Welcome to Pittsburgh! What do you want to do first? Not sure yet? Well what about plans for tomorrow? …Well you still have time to decide… Where are you staying? You haven't booked a hotel yet?!?!
When you're here, make sure you eat like the locals do.
Pittsburgh is known for many claims to fame, ranging from our sports teams to our yellow bridges and iconic rivers, and increasingly for our food scene. While you're in the Burgh, be sure to check out these foods you'll only be able to find in the Steel City.
Pierogies hold a near and dear place to many Pittsburghers' hearts. And while I could probably argue you can't find pierogies themselves like you can in the burgh, let's talk about the Pierogi Pizza. Combing two long-standing favorite dishes, this delicious 'za is one you have to taste to believe. One of my favorites is at Duke's Upper Deck Cafe in Homestead.
No Pittsburgh food list would be complete without mentioning Primanti Bros. Primanti's is responsible for arguably Pittsburgh's most famous sandwich – their signature offering consisting of grilled meat, melted cheese, and oil-and-vinegar based coleslaw, tomato, and French fries between Italian bread. I'd recommend trying one from the original Primanti Bros. location in the Strip District or at PNC Park when you're watching the Buccos play!
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The French fries in Pittsburgh don't just stop at sandwiches. One of my personal favorite meals is the Pittsburgh Salad, featuring French Fries as a topping on a salad as if they were croutons. It's the best if you're in the mood for something light, but still looking to be filled up. North Park Lounge Grilled Chicken Salad is one of my favorites. The original North Park Lounge location is near McCandless Crossing but there are several other locations in and around the city so you can't go wrong.
Then there's The Potato Patch - famous for their French fries alone, without any accompanying sandwich or salad. Kennywood Park's fresh cut Idaho spuds are some of the most iconic food offering at a theme park you'll find. Complete with topping choices such as cheddar cheese, bacon, vinegar, brown gravy, and seasoning salts, summer just doesn't feel complete without a stop by The Potato Patch.
With Fall right around the corner, allow me to introduce you to one of Pittsburgh's greatest gifts to be thankful for in November – the gobblerito. Mad Mex is responsible for this unique meal that manages to fit an entire Thanksgiving dinner in one burrito – from the turkey, potatoes, stuffing, complete with a topping of gravy and served with a side of cranberry sauce. Make sure you don't miss it as it's only available seasonally!
Kim is a Pittsburgh native with a serious travel bug who loves music, running, and exploring all the Burgh has to offer. Follow her adventures across the country and around the globe on Twitter and Instagram at @fromtheroadimon or check out her website!