An underrated foodie destination, Pittsburgh’s delicious delicacies take influence from the European communities who migrated to the city generations earlier. Combining fresh produce and hearty recipes, learn the history of the city and explore eclectic neighbourhoods via your tastebuds, from pancakes and perogies to pickles and epic all in one sandwiches, visitors won’t go hungry in Pittsburgh.
Discover the districts on Burgh’ Bits and Bites 15th Anniversary
Connecting travellers to Pittsburgh’s local communities through food, Burgh Bits and Bites includes a historic walking tour of the popular neighbourhoods, along with a food tasting experience. Established 15 years ago, the tour focuses on the exciting culinary history of the former ‘Steel City’. Tour locations include the Strip District, Lawrenceville and South Side, showcasing food which is rich with flavour and diversity.
Eat like a President at Pamela’s Diner
Said to be the best breakfast in the Burgh’ since 1980’s, Pamela’s Diner is a firm favourite among locals and travellers alike -including Barack Obama). The old fashioned diner offers hearty meals with comfort dishes such as homemade hash, speciality hotcakes, waffles and omelettes. Expect pretty in pink decor and quick service with a smile.
Celebrate 90 years of Primanti Bros
Serving hungry locals since 1933, this delicacy derived from workers eating with one hand and driving with the other. Expect queues out the door at the Primanti Bros and a mile high sandwich that consists of meat, provolone cheese, tomatoes, homemade coleslaw and fries between two slices of fresh Italian bread. No trip to Pittsburgh is complete without one.
Taste Pittsburgh Pierogies
During the Industrial Era, Eastern European immigrants flocked to Pittsburgh by the thousands to work in the steel industry, open businesses and settle in the USA. The most well-known dish is a heart-warming dumpling, the Pierogi. A Pittsburgh Pierogi is a crescent shaped dough that is filled with a mashed potato and cheese mixture. Head to S&D Polish Deli in the Strip District or Pierogies Plus in McKees Rocks to sample tasty homemade dumplings.
Enjoy a nightcap at Wigle Whiskey
Pittsburgh’s grain-to-bottle organic whiskey distillery located in the famous Strip District, Wigle Whiskey devotes significant resources into creating the most unique spirits and cocktails, as well as food from the Wigle Kitchen. Visit Wigle to enjoy a prohibition whiskey experience with rich history, award-winning spirits and tasty food pairings.
Knock back a Pickleback
From fried pickles to a whole festival dedicated to the vegetable (Picklesburgh), this city knows how to celebrate the humble gherkin. In an attempt to reduce the effects of a hangover, local bars serve picklebacks. A shot of bourbon or whiskey, chased with a shot of pickle brine. Spirit in Lawrenceville is a good place to start.
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