HAPPY RESTAURANT WEEK, PITTSBURGH! HERE’S WHERE TO GO

Okay, so the official holidays may be over, but we love eating out enough to declare Pittsburgh Restaurant Week a bit of a winter holiday in itself. This Restaurant Week, we’re excited to try a few new things at our go-to spots, hit up the new restaurants that we haven’t quite made it out to yet, and take advantage of the BYOB deals to plan date night on a budget.

While the actual list of participating restaurants is lengthy (and spans a pretty overwhelmingly large area), we’ve made things easier for city-dwellers by honing in on our favorite spots and a few must-try newbies. Here are the standout restaurants, deals and dishes for Restaurant Week 2018.

The (New) Classics…

x Meat & Potatoes The deal: $35.18 dinner
The details: A pre-selected three-course dinner featuring a crunchy winter salad, meatloaf with smashed potatoes and broccoli rabe, and a cranberry thyme parfait for dessert.

x DiAnoia’s The deal: $30.18 dinner
The details: A three-course dinner with a few options for customization. Think a first course of Escarole, Beans & Sausage or an Italian salad, and a second course of Cacio E Pepe or Tripolino di Fungh with tiramisu for dessert. Wine pairings are also available (and recommended!)

x Avenue B The deal: $35.18
The details: A multi-course dinner of chef’s selections. The seasonal menu is always changing, but a few current options (and Restaurant Week possibilities) include P.E.I. mussels, a roasted beet & arugula salad, Wagyu beef meatloaf, and Prosciutto-wrapped monkfish.  Bonus, its BYOB.

Definitely, Make a Reservation…

x Butcher & The Rye The deal: $35.18 dinner The details: A pre-selected three-course dinner that gives you a good taste of the winter menu at this downtown staple.The reservation situation: Always. Make one on Yelp.

x täkō The deal: $30.18 dinner
The details: Three courses of täkō’s unique spin on Mexican cuisine, including your choice of tacos with fillings like carnitas, shishitos, lamb or salmon.
The reservation situation: It’s always one of the hardest to get in town, so definitely make one in advance.

Join us for Pittsburgh Restaurant Week! Tako’s awesome three course menu.

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x Muddy Waters The deal: $35.18 dinner The details: A pretty great three-course dinner with a starter French onion soup, bourbon-glazed 12-oz pork chop main course and beignets for dessert. No custom options, but still a great deal for the amount of food you’ll get. The reservation situation: It’s a fairly small spot, so make reservations in advance via Yelp.

x The Vandal The deal: $26.18 dinner
The details: Three courses featuring dishes from the Vandal’s hyper-seasonal menu, which just changed over earlier this month. Think green borscht, winter corzetti, pork loin and pistachio custard with rose creme. Plus, it’s BYOB, so that’s always economical.
The reservation situation: You’ll need one. Visit OpenTable

If You Haven’t Yet (or haven’t been in a while), You Should…

x Senti The deal: $35.18 dinner or $20.18 lunch 
The details: You’ll have your choice of soups, salads and Italian specialties like Osso Buco for lunch or dinner, as well as mousse one of two ways for dessert.

x Pork & Beans The deal: $35.18 dinner
The details: Sort of a “choose-your-own-adventure” situation with two three-course dinner options to choose from. Option one includes crab fritters, fried spare ribs and smoked brisket, while option two includes pimento cheese bruschetta, barbecued chicken and Korean short rib.

x Mezzo The deal: $35.18 dinner
The details: One of the options with the most food for your buck. Choose one small or medium dish, one main dish from a list that includes cured salmon, bone-out pork chops, farm chicken, ricotta gnocchi and a seriously drool-worthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Terrine as one of the dessert choices.

The New Spots…

x Or, the Whale The deal: $20.18 Lunch, $35.18 Dinner
The details: Lunch includes two courses with your choice of a chowder or a fresh salad and an entree. Dinner seems like the best deal, though, with lots of customizable options across three courses, including popular dishes like the Fire-Roasted Chicken and Woodfired Monk Fish, and an add-on bottle of wine for an additional $35.18.

x Fl 2 The deal: $35.18 dinner
The details: A three-course dinner with options for each. Options include onion soup, heritage rotisserie chicken and Japanese cheesecake with matcha and preserved cherries.

x Cinderlands Beer Co. The deal: $35.18 dinner
The details: A three-course dinner that pairs Polish foods and new American fare from two of Richard DeShantz’s former chefs with the brewery’s house-made beers.

x Bar Frenchman The deal: $32.18 dinner for 2-courses.
The details: Sample a two course menu in the downstairs bar before deciding on whether you want to splurge on the 3, 8, 14, or 24 course options for the next time you visit the swanky upstairs sibling, Twisted Frenchman,

x Superior Motors The deal: $35.18 dinner
The details: Definitely one of the best big-ticket deals on our list. If you’ve been dying to try Superior Motors but a little strapped for cash after the holidays, this is an unbeatable deal — two options for a multi-course dinner featuring chef Kevin Sousa’s best dishes.