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June 7, 2011 / erostositko

If You’re Ever in Pittsburgh

Matt & I on the Roberto Clemente Bridge

Before I met my husband, I had never been to Pittsburgh. I had nothing against it, just no real reason to venture 300 miles, as I didn’t have any family or friends living at the other end of the state.

In the past three years, I’ve gotten to know the town better and better with each visit. Here are some of my favorite places (so far!) that I can recommend to you if you’re ever in Pittsburgh:

Primanti Brothers: Everyone has to try the pastrami sandwich with coleslaw and French fries (on the sandwich) at least once. For authenticity, go to the original location in the Strip District at 46 18th St.

Enrico’s: Speaking of the Strip District, on the main drag (2022 Penn Ave.), try Enrico’s tasty biscotti for something sweet. The cafe next door also serves light salads, sandwiches and pizzas at lunch.

The Sharp Edge: The Sharp Edge is Pittsburgh’s Belgian beer bar, where you can try hundreds of foreign and domestic lagers, ales, pilsners, or lambics, or go for the “Mystery Beer” of the week. The Sharp Edge now has five locations; we enjoyed the newest one at 922 Penn Ave. downtown.

Church Brew Works: This microbrewery worships at the altar of beer–literally, because the beer is brewed in steel and copper tanks in the former St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. Sit in a pew while sipping a Heavenly Hefe Weizen and snacking on traditional pierogies. Located at 3525 Liberty Ave. in the Lawrenceville section of Pittsburgh.

Rivertowne North Shore: When you think of the typical sports bar, you might envision a staff of skimpily dressed young girls shilling Miller Lite and shots to a bunch of guys in football jerseys. (In fact, that place is The Tilted Kilt across the street.) But Rivertowne is a much more laid back place with a good beer selection, perfect to walk to post-game. And if the weather’s nice, enjoy the patio right on the Allegheny.

What do you think are the best places to eat and drink in Pittsburgh?

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  1. Mary / Jun 9 2011 4:28 pm

    Great weekend in Pittsburgh. Hope we can get together again soon.

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