Photo courtesy of PBR Pittsburgh.

Despite the pandemic, new dining spots are popping up like spring flowers. Take your pick!


D’s Six Packs & Dogz, 4608 William Penn Highway, Murrysville

Regent Square’s venerable, beer-centric hot dog shop just opened a spot in the suburbs that’s open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Grab a brew dog and hot dog. You deserve it.

Condado Tacos, South Hills Village Mall

Fuel your next shopping spree with tacos! Condado’s third Pittsburgh location just opened in South Hills Village on the upper level adjacent to Macy’s.

African Cuisine, 2032 Murray Ave., Squirrel Hill

On Feb. 27, this authentic-Nigerian restaurant opened to dish out traditional West African eats.

Photo courtesy of Thai Table & Kitchen.

Thai Table & Kitchen, 472 44th Street, Lawrenceville

The owner of Bellevue’s Thai Tamarind is now cooking up authentic Thai dishes in Lawrenceville, too. The new place is open 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday. Try the Thai Street Noodle (pictured above), thin rice noodles sauteed with Pad Thai sauce, egg, shredded carrots, bean sprouts and scallion on a bed of crispy wonton skin. It’s topped with crushed peanuts and you can adjust the spice level (1-to-5 scale) to your liking.

Phat’s Bar, 418 Semple St., Oakland

The owner of Ineffable Cà Phê is now keeping college kids’ bellies filled with barroom faves such as wings and fried Oreos and boozy offerings such as The Vaccine Shot.

Mosaic Leaf Matcha Tea Bar, 3511 Butler St., Lawrenceville

Coffee not giving you the consistent energy you crave? Try matcha, a type of green tea with long-lasting effects. At Mosaic Leaf Matcha Tea Bar, you can try different botanical infusions and stock up on blends and tools for your at-home tea ceremony.

Evia Greek Restaurant, 564 Lincoln Ave., Bellevue

Owner Chris Balouris named his eatery after the Greek island where his father was born and raised. Experience hometown tastes such as Halloumi Fries.

Arsenal Cider Tap House, 2905 W. Liberty Ave., Dormont

Not big on beer? There’s an app(le) for that. The hard cider is flowing for growler fills at Arsenal’s newest outpost. You can also get carryout bottles and cans. Dine-in service starts in mid-March.

Flavortown Kitchen, various locations

Get Guy Fieri’s brand of over-the-top eats delivered to your door via multiple ghost kitchens located throughout the area.

Trace Brewing, 4312 Main St., Bloomfield

Soak up the chill vibes while sipping a beer at Trace Brewing. The taproom is open for limited seating while the staff gets the beer garden ready for customers later this month.

Cinderlands Taproom, 171 Wexford Bayne Road, Suite 101, Wexford

Stock up on Cinderlands brews for at-home consumption or enjoy one at their newest spot.

CARES CommuniTEA Café, 1836 Centre Ave., Hill District

Hill District residents have a new spot for a cup of joe and community activism.

Jian’s Kitchen, 5824 Forbes Ave., Squirrel Hill

This new Chinese restaurant is dishing out time-honored favorites and unexpected offerings.

Pizzeria Davide, 221 2nd Ave., Carnegie

To-die-for pies and Meatball Bombs — a meatball wrapped in mozzarella and pizza dough and topped with marinara sauce and pesto — are now available in Carnegie.


Millie's Homemade Ice Cream
Photo courtesy of Millie’s Homemade Ice Cream.
Photo courtesy of Millie’s Homemade Ice Cream.

Millie’s Homemade Ice Cream, 160 Millers Run Road #300, Bridgeville

The folks at Millie’s hope to open their new suburban location by March 20, ushering in the first day of spring with sundaes and sprinkles.

Necromancer Brewing Co., 2257 Babcock Blvd., Ross Township 

Located in a 14,000-square-foot former Spirit Halloween store, Necromancer will soon resurrect old beer styles to appease modern palates. Expect to taste their spooky brews this April.

Roots Natural Kitchen, 5231 Liberty Ave., Bloomfield
Known for grain bowls, salads and other healthy eats, this restaurant chain started in Virginia in 2015 and opened a site in Oakland in 2019 to give college kids a more balanced diet. The new spot opens March 13.

Sly Fox Brewing Co. at The Highline, 333 E. Carson St., South Side 

This summer, Philly-based Sly Fox will have its small-batch brewing system up and running at The Highline. In the meantime, keep your eyes peeled for pop-up tastings in the family-friendly beer garden or visit the company’s Downtown taproom at 300 Liberty Ave.

Doughbar Pizzeria & Rotisserie, 1831 E. Carson St., South Side

Veteran chefs of Pittsburgh’s fine dining scene are joining forces — and food styles — to bring you this laidback eatery specializing in pies, poultry and pints.

Gordo’s Tacos & Tequila, 131 Shiloh St., Mt. Washington 

This spring, Brian Gorder will be slinging Mexican-style street food and tequila cocktails in this two-floor taco joint.

2 Sisters 2 Sons Caribbean Cuisine, second location TBA 

Take your tastebuds on vacation with takeout from this Sharpsburg business, which opened last July. The owners recently raised funds for a second location and are seeking the perfect spot to dole out their island-inspired eats.

Yinz Coffee, 2 E. North Ave., North Side 

Yinz guys can get caffeinated at this North Side café — a former Crazy Mocha Coffee Company locale — starting on March 15.

Rendering courtesy of Strada.

Galley Bakery Square, 6425 Penn Ave., East Liberty

Next week, Galley Group will announce the four chefs who will temporarily occupy the company’s new 6,179-square-foot restaurant incubator at Bakery Square. The spot will feature a large bar, indoor and outdoor seating and a second-floor mezzanine overlooking a courtyard.

Two Frays Brewery, 5113 Penn Ave., Garfield 

This April, bring your dog to … Garfield. Mike and Jen Onofray, proud owners of the brewery and two French Bulldogs, are working hard to turn a 100-year-old building into a 900-square-foot taproom with a pup-friendly beer garden.

Press House Coffee, 922 Western Ave., North Side and 505 Broad Street, Sewickley 

Press House is not only renovating its North Side spot on Western Avenue, it’s opening a new location on Broad Street in Sewickley, too.

G’s on Liberty, 5104 Liberty Ave., Bloomfield 

Grainne Trainor, a native of Ireland, wanted to open her neighborhood pub by St. Patrick’s Day, but it looks like it’ll be April before you’ll be lucky enough to grab a pint and a bite.

Tonic Coffee, 3410 Penn Ave., Lawrenceville 

Tonic comes to Lower Lawrenceville this April to create an immersive, multi-sensory experience through coffee, art and music.

LeVia Trattoria, 5336 Butler St., Lawrenceville 

The owners of this Italian kitchen want customers to feel as though they’re having a lovingly home-cooked meal at grandma’s house, which is why they named the restaurant after their matriarch. LeVia will open soon with a limited takeout menu.

PBR Pittsburgh at Live! Casino Pittsburgh, 5260 Route 30, Greensburg

Attention, urban cowboys! Saddle up at this 4,560-square-foot mechanical bull rider’s dream bar.

Artwork by Jewels Antonio of Public Print House. Photo courtesy of Claussen Cafehaus.

Claussen Cafehaus, 4615 Liberty Ave., Bloomfield

Little Italy has a new German café. The owners of Axel’s Pretzels, a local wholesale pretzel bakery, will open Claussen Cafehaus this month, serving various types of twisted bread, sandwiches, pastries, coffee and ice cream.

Tupelo Honey, 100 West Station Square Drive, South Side

Station Square is undergoing a $30 million renovation, and this national chain specializing in Southern cuisine is part of it. It’s slated to open in the fall, y’all!

Con Alma Downtown, 613 Penn Ave., Downtown

Shadyside’s Con Alma is bringing live jazz and creative dishes to the former Peter Allen’s Italian restaurant (and Bravo Franco before that) in Downtown’s Cultural District.

Old Thunder Brewing, 340 Freeport Road, Blawnox

Kristy Locklin

Kristy Locklin is a North Hills-based writer. When she's not busy reporting, she enjoys watching horror movies and exploring Pittsburgh's craft beer scene.