month ago

 Gonzalo Cembrero in his recently opened authentic Spanish restaurant Pallantia Tapas de Espana in Shadyside.

On the Table: For a sip and a snack, try tapas at Shadyside's Pallantia

Spanish native Gonzalo Cembrero moves his restaurant from Greensburg to Shadyside, where he cooks his favorite dishes from home.

2 months ago

Restaurants challenge city of Pittsburgh on paid sick-leave law

The lawsuit was filed by local businesses and the Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association.

2 months ago

 Lautrec restaurant chef de cuisine Kristin Butterworth seasons grass-fed wagyu beef in the restaurant's kitchen at the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Farmington, Fayette County. She is one of the few female chefs with a Five Diamond AAA rating and a Five Star rating from Forbes.

Dine: Lautrec has one of the few female chefs de cuisine in the firmament of top restaurants

Rising star Kristin Butterworth, who has scored star ratings at Nemacolin’s Woodlands Resort, is a culinary powerhouse.

2 months ago

 Eva Hough has opened Eva's German Kitchen on Spring Street in Latrobe featuring German selections such as this Jager Schnitzel with Spatzle and dark mushroom gravy. The restaurant is decorated with paintings done by her father, such as this one of the Castle Holenzollern.

Eva's German Kitchen: A melting pot in Latrobe

The restaurant features all homemade foods, including some American fare.

2 months ago

 Starting today, Burgatory burgers can be found on the North Shore.

Restaurant scene: Setting the table for new arrivals in Pittsburgh

Find out which new dining places have opened or are heading near you this fall.

2 months ago

 Brent Young, a Franklin Park native who co-founded The Meat Hook in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Pittsburgh native plans 'meat-centric' restaurant for Ace Hotel, opening in East Liberty

Brent Young, from Franklin Park, will launch Whitfield in the Ace Hotel, opening this year. He is a partner in The Meat Hook in Brooklyn.

2 months ago

 Poros, under construction, will open next month at Two PPG. City Works is planned for another side of the building.

2 PPG Place adding restaurant, craft beer hub

City Works will move into 2 PPG Place and have more than 120 beers on tap.

2 months ago

 "I wanted to use this visit as an opportunity to give back to the community I still care so much about," Amanda Carto said.

Pittsburgh chefs, bartenders bring girl power to the forefront

Female restaurant-industry leaders will prepare food and drinks at Girls to the Front to raise money for Girls Rock! Pittsburgh.

2 months ago

 Smoked beef tartare with black garlic aoli, by Dennis Marron at The Commoner.

Restaurant spot-check: How three notable dining places have changed

Here’s a look at transitions or modifications made at The Commoner, Kaya and Stagioni, and what those mean for diners.

2 months ago

 The Jerky Cow organic beef burger at the Tipsy Cow in Shadyside.

Munch goes to the Tipsy Cow Burger Bar in Shadyside

A beef/bacon blend and organic burgers are the attraction at the Ellsworth Street pub.

2 months ago



Harrisburg sheds its stodgy image

Pennsylvania’s state capitol is a hidden gem in plain sight in a city building a reputation as a foodie and sightseeing destination.

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