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?

Allen Chen

Owner,  Tamari; Lawrenceville & Warrendale,  http://www.tamaripgh.com/
Live: Lawrenceville
Work: Lawrenceville/Warrendale
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.