Each month we ask one of our favorite Pittsburghers the question:
If you only had 24 hours to show a friend the best that urban Pittsburgh has to offer, where would you take them?
Live: Lawrenceville, Loft over my studio
How Long: 3 years
Coca Café (#58) is a place that deserves the crowd on weekends. These ladies pack their pancakes with constantly changing, local ingredients (try the pumpkin & side of thick-cut local bacon). Bluebird Kitchen (#57) is another great place to grab some exceptional pastries, coffee, or a breakfast sandwich on the go.
Kaya (#9) in the Strip District is a perfect place to grab lunch while giving an out-of-towner a tour of PGH’s historic market area; get a Kaya Burger with a side of sweet potato fries. They also have some of the best fish tacos in the city. When my mother visits, we head to Piccolo Forno (#55) for killer antipasti and wood-fired pizzas.
Cure (#6) is a gem. Sit at the four-seat bar along the kitchen and talk to Justin while he and his team create dishes that wow. In Downtown, stop into Meat & Potatoes (#11) for amazing drinks & rich plates that hit the spot. Mussels with salmon roe and bacon is a perfect start.
Three places have opened in the last year and have set the bar for craft cocktails in PGH. Bar Marco (#3) inthe Strip has brilliant cocktails that continue to impress. Acacia (#86) in the South Side takes craft cocktails to an entire new level, from the booze to the ice to the glass. Harvard & Highland (#90) in East Liberty should also be visited for its bold and creative libations.