This article was originally published on Rocket Beach on September 25, 2017
If you’re planning a trip to Pittsburgh and wondering where to eat, you have an incredible number of options. This former steel mill city is now home to a booming dining scene that offers everything from New American to international cuisine. During your next trip to the Steel City, make sure you check out these best restaurants.
The Capital Grille
If you find yourself staying in downtown Pittsburgh, plan one of your dinners at The Capital Grille. This upscale steakhouse serves up fresh seafood and dry aged steaks in a classic and refined setting. Start your dinner off with cast iron garlic shrimp or steak tartare. For your main course, consider the bone-in Kona-crusted New York strip steak with shallot butter or the pan-seared sea scallops with wild mushroom risotto. If you saved room for dessert, the warm double chocolate cake comes with ice cream and cherries infused with port wine.
Butcher and the Rye
Another hot spot to check out in downtown Pittsburgh is Butcher and the Rye. This popular restaurant is known for its innovative cuisine and craft cocktails. Even more impressive, it was the first bar in Pittsburgh nominated for a James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Bar Program since the category’s creation in 2012. When you stop in, you’ll find a cocktail menu that includes beer, wine, whiskey, and mixed drinks. Start your meal with an artisanal cheese board, and then choose from entrée options that include a grilled filet, pan-seared rainbow trout, scallops, and rabbit and dumplings.
Meat & Potatoes
Just blocks from the Allegheny River and some of the hottest entertainment and hotels in Pittsburgh is Meat & Potatoes. Named for the classic comfort food, this modern gastropub serves New American cuisine for brunch, lunch, and dinner. Stop by for dinner, and you can start your meal with fried Brussels sprouts, poutine, or pimento macaroni and cheese. For your main course, popular dishes include Wagyu flat iron beef, spring chicken, pot roast, and salmon.
Double Wide Grill
If you’re traveling to Pittsburgh with your pet, there are also plenty of good dining spots where your furry friend can join you. When the weather is nice, head to the East Carson Street location of Double Wide Grill for dining out on the patio. The restaurant also offers a separate area that’s counter service only if you’re dining with your pet. While Double Wide Grill is known for its finger-licking barbecue, it offers an extensive vegan and vegetarian menu, as well. You’ll find options that include mango coconut tofu, a veggie gyro, and veggie burgers.
When you’re searching for one of the hottest farm-to-table restaurants in Pittsburgh, you need to head to The Commoner. This gastropub serves up American cuisine with a British twist. When you stop by for dinner, you’ll find menu options that include olive oil poached grouper, wood-fired pork chop, and Korma braised lamb shank.
No matter what you’re in the mood for, when you check out these top restaurants in Pittsburgh, you’re sure to leave feeling full and satisfied.