In a recent USA Today piece entitled “Made in Pennsylvania: Flavors only found in Pittsburgh,” Megan Pacella promises to walk readers through our city’s can’t-miss, one-of-a-kind food and drink experiences. “Rooted in hard work and a culture of doing it yourself,” she writes, “the Pittsburgh Way has been instituted in the restaurants, handmade food items, breweries, coffee shops and farmers markets in Pittsburgh.” While you may be justifiably wondering whether we really need another Pittsburgh restaurant listicle, Pacella does include some pleasant surprises in her rundown.

The usual suspects are present, of course. She starts with Primanti Bros. (since she’d probably break some sort of law if she didn’t) and goes on to include other iconic spots like The Original Hot Dog Shop, The Church Brew Works and Pennsylvania Macaroni Company. She name checks plenty of newer, trendier spots as well, including list mainstays like Cure and Butcher and the Rye.

There are some surprises, however. Pacella highlights Shadyside’s Eden, which boasts a menu that is “allergy-conscious, vegan, raw and gluten-free.” She gives some love to The Pop Stop, a mobile popsicle vendor that got a full-fledged food truck earlier this year. And she includes a few locally made food products like Miller’s Mustard, the uniquely spicy-sweet sauce made in Gibsonia.

If you don’t want to click through the sizable slideshow, here’s a list of all of USA Today’s “Flavors only found in Pittsburgh”:

Primanti Bros.

Thin Man Sandwich Shop


Butcher and the Rye

Parma Sausage

The Original Hot Dog Shop

Hop Farm Brewing Company

Market Square (The Original Oyster House, NOLA on the Square, Market Square Famers Market)

The Pop Stop

Arancini House

The Strip District (Mancini’s Bread Company, Enrico Biscotti, Pennsylvania Macaroni Company)


The Commoner

Grist House Brewing

The Church Brew Works

Pittsburgh Pickle Company

Pittsburgh’s Original Sports Sauce

Miller’s Mustard

Pierogies Plus

Point Brugge Café

Arsenal Cider House


Check out the full article over at USA Today.

Drew Cranisky is a writer, bartender and recent graduate of Chatham University's Food Studies program. He enjoys cats, pinball and fancy burgers.