Squirrel Hill is home to dozens of restaurants, most of which are casual. Nearly all types of ethnic food can be found along Forbes and Murray Avenues, as well as sandwich shops, delis, coffee shops, bagel shops, and breakfast places. Pamela’s restaurant is so famous for its pancakes that they were asked to prepare them for the President at the White House. With the rivalry between Mineo’s and Aiello’s, the only way to weigh in is to try them both. Specialty food shops and a Giant Eagle supermarket round out nearly endless choices for food and dining. After dinner, stop for ice cream, Italian Ice, or frozen yogurt for dessert. A new French bakery, Gaby et Jules, with its popular macarons, is now open on Forbes Avenue
This shopping area offers many larger scale restaurants including Bravo, P.F. Changs, Fridays, Pizzeria Uno, Red Robin, Panera Bread, and more. Some offer outdoor seating overlooking the river, such as Mitchell’s Fish Market and Eat n’ Park’s flagship restaurant. A large Giant Eagle is also located there for your grocery needs. Other local dining options, including The Tin Front Cafe and Smoke Barbeque Taqueria, are located just over the Homestead Grays Bridge.
Many restaurants from casual to upscale are located in Shadyside. Upscale choices include Casbah, Girasole, and Soba, among others. China Palace, Up, Mercurio’s and the Harris Grill offer a more casual alternative. The Elbow Room, Pamela’s, and Mad Mex are particularly good choices for dining with children.
East Liberty has quickly become a popular dining destination. Spoon, Paris 66, Dinette, Notion, and Plum offer an upscale dining experience, while Pizza Sola, Brgr, Union Pig and Chicken, and various ethnic restaurants are more casual dining options. Head further down Penn Avenue for other trendy restaurants including Salt of the Earth, Verde, and Pho Minh.
Bryant Street, between Highland and Negley Avenues, offers many dining choices in just a couple of blocks, including Park Brugge, E2, Smiling Banana Leaf, and Joseph Tambellini. Enjoy after dinner coffee and dessert at Tazo D’oro on Negley Avenue.
Alma Pan-Latin Kitchen, Dunning’s Grill, Square Cafe, Cibo, Vanilla Pastry Studio and more are all located along Braddock Avenue. A few blocks in on Biddle Street is Biddle’s Escape, a unique coffee shop, with a large outdoor deck.
Point Breeze’s dining options include Point Brugge, Pino’s, Make Your Mark Art Space and Coffee House, the Frick Park Market, and the Frick Park Cafe, which is located on the grounds of Clayton, Henry Clay Frick’s residence.
Because of the large student population, Oakland offers many dining options, most of which are casual and inexpensive. The Porch is popular and located in the heart of Pitt at Schenley Plaza. Legume is popular dining destinations for more upscale dining.