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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.

8 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.

9 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

 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.

1 year ago


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