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?
How Long: 7 years
I’m not much of a breakfast person. If I’m up early, I’ll usually head down to Espresso a Mano (#68) in Lawrenceville for coffee.
I find myself always going to Rose Tea Cafe in Squirrel Hill. It’s Taiwanese cuisine and the closest to my Mom’s cooking in the city. I also like Smoke Barbeque Taqueria (#48) in Homestead. It’s owned by one of my former employees and is hands down the best tacos around.
For dinner, its a a little more difficult to choose just one. Pittsburgh has transformed into a fantastic culinary city with great chefs doing some very innovative things. Spoon (#20) in East Liberty, Cure (#6) and Piccolo Forno (#55) in Lawrenceville are usually at the top of my list.
If I finish work early enough, I’ll head downtown to Meat & Potatoes (#11) for some barrel aged Negronis or Manhattans. My go-to spot is new comer Acacia (#86) in the South Side. It took inspiration from Embury, which was the first speakeasy in the city bringing the same quality of hand crafted cocktails to Acacia.