2 Sisters 2 Sons1882 Main St., Sharpsburg. 2sisters2sons.com
After running a restaurant in Wilkinsburg, these sisters teamed up with their sons for a new space, which opened in 2020. Traditional dishes like oxtail join a few vegan and vegetarian options.
Leon's Carribean823 E. Warrington Ave., Allentown. leonscaribbeanrestaurant.com
Leon Rose left Jamaica in 1979 and worked around the country before landing in Pittsburgh and starting Leon’s. Check out the curry goat, jerk chicken, and red snapper escovitch.
La Palapa2224 E. Carson St., South Side. lapalapapgh.com
The menu mostly hones in on traditional dishes like sopa de tortilla, carne asada, and tamales (don’t worry, there’s still queso dip). Vegetarian options are excellent and offer modern flair with the option of soyrizo (vegan chorizo).
El Comedor de la Tia1605 Broadway Ave., Beechview. 412-815-8801
El Comedor de la Tia is one of the growing number of Latin American options in Beechview. It's the only local place where we’ve seen shucos, a type of loaded hotdog on a toasted bun that’s a popular Guatemalan street food.
Gaucho Parrilla Argentina146 Sixth St., Downtown. eatgaucho.com
Before its 2020 move to a larger Downtown location, the line for Gaucho’s small storefront always wrapped around the block. Come for the asada platter, but stay for the sandwiches. Their wine list offers exclusively Argentine wines.
Casa Brasil5904 Bryant St., Highland Park. casa-brasil.com
This small Brazilian restaurant delves into the country's cuisine beyond steakhouses. Moqueca, frango con quiabo (chicken and okra), and vaca atolada offer traditional flavors, but the menu offers vegan and vegetarian options as well.
The Colombian Spot2019 E. Carson St., South Side. thecolombianspot-pgh.com
The arepas here are made entirely in-house, from the washing and grinding of the corn, to the fillings. A large section of native dishes helps guide diners toward traditional flavors like ropa vieja.
Cilantro y Ajo901 E. Carson St., South Side. cilantroajo.com
Street foods like chacapas (a sweet corn pancake stuffed with cheese) and empanadas are the stars at this family-owned spot.
The Pub Chip Shop1830 E. Carson St., South Side. thepubchipshop.com
Fish and chips, savory pies, and baps — simple sandwiches on buttery rolls — make for the perfect brown bag foods. Pair with a beer or a scotch egg for the full experience.
Paris 66 Bistro6018 Centre Ave., East Liberty. paris66bistro.com
A transportative space where the staff all speak French. Grab moule-frites or go for the fine dining experience with filet mignon or cherry-glazed roasted duck.
Bar Marco2216 Penn Ave., Strip District. barmarcopgh.com
Regional Italian cuisine with a focus on Piemontese dishes. Pork tonnato and housemade pastas are homey and satisfying. The restaurant is also known for its cocktail and wine programs.
Huszar627 E. North Ave., North Side. huszarpittsburgh.com
Hungarian favorites like chicken paprikás, goulash, and red cabbage slaw make up the heavy homemade fare of this second generation Hungarian bar turned restaurant.
Jozsa Corner4800 Second Ave., Hazelwood. jozsacorner.com
This tiny, reservation-only restaurant is the life’s work of Alexander Bodnar, who has been making homemade Hungarian food in the space since 1988. Dumplings, gulyas, cucumber salad, and more. BYOB.
Kavsar16 Southern Ave., Mount Washington. kavsar.company.site
All halal foods from a talented homecook-turned-chef and her husband, who runs the front of the house. The manti is a must.
Mediterranean Grill5835 Forbes Ave., Squirrel Hill. medgrillpgh.com
Lebanese fare in a small bright space. Skewers, pita, and a host of lamb and beef entrees make up the menu. Moussaka is a must try.
B52 Café5202 Butler St., Lawrenceville. b52pgh.com
An airy cafe that specializes in vegan dishes from Israel, Palestine, Syria, Jordan. and Lebanon. Baba ganoush, falafel, and hummus are great for a light lunch.
Salem’s Market and Grill2923 Penn Ave., Strip District. salemsmarketgrill.com
A halal restaurant and butcher shop that serves hot and cold dishes for take-out and dine in. Grilled kebabs and curries are staples.
Tana Ethopian Cuisine5929 Baum Blvd., East Liberty. tanaethiopiancuisine.com
Approaching institution-status, this intimate Ethopian restaurant offers family-style dishes and samplers. Diverse options for vegetarians.
African Eats Cuisine2032 Murray Ave., Squirrel Hill. africaneatscuisine.com
A recent addition to Squirrel Hill specializing in West African dishes like jollof rice, suya, and egusi stew and efo riro.
Royal Myanmar644 Center Ave., West View. pittsburghroyalmyanmar.com
Burmese cuisine combines flavors from southeast Asia for bright and flavorful foods. Pickled tea leaf salad, brothy fish dishes, and milder curries are all on the menu here.
Chengdu Gourmet5840 Forward Ave., Squirrel Hill. chengdugourmetpittsburgh.com
Herbaceous, mouthwatering and fiery, Chengdu brings the nuance of the Sichuan region to its food. Try a classic like mapo tofu or cumin lamb, or bring a large group and order as many dishes as you think you can eat! American-style Chinese and traditional Chinese menus offered.
Udipi Cafe4141 Old William Penn Hwy., Monroeville. 412-373-5581
Nice for a solo lunch or a large group dinner, the dishes here center around dosas, a fermented rice and lentil crepe stuffed with chutneys, potatoes, and onions, which can be used to eat with curries or bitten into on its own.
Mola6018 Penn Ave., East Liberty. themolafish.com
Mola is the inspiration of a husband-wife team of owners. Sushi, handrolls, and bao are all made with very fresh ingredients. Spring for the Mola rice.
Nak Won Garden5504 Centre Ave., Shadyside. nakwongarden.com
Family-sized plates, Korean barbeque, and traditional selections like hot pot and mool nengmyun, a dish with cold buckwheat noodles in a tart beef broth.
Kiin Lao & Thai Eatery5846 Forbes Ave., Squirrel Hill. kiinpgh.com
Herbal, pungent, and bitter flavors typify Lao cuisine. This restaurant offers both Lao and Thai dishes. Try the orm, an herbal stew with lemongrass, dill, eggplant, wood ear mushrooms, and green beans served with sticky rice.
Namaste Momo Corner4114 Sawmill Run Blvd., Brentwood. 412-819-4913
Nepalese dumplings (called momo) are a rare treat that Pittsburgh now gets to experience. Fillings run the range of mutton, chicken, vegetables, and green chilis.
Taiwainese Bistro Cafe 331711 Shady Ave., Squirrel Hill. twcafe33.com
Cafe 33 feels like a warm hug. Excellent service pairs with traditional foods you can’t get elsewhere, like fried stinky tofu.
Pusadee’s Garden5319 Butler St., Lawrenceville. pusadeesgarden.com
A recent renovation has brought the beauty of Pusadee’s dishes into its surroundings. Curry, street noodles, and excellent appetizers.
Pho Minh4917 Penn Ave., Garfield. 412-661-7443
Excellent pho, a complex and slow-cooked Vietnamese beef stew, in a small-hole-in-the-wall space.