One Weekend In: Pittsburgh

By Chad Carns

Top 10 food and drink destinations in Pittsburgh if you could only stay for one weekend.  

So you have only one weekend to soak up all the Steel City libation and foodie culture that is making Pittsburgh a destination city for unpretentious food and drink seekers. Our list of top 10 food and drink destination spots will give you a taste of why foodies travel across the country to visit Pittsburgh and keep coming back.



Fancy hotel brunch just got a little more interesting at this Pittsburgh landmark. Stop #1: Come by before noon to munch on fresh local produce and quality meat from Pittsburgh Steelers stud D-lineman turned farm manager. Chris Hoke unbuckled his chin...
Golden Brown Whisky on the rocks


Taste small-batch local whiskeys in downtown Pittsburgh. Stop #2: Speaking of drinking...You’re drinking Rye. Why? Because Pittsburgh invented it (we heard). Rye is to Pittsburgh like Bourbon is to Kentucky. Other cities produce Rye but our sources tell...


Pittsburgh’s answer to Mexican street food with a local twist. Stop #3: Yes! I want more of everything. You might need three visits to wrap your head around the menu at Tako. It’s Pittsburgh’s twist on Mexican food. Hyper-local. Super delicious....

Or, The Whale

Fancy Date Night spot featuring fresh seafood at Distrikt Hotel Pittsburgh. Stop #4: Wow! 1999 called and asked what Or, The Whale did with Pittsburgh. So much has change in 20 years. This downtown open-concept colossal seafood eatery takes date-night to a...

The Warren

Low maintenance easy-drinking bar with a serious cocktail program. Stop #5: So many things have changed in Pittsburgh, while others just stay happily planted in the past. No, I’m not talking about the mullet. I’m talking about a great bar! And...

Meat & Potatoes

When your favorite bar and restaurant meet inside of four walls. Stop #6: Speaking of bars, do you know which city has the best bars in the world? It's Pittsburgh. Try to prove me wrong. And what makes Pittsburgh a great bar city? Its space. You need...

Butcher & The Rye

Creative cocktails, rare whiskeys and delicious savory menu. Stop #7: So you like whiskey. A lot. You tried most whiskeys and you want to try something new. Butcher & The Rye is your next stop. Skip the tiny bar and head straight upstairs to the...


Under-the-radar celebrity cocktail lounge in downtown Pittsburgh. Stop #8: So you need a break from all the day drinking. Follow "The Shining"-inspired hallway all the way to the end. You will find a hidden room that will make you say, "Here’s Johnny!",...

Tina’s Bar

Local Pittsburgh bar will make tourists feel like they were born in Allegheny General Hospital by the time they leave. Stop #9: You know you’re a local when you pop your head into Tina’s Bar, located in a hipster neighborhood outside of Pittsburgh...

Merchant Oyster Co.

Fresh oysters, local draft beers and outdoor seating in the heart Bloomfield. Stop #10: Every food city needs a great oyster bar so we give you Merchant Oyster Co. A huge selection of fresh oysters greet you at the door while you make your way to a long...

About The Author

Chad Carns
Founder / Food & Drink Editor

Chad Carns put his Digital Creative Director job on hold to follow his passion for food, wine and culture downtown to Greenwich Village where he wrote, designed and independently published The Gourmet Bachelor, a trendy cookbook featuring easy recipes for two. Carns studied culinary arts and wine at prestigious institutions in NYC. He is a distinguished guest judge at International Culinary Center, certified Tuscan Wine Master and Founder / Food and Drink Editor of The Gourmet Bachelor.

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