Food Republic‘s latest City Guide sits down to eat really well in the Burgh.
In her article, 5 Places To Eat Incredibly Well In Pittsburgh, writer Katie Chang—who is a Pennsylvania native—spotlights great places to dine, from Downtown to Regent Square, with diverse, healthy and local options.
“While Pittsburgh has already established itself as a hub for technology, culture and sports—go Penguins!—it’s also quickly becoming a destination for people who take their food seriously. From negroni-spiked salami to an impossibly rich vegan red-velvet cake, there are countless ways to taste everything the Steel City has to offer” writes Chang.
Who made Food Republic‘s Top 5? Cure (Lawrenceville), Root 174 (Regent Square), The Commoner (Downtown), Penn Ave Fish Company (Strip District) and Eleven (Strip District).
At Cure, Chang highlights the vision of chef Justin Severino—who was just been nominated for Food & Wine‘s People’s Best New Chef Award. Severino’s newest menu offers savory seafood options including a sockeye salmon nduja, swordfish finocchiona and tuna mojama.
About her experience at Root 174, Chang says: “While I waited for my table, a bearded man covered up to his ears in tattoos came over and offered to hang my coat, then proceeded to clear away nearby diners’ empty plates. To my surprise, that polite, efficient gentleman wasn’t a host or server, but the chef, Keith Fuller.”
Fuller’s vegetarian and vegan options, such as his meatless meatloaf—a crispy, grilled slab of hearty lentils, mushrooms and seitan—and his deconstructed red-velvet cake were favorites.
Next up is The Commoner, located downtown in the newly opened Hotel Monaco—where the best-selling beef pie comes topped with a penguin pie bird.
Food Republic also swung by the BYOB Penn Ave Fish Company for the freshest fish in western Pennsylvania (try the fish tacos). At nearby Eleven, also in the Strip, Chang highlights the chef’s tasting dinner menu, Sunday brunch (grilled cinnamon brioche served with bacon butterscotch) and laid-back tavern lunch.