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Morcilla, winner of Best New Restaurant - CP PHOTO BY LUKE THOR TRAVIS
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  • Morcilla, winner of Best New Restaurant

Best New Restaurant (as of June 2015) 

Morcilla
3519 Butler St., Lawrenceville 
412-652-9924 or www.morcillapittsburgh.com

Inspired by chef Justin Severino’s trips to Spain, this small space brings authentic Spanish flavors and ambiance without overkill. Get there early, sip a gin and tonic, and sample montaditos in the standing-only bar, before indulging in smoked pork ribs, roasted chicken or marinated octopus. 

2nd: Poros
3rd: Apteka 

Best Restaurant (Downtown) 

Gaucho Parrilla Argentina 
1601 Penn Ave., Strip District
412-709-6622 or www.eatgaucho.com

The grilled meats might be the initial draw, but only a fool would overlook the delicious side dishes, including potatoes, corn, sweet potatoes and empanadas. Meats come as sandwiches or full entrees; it’s the best-priced steak in town. Everybody knows it, so come prepared to wait in line.

2nd: Tako
3rd: Meat and Potatoes

Best Restaurant (North)

Bella Frutteto
Franklin Village, 2602 Brandt School Road, Wexford
724-940-7777 or www.bellafrutteto.com

From its signature apple ravioli to its Sunday Sauce dinner (down-home rigatoni, meatballs and sausage), this casual Italian restaurant with a full bar ranges from modern to traditional, with stops for meatloaf burgers and brown-rice penne. The patio overlooks Soergel’s Orchard, hence the restaurant’s name.

2nd: Off The Hook
3rd: Willow 

Best Restaurant (South)

Bistro 19
711 Washington Road, Mount Lebanon
412-306-1919 or www.bistro19.com

This modern yet cozy restaurant is rightly a popular destination in the South Hills. The menu, which offers elevated American cuisine expertly curated and executed by chef Jessica Gibson Bauer, focuses on local and seasonal.

2nd: Wild Rosemary Bistro
3rd: Arancini House 

Best Restaurant (East) 

Cure 
5336 Butler St., Lawrenceville
412-252-2595 or www.curepittsburgh.com 

The small menu here focuses on locally sourced Mediterranean-style food. A six-course tasting menu lets diners sample the chef’s specialties like hanger steak, while an a la carte menu offers lighter fare like oysters, pasta, soups, salads and cured meats. 

2nd: Apteka
3rd: Smoke Barbeque Taqueria 

Bakn, winner of Best Restaurant (West) - CP FILE PHOTO BY HEATHER MULL
  • CP file photo by Heather Mull
  • Bakn, winner of Best Restaurant (West)

Best Restaurant (West)

Bakn
335 E. Main St., Carnegie
412-275-3637 or www.eatbakn.com

This welcoming Carnegie spot has a laser focus on two things: breakfast and bacon. Using these two inspirations, chef Randy Tozzie, a Carnegie native, has created a menu that makes breakfast an all-day affair, with spins on pancakes, eggs and breakfast sandwiches.

2nd: Tartine
3rd: Hyeholde Restaurant 

Best Chef 

Justin Severino, Morcilla and Cure 
Morcilla (3519 Butler St.) and Cure (5336 Butler St.), Lawrenceville. 

Justin Severino has a knack for executing international cuisine with regional flair. With a focus on locally sourced ingredients and season-shifting menus, Severino’s inventive, Mediterranean-style dishes have played a vital role in Pittsburgh’s growing food scene since Cure opened in 2011.

2nd: Bill Fuller, Big Burrito Group
3rd: Richard DeShantz, Richard DeShantz Restaurant Group  

Best Indian Restaurant 

Taj Mahal
7795 McKnight Road, North Hills
412-364-1760 or www.tajmahalinc.com

Offering a large menu representing cuisine from across India, house-made yogurt and cheeses, and a fully stocked bar, Taj Mahal is well worth the trip. The popular (and vast) lunch and dinner buffets are highly recommended — just make sure to bring your appetite.

2nd: People’s Indian Restaurant
3rd: Udipi Café

Best Japanese Restaurant 

Nakama 
1611 E. Carson St., South Side, and 10636 Perry Highway, North Hills
www.eatatnakama.com

Whether enjoying the showy preparation at the hibachi grill, or grabbing an egg roll on the go from the food truck, Nakama is a reliable favorite for Pittsburghers seeking tasty Japanese fare. Besides sushi, the menu offers a variety of inventive items like crispy salmon fritters and sea-scallop lettuce wraps.

2nd: Umami
3rd: Umi

Best Italian Restaurant 

Piccolo Forno 
3801 Butler St., Lawrenceville
412-622-0111 or www.piccolo-forno.com

Since 2005, this BYOB Tuscan Italian restaurant has specialized in wood-fired pizzas and fresh hand-made pasta, served in such traditional dishes as lasagna, tortelli and ravioli. Panini and appetizers, like bruschetta and beef and pork meatballs, make for lighter fare. 

2nd: Dish Osteria and Bar
3rd: Girasole

Best Thai Restaurant

Nicky’s Thai Kitchen
903 Penn Ave., Downtown, and 856 Western Ave., North Side
www.nickysthaikitchen.com

Nicky’s Thai Kitchen holds a special place among lovers of Thai food. Grab a quick lunch at the Downtown location, or a slow-paced summer dinner in the North Side location’s beautiful back garden. Bring your own bottle to sip while you dine.

2nd: Thai Me Up
3rd: Noodlehead

Best Chinese Restaurant 

China Palace 
5440 Walnut St., Shadyside
412-687-7423 or www.pittsburghchinapalace.com

This restaurant boasts excellent service, friendly staff and modern takes on classic Chinese dishes. But you’ll still find longtime favorites such as fried rice, lo mein, General Tso’s chicken — for eat-in, takeout and delivery. Don’t forget your fortune cookie.

2nd: Sesame Inn
3rd: WaiWai

Best Middle-Eastern Restaurant 

Aladdin’s 
Multiple locations
www.orderaladdins.com

This restaurant uses Lebanese staples like olive oil, nuts, vegetables, yogurt and lean meats in more than 100 different vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and meat dishes. Expect seasonings like mint, parsley, oregano, garlic, nutmeg and cinnamon. Specialties include Mediterranean shish kabob and shawarma. 

2nd: Ali Baba
3rd: Istanbul Sofra

Best Mexican/Latin American Restaurant 

Mad Mex
Multiple locations
www.madmex.com

Specializing in Cal-Mex, this locally based chain is a favorite with Pittsburghers. Popular items include the enchiladas smothered in guajillo chile or roasted tomatillo salsa, and the barbacoa beef stuffed into a burrito or taco. In the fall, try the Gobblerito, a Thanksgiving-style turkey burrito.

2nd: Round Corner Cantina
3rd: Casa Reyna

Best Contemporary American Restaurant 

Eleven 
1150 Smallman St, Strip District
412-201-5656 or www.elevenck.com

The menu at Eleven changes with the seasons, but it’s a year-round destination for Pittsburghers seeking sophisticated, upscale eats, in an unpretentious atmosphere. The fare here ranges from pub grub like braised veal burgers and calamari to wild Alaskan halibut and smoked lamb belly.

2nd: Cure
3rd: Altius

Best Vegan/Vegetarian Restaurant

B52 Café 
5202 Butler St., Lawrenceville
412-408-3988 or www.b52pgh.com

The days of vegan meaning simply “salad” are long gone. B52 offers vegan fare with Middle Eastern flair. Dishes include: moussaka (with cashew cheese), seitan kebabs and spinach pie. Salad is still available, but it comes with pickled turnips and falafel.

2nd: Apteka
3rd: Double Wide Grill 

Best Restaurant to Take the Kids

Eat’n Park
Multiple locations
www.eatnpark.com

The kids’ menu (for those 10 and under) offers lots of healthy, simple options for even the pickiest eater. The prices are reasonable enough to take the whole family, and the atmosphere is low-key. A free Smiley cookie or apple awaits each child at the end of the meal.

2nd: Burgatory
3rd: Franktuary

Best Steakhouse 

Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse
247 North Shore Drive, North Side
412-222-4014 or www.hydeparkrestaurants.com

This may be a small regional chain with spots in Ohio and Pennsylvania, but there’s nothing more Pittsburgh than a hunk of meat cooked perfectly. You can get everything from a 22-ounce porterhouse to imported Wagyu beef to an 18-ounce New York Strip that’s been dry-aged for 40 days.

2nd: Morton’s The Steakhouse
3rd: The Capital Grille

Best Seafood 

Monterey Bay 
1411 Grandview Ave., Mount Washington, and 146 Mall Circle Drive, Monroeville
www.montereybayfishgrotto.com

Both locations offer fresh fish that is flown in daily from around the world; the fish board at Monterey Bay is like a geography lesson. It’s also known for its top-notch crab cakes. For pure swank, hit up the Mount Washington location, with some of the best views of the city.

2nd: Off The Hook
3rd: Muddy Waters Oyster Bar 

Best Sushi 

Umami 
202 38th St., Lawrenceville
412-224-2354 or www.umamipgh.com

Classified as an izakaya — a casual Japanese gastropub — this unassuming bar and restaurant serves up simple but rich options for sashimi, nigiri, onigiri and temaki (a cone-shaped roll wrapped in nori), paired with great cuts of fish such as tuna, fluke and Spanish mackerel.

2nd: Umi
3rd: Nakama

Best BBQ 

Union Pig & Chicken
220 N. Highland Ave., East Liberty 
412-363-7675 or www.unionpgh.com

Everything you’d expect from a BBQ joint: ribs, chicken, pulled pork, brisket … and tofu. That’s right: Your vegan friends can have dinner with you, while you eat copious amounts of smoked meats and fried chicken.

2nd: Smoke Barbeque Taqueria
3rd: Smoq Pitt 

Best Mac & Cheese

Harris Grill
5747 Ellsworth Ave., Shadyside
412-362-5273 or www.harrisgrill.com 

It’s hard to go wrong with the classic cheese-and-carb combo, but Harris takes this bar-menu favorite to the next level. Ask for the original version, made with a cheddar Mornay sauce, or up the fanciness and order it with lobster and lump-crab meat.

2nd: The Yard
3rd: Kelly’s Bar & Lounge

Best Sandwich

Gaucho Parrilla Argentina 
1601 Penn Ave., Strip District
412-709-6622 or www.eatgaucho.com

Choose a meat — various cuts of beef, chicken, pork — or vegetable to be cooked over the wood-fire grill, before being stuffed between thick slices of cibbatta bread. It’s a mess, but don’t scrimp on the chimichurri sauce. You can also order these sammies deconstructed as a plated meal.

2nd: Thin Man Sandwich Shop
3rd: Primanti Bros. 

Best Burger 

Burgatory
Multiple locations
www.burgatorybar.com

Burgatory is everything you could want in a burger joint: a variety of patties, plus milkshakes. Be adventurous with a Piggy Butter and Jelly, with bacon, peanut butter and habañero jelly. Or pick your own meat and toppings. The milkshakes come with or without booze.

2nd: BRGR
3rd: Tessaro’s 

Best Pizza 

Mineo’s
2128 Murray Ave., Squirrel Hill, and 713A Washington Road, Mount Lebanon 
www.mineospizza.com  

This perennial-favorite pizzeria keeps the oven hot, and the pizza hotter, whether you order a slice or a whole pie. Try the Sicilian — a perfect cross between pizza and a grilled-cheese sandwich. The Squirrel Hill location has an attached bar, where pizza-lovers can add an ice-cold beer.  

2nd: Spak Brothers
3rd: Fiori’s Pizzaria

Best Wings 

Bigham Tavern 
321 Bigham St., Mount Washington
412-431-9313 or www.bighamtavern.com

They got ’em big and juicy — and seasoned with a variety of sauces (30 in all!). Purists can stick with original, and show-offs can head to “Atomic” or “Cluckin’ Hot.” Experimenters can latch on to “Dingo,” “Hyena” or “Jackal.” Wednesday is Wing Day (44 cents/wing), but expect crowds.

2nd: Big Shot Bob’s House of Wings
3rd: Quaker Steak & Lube

Best Taco 

Tako 
214 Sixth St., Downtown
412-471-8256 or www.takopgh.com

If you’re easily bored by the three-meat taco menus, the tacos here should pique your interest. Octopus, pork butt, duck confit and wagyu short rib are among  the protein fillings, and the seasonings and vegetable add-ins are influenced by Mediterranean, Asian and Middle Eastern flavors.

2nd: Smoke Barbeque Taqueria
3rd: Doce Taqueria

Best Hot Dog

Franktuary
3810 Butler St., Lawrenceville, and 115 Forbes Ave., Downtown
www.franktuary.com  

Franktuary has perfected serving creatively topped hot dogs, with great sides like poutine and craft cocktails. Pick from a grass-fed beef or vegan hot dog, and consider combos incorporating bacon, pineapple, coleslaw and pierogies. If you’re on the go, look for the Franktuary food truck.

2nd: Essie’s Original Hot Dog Shop
3rd: Yovi’s

Best Buffet

Grand View Buffet at Rivers Casino
777 Casino Drive, North Side
412-231-777 or www.riverscasino.com

Buffets live by variety, and Rivers’ ranges from barbecue to Italian and Asian fare; lunch, dinner and Sunday brunches feature a crab-legs add-on. Steelers home games are accompanied by Eat the Enemy, with delicacies including clam chowder (New England, Oct. 23) and beef-brisket quesadillas (Dallas, Nov. 13).

2nd: Grand Concourse
3rd: Hokkaido Seafood Buffet

Best Coffeehouse

Espresso a Mano
3623 Butler St., Lawrenceville
412-918-1864 or www.espressoamano.com

People love Espresso a Mano, and with good reason. The atmosphere is cozily hip, the baristas are knowledgeable and friendly, and the beverages are top notch. Espresso serves sustainable coffees sourced from high-quality roasters like Counter Culture, Forty Weight, Commonplace and others.

2nd: Beehive
3rd: Zeke’s Coffee Pittsburgh 

Bantha Tea Bar, winner of Best Tea Shop - CP PHOTO BY LUKE THOR TRAVIS
  • CP photo by Luke Thor Travis
  • Bantha Tea Bar, winner of Best Tea Shop

Best Tea Shop

Bantha Tea Bar
5002 Penn Ave., Bloomfield
412-404-8539 or www.banthateabar.com

This little oasis on Penn Avenue used recycled materials in its construction, as well as tapping solar power. The tea is ethically sourced, and Bantha works extensively with local partners to create its menus. Enjoy a steaming mug while you view the frequently changing art exhibitions.

2nd: Dobra Tea Pittsburgh
3rd: Arnold’s Tea

Best Desserts 

La Gourmandine 
4605 Butler St., Lawrenceville and 300 Cochran Road, Mount Lebanon
www.lagourmandinebakery.com

This authentic French bakery sells breads, breakfast pastries and quiches. Dessert favorites include classic pastries such as chocolate éclairs, tartes au citron (lemon tarts), cream puffs, fresh berry tarts and flan. For a dinner party, try a chocolate mousse cake.

2nd: Oakmont Bakery
3rd: Gaby et Jules

Best Bakery 

Oakmont Bakery
531 Allegheny Ave., Oakmont
412-826-1606 or www.oakmontbakery.com 

This perennial favorite draws Pittsburghers from all corners up the Allegheny River to Oakmont. Cakes, cookies, breads, donuts and any other baked good you can think of fills the substantial display cases here. Enjoy your pastries in the spacious dining room or on the patio.

2nd: La Gourmandine
3rd: Prantl’s

Millie's, winner of Best Ice Cream - CP PHOTO BY JOHN COLOMBO
  • CP photo by John Colombo
  • Millie's, winner of Best Ice Cream

Best Ice Cream

Millie’s 
232 S. Highland Ave., Shadyside
412-404-8853 or www.millieshomemade.com

Made from milk and eggs from Western Pennsylvania farms, Millie’s sells several varieties of ice cream at local grocery stores and from their scoop shop. Flavors change seasonally, but favorites include chocolate, vanilla and salted caramel.

2nd: Klavon’s Ice Cream
3rd: Dave and Andy’s Homemade Ice Cream 

Best Candy Store

Sarris Candies 
511 Adams Ave., Canonsburg 
724-745-4042 or www.sarriscandies.com

Inspired by the old-fashioned soda fountains of founder Frank Sarris’ youth, this chocolate factory and ice-cream parlor — which boasts a 1,500-pound handmade chocolate castle — will make you feel like a kid in … some kind of store. Stock up on chocolate-covered pretzel sticks.

2nd: Grandpa Joe’s Candy Shop
3rd: Katie’s Kandy 

Best Sunday Brunch 

Grand Concourse 
100 W. Station Square Drive, South Side
412-261-1717 or www.grandconcourserestaurant.com

This is a fancy brunch in a location so historic you feel like you’re going to run into the Jay Gatsby at the donut station. This buffet is upscale, with options ranging from a carving station to omelets made-to-order.

2nd: Meat and Potatoes
3rd: e2

Best Downtown Lunch 

Umbrella Café
951 Liberty Ave., Downtown
412-391-8500 or www.theumbrellacafepgh.com

It’s only been open for a little over a year, but Umbrella Café has already secured a place in our hearts (and stomachs). This friendly breakfast-and-lunch spot shows equal respect to meat-eaters and vegans, and offers fresh juices and baked goods alongside yummy daily specials.

2nd: Bluebird Kitchen
3rd: NOLA on the Square

Best Happy Hour 

Mad Mex
Multiple locations
www.madmex.com 

Impressive drink discounts highlight the “Happy Hora” menu at Mad Mex, available between 4 and 6 p.m. Patrons can imbibe half-off drafts or enjoy a $2.50 discount on house margaritas. To complement the boozy specials, the restaurant also offers platters of regular wings at half the cost.

2nd: Sharp Edge
3rd: Harris Grill

Best Take-Out 

Spak Brothers
5107 Penn Ave., Garfield
412-362-7725 or www.spakbrothers.com

Grab-and-go staples like pizza, hoagies and chicken wings can be found here at very reasonable prices at this no-frills shop. Vegan and vegetarian options are available too. While waiting for your order, get in a game or two of pinball.

2nd: Noodlehead
3rd: Sesame Inn

Best Service/Wait Staff 

Eleven
1150 Smallman St., Strip District
412-201-5656 or www.elevenck.com 

The waiters and waitresses here fulfill the classic requirements of what a wait staff should be: attentive, polite and informed about the food and drinks menu. Nor are they overly obtrusive, so that diners at this high-end restaurant can enjoy their meals and conversations without unnecessary interruption.

2nd: Bar Marco
3rd: Morcilla

Best Outdoor Dining 

Round Corner Cantina
3720 Butler St., Lawrenceville
412- 904-2279 or www.roundcornercantina.com

Sure Lawrenceville has gotten a bit see-and-be-seen, but what if you want to hang out in a hip space away from prying eyes? Nothing beats Round Corner’s interior patio, a fenced-in getaway where one can sip on cocktails and munch on veggie tacos in peace.

2nd: Double Wide Grill
3rd: Harris Grill 

Best Rooftop Bar 

Il Tetto 
942 Penn Ave., Downtown
412-281-2810 or www.siennapgh.com/mercato

With a retractable glass roof, spacious bar and funky lighting, the perch atop this three-storied restaurant complex is a year-round destination for rooftop drinking. The people-watching views of the Cultural District and the action on Penn Ave below are unrivaled.

2nd: Hotel Monaco
3rd: Six Penn Kitchen 

Best Hotel Bar 

The Ace Hotel
120 S. Whitfield St., East Liberty
412-626-3090 or www.whitfieldpgh.com

This bar checks all the hipster-chic boxes: white walls, lack of clutter, reclaimed-wood bar, and a dynamite local twist on the Manhattan, called the East Liberty. It’s a perfect start to a night on the town, or settle into the vintage furniture with friends and a board game.

2nd: Hotel Monaco
3rd: Omni William Penn 

Best Late-Night Menu 

Mad Mex
Multiple locations
www.madmex.com 

The exclusive late-night draw for after-hours dining is the $7 special on 22-ounce margaritas from 10 p.m. to midnight. A couple of those and everything looks good, but many Mad Mex locations also offer late-night specials on select food items.

2nd: Fuel and Fuddle
3rd: Ritters Diner

Best Pub Grub

Pub Chip Shop
1830 E. Carson St., South Side
412-381-2447

Can you get beer at Pub Chip Shop? Yes! But unlike many South Side establishments, the focus here is on food. The impressive British-inspired menu offers everything from fish-and-chips and Scotch eggs to perch tacos and fried Mars bars. A range of savory baked goods are also available.

2nd: Industry Public House
3rd: Monterey Pub 

Best Gluten-Free Menu 

Eden 
735 Copeland St., Shadyside
412-802-7070 or www.edenpitt.com

An oasis for diners with dietary concerns, Eden offers healthful seasonal fare, prepared raw, that is allergy conscious, vegan and gluten-free. It is also a great spot for adventurous diners, who can appreciate lasagna made with flax noodles or a farm-fresh beet salad.

2nd: Bella Frutteto
3rd: Gluuteny 

Best Place to Eat at the Bar 

Tako 
214 Sixth St., Downtown
412-471-8256 or www.takopgh.com

Warm lighting, a laid-back atmosphere, and an ample margarita and cocktail list make this Downtown hotspot a good pick for quick, on-the-go dining. Warm weather offers extra bar-side-like seating, with five sidewalk stools peering into the lively kitchen. 

2nd: Industry Public House
3rd: Burgatory

Best Food-Delivery Service 

Wheel Deliver 
412-421-9346 or wheeldeliver.net

With service to the East End, Regent Square, Edgewood, Mount Washington, Downtown and South Side, this multi-restaurant delivery service gives at-home diners access to the menus of 30 restaurant partners. And users can even order from more than two restaurants at once. 

2nd: Grubhub
3rd: Postmates

Best Margarita 

Mad Mex
Multiple locations
www.madmex.com 

Nothing says “I’m ready to drink and have a good time” like a margarita, and locally based Mexican-food chain Mad Mex offers several options, including a sage-infused cranberry variety. To truly embrace one’s inner “good time” spirit, try the frozen margaritas that are spinning in the machines.

2nd: Round Corner Cantina
3rd: Tako

Best Martini 

Olive or Twist 
140 Sixth St., Downtown
412-255-0524 or www.olive-twist.com

Sometimes, a night out at the theater isn’t complete without a nightcap. Olive or Twist, in the heart of the Cultural District, offers a menu of daily and seasonal selections. Go with a traditional martini, or be adventurous with a “Black and Gold Martini.”

2nd: Tender Bar + Kitchen
3rd: Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse

Meat and Potatoes, winner of Best Bloody Mary - CP PHOTO BY JOHN COLOMBO
  • CP photo by John Colombo
  • Meat and Potatoes, winner of Best Bloody Mary

Best Bloody Mary

Meat and Potatoes
649 Penn Ave., Downtown
412-325-7007 or www.meatandpotatoespgh.com

In Pittsburgh as elsewhere, Bloody Marys have become an art form, and Meat and Potatoes scores with its brunchtime Bloody Mary bar, where $7 buys access to the acclaimed house mix, plus your choice of pickled and raw vegetables, hot sauce, and even charcuterie and cheeses.

2nd: The Urban Tap
3rd: The Commoner

Best Local Beer 

East End Brewing Company 
147 Julius St., Larimer, and 102 19th St., Strip District
412-537-2337 or www.eastendbrewing.com

Since 2004, this brewery has been making beer right here. It now brews about 35 types of beer a year, including seasonal offerings and year-round favorites such as Big Hop IPA, Monkey Boy Hefeweizen and Fat Gary Nut Brown Ale. Stop by for a tour or sample a pint at Pittsburgh bars.

2nd: Grist House Craft Brewery
3rd: Brew Gentlemen 

Best Restaurant Beer List

Sharp Edge
Various locations
www.sharpedgebeer.com

Lots of bars have forests of taps and warehouses of bottles. But the venerable Sharp Edge — each of whose five locations boasts dozens of drafts and 150 or more bottled varieties — remains esteemed for its connoisseurship, especially of the cornucopia of flavors offered by the prized beers of Belgium.

2nd: Fat Head’s Saloon
3rd: Industry Public House 

Best Restaurant Wine List

Sonoma Grille
947 Penn Ave., Downtown
412-697-1336 or www.thesonomagrille.com

With over 90 bottles of wine served by the glass, Sonoma Grille has the curious wine drinker covered. Try a curated wine flight, or make your own. If you’re looking for a recommendation, the little wine glass icons on the menu mark staff favorites.

2nd: Allegheny Wine Mixer
3rd: Eleven

Best Locally Made Spirit 

Wigle Whiskey 
2401 Smallman St, Strip District
412-224-2827 or www.wiglewhiskey.com

Since Wigle opened in 2012, the family-owned craft distillery has enjoyed nearly nonstop acclaim. It’s been the most-awarded craft whiskey in the country for the past two years, succeeding with classics like rye and bourbon, as well as more adventurous spirits like ginever and white whiskey. 

2nd: Maggie’s Farm Rum
3rd: Arsenal Cider 

Best Food Truck 

Pgh Taco Truck 
www.pghtacotruck.com

At this mobile taqueria, the menu is (almost always) gluten-free; the corn tortillas are layered two-deep; and the tacos are rich, simple and unfussy. The filling options rotate, but favorites like Thai peanut chicken and spicy jerk chicken are safe bets on most days.

2nd: BRGR Truck
3rd: The Mac & Gold Truck 

Driftwood Oven, winner of Best New Food Truck - CP PHOTO BY LUKE THOR TRAVIS
  • CP photo by Luke Thor Travis
  • Driftwood Oven, winner of Best New Food Truck

Best New Food Truck (as of June 2015) 

Driftwood Oven 
www.facebook.com/Driftwoodoven 

It’s a wood-fired pizza oven on a trailer. They can drive it anywhere, set up and cook wonderfully crispy and full-flavored pizzas. It’s no wonder Driftwood was named this year’s best new food truck. Use Twitter to find out where it will be: @driftwoodoven.

2nd: Leena’s Food Truck 
3rd: Gaucho Parrilla Argentina Truck

Best Juice/Smoothie Bar

Pittsburgh Juice Company 
3418 Penn Ave., Lawrenceville
412-586-5060 or www.pittsburghjuicecompany.com

In the mood for a healthy boost? Stop in for a cold-pressed juice, smoothie or snack (think spinach crisps and vegan cheesecake). Everything is raw, vegan and gluten-free, and made with fresh, organic ingredients. You can even stop in for a class at the adjoining yoga studio.

2nd: Salud Juicery
3rd: Simpatico Espresso 

Best Food Festival 

VegFest
www.pittsburghvegfest.org

This outdoor summer festival celebrates vegetarian food and sustainable living with live music, wellness vendors, educational speakers, yoga and cooking demonstrations. The day-long event is hosted by Justice For Animals, a Pittsburgh-based animal-rights nonprofit organization.

2nd: Pickelsburgh
3rd: St. Nicholas Greek Food Festival 


(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)

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