Must-visit Pittsburgh restaurants (off-campus)

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  • Bird on the Run, for fried chicken
  • Mercurio’s for Neapolitan pizza and gelato
  • Five Points Bakery/La Gourmandine/Sumi’s Cakery for bread and pastries
  • Noodlehead and Millie’s for the post-Noodlehead ice cream craving. Millie’s has a student discount if you present your student ID
  • Tako! Recommended: Carnitas taco and spicy cucumber margarita
  • Udupi (authentic south Indian food, kind of far, need a car)
  • Muddy Waters/Merchant Oyster Co. (for oysters, and the alligator sandwich at Muddy Waters)
  • Lawrenceville has great places: Smoke, Vandal, Piccolo Forno, Ki Ramen, Banh Mi and Ti
  • Morcilla is a great tapas place but pricey. Great choice for dates!
  • Ineffable CaPhe, Chengdu Gourmet (it’s award winning)
  • Pasha for Turkish food
  • Everyday Noodle (not super veggie friendly, but still absolutely delicious: try the soup dumplings!)
  • Cafe 33, Taiwanese food (off-menu secret item: Duck Yolk Shrimp!!)
  • Apteka, vegan-only Eastern European, great cocktails, closed Mon/Tues
  • Choolah, take-out friendly (kinda American-ized, but still good) Indian food.
  • Tessaro’s, arguably the best burger in Pittsburgh (see also Burgatory) with a wood fire grill you can watch them make the food over.
  • Bae Bae’s Kitchen\Green Pepper for Korean
  • Gaucho for Argentinian food
  • Smallman Gallery for the ones who want to explore and try a combination of restaurants; Federal Gallery has some really good pizza
  • D’s six pack and Dogz (S Braddock x Henrietta in Regent Square, hot dogs (with sometimes crazy toppings), pizza, wings, large draft list, and a beer cave where you can buy singles (super pricey for singles though))


Vegan/Vegetarian/Gluten-free options


The website/app findmeglutenfree (h/t Daniel Feshbach) is useful for finding gluten-free options, if used with careful attention to the content and age of reviews (not everything that shows up on the website is a celiac-safe option)

  • Onion maiden on Mt Washington is great for vegan food
  • B52 cafe in Lawrenceville is another gem
  • Pastolis serves vegan/gluten free pizza and I’ve heard good things
  • Five Guys can make celiac-safe (*strictly* gluten free) burgers and fries: if you tell them you need a lettuce wrap due to an allergy they’ll change their gloves and avoid cross-contamination
  • Two sisters (Vietnamese), Taiwanese Bistro Cafe 33, Noodlehead are also good about allergy accommodations (Thai), and Waffles incaffeinated (brunch place)
  • Gluuteny in Squirrel Hill is an excellent bakery for gluten and dairy free options
  • Gluten free goat bakery in Upper Lawrenceville has everything gluten-free and mostly dairy free
  • Eat unique is also a close option that is allergy friendly, and chipotle if you look into ingredients a bit
  • Millie’s does good sorbet but also sells lactase pills to help with digestion (don’t forget their student discount!)
Must-visit Pittsburgh restaurants (off-campus)