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City Paper's 2018 Best Food and Drink

Best Bakery

1st Oakmont Bakery

531 Allegheny Ave., Oakmont 

oakmontbakery.com

2nd La Gourmandine

Multiple locations 

lagourmandinebakery.com

3rd Prantl’s Bakery

Multiple locations

prantlsbakery.com

Best BBQ

1st Smoke Barbeque Taqueria

4115 Butler St., Lawrenceville

smokepgh.com

2nd South Side BBQ Company 

75 S. 17th St., South Side

southsidebbqcompany.com

3rd Twelve Whiskey Barbecue 

1222 E. Carson St., South Side

twelvepgh.com

Best Bloody Mary

1st Blue Dust 

601 Amity St., Homestead

bluedustpgh.com

2nd Harris Grill

Multiple locations

harrisgrill.com

3rd The Commoner

458 Strawberry Way, Downtown

thecommonerpgh.com

Best Buffet

1st Grand Concourse

100 W. Station Square Dr., Station Square

grandconcourserestaurant.com

2nd Rivers Casino

777 Casino Dr., North Side 

riverscasino.com

3rd Texas De Brazil

240 W. Station Square Dr., Station Square 

texasdebrazil.com/locations/pittsburgh

Best Burger

1st Burgatory

Multiple locations

burgatorybar.com

2nd Tessaro’s

4601 Liberty Ave., Bloomfield

tessaros.com

3rd BRGR

Multiple locations

brgrpgh.com

Best Candy Store


1st Sarris Candies 

511 Adams Ave., Canonsburg

sarriscandies.com

2nd Grandpa Joe’s Candy Shop

Multiple locations

grandpajoescandyshop.com

3rd The Milk Shake Factory

Multiple locations

themilkshakefactory.com


Best Chef

1st (TIE) Justin Severino — Cure

5336 Butler St., Lawrenceville

curepittsburgh.com

1st (TIE) Kevin Sousa — Superior Motors 

1211 Braddock Ave., Braddock

superiormotors15104.com

3rd Dave Anoia — DiAnoia’s Eatery 

2549 Penn Ave., Strip District 

dianoiaseatery.com

4th Jamilka Borges — Independent Brewing Company

1704 Shady Ave., Squirrel Hill 

independentpgh.com

Best Chinese Restaurant

1st Sichuan Gourmet 

Multiple locations

sichuan-gourmet.com

2nd Sesame Inn 

Multiple locations

sesameinn.com

3rd Chengdu Gourmet

5840 Forward Ave., Squirrel Hill 

chengdugourmetpittsburgh.com

Best Cocktail

1st Hidden Harbor 

1708 Shady Ave., Squirrel Hill 

hiddenharborpgh.com

2nd Mixtape 

4907 Penn Ave., Garfield

mixtapepgh.com

3rd The Summit 

200 Shiloh St., Mount Washington 

thesummitpgh.com

Best Coffeehouse

1st Black Forge Coffee House 

1206 Arlington Ave., Allentown 

blackforgecoffee.com

2nd Espresso A Mano

3623 Butler St., Lawrenceville 

espressoamano.com

3rd Zeke’s Coffee Pittsburgh 

6015 Penn Ave., East Liberty

zekescoffeepgh.com



Best Contemporary American Restaurant

1st Meat & Potatoes 

649 Penn Ave., Downtown 

meatandpotatoespgh.com

2nd Eleven 

1150 Smallman St., Downtown 

elevenck.com

3rd Legume 

214 N. Craig St., Oakland

legumebistro.com

Best Craft Cocktail

1st Hidden Harbor 

1708 Shady Ave., Squirrel Hill 

hiddenharborpgh.com

2nd APTEKA

4606 Penn Ave., Bloomfield

aptekapgh.com

3rd Smallman Galley 

54 21st St., Strip District 

smallmangalley.org

Best Dog-Friendly Restaurant

1st Grist House Craft Brewery 

10 E. Sherman St., Millvale 

gristhouse.com

2nd Double Wide Grill 

Multiple locations

doublewidegrill.com

3rd Square Cafe

1137 S. Braddock Ave., Regent Square

square-cafe.com

Best Downtown Lunch Spot

1st The Yard 

100 Fifth Ave.

theyardpgh.com

2nd Nicky’s Thai Kitchen

903 Penn Ave.

nickysthaikitchen.com

3rd The Commoner

458 Strawberry Way

thecommonerpgh.com

Best Food Truck

1st PGH Taco Truck

Multiple locations

pghtacotruck.com

2nd Mac and Gold Truck

Multiple locations

macandgoldtruck.com

3rd Dad’s Mobile Grub 

Multiple locations

dadspub.com

Best Food-Delivery Service

1st GrubHub

grubhub.com

2nd Uber Eats 

ubereats.com

3rd Postmates

postmates.com

Best Food-Related Event or Festival

1st St. Nicholas Greek Food Festival

419 S. Dithridge St., Oakland 

stnickspgh.org/food-festival

2nd Food Truck Roundup

Millvale

pittsburghfoodpark.com

3rd Picklesburgh 

Downtown 

picklesburgh.com

Best French Restaurant

1st Paris 66 Bistro 

6018 Centre Ave., East Liberty 

paris66bistro.com

2nd Poulet Bleu 

3519 Butler St., Lawrenceville 

pouletbleupgh.com

3rd The Twisted Frenchman 

5925 Baum Blvd., East Liberty 

thetwistedfrenchman.com

Best Gluten-Free Menu

1st Gluten Free Goat Bakery & Café

4905 Penn Ave., Bloomfield

glutenfreegoat.com

2nd Onion Maiden 

639 E. Warrington Ave., Allentown 

onionmaiden.com

3rd Double Wide Grill 

Multiple locations

doublewidegrill.com

Best Happy Hour

1st Mad Mex 

Multiple locations

madmex.menu

2nd Federal Galley 

200 Children’s Way, North Side

federalgalley.org

3rd Emporio: A Meatball Joint 

Multiple locations

emporioameatballjoint.com



Best Hot Dog

1st Franktuary 

Multiple locations

franktuary.com

2nd D’s Six Pax and Dogz

1118 S. Braddock Ave., Swissvale 

ds6pax.com

3rd The Original Hot Dog Shop

3901 Forbes Ave., Downtown

theoriginalhotdogshop.com

Best Hotel Bar

1st Whitfield at the Ace Hotel 

120 S. Whitfield St., East Liberty

acehotel.com/pittsburgh

2nd The Commoner at the Kimpton Hotel Monaco

458 Strawberry Way, Downtown

thecommonerpgh.com

3rd or, The Whale at the Distrikt Hotel 

463 Blvd. of the Allies, Downtown

orthewhalepgh.com

Best Local Ice Cream

1st Millie’s Homemade Ice Cream

Multiple locations

millieshomemade.com

2nd Page Dairy Mart 

4600 E. Carson St., South Side

pagedairymart.net

3rd Dave & Andy’s Homemade Ice Cream

207 Atwood St., Oakland 

facebook.com/davenandys

Best Indian Restaurant

1st Taj Mahal

7795 McKnight Road, North Hills 

tajmahalinc.com

2nd People’s Indian Restaurant 

5147 Penn Ave., Bloomfield 

peoplesindian.com

3rd Udipi Cafe

4141 Old William Penn Highway, Monroeville 

412-373-5581

Best Italian Restaurant


1st Piccolo Forno

3801 Butler St., Lawrenceville 

piccolo-forno.com

2nd DiAnoia’s Eatery 

2549 Penn Ave., Strip District 

dianoiaseatery.com

3rd Alla Famiglia 

804 E. Warrington Ave., Allentown

allafamiglia.com

Best Japanese Restaurant

1st Nakama

Multiple Locations

eatatnakama.com

2nd Umami

202 38th St., Lawrenceville

umamipgh.com

3rd Little Tokyo Restaurant 

Multiple Locations

littletokyopittsburgh.com

Best Juice/Smoothie Bar


1st The Pittsburgh Juice Company

3418 Penn Ave., Lawrenceville 

pittsburghjuicecompany.com

2nd East End Food Co-op

7516 Meade St., Point Breeze 

eastendfood.coop

3rd Salud Juicery

Multiple Locations

saludjuicery.com

Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant


1st Eat’n Park

Multiple Locations

eatnpark.com

2nd Burgatory 

Multiple Locations

burgatorybar.com

3rd Square cafe

1137 South Braddock Ave., Regent Square 

square-cafe.com

Best Late-Night Menu

1st Fuel and Fuddle 

212 Oakland Ave., Oakland 

fuelandfuddle.com

2nd Umami 

202 38th St., Lawrenceville

umamipgh.com

3rd Cambod-Ican Kitchen Restaurant 

1701 E. Carson St., South Side 

cambod-icankitchen.com

Best Local Beer and Cider

1st Arsenal Cider House & Wine Cellar

Multiple Locations

arsenalciderhouse.com

2nd Grist House Craft Brewery 

10 E. Sherman St., Millvale

gristhouse.com

3rd East End Brewing Company 

Multiple Locations

eastendbrewing.com



Best Locally made Spirit

1st Wigle Whiskey Garden & Barrelhouse

Multiple Locations

wiglewhiskey.com

2nd Maggie’s Farm Rum Distillery 

3212 Smallman St., Strip District

maggiesfarmrum.com

3rd Liberty Pole Spirits 

68 W. Maiden St., Washington

libertypolespirits.com

Best Margarita

1st Mad Mex 

Multiple Locations

madmex.menu

2nd Round Corner Cantina 

3720 Butler St., Lawrenceville 

roundcornercantina.com

3rd Tako 

214 6th St., Downtown 

takopgh.com

Best Local Martini

1st Olive Or Twist 

140 6th St., Downtown 

olive-twist.com

2nd Maggie’s Farm Rum Distillery 

3212 Smallman St., Strip District

maggiesfarmrum.com

3rd Acacia 

South Side (Closed June 2018)

acaciacocktails.com

Best Mexican/Latin American Restaurant

1st Mad Mex 

Multiple Locations

madmex.menu

2nd Emiliano’s 

Multiple Locations

emilianos.net

3rd Round Corner Cantina 

3720 Butler St., Lawrenceville 

roundcornercantina.com


Best Middle-Eastern Restaurant

1st Salem’s Market & Grill 

2923 Penn Ave., Strip District 

salemsmarketgrill.com

2nd Ali Baba Restaurant 

404 S. Craig St., Oakland

3rd Amel’s Restaurant

435 McNeilly Road, Baldwin

amelsrestaurantpgh.com

Best Milkshake

1st The Milk Shake Factory

Multiple Locations

themilkshakefactory.com

2nd Burgatory 

Multiple Locations

burgatorybar.com

3rd Page Dairy Mart 

4600 E. Carson St., South Side

pagedairymart.net

Best New Food Truck

1st Cousins Maine Lobster Food Truck 

Multiple Locations

cousinsmainelobster.com

2nd Dad’s Pub & Grub 

4320 Northern Pike, Monroeville 

dadspub.com

3rd Two Brothers Bar-B-Q

5228 Thoms Run Road, Presto

2brosbbq.com

Best New Restaurant

1st Driftwood Oven 

3615 Butler St., Lawrenceville 

driftwoodoven.com

2nd or, The Whale 

463 Blvd. of the Allies, Downtown 

orthewhalepgh.com

3rd Merchant Oyster Co.

4219 Butler St., Lawrenceville

merchantpgh.com

Best Outdoor Dining

1st Pusadee’s Garden 

5321 Butler St., Lawrenceville 

(Closed for renovations)

pusadeesgarden.com

2nd The Porch 

Multiple Locations

dineattheporch.com

3rd Double Wide Grill 

Multiple Locations

doublewidegrill.com

Best Local Pizza

1st Mineo’s Pizza House 

Multiple Locations

mineospizza.com

2nd Fiori’s Pizzaria

Multiple Locations

fiorispizzapittsburgh.com

3rd Proper Brick Oven & Tap Room 

139 7th St., Downtown 

properpittsburgh.com

Best Pub-Grub

1st Piper’s Pub 

1828 E. Carson St., South Side 

piperspub.com

2nd Bigham Tavern    

321 Bigham St., Mount Washington 

bighamtavern.com

3rd Dad’s Pub & Grub

4320 Northern Pike, Monroeville 

dadspub.com



Best Restaurant (DOWNTOWN AND VICINITY)

1st Gaucho Parrilla Argentina 

1601 Penn Ave., Strip District

eat-gaucho.com

2nd Meat & Potatoes

649 Penn Ave., Downtown 

meatandpotatoespgh.com

3rd DiAnoia’s Eatery 

2549 Penn Ave., Strip District 

dianoiaseatery.com

Best Restaurant (NORTH)

1st Nicky’s Thai Kitchen 

Multiple Locations

nickysthaikitchen.com

2nd Max’s Allegheny Tavern 

537 Suismon St., North Side 

maxsalleghenytavern.com

3rd Scratch Food & Beverage 

1720 Lowrie St., Troy Hill

scratchfoodbev.com

Best Restaurant (NORTHEAST)

1st Noodlehead

242 S. Highland Ave., Shadyside 

noodleheadpgh.com/

2nd APTEKA

4606 Penn Ave., Bloomfield

aptekapgh.com

3rd Smoke Barbeque Taqueria

4115 Butler St., Lawrenceville

smokepgh.com

Best Restaurant (SOUTH)

1st Onion Maiden

639 E. Warrington Ave., Allentown 

onionmaiden.com

2nd Il Pizzaiolo

Multiple Locations

ilpizzaiolo.com

3rd Alla Famiglia 

804 E. Warrington Ave., Allentown

allafamiglia.com

Best Restaurant (SOUTHEAST)

1st Superior Motors

15211 Braddock Ave., Braddock 

superiormotors15104.com

2nd Independent Brewing Company 

1704 Shady Ave., Squirrel Hill 

independentpgh.com

3rd Spice Island Tea House

253 Atwood St., Oakland 

spiceislandteahouse.com

Best Restaurant (WEST)

1st Altius

1230 Grandview Ave., Mount Washington 

altiusrestaurantpittsburgh.com


2nd Monterey Bay Fish Grotto 

1411 Grandview Ave., Mount Washington 

montereybayfishgrotto.com


3rd Sarafino’s 

40 E. Crafton Ave., Crafton 

sarafinos.com

Best Restaurant Beer List

1st Sharp Edge 

Multiple Locations

sharpedgebeer.com

2nd The Urban Tap 

Multiple Locations

theurbantap.com

3rd Independent Brewing Company 

1704 Shady Ave., Squirrel Hill 

independentpgh.com


Best Restaurant Desserts

1st Paris 66 Bistro 

6018 Centre Ave., East Liberty 

paris66bistro.com

2nd Superior Motors

15211 Braddock Ave., Braddock 

superiormotors15104.com

3rd Altius

1230 Grandview Ave., Mount Washington 

altiusrestaurantpittsburgh.com

Best Rooftop Bar

1st Il Tetto 

942 Penn Ave., Downtown 

siennamercato.com

2nd Biergarten 

620 William Penn Place, Downtown 

thecommonerpgh.com/pittsburgh-biergarten/

3rd Sky Bar 

1603 E. Carson St., South Side 

skybarpgh.com

Best Sandwich

1st Primanti Brothers 

Multiple Locations

primantibros.com

2nd Gaucho Parrilla Argentina 

1601 Penn Ave., Downtown 

eat-gaucho.com

3rd Fat Head’s Saloon 

1805 E. Carson St., South Side

fatheads.com

Best Seafood

1st Penn Avenue Fish Company 

Multiple Locations

pennavefishcompany.com

2nd Monterey Bay Fish Grotto 

1511 Grandview Ave., Mount Washington 

montereybayfishgrotto.com

3rd Luke Wholey’s Wild Alaskan Grille 

2106 Penn Ave., Strip District 

lukewholey.com

Best Steakhouse

1st The Capital Grille 

301 Fifth Ave., Downtown 

thecapitalgrille.com

2nd Ruth’s Chris Steak House

6 PPG Place, Downtown 

ruthschris.com

3rd Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse

247 North Shore Drive, North Side

hydeparkrestaurants.com



Best Sunday Brunch

1st Grand Concourse 

100 W. Station Square Drive, Station Square 

grandconcourserestaurant.com

2nd Meat & Potatoes 

649 Penn Ave., Downtown 

meatandpotatoespgh.com

3rd Spirit 

241 51st St., Lawrenceville

spiritpgh.com

Best Sushi

1st Nakama

Multiple Locations

eatatnakama.com

2nd Little Tokyo

Multiple Locations

littletokyopittsburgh.com

3rd Umami

202 38th St., Lawrenceville

umamipgh.com

Best Local Taco

1st Tako 

214 6th St., Downtown 

takopgh.com

2nd Las Palmas 

Multiple Locations

laspalmaspittsburgh.com

3rd Condado Tacos 

971 Liberty Ave., Downtown 

condadotacos.com

Best Tea House

1st Dobra Tea Pittsburgh

1937 Murray Ave., Squirrel Hill

dobrateapgh.com

2nd Tupelo Honey Teas

211 Grant Ave., Millvale

tupelohoneyteas.com

3rd Beehive Coffeehouse

1327 E. Carson St., South Side 

beehivebuzz.com

Best Thai Restaurant

1st Nicky’s Thai Kitchen 

Multiple Locations

nickysthaikitchen.com

2nd Noodlehead

242 S. Highland Ave., Shadyside 

noodleheadpgh.com

3rd Thai Me Up

118 S. 23rd St., South Side

thaimeuppittsburgh.com


Best Vegan/Vegetarian Restaurant

1st APTEKA

4606 Penn Ave., Bloomfield

aptekapgh.com

2nd Double Wide Grill 

Multiple Locations

doublewidegrill.com

3rd Onion Maiden 

639 E. Warrington Ave., Allentown 

onionmaiden.com

Best Wine List

1st Allegheny Wine Mixer

5326 Butler St., Lawrenceville 

alleghenywinemixer.com

2nd Bar Marco

2216 Penn Ave., Strip District 

barmarcopgh.com

3rd La Casa Narcisi Winery

4578 Gibsonia Road, Gibsonia 

narcisiwinery.com

Best Wings

1st Bigham Tavern    

321 Bigham St., Mount Washington 

bighamtavern.com

2nd Fat Head’s Saloon 

1805 E. Carson St., South Side

fatheads.com

3rd Spak Brothers 

5107 Penn Ave., Garfield 

spakbrothers.com

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