This is typically a hectic time of the year so skipping the kitchen could simplify your life. If you are looking for new restaurants to experience, here are five places across the city that could fill that need — whether you’re dining in or grabbing something to go.
1814 S Braddock Ave., Swissvale
This restaurant aims to provide patrons with a rich and gleaming look into Indian culture with its food — experience bold flavors in the chicken biryani, methi paneer, butter chicken and garlic naan. And there are tons of vegan and vegetarian options. Owner/chef Gaurav Navin was a contestant on Season 12 of “Hell’s Kitchen: Battle of the Ages.” Stop in or order online.
Hours: Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
649 Penn Ave, Downtown
Tucked inside the Downtown Cultural District’s Meat and Potatoes is this upscale dining experience with an ever-changing menu focused on prime rib. The side options are expansive, ranging from baked potatoes and truffle fries to lobster mac and cheese. With only 16 seatings per night, it’s best to reserve a table online as soon as possible.
Hours: Thursday through Saturday from 5 to 8:30 p.m.
4 PPG Place, Suite 150, Downtown
The newest restaurant concept from famed chef, TV personality and entrepreneur Guy Feiri is in the center of Downtown and offers a variety of chicken sandwiches and chicken tenders — all available with one of 22 special sauces. Enjoy signature sandwiches like the Bourbon Brown Sugar BBQ, which offers pepper jack, bourbon brown sugar BBQ sauce, special sauce, slaw, and pickles served with BBQ kettle chips. They even have salads and milk shakes! Dine in or order online.
Hours: Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
851 Clairton Blvd, Whitehall
Tu Mangi started with two friends, Rich Pine and Rocco Levine, running a popular food truck. It now has a brick-and-mortar home for its over-stuffed sandwiches, hoagies and wedgies. Fans flock to the CBR, hot Italian sausage and fresh mozzarella topped with pickled hot banana peppers, and in-house marinara sauce. Of course, you can still track the food truck or order online.
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
945 Smallman St., Strip District
Local restaurateur Vincent Perri offers Pittsburghers fresh and affordable Tex-Mex featuring items like a Nacho Kit or the signature Hungry Cowgirl bowl with brown rice, roasted chicken, barbacoa beef, romaine lettuce, pico de gallo, black beans, salsa and guacamole. Visit the restaurant or order online.
Hours: Wednesday thru Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.