Beyond Shiloh

City views from Emerald View Park. BC photo.

Mount Washington slopes from Grandview all the way down the back of the hillside until it hits Route 19 and Beechview. Allentown and Beltzhoover lie to the east, and Duquesne Heights borders on the west at Hallock Street. The entire hilltop is surrounded on all sides by Emerald View Park, a scenic byway and Pittsburgh Park that incorporates Grandview, Olympia, and Mount Washington Parks. Opened in 1995, a handful of two- to three-mile long trails crisscross the hillside and provide dramatic views of the city, hills and valleys.

After hiking up an appetite, head over to Bigham Tavern for a beer, a perfectly cooked burger, and some of the best wings in the city. Right on the corner of an otherwise residential Mt. Washington street, Bigham is where locals go to unwind and catch the game after work.

Chatham Village. BC photo.

Also nearby is Cafe Cravings, a newer coffee shop with smoothies and paninis right outside Chatham Village, a quiet and charming community of red brick townhouses listed in the National Register of Historic Places for its role as a model in early 20th-century community design.

Other local businesses of note: Fascino Boutique sells clothing a block up from Redbeard’s, at the corner of W. Sycamore and Wyoming. The Zen Den on Boggs offers massage, reflexology and reiki. If you’re in a hurry, there’s solid pizza available for takeout at Cestone’s. There’s also pizza, hoagies and other Italian entrees at La Tavola Italiana, a BYOB establishment near the corner of Boggs and Bailey. Finally, there’s a Carnegie Library right on Grandview Ave., just a few blocks down from St. Mary of the Mount.

Money shot. BC photo.

As for those special dinners on Grandview Avenue itself, Monterey Bay Fish Grotto (technically in Duquesne Heights) recently reopened after a $2 million renovation to match those million-dollar views. They also boast some of the city’s best seafood and sushi. Across the street, upscale New American cuisine at Altius, in the former Georgetowne Inn location. And of course, there’s always Le Mont.

Why not visit Mt. Washington yourself during Next 3 Days, a three day celebration of Pittsburgh’s Hilltop neighborhoods of Mt. Washington and Allentown.

Brian Conway

Brian Conway is a writer and photographer whose articles have appeared in the Chicago Tribune and local publications. In his free time, he operates Tripsburgh. Brian lives in the South Side.