Feed Your Soul: Expert Recommended Pittsburgh Food Spots

This spring, TABLE Magazine went on a mission to present its readers with the stuff of bucket lists: things to eat, see, do, and experience in the City of Bridges — for locals, newbies, and out-of-towners alike. Now, as we settle into the fall season, it felt like an apt time to revisit a few of those lists. Because one thing we love to do as the weather cools is eat. So why not bulk up for the winter weather with some exceptional Pittsburgh food?

Pizza Pie

When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza… you know the rest! Sheryl Johnston, chef, and kitchen manager at East End Chewing inside East End Brewing, recommended four Pittsburgh pizza spots to satisfy all your cheesy cravings. The TABLE staff couldn’t resist joining in on the fun either and shared seven selections for can’t-miss local za’ joints.

Burger Blast

Local blogger Alex Goodstein provides you with his favorite burgers for local eateries, each of which has its unique virtues… though all are united in their embrace of the classic all-beef patty, sometimes more than one per bun!

Four soft tacos on a dark tray and rice and beans with a paper wrapped burrito on a plate and a glass of beer
Edgar’s Tacos

Taco Mania

Local blogger Lisa Theuer shares her Pittsburgh taco faves with TABLE readers. The layers of flavor and craft represented here will tickle the taste buds and intrigue the palate.

Latin Fever

Chocolate maker Edward Marc’s Albert Fonticiella, first-generation Cuban-American and resident of Pittsburgh for almost a decade, is always on the lookout for delicious Latin food. He shares with TABLE readers some of his favorite places.

International Flavor

A bevy of delicious Pittsburgh international eateries offers up many of the world’s culinary traditions. TABLE staff suggests a few.

Meatless Mondays

Leila Sleiman and Natalie Fristick, co-founders of Pittsburgh VegFest and Justice for Animals, share with TABLE readers some veggie dishes that won’t leave you missing meat.

a vegan sandwich that looks like fried chicken with lettuce and tomatoes between 2 burger buns, meatless veggie dish
Vegan Fried Chicken Sandwich from Chick Habit by Onion Maiden – Photo courtesy of Chick Habit

Allergen-Sensitive

Content creator and recipe developer Liz Fetchin takes good care of family members with food sensitivities, which was the inspiration for her allergen-free website, octofree.comHere she shares with TABLE readers a few delicious, responsive, and responsible Western PA Options.

Asian Fare

The ‘Burgh abounds in delicious Asian cuisine: make a plan to experience TABLE staff’s favorite dishes.

Meat Madness

For the caveman in most of us, a TABLE staff list of meaty dishes to try. Plus, Steve Dawson, the man behind Fat Butcher, steps out from behind the counter of his Lawrenceville butcher shop to recommend his favorite meaty treats.

a round board with meats cheeses fruits vegetables and crackers on a rustic green painted board
Cheese and charcuterie tray from Blanket & Board

Snack Trays

Mackenzie Reffuge, owner of wedding and party agency Mack & Main, shares with TABLE readers her recommendations for snack trays that will take your next party to the next level.

Budding Breads

Chef Daniele Brenci, author of Advanced Bread Baking at Home: Recipes & Techniques to Perfect Your Sourdough and More, offers to TABLE readers a few of his bread destinations.

Sweet-tooth Opportunities

Artist, author, and cookie activist Jasmine Cho knows about baked goods. Her beautiful cookie portraits of people of color — with global, local or personal significance — are renowned. She shares with TABLE readers some lovely sweet-tooth opportunities.

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