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 A colorful poke bowl from Pittsburgh Poke, includes spicy tuna, carrot, jalapeno, chili flakes and bright yellow oshinko, a pickled Japanese radish.

Munch goes to Pittsburgh Poke

Downtown is source of healthy fare and lousy wordplay for Munch columnist.

1 week ago

 The kofta tofu scramble at B52 Cafe in Lawrenceville.

Munch goes to B52 Cafe

After Thanksgiving excess, the the body will pine for  healthy, light fare like the all-vegan menu with heavy Middle Eastern accents at B52.

2 weeks ago

 The Commonheart plays to the crowd on the final day of the 2017 Three Rivers Arts Festival.

Feeding their Soul: The Commonheart gets creative when eating on tour

The road goes on forever, but the dining options don’t for a young band working hard to make it big.

1 month ago

 The huevos al gusto at La Catrina in Beechview prepared over easy on a bed of refried beans and a fried tortilla with fresh salsa and cheese.

Munch goes to La Catrina

A promising start for colorful Beechview BYOB Mexican restaurant.

1 month ago

 The crabcake sandwich at RedWood Cafe in Mt. Lebanon.

Munch goes to RedWood Cafe

Mt. Lebanon lunch counter inspired by a bygone fine dining spot in the Mon Valley

1 month ago

 The fried bologna sandwich at The Pub at 333 in Oakmont uses mortadella on a brioche bun.  It is served with a bell pepper slaw.

Munch goes to The Pub at 333

Oakmont pub provides a good bet to hunker down and watch the Steelers with quality food and drink, and a lot of TVs.

1 month ago

 An order of arepas from Chevere in Downtown Pittsburgh.

Munch goes to Chevere

Small Downtown shop offers South American street food to delicious effect in barebones location

2 months ago

 The Italian sausage sandwich at Bobby D's in Kennedy uses Ricci's sausage and Mancini's bread, both produced very close by.

Munch goes to Bobby D’s

Does a Kennedy pub have the most locally sourced sammie in Greater Pittsburgh? Either way, it’s got a good story.

2 months ago

 Diners eat and converse at Stagioni's Sunday Supper, one of Munch's 40 favorite food adventures.

40 FOR 40 Munch celebrates a birthday by sharing his favorite Pittsburgh food spots

Columnist shares 40 favorite Pittsburgh food stops, past and present.

2 months ago

 A bowl of the Lan Zhou Ramen at Mad Noodles on the South Side.

Munch goes to Mad Noodles

South Side pan-Asian noodle house offers big portions at good value in colorful space.

3 months ago

 The massive Butcher Paper Sampler of smoked meats at Fourth Street Barbecue in Charleroi, Washington County.

Munch goes to Fourth Street Barbecue

This Charleroi spot isn’t a drop-what-you’re-doing-and-go destination yet, but it soon will be.

3 months ago

 The McKnight Roll with tuna, octopus, yellow tail and asparagus, topped with a spicy mayonnaise and salmon and white tuna at McKnight Kitchen in Ross.

Munch goes to McKnight Kitchen in the North Hills

It’s a solid option for Asian fare along the Pittsburgh area’s suburban traffic hellscape that is McKnight Road.

4 months ago

 The exterior of Robbie's Super Stuff Super-Licious BBQ on Ardmore Boulevard in Forest Hills.

Munch goes to Robbie’s Super Stuff Super-Licious BBQ

Robert Chambers Jr. first opened the joint in Homewood in the late 1980s and moved it to this roadside spot a decade ago.

4 months ago

 The grilled peach pizza with feta cheese, arugula and crispy proscuitto at Eighth & Hays in Homestead.

Munch goes to Eighth & Hays

Homestead spot has upscale ambition minus a stuffy atmosphere.

4 months ago

 Condado Tacos, Downtown, boasts a colorful interior.

Munch goes to Condado Tacos

The number of combinations is astronomical at funky Downtown spot Condado Tacos.

5 months ago

 A bowl of the pimento mac and cheese at Honest John's in Homestead.

Munch goes to Honest John’s

Homestead restaurant honors labor leader and serves well-prepared classics.

5 months ago

 A Donburi bowl of sashimi at Tan Izakaya in Shadyside.

Munch goes to Tan Izakaya

Japanese gastropub delivers quality fare at reasonable prices.

5 months ago

 An interior view looking out to Seventh Street from one of the bars at Social House 7, Downtown.

Munch goes to Social House 7

A gorgeous space with hit-or-miss food at Asian-themed Downtown hotspot.

5 months ago

 A plate of smoked wings with a chili rub at City Works Eatery and Pourhouse in PPG Place.

Munch goes to City Works Eatery & Pour House

Giant new Downtown sports bar is a crowd-pleaser with room for improvement

6 months ago

 A pair of sushi doughnuts, available at Mount Everest Sushi in Oakland.

Munch goes to Mount Everest Sushi

Sushi donuts and sushi tacos on the menu at fast casual Oakland spot.

6 months ago

 The pancetta and spring onion pizza at Dal Forno in North Huntington.

Munch goes to Dal Forno

This pizza is worth the drive on Route 30.

6 months ago

 BBQ Pulled Pork Nachos with black beans and pico de gallo at the 1788 Pub inside Whole Foods Market South Hills in Upper St. Clair.

Munch goes to the 1788 Pub and the Wexford Pub at Whole Foods

A new Upper St. Clair supermarket offers sit-down “surf-and-turf” dining with two dozen draft beers, wines by the glass and cocktails.

7 months ago

 The open kitchen and wood oven at Ember & Vine at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh-Cranberry.

Munch goes to Ember & Vine Woodfire Oven + Social Bar

At a beautifully renovated DoubleTree by Hilton near booming Cranberry, a classic American restaurant impresses with salt, pepper and fire.

7 months ago

Let's talk about science: Climate change and the greenhouse effect

Just like a greenhouse traps heat inside, certain gasses in Earth’s atmosphere trap heat near the planet’s surface.

7 months ago

 Six-year-old Colby Lane holds his S'more Loving rolled ice cream from 15 Fahrenheit in Mt. Lebanon.

Munch goes to 15° Fahrenheit in Mt. Lebanon

Rolled ice cream trend rolls into Mt. Lebanon by way of Thailand and New York.

7 months ago

 The ropa vielo arepas with a side of black beans at The Colombian Spot, on the South Side.

Munch goes to The Colombian Spot

The city’s only — if not first — purveyor of Colombian cuisine delivers delicious South American dishes.

7 months ago

 A massive mango margarita at Tequila Cowboy, North Shore.

Munch goes to Tequila Cowboy

What you see is what you get at North Shore party spot.

8 months ago

 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.

9 months 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

10 months 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.

10 months 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.

10 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.

10 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.

11 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.

11 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.

12 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.

1 year 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.

1 year 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.

1 year 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.

1 year 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.

1 year 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.

1 year 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.

1 year 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.”

1 year 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.

1 year 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.

1 year 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.

1 year ago

Munch goes to Full Pint Wild Side Pub

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

1 year 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.

1 year 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.

1 year 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.

1 year ago

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