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 A half-rack of baby back ribs from Two Brothers Bar-B-Q in Collier.

Meat your maker: Munch opens the summer and barbecue season at Two Brothers

Summer means many things to many people, but to Munch, it is the most glorious time of the year for delicious smoked meats.

about 17 hours ago

 The Korean fried chicken meal at Bae Bae's Kitchen in Downtown Pittsburgh.

Munch tries Korean at Bae Bae’s Kitchen

The recent summit brought Munch to an uncomfortable realization: He knows next-to-nothing about Korean food.

1 week ago

 A plate of buffet desserts, including the Kremes vanilla custard-filled pastry, a chocolate-rasberry custard, Carrot Cake and Chocolate Rum Cake at the Darlington Inn near Ligonier.

Munch goes to the Darlington Inn

A trip to this landmark restaurant in a tiny village in the Laurel Highlands is like going back in time, to Transylvania and Hungary.

4 weeks ago

 A bowl of Salt & Pepper Tofu at Yuzu Kitchen, Downtown.

Munch goes to Yuzu Kitchen and soon to be Up Down Express

Ramen spot on Wood Street is a hip space with great drinks and tasty Japanese and Asian foods; upstairs lunch hot- and cold bars open soon.

1 month ago

 The mortadella sandwich at Driftwood Oven in Lawrenceville is topped with buttercup cheese, spicy pickled peppers, arugula, and an aioli on pan grilled sourdough bread.

Munch goes for pizza — and a load of baloney — at Driftwood Oven in Lawrenceville

The sourdough pizza is the star here, but, man, does it make a killer baloney — or, rather, mortadella — sandwich.

1 month ago

 The Drunken Lomain dish with pork and vegetables at Dancing Crab Thai Noodle House on the South Side.

Munch goes to Dancing Crab Thai Noodle House

Thai food truck moves to brick-and-mortar location on the South Side.

2 months ago

 The bacon flight at Bacon, Bourbon & Beer in Washington County includes thick cut acon strips with Cajun seasoning and bleu cheese, pickled jalapeno and cheddar, a bourbon and brown sugar glaze and Sarris chocolate dipped.

Pigging Out: Munch goes to Bacon, Bourbon & Beer in North Strabane

You’ll find few restaurants with a name as straightforward as this where they do all three of those B’s quite well.

2 months ago

 The bacon flight at Bacon, Bourbon & Beer in Washington County includes thick-cut bacon strips with Cajun seasoning and bleu cheese, pickled jalapeno and cheddar, a bourbon and brown sugar glaze and Sarris chocolate dipped.

Munch goes to Bacon, Bourbon & Beer in North Strabane

Shawn Janovich and business partner Will Wilson opened the spot in July 2016 and they deliver on all three fronts of B.

2 months ago

 The pepperoni pizza at Piazza Talarico in Lawrenceville is nearly paper thin with fresh mozzarella and basil.

Munch goes to Alida’s Woodfired Cucina and Piazza Talarico in Lawrenceville

A few short blocks apart, two new spots offer well-prepared Italian-American classics

2 months ago

 The hot chicken sandwich at Bird on the Run in East Liberty.

Fried chix or fresh fish? Munch goes to Bird on the Run and Kahuna in East Liberty

Sibling East Liberty establishments offer polar opposite fare but with similar focus on quality.

2 months ago

 An order of traditional potato and cheese pierogi at Bubba's in Greensburg are based on a recipe handed down through the Nowicki family.

Munch goes to Bubba’s in Greensburg for Polish food, pierogies and pizza

Worth-the-drive fare at this tiny Greensburg spot dedicated to a bygone grandmother.

3 months ago

 Barrel Aged Irish Red Ale at Church Brew Works in Lawrenceville.

Munch: Drink like a pro, not a bro, this St. Patrick’s Day

Raise a glass the right way this weekend when celebrating Ireland’s patron saint.

3 months ago

 The pulled pork sandwich at Porked in Lincoln Place.

Munch goes to Porked, a porcine palace and temple to the pig in tiny Lincoln Place

This sandwich shop features only pig products, and the owners are bullish on success.

3 months ago

 Crepes with fruit and chocolate sauce at Gino's Petit Dejeuner, a French/Turkish breakfast-and-lunch place that opened in November in a shopping plaza in Harmar.

Munch goes to Gino's Petit Dejeuner

In a Harmar shopping plaza, across from Alpha Ice Complex, a new restaurant serves beautiful and delicious breakfasts and lunch.

4 months ago

 The wings at Station in Bloomfield are brined first in saltwater, then cooked for a day sous vide style, then fried in olive oil with a garli-parmesan-chili rub and served with an Asiago fondue and garnished with Calabrian chilis.

Pittsburgh's best wings: The 24 top spots

They are as ubiquitous, popular and delicious as ever. Take a tour of two dozen of Pittsburgh’s best wing options.

4 months ago

 A platter of barbecue from ODBQ in Ambridge can include smoked Parma Italian sausage, pulled pork, brisket and mac and cheese.

Munch gets "pillows of brisket" at ODBQ Barbecue in Ambridge

Self-taught pitmaster bringing quality barbecue to tiny Beaver County shop.

4 months ago

 The interior of Umai in Mt. Lebanon.

Munch goes to Umai – not Umi or Umami – in Mt. Lebanon

Attention to detail and quality ingredients in a cozy setting make this eatery stand apart – despite competitors with similar names.

5 months ago

 A platter of peach-pulled-pork pierogies at Stuff'd Pierogi Bar in Downtown Pittsburgh.

Munch goes to Stuff’d Pierogi Bar: How can such a brilliant concept be so disappointing?

A pierogi-based restaurant in the Golden Triangle is a million dollar idea but needs the execution to match.

5 months ago

 The Schmucker pork sandwich at Brick N' Mortar in Heidelberg.

Munch goes to Brick N’ Mortar

What’s in a name? At Brick N’ Mortar, the whole story is contained within.

6 months ago

 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.

6 months 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.

7 months 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.

7 months 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.

7 months 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

7 months 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.

8 months 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

8 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.

9 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.

9 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.

9 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.

10 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.

10 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.

11 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.

11 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.

11 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.

11 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.

11 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.

1 year 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

1 year 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.

1 year 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.

1 year 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.

1 year 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.

1 year 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.

1 year 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.

1 year 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.

1 year 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.

1 year 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.

1 year 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 year 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 year 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.

1 year ago

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