Just a snapshot during a 24 hour weekday visit to clients downtown. Had a car, but didn't want to drive to dinner (downtown Pittsburgh is complicated!)...
Top notch strip district old diner, truck driver quantities, eggs cooked in pan, great pancakes--marred by log cabin syrup, hot italian sausage--its long thin shape betraying perhaps italian/polish origin. Good home fries. Definitely dirt cheap.
Nice family run downtown Italian, great bar attended to personally by owners. Nice piece of broiled scrod and steamed broccoli, good bean soup with escarole, included serve yourself antipasto neither good nor bad consisting on this monday night of grilled cubanelle peppers, peas (frozen) and proscuitto, decent risotto, thin sliced fried eggplant with chopped tomatoes and basil on top, texas-toast type garlic bread. Didn't try the pasta, which everyone says is the best--maybe next time, as its real convenient to downtown hotels. Also, didn't get to the wine list, which nonetheless, looked promising.
A few pieces of thin sliced fried fish on a bun. Good potato pancake. All in all-Wasted calories. My hosts commented that it was infinitely cleaner than Wholey's--also reputed for its fish sandwich.
Looked inside, didn't buy or eat. The breads looked good, the pastries and cookies shipped in from NYC. Sausage sandwich is touted, maybe next time.