I want to show off Pittsburgh to a good friend who's visiting me soon and I need some suggestions from my fellow Pittsburghers....sometimes I get "stuck" in my own restaurant habits, you know?
Here's the trick: she's only going to be here for a weekend, and I want us to be able to see a fair amount of the city and its character and quirks, while eating awesome food. I'm trying to think of restaurants that are conducive to walking tours before or after eating, so we're not in the car the whole time. In other words, I'm looking for restaurant ideas not for a specific kind of cuisine but for fun locations. We won't be looking for high end fine dining, but she's not really a "dive" kind of person; no dietary restrictions; the more booze the better:)
To give you an idea about what my general tastes are...
-In general, Kaya and Park/Point Bruges are my "go-to" places (also used to be Sweet Basil but it's closed)
-I love Coca or Casbah for brunch (was thinking Coca would be good for brunch or lunch and then walking around L'ville)
-I think Primanti's is pretty gross
-we'll definitely do Salt, it's right near my house in Friendship
-don't really like the South Side or restaurants there
-definitely want to walk around the Strip, need ideas other than Kaya and the Pittsburgh Popcorn Company:)
-was thinking of trying for drinks/apps with a view one night, perhaps on Mt Wash or someplace with a waterview? If I remember correctly the food at Redfin Blues is mostly regrettable, but they are on the river.
Anyway, any suggestions--food or quirky sites or both--would be appreciated!! thanks!
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