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10 Restaurants in Pittsburgh You Need to Visit ASAP

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The budding culinary scene in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has really made its mark on the food map of the United States in the past few years. Many new restaurants have opened up and allowed people to try different and delicious things, including locally sourced meals and raw vegan dishes. From French to Asian global cuisine, here is a list of the ten best restaurants in Pittsburgh.

10. Cure

Fruits de mer @justinseverino #PeoplesBNC #islandcreekoyster @foodandwine

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Cure is an upscale Mediterranean restaurant serving up dishes with locally sourced ingredients. Their menu features ribeye, maple smoked salmon, oysters, beef tartare, scallop crudo, and Parisian gnocchi. Each plate is a delicious work of art, well worth the price.

9. Meat & Potatoes

The Notorious P.I.G. poutine gets topped with fried pork belly, bacon, pulled pork over a special bacon gravy

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If you couldn’t already gather from the name, Meat & Potatoes is a steakhouse. Located in the cultural district, their menu includes items such as fried pickles, catfish tacos, mussels, duck breast, wild mushroom risotto, pot roast, and a poached pear salad.

8. Bar Marco

Octopus, chickpea, chorizo and chimichurri in the wine room tonight.

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Bar Marco makes the worst day of the week a lot better by having a new chef come in every Monday to whip up specialty dishes. Any other day of the week you’ll find items like saffron risotto with shrimp, braised pork, a quinoa and goat cheese salad, and bacon wrapped dates.

7. The Commoner

Located downtown, The Commoner boats a cozy atmosphere, interesting décor, and a diverse menu. Dishes include house-made beef jerky, shepherd’s pie, pan seared scallops, duck fat potato wedges, crab fritters, and crispy chicken thighs with a cauliflower purée. Did we mention they have a Bloody Mary bar?

6. Legume

Spaghetti with Nettle-Arugula Pesto, Asparagus, Parmesan, & Fried Egg 🍝

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If you’re looking for a classy place to dine in Pittsburgh, look no further than French restaurant Legume. Family run since it opened its door in 2007, the ever-evolving menu features items like sweet potato ravioli, squid salad, grass-fed beef tenderloin, pork and pistachio pâté, and a lavender flan.

5. Root 174

Old school prime rib date night, courtesy of Root 174.

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While it may be on the pricier side, Root 174 is creating dishes you won’t be able to find anywhere else. Dishes like coffee confit chicken wings, vegan ‘meatloaf’, pork belly carbonara, chorizo stuffed chicken, and a bread pudding with whipped nutella. You won’t be able to stop yourself from taking a picture of your plate.

4. Eden

Smoothie bowl! Now on the brunch menu. That’s cashew yogurt, raw granola and the works!

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The raw food movement is a popular trend today, and restaurant Eden will show you why. Everything on their menu is vegan and gluten-free, yet so satisfying. You’ll love their avocado curry, pumpkin hummus, cashew dumplings, zucchini fettuccine, and banana cream cake.

3. Grit & Grace

No other restaurant will make you feel as though you’ve been transported to Asia quite like Grit & Grace. A noodle bar with fun décor and great drinks, you’ll find dishes like spicy tuna rolls, seafood coconut curry, flank steak, vegetable ramen, curry rice noodles, pork belly steam buns, short ribs, potstickers, spicy octopus, and daily dim sum options such as kimchi or sesame cauliflower.  

2. Avenue B

Crispy oysters, black garlic aioli, watercress pesto, grilled blood orange #pittsburgh #food #oysters #avenueb

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The seasonal menu at Avenue B frequently changes but always remains delicious and satisfying. Some past menu items that the restaurant has featured include crispy oysters, organic chicken, tuna sashimi, potato chowder, brown sugar smoked duck, miso salmon, and popcorn ice cream.

1. Butcher and the Rye

Giant cheese & charcuterie board for private parties held in our Rye Bar upstairs! Celebrate your next event with us!!

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Ever since Butcher and the Rye opened in 2013 it has been a necessary culinary can’t-miss for both locals and tourists. Aside from their vast whiskey collection, the restaurant offers dishes like beef tongue ravioli, house made charcuterie, rabbit coq au vin, seared scallops, beet salad, s’mores, and salted caramel apple pie.



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