Dave Jenkins, 49,  "pit master," owner and operator at The Dream Bar-B-Q, cooks in front of his restaurant on North Braddock Avenue.

Restaurant scene: Dream Bar-B-Q feeds hungry football fans and a neighborhood

For 10 years Dave Jenkins has been building a clientele for lunch, dinner and takeout at his barbecue spot in Homewood.

In about 1 hour

 The Kobe beef burger at BRGR in East Liberty.

BRGR in East Liberty to move; new changes in works at Round Corner Cantina in Lawrenceville

At more than 5,000 square feet, the new BRGR Eastside location will be twice the size.

about 12 hours ago

 Pickles in Suzdal, pickle capital of Russia.

Chef Trevett Hooper savors Russian hospitality for a new venture

Legume’s chef visits Eastern Europe and Russia to bring back ideas for Dacha, a restaurant he hopes to open in Pittsburgh.

3 days ago

 The staff of Gaucho in the Strip District.

Restaurant scene: Gaucho in the Strip District gets its groove

Owner Anthony Falcon tells the story behind the fast-paced growth of Gaucho Parrilla Argentina, a temple of grilled meat and vegetables.

6 days ago

Eat, shop under neon lights at Squirrel Hill Night Market

As the sun goes down over Pittsburgh, Murray Avenue in Squirrel Hill will come alive on Saturday.

1 week ago

 Poster introducing Kick in the Beanz campaign.

Sheetz to offer new line of specialty coffee in hope to outcompete Wawa

Competition between Wawa and Sheetz falls along lines as clear as the Eagles versus the Steelers, with the latter shopping at Sheetz.

1 week ago

Las Palmas taco stand in Oakland hit with consumer alert

Las Palmas was cited for holding food at unsafe temperatures and inadequate sanitization, among other problems.

1 week ago

 LaVanda cocktail made of lavender-infused Grappa, green pepper  honey and lemon juice paired with Fegato con Crostini, a chicken liver pate ramekin with a topping of marsala gelee at Grapperia in Lawrenceville.

Bites and brews in Pittsburgh: Something for every appetite

Here are a few of the PG’s favorite spots around the region, highlighting a trend not limited to beer joints.

1 week ago

 Table 86 opened today in Seven Fields.  The menu features appetizers, seafood, steaks, butcher block burgers, salads and pastas.

Hines Ward's restaurant Table 86 officially opens in Seven Fields

Mr. Ward opened the restaurant and wine bar in the Pittsburgh area to thank his fans by creating jobs and a spot to have good food.

2 weeks ago

 Cheeses from Greece, clockwise from left: Feta, kefalotiri and graviera with oil-cured olives.

Dine: Merchants here say buying Greek imports can help debt-ridden nation

To help with the Greek financial crisis, Greek merchants in Pittsburgh are encouraging residents here to buy more products from Greece.

2 weeks ago

 The founders of Smallman Galley, Ben Mantica and Tyler Benson, are both U.S. Navy lieutenants.

Smallman Galley to give chefs a boost

Smallman Galley teams up with Papa J’s owners to bring restaurant incubator to the Strip District to help launch new chefs.

2 weeks ago

 Items for breakfast at Sakura in Squirrel Hill: From top clockwise, spiced dried bean curd, beef in brown sauce, beef tendon in brown sauce, marinated pig ears and beef tripe in brown sauce.

Restaurant scene: At Sakura, the mostly Japanese menu contains some Chinese-style gems

The vast menu at Sakura restaurant in Squirrel Hill offers hidden regional gems from Xi’an in northwest China.

2 weeks ago

 Udipi Cafe owner Manjunath Sherigar rolls up a paper masala dosa -- filled with potatoes and onions -- on the grill.

Restaurant scene: At Udipi Cafe, the pancake-like dosa making its mark

The dosa at Udipi in Monroeville earns the status of iconic Pittsburgh food

3 weeks ago

Chaz & Odette to open in former Toast! Kitchen & Wine Bar location in Shadyside

The lunch and dinner menu at the Baum Boulevard eatery will be influenced by international cuisines.

1 month ago

 Tic Toc customers enjoy lunch at the restaurant in Macy's on Tuesday. Janice McCready, left, from Murrysville, had fried chicken, while Loralee Babjack from Pittsburgh had the chicken chili.

Dine: The clock runs out on Tic Toc

Time flies in the final hours for iconic Tic Toc restaurant Downtown, which closed on Friday.

1 month ago

  Paella with lobster, mussels, clams, scallops, shrimp, chicken, Spanish sausage and rice with saffron at Mallorca.

On the Table: Mallorca needs to bring menu up to same level as setting and staff

A terrific space and a warm experience draw diners to this South Side stable; if only the food were better.

1 month ago

 Macy's announced July 13 that the company would close the Downtown Pittsburgh store.

Tic Toc, Arcade Bakery could live on after Macy’s leaves Downtown Pittsburgh site

The agreement under consideration would assign names, branding and intellectual property rights of the restaurant and bakery to the city.

1 month ago

 Todd Saulle of Pop Stop makes popsicles from scratch.

Check out the summer bucket list for Pittsburgh foodies

Explore these foods and dining venues before the curtain comes down on the season.

1 month ago

 A Second Breakfast Waffle Wagon customer walks into Coffee Buddha to eat after receiving her order from the food truck. The Waffle Wagon serves customers every Thursday in the parking lot of the Ross coffee shop.

Food trucks here have nowhere to go but up

With nearly 30 Pittsburgh-based food trucks, a growing fleet gets creative to navigate Pittsburgh ordinances.

1 month ago

 Pittsburgh is receiving a flurry of national media attention lately.

Why is Pittsburgh being called the new darling destination?

Last week’s flurry of national media attention on the city’s charms has become the new normal.

1 month ago

 The exterior of Pizzaiolo in Market Square.

Rooftop dining is among al fresco options Downtown

If you like eating in the out of doors, Downtown has spots high, low and in between.

1 month ago

 Gloria Fortunato, left, and Cathleen Enders are the owners of Wild Rosemary Bistro in Upper St. Clair.

Tables at Wild Rosemary Bistro in Upper St. Clair hardest to reserve

Wild Rosemary Bistro, a 28-seat BYOB restaurant run by Cathleen Enders and Gloria Fortunato, will celebrate its seventh anniversary.

1 month ago

Carnegie Museums sets a new course for food services

The new arrangement with Culinaire ends a 19-year relationship with Parkhurst Dining, a division of Eat’n Park Hospitality Group.

1 month ago

 Nancy and Ed Sullivan of Oakmont brought their grandchildren, visiting from South Carolina, to Klavon’s, where co-owner Jacob Hanchar was giving out free ice cream to celebrate National Ice Cream Day.

Klavon's offers Strip District-inspired ice creams

The Primanti Brother’s Ice Cream Sammich and Wholey’s Catch are among flavors offered at an old-time ice cream parlor.

1 month ago

 Under the revised policy, the size of the penalty would be based on a number of factors, such as size of the food facility, seriousness of the violation, willfulness and whether the violation was a repeat offense

Allegheny County eyes higher fines for food safety violations

The proposals follow a failed attempt to display health department grades on restaurant doors.

1 month ago

 Ray Auslander owns Wiener World on Smithfield Street.

Dine: Owner of Downtown's Wiener World reflects on changes as he puts business up for sale

Surrounded by Downtown Pittsburgh’s renewal, Wiener World celebrates its 50th anniversary.

1 month ago

 Andrew Garbarino plates a foie gras appetizer using brioche, foie gras, balsamic glaze, onion marmalade and nut butter.

Lively Twisted Frenchman serves old-world wine and modernist-inspired dishes

Andrew Garbarino’s East Liberty restaurant resonates as a fun, tailored spot with an ambitious chef who is confident yet eager to please.

1 month ago

 The view from Isabela on Grandview, atop Mount Washington, with a serving of honey-glazed blue marlin with fresh watermelon, pickled watermelon rind and a mint gastrique

Isabela on Grandview to close at month's end

"I'm so grateful to my wonderful employees, family, friends and loyal patrons,” owner George Merrick, 81, said in a press release.

1 month ago

 The Commoner Executive Chef Dennis Marron

Chef at Hotel Monaco leaves to pursue independent venture

Executive chef Dennis Marron of the Commoner at The Kimpton Hotel Monaco, Downtown, has left the position to pursue his own venture.

1 month ago

 Hot pot with lotus root being added with chopsticks at Top Shabu Shabu.

Restaurant Scene: The Asian influence

At eateries such as top shabu-shabu diners can find authentic regional cuisine.

1 month ago

 Why settle for just chocolate, vanilla and strawberry ice cream?

Here's the scoop on offbeat ice creams in Pittsburgh

Choose from fruity, floral and spicy flavors across the region.

1 month ago

Egg shortage cutting supplies at Rita's locations

The egg shortage from the avian flu outbreak is now cutting supplies of frozen custard at all Rita’s locations.

1 month ago

What's in store? Plenty of frozen treats

Local ice cream shops abound.

1 month ago

Taste of the Town: Summer desserts beckon

Sweet treats take you back in time.

1 month ago

 Owner Paul Krawiec works in the kitchen at Cafe du Jour.

Pittsburgh ranked top-10 foodie city for 2015 editors cited Primanti Bros., Cafe Du Jour and Gaucho Parrilla Argentina as eateries offering a range of dining experiences.

1 month ago

 Christine Filipowski of Green Tree, left, and Annette Yayla of Moon Township, at Tako.

#SEENHotSpot: Tako

SEEN checks out downtown’s newest hotspot, Tako.

1 month ago

 The owner of New York’s Casellula Cheese & Wine Cafe is considering opening a restaurant in the former Masonic Hall in conjunction with nonprofit City of Asylum in Central North Side.

N.Y. cafe considering location in North Side

Casellula Cheese & Wine Cafe is looking at the former Masonic Hall in conjunction with nonprofit City of Asylum in Central Northside.

2 months ago

 The Tako -- grilled octopus, harissa aioli, preserved lemons, mizuna and pickled red onion prepared at Tako on Sixth Avenue Downtown.

On the Table: Tako reaches out to the adventurous

Tako Downtown offers a top-notch staff and creative dishes.

2 months ago

Muddy Waters Oyster Bar to open in East Liberty late fall

The eatery will feature a Cajun-inspired menu, with craft cocktails, bourbon, beer and wine.

2 months ago

No, I’m not finished. What’s the rush, waiter?

Clearing plates when some diners haven’t finished turns a group meal into a group exercise in guilt.

2 months ago

 Customers dine outside at Tako on Sixth Street, Downtown.

Summer 2015 dining guide: 12 reasons to dine out this season

Learn how to dine like an insider with these spots, which are building momentum and excitement in Pittsburgh’s growing restaurant scene.

2 months ago

 In this 2010 file photo, Salt of the Earth chef Kevin Sousa and his team of line cooks prepare for the evening at the Garfield restaurant.

Garfield's Salt of the Earth to close its doors in August

The first of several eateries from chef Kevin Sousa, it had been a partnership between the chef and architects Doug and Liza Cruze.

2 months ago

 The Raw Deal: from left, hanger steak nigiri with seaweed salad and spice aioli, salmon sashimi with torched lemon, yuzu ponzu and scallions, and tuna tartare with garlic scapes, garbanzo bean wasabi hummus and lotus root chips.

Restaurant review: Avenue B, a bold bistro with menus and service to please all

At the busy Shadyside BYOB, the seasonal menu features crowdpleasers, while a chalkboard menu offers a palette of creative dishes.

2 months ago

Taste of the town: Salads with an Italian accent

From caprese to panzanella, they are light, colorful and ready to eat at local restaurants.

2 months ago

 Curtis Gamble, former chef de cuisine at Grit & Grace Downtown, along with Justin Janosko and John Pieranunzi of Craftwork Kitchen, will open Station in Bloomfield by early August.

Restaurant Scene: A number of new Pittsburgh eateries poised to debut this summer

Although Mediterranean menus remain a common thread, owners are diversifying beyond Italian restaurants.

2 months ago

Late-night dining is a fickle scene in Pittsburgh

Some Downtown spots that launched with late hours have retrenched, but you can still find sustenance around midnight in Pittsburgh.

2 months ago

 Mitch Liebovich, left, owner of Smoq Pitt BBQ, and Ebonie Williams, prepare pulled pork at the restaurant in Brookline.

Restaurant Scene: At Smoq Pitt BBQ, a guy from Chicago brings smoked meats to Brookline

Smoq Pitt BBQ is a passion project from owner Mitch Liebovich, an Illinois native who has studied barbecue around the nation.

3 months ago

Bombay Curry House in Oakland shut down for health code violations

The problems included holding food at unsafe temperatures and using a dishwasher that wasn’t sanitizing.

3 months ago

 Il Tetto, Italian for "the roof," is at the top of the tri-level Sienna Mercato at 942 Penn Ave.

Dine: Bucs fans ought to stop here

Where to eat and drink before and after a Pirates home game.

3 months ago

 Pittsburgh-based Eat'n Park has sued Chicago American Sweet & Snacks, saying its cookies called "Smiley's" are a lot like Eat'n Park's best-seller, above.

Eat'n Park sues Chicago cookie-maker over Smiley trademark

The suit says Chicago American Sweet & Snacks sells cookies called "Smiley's" that Eat'n Park says are a lot like its product.

3 months ago

The Food Column
Let's Eat