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?

Emily Slagel

Owner and Creative Director ,  Mid-Atlantic Mercantile ,  http://www.midatlanticmercantile.com
Live: Lawrenceville
Work: Lawrenceville
How Long: 2 years


Coca Café  is a Lawrenceville standard. Tamari, another neighborhood gem, serves up their own spin on brunch with their signature Asian-Latin and sushi menus. Eleven is still the go-to for a classic, boozy brunch of champagne and oysters. Brunch tip* Make sure you grab coffee at Espresso a Mano before or after.


Smoke, in Homestead (coming soon to L-Ville!) for BBQ delivered in homemade flour tortillas or grab buttery baguette sandwiches  from La Gourmandine and a growler of Arsenal Cider for a picnic in the park.


If you’re looking for innovative farm to table dishes and some of the best chefs in the city; Legume, Cure, and Root 174  are my absolute favorites.  Another obvious choice is Meat and Potatoes– Spreading bone marrow like butter on toast is encouraged and they have Fernet on tap (which is a necessity after ordering the entire menu)!


Any guest of mine should be prepared for a Pittsburgh bar crawl. I always take friends to Kelly’s. This is the first bar that I began frequenting when I moved back to Pittsburgh. You can count on familiar faces and old punk records. Plus, they have a feminist curated cocktail menu.  If you like your whiskey served neat, I’m pretty sure that Butcher and the Rye’s collection of bourbon could rival the state of Kentucky. I’ve been pleasantly surprised to spot a few bottles from some of my favorite craft distilleries.  I am also a big proponent of Pittsburgh’s late night offerings. You can find me during the week post 10 o’clock at Salt of the Earth. I’m loyal to their house-made American cheese on their deluxe burger and bartender, Jeremy Bustamante.