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?


Montanna Mellion

Intern,  Urbanist,  Live: Oakland
How Long: 4 years

Montanna has been our intern here at Urbanist since January 2017! As a senior at the University of Pittsburgh and a huge foodie, she’s had a chance to enjoy all the city has to offer. She recently welcomed a new adorable puppy into her life, a four month old Golden/Lab/Husky mix named Zara. So we asked Montanna to fill us in her favorite spots in the city.

Breakfast: I have to admit, I’ve never been a huge breakfast person because I absolutely hate waking up early. But I can be persuaded  by the promise of Bloody Mary’s and Mimosas before noon. My favorite breakfast spot in Pittsburgh would probably have to be The Porch in Oakland. On week days, I love to walk down there with Zara and grab an inexpensive, and delicious, breakfast sandwich and a $1 coffee at their out door counter. Then we love to grab a table at Schenley Park. Zara gets to run around outside, and I get my coffee! It’s perfect. When it comes to brunch, I’m all about Meat & Potatoes. It’s always a fun atmosphere with the promise of delicious food every time and the best Bloody Mary bar in the city.

Lunch: My favorite lunch spot has been pretty consistent since I first arrived to Pittsburgh as a freshman. Shady Grove in Shady Side is my spot. Zara and I go there together and sit outside so much that they know us when we walk in. The dog friendly patio is definitely a huge plus. But the food is always delicious, my favorite lunch dish is their turkey burger with mango salsa- it’s unreal. They also always have drink specials all day long so I don’t feel too bad about that Moscow Mule at lunch time.

Dinner: This may be the hardest question I’ve ever been asked. There are so many amazing places for dinner in Pittsburgh so my answer to this changes weekly. Currently, my two favorite places are Union Standard and Proper (probably because I went to both this past week.) The oysters are at Union Standard are always out of this world good, especially with a glass of prosecco. And you can’t miss out on the pizza at Proper. I fantasize about their pesto pizza on a regular basis.

Bar: When it comes to bars it’s usually frowned upon to bring your baby, yes, I do consider my puppy to be my baby. However, there is one exception. Whenever I want to grab some drinks with my girl friends we always head over to Tipsy Cow’s dog friendly patio. It’s usually packed with other dogs so Zara gets to have some fun while I do! You also can’t beat their happy hour- 50% of all drinks. Yes, I work there, I am biased. But still, if you have a dog and want a good drink, go to Tipsy Cow. I also love going to Grist House in Millville. Their entire brewery is dog friendly, even the inside, and the beer is so good. Their outdoor space is so much fun and there’s always a good food truck.