5 Spots to Find Great Bar Food in Pittsburgh

Sometimes, you just want to eat out without all the flare. Luckily, these five Pittsburgh spots are serving up exceptional bar food across the city.

Fat Cat

The menu at the North Side’s Fat Cat is simple: a selection of salads, sandwiches, and appetizers. But at this sister restaurant to Fig & Ash, simple doesn’t mean bland. In fact, by offering a small section of options, Fat Cat can focus on the quality of the food it offers. Onion rings are fresh and crispy. Handhelds, like the Buffalo Seitan Nugz Wraps, offer a combination of innovative, tantalizing flavors. Less is indeed more at this Pittsburgh fast-casual eatery, and the same concept is set to debut at owner Cory Hughes‘ latest venture, Deutschtown Deli.

D’s Six Packs and Dogs

What began as a small hot dog spot in the ’90s is now a gourmet dog eatery in Murrysville and Regent Square. In addition to their creative hot dog offerings — beef, veggie, turkey, or Vienna corn dogs covered in toppings like sweet potato fries, pineapple, avocado, tiger sauce, and beyond — find chicken wings, pizza, salads, hoagies, and sandwiches on their menu.

Piper’s Pub

Cheerio! Piper’s Pub brings British delicacies to the City of Bridges. Start your meal with a Scotch egg or curry and their housemade chips before digging into a cottage or a vegan Shepherdless pie. Don’t forget the bread pudding!

Shady Grove

While their tagline is “Eat Shady,” the food is anything but the type of questionable fare you’d find at a bar. Shady Grove offers a wide range of cuisine options, from Asian-inspired salads to blistered shishito peppers, tacos, soups, and beyond. You can try a new dish whenever you go without fear of disappointment. Everything Shady Grove serves is delectable.

Union Grill

A rare restaurant open on Mondays (although they’re closed on Tuesdays), find classic American fare at Union Grill alongside cocktails, beer, and $10 bottles of wine. What makes Union Grill stand out from others in bar realm is its dedication to starch cooking. Some of their signature dishes include Turkey Devonshire, The French Onion Soup Broiler Pan Burger, and classic Buttermilk Chicken Tenders.

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