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Laura’s Pittsburgh Guidebook

Laura

Laura’s Pittsburgh Guidebook

Food Scene
Cute little place set back in the neighborhood right next to mine
Madeleine Bakery and Bistro
609 S Trenton Ave
Cute little place set back in the neighborhood right next to mine
The best cookies - they have a tahini cookie that's one of my favorite cookies ever.
Five Points Artisan Bakeshop
6520 Wilkins Avenue
The best cookies - they have a tahini cookie that's one of my favorite cookies ever.
Cash only. They have nice staff, great simple baked goods (my favorite is the snickerdoodle cookie) and decent wifi.
61B Cafe
1108 South Braddock Avenue
Cash only. They have nice staff, great simple baked goods (my favorite is the snickerdoodle cookie) and decent wifi.
Vegetarian & vegan Middle Eastern/American food - it's one of my favorite places to go for breakfast or brunch but also great for a healthier dinner
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B52 Café
5202 Butler St
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Vegetarian & vegan Middle Eastern/American food - it's one of my favorite places to go for breakfast or brunch but also great for a healthier dinner
Very casual Vietnamese
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Tram's Kitchen
4050 Penn Avenue
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Very casual Vietnamese
Great cafeteria-style Middle Eastern and Southeast Asian food
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Salem Halal Market & Grill
2923 Penn Avenue
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Great cafeteria-style Middle Eastern and Southeast Asian food
My favorite is the Chile Relleno burrito
El Burro Dos
1113 S Braddock Ave
My favorite is the Chile Relleno burrito
I love everything there, but especially the Tom Kha soup and the pineapple fried rice since I've been getting both of them for years
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Thai Cottage
1109 South Braddock Avenue
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I love everything there, but especially the Tom Kha soup and the pineapple fried rice since I've been getting both of them for years
Famous for their Battleship hoagies
Triangle Bar & Grill
2122 Monongahela Ave
Famous for their Battleship hoagies
Probably the best splurge dinner or brunch in my book. It's not super expensive and it's really really good.
Whitfield
120 S Whitfield St
Probably the best splurge dinner or brunch in my book. It's not super expensive and it's really really good.
Nice little local Italian place, run by the neighborhood's mayor!
GoodFellas Restaurant & Tavern
1915 McCague St
Nice little local Italian place, run by the neighborhood's mayor!
Tiny Belgian restaurant in little-known cute little business district of Point Breeze. Highly recommend the moules frites.
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Point Brugge Cafe
401 Hastings Street
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Tiny Belgian restaurant in little-known cute little business district of Point Breeze. Highly recommend the moules frites.
My favorite BBQ stop in the city - most people order in & takeout.
Showcase Barbeque
6800 Frankstown Ave
My favorite BBQ stop in the city - most people order in & takeout.
Very trendy Thai street food place - more affordable than it looks. I highly recommend the pork belly steamed buns as a snack! I think they're cash only.
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Noodlehead
242 South Highland Avenue
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Very trendy Thai street food place - more affordable than it looks. I highly recommend the pork belly steamed buns as a snack! I think they're cash only.
Ice cream!
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Millie's Homemade Ice Cream
232 S Highland Ave
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Ice cream!
Favorite local diner chain.
Eat'n Park
1605 South Braddock Avenue
Favorite local diner chain.
Best breakfast in town - my favorite is the banana chocolate chip hotcakes.
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Pamela's P&G Diner
1711 Murray Avenue
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Best breakfast in town - my favorite is the banana chocolate chip hotcakes.
Local Lebanese food chain - great for a healthy budget meal
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Aladdin's Eatery Squirrel Hill
5878 Forbes Avenue
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Local Lebanese food chain - great for a healthy budget meal
Sidewalk tacos + Mexican grocery store
Las Palmas Pittsburgh #1
700 Brookline Blvd
Sidewalk tacos + Mexican grocery store
One of the more authentic Chinese restaurants in the city - lots of amazing Sichuan dishes on the menu plus all of the American-Chinese ones
Chengdu Gourmet
5840 Forward Avenue
One of the more authentic Chinese restaurants in the city - lots of amazing Sichuan dishes on the menu plus all of the American-Chinese ones
Great food - I always especially like the veg dishes here, including the Dry Sauteed Spicy String Beans.
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Taiwanese Bistro Cafe 33
1711 Shady Ave
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Great food - I always especially like the veg dishes here, including the Dry Sauteed Spicy String Beans.
Fun taco & drinks place downtown. Good place for happy hour.
Condado Tacos
971 Liberty Ave
Fun taco & drinks place downtown. Good place for happy hour.
Good Mexican food downtown right on Market Square - it's up on the second floor. A little more relaxed/go-as-you-are than a lot of the more upscale places around the square.
Las Velas
21 Market Square
Good Mexican food downtown right on Market Square - it's up on the second floor. A little more relaxed/go-as-you-are than a lot of the more upscale places around the square.
Meat! Amazing sandwiches.
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Gaucho Parrilla Argentina
1601 Penn Avenue
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Meat! Amazing sandwiches.
Vegan Polish restaurant - even if you wouldn't normally be into vegan food, it's very worth a visit. It's a really nice space and has great, affordable cocktails, too.
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APTEKA
4606 Penn Ave
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Vegan Polish restaurant - even if you wouldn't normally be into vegan food, it's very worth a visit. It's a really nice space and has great, affordable cocktails, too.
Just a little out of town - worth going out to Monroeville for South Indian food
Udipi Cafe
4141 Old William Penn Highway
Just a little out of town - worth going out to Monroeville for South Indian food
Fun Scottish pub - I love their fish & chips. Very likely to have soccer on the TV.
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Piper's Pub
1828 East Carson Street
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Fun Scottish pub - I love their fish & chips. Very likely to have soccer on the TV.
This was one of the first places in Pittsburgh to have a good range of craft beers on draft. They also have HUGE portions so it's good if you're very hungry and want good beer.
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Fat Head's Saloon
1805 East Carson Street
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This was one of the first places in Pittsburgh to have a good range of craft beers on draft. They also have HUGE portions so it's good if you're very hungry and want good beer.
Cat cafe! It's a good idea to book ahead.
Colony Cafe
1125 Penn Ave
Cat cafe! It's a good idea to book ahead.
One of the best brunch spots.
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Meat & Potatoes
649 Penn Avenue
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One of the best brunch spots.
Amazing food and a huge collection of whiskey.
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Butcher and the Rye
212 6th Street
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Amazing food and a huge collection of whiskey.
Vietnamese coffee spot - lots of space to hang out or work/study
Ineffable Ca Phe
3920 Penn Ave
Vietnamese coffee spot - lots of space to hang out or work/study
Restaurant incubator - so basically 4 really good rotating food truck-type options (but indoors and stationary). There's also a bar and coffee.
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Smallman Galley
2016 Smallman St
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Restaurant incubator - so basically 4 really good rotating food truck-type options (but indoors and stationary). There's also a bar and coffee.
New coffee spot with live music and some small bites.
De Fer Coffee & Tea
2002 Smallman St
New coffee spot with live music and some small bites.
Essentials
This grocery store is about a 3 minute walk away - you can see it from my house. They have pretty good wifi, and you can get or fill a Connect Card here.
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Giant Eagle Supermarket
1705 South Braddock Avenue
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This grocery store is about a 3 minute walk away - you can see it from my house. They have pretty good wifi, and you can get or fill a Connect Card here.
Planet Fitness
1635 South Braddock Avenue
Shopping
Antiques
Le Mix
1115 S Braddock Ave
Antiques
Cute shop with lots of unique cards, gifts and Pittsburghy stuff that supports local artists.
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Wildcard
4209 Butler Street
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Cute shop with lots of unique cards, gifts and Pittsburghy stuff that supports local artists.
A cute shop full of mid-century modern and mod decor and kitchen stuff - fun to just stop by and look around even if you're not planning on buying anything.
Who New Retro Mod Decor
5156 Butler St
A cute shop full of mid-century modern and mod decor and kitchen stuff - fun to just stop by and look around even if you're not planning on buying anything.
Fun record store for browsing in Bloomfield
Juke Records
4526 Liberty Avenue
Fun record store for browsing in Bloomfield
Little store packed with tons of cute stuff, including a lot of France-, dog-, and cocktail-related things. I think there are a lot of men's grooming things, too, that I don't really look at.
Von Walter & Funk + funk|BALLOON
5210 Butler St
Little store packed with tons of cute stuff, including a lot of France-, dog-, and cocktail-related things. I think there are a lot of men's grooming things, too, that I don't really look at.
Cute new camping/hiking store - worth stopping in just to look around.
3 Rivers Outdoor Co.
1130 S Braddock Ave
Cute new camping/hiking store - worth stopping in just to look around.
Local food co-op - they stock a lot of produce and goods from SWPA farms and businesses. It's also a good stop for coffee and their salad bar & hot buffet.
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East End Food Co-op
7516 Meade Street
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Local food co-op - they stock a lot of produce and goods from SWPA farms and businesses. It's also a good stop for coffee and their salad bar & hot buffet.
Sightseeing
One of the best views of downtown
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Duquesne Incline
1197 West Carson Street
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One of the best views of downtown
This is the strange but cool huge castle built out of reflective glass in the middle of downtown.
PPG Place
This is the strange but cool huge castle built out of reflective glass in the middle of downtown.
A nice spot to bring a book or hang out with people if it's nice out.
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Point State Park Fountain
Three Rivers Heritage Trail
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A nice spot to bring a book or hang out with people if it's nice out.
Lots of international food shops and restaurants - worth going just go walk around, especially on a weekend morning. LOTS of Pittsburgh sports team stuff sold on the sidewalks.
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Strip District
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Lots of international food shops and restaurants - worth going just go walk around, especially on a weekend morning. LOTS of Pittsburgh sports team stuff sold on the sidewalks.
Parks & Nature
There's a trailhead really close to my house - it's for Braddock Trail, which links in with the rest of the park.
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Frick Park
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There's a trailhead really close to my house - it's for Braddock Trail, which links in with the rest of the park.
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Schenley Park
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It's not weird - it's a great place to walk around or just sit in the grass with a book (just pick a non-grave spot). It's a really peaceful, quiet place.
The Homewood Cemetery
1599 South Dallas Avenue
It's not weird - it's a great place to walk around or just sit in the grass with a book (just pick a non-grave spot). It's a really peaceful, quiet place.
Drinks & Nightlife
Great hotdogs, wings, and a "beer cave"
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D's Six Pax and Dogz
1118 South Braddock Avenue
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Great hotdogs, wings, and a "beer cave"
Cute little woman-owned bar
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Tina's
4114 Main St
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Cute little woman-owned bar
Surprisingly good bar food even though they don't have a kitchen.
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Allegheny Wine Mixer
5326 Butler St
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Surprisingly good bar food even though they don't have a kitchen.
Trendy tiki bar
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Hidden Harbor
1708 Shady Ave
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Trendy tiki bar
One of the many new breweries popping up all over the place - they have great beer, a lot of food truck visits, and weekly bingo nights.
Couch Brewery
1351 Washington Blvd
One of the many new breweries popping up all over the place - they have great beer, a lot of food truck visits, and weekly bingo nights.
This local brewery has been around longer than most and has a cool new indoor/outdoor location to check out.
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East End Brewing Company
147 Julius Street
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This local brewery has been around longer than most and has a cool new indoor/outdoor location to check out.
There's a new food/brewery scene in Millvale that's definitely worth checking out.
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Grist House Craft Brewery
10 East Sherman Street
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There's a new food/brewery scene in Millvale that's definitely worth checking out.
OTB is a favorite for beer & burgers, especially for the Monday burger deals. Also love their fries & onion rings.
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Over The Bar Bicycle Cafe
2518 East Carson Street
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OTB is a favorite for beer & burgers, especially for the Monday burger deals. Also love their fries & onion rings.
Nice local bar over in Homestead - good beer selection and great bar food.
Blue Dust
601 Amity Street
Nice local bar over in Homestead - good beer selection and great bar food.
Arts & Culture
The best art & natural history museums in the world!!! Better than the Smithsonian and every other museum you've ever been to. Visit the dinosaurs and Monet's water lilies.
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Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
4400 Forbes Avenue
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The best art & natural history museums in the world!!! Better than the Smithsonian and every other museum you've ever been to. Visit the dinosaurs and Monet's water lilies.
The art gallery is great but the best time to go is during the Free Fridays concerts during the summer - check out the carriage museum, too. There's also a beautiful greenhouse on the grounds.
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The Frick Pittsburgh
7227 Reynolds Street
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The art gallery is great but the best time to go is during the Free Fridays concerts during the summer - check out the carriage museum, too. There's also a beautiful greenhouse on the grounds.
Local library
Carnegie Free Library of Swissvale
1800 Monongahela Ave
Local library
Contemporary art museum - save time to walk around the neighborhood afterwards and stop at Commonplace Coffee right down the street and Randyland a couple blocks away
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Mattress Factory Museum
500 Sampsonia Way
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Contemporary art museum - save time to walk around the neighborhood afterwards and stop at Commonplace Coffee right down the street and Randyland a couple blocks away
Kind of required stop for art lovers coming in from out of town.
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Andy Warhol Museum
117 Sandusky Street
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Kind of required stop for art lovers coming in from out of town.