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Arnold’s Tea Shop and Café
Roomy double-storefront serves hot and cold specialty teas, plus salads, soups, pastries and made-to-order sandwiches. 502 E. Ohio St., 412-322-2494

Benjamin’s Western Avenue Burger Bar
Informal but intimate spot features specialty cocktails and custom-blended burgers. 900 Western Ave., 412-224-2163

Bistro To Go
Homey café with outdoor patio serves “cross-cultural comfort food” from Cajun to Thai. 415 E. Ohio St., 412-231-0265

Try the chicken and waffles — or the fish and grits — at this Southern soul-food establishment. 917 Western Ave., 412-231-0100

Caselulla @ City of Asylum
In its first incarnation outside Manhattan, the renowned café specializes in choice wines and handmade cheeses, with a small-plates menu. 40 W. North Ave., 412-226-9740

Commonplace at the Mexican War Streets
One of the popular regional roastery’s more modestly scaled neighborhood coffeehouses. 1501 Buena Vista St., 724-427-5442

Unique in Pittsburgh, this is traditional Hungarian comfort food in a neighborhood-tavern setting; try the gypsy-style pork loin with bacon. 627 E. North Ave., 412-322-8795

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James Street Gastropub & Speakeasy
Historic pub with diverse food and drinks menus also regularly features live music (specialty: jazz). 422 Foreland St., 412-904-3335

Legends of the North Shore
Popular stop for fettucine Alfredo, chicken cacciatore and other traditional Italian favorites. 500 E. North Ave., 412-321-8000

Lola Bistro
Unassuming neighborhood spot serves “gourmet comfort food” like ramp-leaf cavatelli and Scandinavian chicken pot pie. 1100 Gavleston Ave. 412-322-1106

Max’s Allegheny Tavern
From einlauf soup to weiner schnitzel, this family-style restaurant focuses on traditional German fare. 237 Suismon St., 412-231-1899

Nicky’s Thai
There’s pad Thai, curry and much more, including patio seating as weather permits, at this spot for traditional Thai. 854 Western Ave., 412-321-8424

Unassuming walk-up restaurant’s extensive menu features Nepalese food alongside more familiar Chinese and Indian offerings. 700 Cedar Ave., 412-586-5764

Wilson’s Bar B-Q
Neighborhood institution serves Southern-style pork ribs, chicken and sides, mostly for takeout. 700 N. Taylor St., 412-322-7427