Somehow both cavernous and cozy, Silky's attracts locals from all walks of life proving Pittsburgh's taste for sports and draft beer transcends all barriers. The only place we know where you can play shuffleboard. Same vibe at the smaller Silky's outpost in Bloomfield (5135 Liberty Ave., 412-683-6141).
BEST OF WINNER: Middle Eastern Restaurant (2011, 2009), Best Hummus (2010)
CP REVIEW: This tiny family-run storefront cafe packs in the regulars. Most begin their meal with an order of fresh spring rolls, before moving on to authentic preparations of pho, noodle bowls and fried-rice dishes. The menu is small, but the atmosphere is lively and inviting. [July 2007]
BEST-OF WINNER: Best Spring Rolls (2010), Best Southeast Asian (2009)
The multi-floored venue is an arty Lawrenceville favorite, whether for dinner, cocktails or the weekly dance parties on the upper floors.
Something old, something new: Diesel is a slick makeover of former rock venue Nick's Fat City, now a destination for national indie acts and, in the wee hours, dirty dancing.
A one-stop for the discerning hipster. Downstairs, funky decor and a tasty, veggie-friendly menu are a solid foundation for chatter and people-watching; upstairs, catch national indie acts, eclectic DJ nights, and special events. Weekly pub quiz packs the house.