A new fine-dining addition to Market Square brings an elegantly casual, Old World vibe — and superb cuisine
The extensive reconstruction of Market Square was meant to create a European-style plaza, a curb-free zone where cars creep through, yielding to pedestrians who would converge there to commingle with their myriad agendas: coffee, meetings, lunch, errands, dinner, drinks. Improbably enough, the new square works pretty much as advertised, and has ushered in an astonishing profusion of new eateries, from fast food to fine dining.
The fortifying menu of locally sourced, creatively prepared fine dining stands out in Moon Township
The fantastically named Moon is a township in transition between its past as a bustling service depot for Pittsburgh International Airport and its future as the collegiate, if frankly suburban, hometown of Robert Morris University. In this shifting landscape, hotels formerly occupied by USAir travelers now serve as dorms for RMU undergrads, and a restaurant called Savory Hill is a conceptual, if not physical, landmark.
Outwardly, Savory Hill presents little to distinguish it from the other businesses on Brodhead Road, a secondary commercial thoroughfare which winds its way westward from the concentration of chain stores nearest the airport-university corridor.
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"We have a little more flexibility than a chain."
Tea wasn't Gryphon Saldin's first passion — after high school, he wanted to go into video-game design. But little by little, the Ingram resident began to realize that perhaps his interest in tea was a more feasible way to make a living.
The Hill District lunch-and-breakfast spot draws customers from near and far
It's easy to overlook Patrix Café. It's tucked inside the Hill House Association's Kaufmann Center, and there's not even a sidewalk sign outside.
But folks are finding this offshoot of caterer Patrick Polk's Patrix Gourmet Foods.
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"This sandwich covers every taste sensation you could ever have."
Pull Quote: "A lot of it is Lucy herself. The food is good, but I'm also taken care of here."
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"It's amazing to see the level of advocacy for biking in Pittsburgh in all fronts."
The first thing most people notice when walking along the 2500 block of East Carson Street is that 45 feet of premium car parking has been transformed into a bike corral.
Convincing the city to give up automobile parking in an area where finding a spot is nearly impossible "was a really big achievement" says Mike Kotyk, owner of OTB Bike Café.
It's also just one of the bike-friendly community initiatives Kotyk has fostered in his bar, which goes well beyond the normal conviviality associated with a neighborhood watering hole. "I wanted to be a community hub when we opened the place," says Kotyk.
Inside the bar, colorful murals of bikers brighten the ceiling.
"You don't find the snobbery you'd get in other cities."
Pittsburgh newcomer Rob McCaughey is a wine and spirits evangelist. The affable Brit spent the last 20 years as a global ambassador of hospitality and beverage management, working in Europe, Asia and, for the last five years, as an importer and distributor in Abu Dhabi.
McCaughey moved to Pittsburgh a few months ago to accompany his wife, a Ph.D. candidate at Pitt.
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