Hey there Steel City. I am a Cleveland chowhound spending the weekend in Pittsburgh and I am looking for a few suggestions for can't-miss local fare. I am not necessarily looking for anything wildly expensive, trendy or chi-chi. I love ethnic food (Vietnamese, Thai, authentic Chinese, Mexican, Japanese, etc), fresh local ingredients, and places that are have a great menu but are casual and unpretentious. A great beer list is a bonus. And of course, I am looking for the regional specialties (except those Primanti sandwiches, we have a chain in Cleveland that does that too, and I just can't get behind the concept.).
I understand the area where I am staying (Hyatt Place on Campbell's Run) is pretty barren of non-chain edibles, but I am only sleeping there. During the day I plan to be in the center city doing all the typical tourist stuff, and along E. Carson, which I discovered when my boyfriend's band played the Rex. Where should we eat?