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Few things set me to trembling like those four innocent words. Whether it’s a high school friend visiting for a night or a few relatives in town for the weekend, we all end up getting saddled with the unenviable task of selecting a dinner spot. And it’s not always easy. Your grandma wants something quiet, your cousin wants something cool, your uncle wants something cheap—and you just want to get it over with.
There’s enough to be stressed about during the holidays without panicking over reservations. Sure, you could just head to Primanti’s and call it a day. But iconic though it may be, Pittsburgh has plenty more to offer.
That’s why we’ve drawn up this handy guide to dining out with out-of-towners. Read on for recommendations tailored to all the family, friends and long lost lovers visiting Pittsburgh this holiday season.
The Visitor: Your well-off parents/grandparents/mysterious benefactor—and they’re picking up the tab.
Why: What to do when someone else is paying but you’re picking the spot? You don’t want to choose the fanciest place out there or select somewhere with strange or fussy cuisine. Eleven strikes a perfect balance between formal and casual, bold but familiar. Chef Eli Wahl and his talented team create unique takes on classic American dishes, from crab cakes to strip steak. Located in a former warehouse in the Strip District, Eleven sits at the intersection of elegance and good old Pittsburgh grit.
Why: Though Pittsburgh food has an artery-clogging reputation, Eden provides a cozy haven for nearly any dietary preference. The entire place is gluten-free (good news for those concerned about cross-contamination) and almost 100% vegan. With a seasonally rotating menu heavy on inventive raw dishes and chefs sensitive to food allergies, Eden pays attention to the eaters that other restaurants ignore.
More Picks: Apteka, Bloomfield, B52, Lawrenceville
The Visitor: Your childhood pal, who still lives at home and is perpetually broke.
Why: Noodlehead is no-frills—they’re cash only, the menu rarely changes, and they don’t even have a phone number. But unlike plenty of places that make the claim, they actually pass the savings on to customers. Their small menu boasts a mix of classic Thai dishes and house specialties like the Street Noodle #1, an addictive combination of fried chicken, rice noodles and an umami bomb of a sauce. And with a BYOB fee of a measly 50 cents, you’ll leave full and tipsy for less than 15 bucks.
Why: For the first two years or so that it was open, it was nearly impossible to get a seat at Gaucho Parilla Argentina. And now that the Strip District destination has tripled in size? Well, it’s still tough. But that’s a testament to just how good this Argentinian shrine to beef really is. Landing on Yelp’s Top 100 Places to Eat in the U.S. for the past two years, Gaucho cooks everything on a wood-fired grill, from blood sausage to flank steak—and even the occasional vegetable.
Why: You could try to wow a skeptical friend with any number of glitzy Downtown spots. But chances are that they’ll know a place back home that does it bigger or better. Instead, why not blindside them with somewhere that’s Pittsburgh through and through, of which no equivalent exists beyond our hills? Max’s Allegheny Tavern fits the bill. With old-school German food, friendly people and décor that looks like it’s been untouched for a century, Max’s is as classic Pittsburgh as it gets.
Why: This is always a tough predicament—you need a place with a diverse menu, moderate prices and a whole lot of space. The Porch at Schenley nails it. Surrounded by universities, the Porch is prepared for large groups of all ages and stripes, with ample seating indoors and outside. The menu features plenty of safe bets, from a prime rib sandwich to a rotating selection of pizzas. But with lots of local produce and a rooftop garden, there are enough unique touches to keep everyone happy.
Why: Though I shudder at the word “foodie,” we all have friends who proudly embrace the label. And for a sure-fire bet to dazzle that friend, head to Morcilla. Though sister restaurant Cure continues to turn out world-class food, Morcilla is new darling of Pittsburgh’s food scene. Recently named one of Bon Appétit‘s Best New Restaurants for 2016, Morcilla excels at authentic Spanish tapas, charcuterie and drinks. With a menu ranging from single bite pintxos to huge platters of suckling pork roast, a spread at Morcilla will wow even the most jaded foodie.
Why: There are plenty of great breweries around town, and there’s a good chance they’ll have a killer food truck parked outside. But for a whirlwind chance to try the best of Western Pennsylvania beer, head to Squirrel Hill’s Independent Brewing Company. Despite the name, they don’t actually brew anything there. They do, however, dedicate all of their taps to the latest and greatest offerings from our region’s 50-plus breweries. Along with an impressive cocktail program and Chef Monique Ruvolo’s Middle Eastern-tinged bar food, the IBC is not your average neighborhood bar.
Why: If seafood, pasta and red wine in a cozy neighborhood joint doesn’t scream romance, then I guess I’m hopeless. Dish Osteria and Bar has been a South Side staple for 15 years, but with Chef/Owner Michele Savoia at the helm, the quality never wavers. At Dish, the focus is on top-notch ingredients and classic preparations, and the super-fresh seafood is always a good bet. Accompanied by a pick from their mostly Italian wine list, dinner at Dish is the perfect way to kick off a romantic evening.
Why: Once in a while, you get asked to choose a place for someone you don’t know at all. Your dad’s old work buddy, perhaps, or a friend of a friend who just moved to town. In these situations, I can’t think of a more crowd-pleasing food than pizza. Though everyone’s got their favorite place for a pie, Lawrenceville’s Piccolo Forno hits all the right notes. It’s classy but affordable (being BYOB helps), and the atmosphere is lively and inviting. And if you happen to find some weirdo who doesn’t like pizza, the homemade pasta dishes are every bit as good.
’Tis the season for holiday parties, overeating, and hiding indoors until spring arrives.
Facts are facts, gang. Staying active when the snow starts to fall is pretty much impossible. At least that’s what we tell ourselves. Fortunately, Pittsburgh’s events calendar is out to prove us all wrong.
From festive fun runs to yoga and booze, here are the December events making it a whole lot easier to find some balance and break a sweat while celebrating the holiday season.
Lights Off, Breath On
INFOGrab your mat and head to Yoga Flow in Mt. Lebanon for this glowga class. In case it didn’t click, “glowga” is glow in the dark yoga (clever). Dress in white, get done up with some body paint, and wear neon bracelets to enhance the effect of the black lights in the studio. Once you’re all painted up, get ready to take your Vinyasa practice to the next level as you breathe, flow, and glow. Extra points if you draw on glow-in-the-dark Warrior (pose) face paint. December 3
INFOReady to rock your bathing suit (or a Speedo!?) in December? Yes, it seems kinda nuts. But it’s not as crazy when you’re freezing for a reason. And that’s exactly what the Polar Plunge is all about. You and a few thousand friends strip down to your skivvies before jumping into the chilly Ohio River. It will be a good time for a great cause, supporting the Special Olympics and athletes in Pennsylvania. December 10
Jingle Bell Run
INFOBust out your best Santa outfit, elf attire, or reindeer costume and get to the North Shore for one of Pittsburgh’s essential races. The Jingle Bell Run is a holiday tradition around these parts. This 5k race is your chance to sweat and celebrate while raising funds to help cure arthritis. How festive is it? Well, you’ll be happy to know that prizes go out to the best costumes for both people AND dogs. So round up your friends, get decked out from head to mistletoe, and jingle all the way to the finish line. December 3
Join the crew from Fleet Feet for a run through the 412, exploring all of the holiday decorations along the way. This run kicks off in Market Square, departing from PPG Place, before hitting every must-see festive display downtown. With a six- and four-mile option, plus a one-mile Holiday Stroll, there’s something for every runner (or walker). Wear your blinking bulbs, festive socks and holiday best (layers, people) for a good time that benefits the UPMC Children’s Hospital Free Care Fund. December 15
Winter Solstice Stroll
INFOPittsburgh is an awesome city for exploring the great outdoors – though, you may have already known that. From hiking to rock climbing and kayaking to camping, there are endless adventures to be had. And Venture Outdoors makes getting outside easy, even in the winter. Join the VO crew for a four-mile evening hike around Hartwood Acres on the shortest day of the year. And if you love the cosmos (not talking about the drink), it’s the perfect stargazing stroll. December 21
Sweat, sip, and snack your way through a Sunday morning yoga, brunch, and beer sesh at Spoonwood Brewing in Bethel Park. Yes, this is, in fact, all of our favorite things rolled into one. Join Annie Federoff & Kiersten O’Halek of Pure Power Yoga for a 75-minute Vinyasa flow followed by your choice of three brunch options and a beer flight tasting of three beers. Count us in! December 11
Getting motivated to go for a run is hard enough. Going for a run outside, in December, when it’s cold and dark at 5 o’clock is the absolute worst. Unless, of course, you’re running with a bunch of fit friends before grabbing a beer. Sound like something you might be into? Well then, meet up at True Runner in Shadyside for a run around the neighborhood followed by beers a Mario’s. Bonus: It’s on the shortest day of the year…so you’ll likely spend more time beering than running. December 21
Our friends at South Hills Power Yoga are celebrating the holiday season by giving the gift of free yoga. Just show up for a 90-minute power yoga session on the house. We know what you’re thinking, it doesn’t get much better than that. Oh, but it does! Because they’ll also have a little community social afterward, complete with sparkling wine and cookies. Thanks, SHPY! December 16
Bundle up, lace up your skates, and glide around the new and improved ice skating rink at PPG Place. The rink is bigger than ever before, accommodating more than 300 skaters at once! It’s the perfect way to stay active during the winter months (and not a bad winter date idea).
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Happy Thanksgiving Week! The season of goodwill, good cheer and time off is upon us. You may not be job hunting now, but it’s a fine time to begin taking stock. Are you happy in your current career? Is it time to take a look at what else is out there?
The good news is that Pittsburgh is rich in job opportunities. There are more than 25,000 jobs available today in the Pittsburgh region and hundreds of companies looking to hire talent like you! Our website is undergoing enhancements that are making it even easier for you to explore careers, occupations and more.
Grab a snack, a warm drink and cozy up to a few of these: