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?

Julia Erickson

Principal Dancer, Co-Owner,  Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, barre. a real food bar.,  http://www.pbt.org
Live: South Oakland
Work: Downtown/Strip District



I’m a Seattle native so good, strong coffee appropriately defines my morning.  My order is a cappuccino from 21st Street Coffee or Espresso a Mano. For brunch, nothing tops Coca Cafe’s delicious stuffed French toast.  I also love brunch at Casbah, which is a steal.


I wish I could eat lunch out more often but my ballerina day job often precludes that.  However, on free days I love Enrico Biscotti in the Strip; the setting transports me to a cobblestone street in Italy.  I also love the bibimbap  from Green Pepper.


When my partner Aaron and I want a quick, inexpensive and calorie indulgent meal (yes, ballet dancers so eat fattening food on occasion) we head to Mad Mex in Shadyside and order their perfect margaritas and the nachos grande (extra cheese, extra burnt). If I’m looking for something more upscale, I go for the gnocchi, hanger steak or any of the charcuterie at Cure.


I’m a big fan of the creative cocktails at both Butterjoint and Salt of the Earth.  Tamari‘s 3519 is a cool, cucumber-y dose of deliciousness.  And if I’m in the mood for wine, Spoon is my pick for their thoughtful, enticing selection.