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Kelly-Strayhorn Theater
Kelly-Strayhorn Theater


The Dream BBQ
You’ll spot it by the smokers on the street. This barbeque joint is the fulfilled dream of its owner. Come for the turkey ribs, and don’t skimp on the sides. 7600 Braddock Ave., Homewood, 412-244-0355

Everyday Cafe
Pittsburgh’s first cashless coffee shop invests its earnings back into the community. Enjoy a cup of coffee and know that your money helps Homewood-based organizations. 532 N. Homewood Ave., Homewood, 412-727-2169

Food Glorious Food
This small bakery turns out a full menu of baked goods, sandwiches, cakes and cookies from baking traditions around the world. Get there early for a wide selection — it goes fast! 5906 Bryant St., Highland Park, 412-363-5330

Kelly’s Bar & Lounge
This bar packs a lot of original charm — from its Art Deco bar to cozy wooden booths — but folks also crowd in for economically priced cocktails, DJ nights and the back patio. 6012 Centre Ave., 412-363-6012

Muddy Waters Oyster Bar
These bad mothershuckers serve up fresh oysters and champagne alongside Southern-comfort favorites like boudin and po’boys. Laissez bon temps roulez. 130 S. Highland Ave., 412-361-0555

Paris 66
Why journey all the way to France when you can enjoy sweet and savory crepes, cheese-y sandwiches and other bistro faves right in here in town? 6018 Centre Ave., 412-404-8166

Pizza Taglio
Pizza is a family tradition for chef Giaramita, and this Roman-style pizzeria is his interpretation. Snack on a classic combo like fresh mozzarella and basil, or pick a seasonal selection. Espresso provided; booze, BYO. 126 S. Highland Ave., 412-404-7410

This classy place for dining has taken on a new look and chef, Jamilka Borges, to go with. Beautifully presented seasonal fare, and the home of Pittsburgh’s Gin Club. 134 S. Highland Ave., 412-362-6001

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Smiling Banana Leaf
This intimate restaurant is always busy and fragrant with the smell of Thai spices. Dine al fresco in the summer for a street-side experience. 5901 Bryant St., Highland Park, 412-362-3200

Tana Ethiopian Cuisine
A staple in the East Liberty food landscape, Tana provides a lovely family-style meal that’s easily shared among friends. Live jazz every Wednesday. 5929 Baum Blvd., 412-665-2770

Tazza D’Oro
This sleepy neighborhood spot is the perfect place to read away a summer day while sipping on espresso or enjoying a pour-over. 1125 N. Highland Ave., Highland Park, 412-362-3676

Teppanyaki Kyoto
Each dish is prepared in front of you on a teppanyaki grill. Come for dinner to try okonomiyaki, a savory Japanese pancake. 5808 Bryant St., Highland Park, 412-441-1610

The Twisted Frenchman
The restaurant serves beautiful, high-concept fare (like squab with ancient-grain risotto) out of an intimate, charming storefront. A larger nearby space (at 5925 Baum Ave.) is under construction. 128 S. Highland Ave., 412-361-1340

Zeke’s Coffee
Zeke’s offers a great cup of coffee and plenty of tasty treats to go with it. Also find Zeke’s popping up at farmer’s markets, or go through its nearby drive-through location. 6015 Penn Ave., 412-670-0862


Capri Pizzeria & Bar
Grab a slice and a beer at this great locals’ hangout. Check it out on a Tuesday to hear slam poetry from Steel City Slam. 6001 Penn Ave., 412-363-1250

East End Brewing Company
The home of one of Pittsburgh’s major players in the craft-beer renaissance is often bustling with cheerful patrons. Trivia and live music are high points. 147 Julius St., Larimer, 412-537-2337

Galaxy Lounge
This cavernous space hosts a large bar, a stage, a restaurant window and pool tables that all fill up around happy hour. Drinks are cheap and the company is friendly. 7246 Kelly St., Homewood, 412-727-1395

Large corner windows catch the sun while you snack on light bites and sip classic cocktails. Head over to the adjoining Cloak Room to catch a show. 124 S. Highland Ave., 412-361-0600

Park Place Pub
This corner place in Highland Park provides all the hits: porch, jukebox, cheap beer and deliciously greasy bar fare. Catch a game or sit in the sun. 5719 Bryant St., Highland Park, 412-361-2024

Wallace’s Tap Room
Hotel bars always draw an interesting mix, so stop by to sip on Prohibition-era cocktails and chat with locals and out-of-towners. 123 N. Highland Ave., 412-665-0555

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East Liberty Presbyterian Church


Kelly-Strayhorn Theater
An artistic hub for the vibrant arts community, this theater hosts residencies that produce cutting-edge work in dance, music, spoken word and performance art, and community events. 5941 Penn Ave., 412-363-3000

The Mine Factory
This former factory hosts a studio collective and exhibitions of all kinds. Keep up with the Facebook page to find out what’s up next. 201 N. Braddock Ave., North Point Breeze

Quantum Theatre
Although headquartered in East Liberty, Quantum puts on avant-garde, site-specific shows in surprising locations around the city. Each performance is designed to engage its audience beyond what meets the eye. 218 N. Highland Ave., www.quantumtheatre.com

The Space Upstairs
This jazz-focused space presents curated art in an informal lounge space. Come on Second Saturdays for shows with improvisational movement, art and music. 214 N. Lexington St., North Point Breeze, www.thespaceupstairs.org


Bryant Street Market
This little deli and grocery makes a fantastic tuna melt and offers all the local goods you might need to make a quick dinner. Staples are mixed in with luxuries for a quaint shopping experience. 5901 Bryant St., Highland Park, 412-661-8720

Bakery Square
This shopping center features stores like West Elm, Free People and Anthropologie. Plus eateries. Stop for a bite or a coffee after shopping. 6425 Penn Ave., Larimer, www.bakery-square.com

Construction Junction
If you’re looking for materials to complete your next project, help pad your budget by looking through used and salvaged items here. 214 N. Lexington St., North Point Breeze, 412-243-5025

The East End Food Co-op
Pick up seedlings for your garden, or groceries for your next meal. The space features natural goods of all kinds, as well as a juice bar and hot prepared foods. 7516 Meade St., North Point Breeze, 412-242-3598

Farmers Market Co-op of East Liberty
Open year-round and offering a selection of local produce, cheeses, flowers and baked goods. Open Saturdays, from 5 a.m. to noon. 344 N. Sheridan Ave., www.farmersmarketcooperativeofeastliberty.com

Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse
Sift through bins and boxes of art and craft supplies to find that perfect piece to start your next endeavor. Classes and volunteer slots available. 214 N. Lexington St., North Point Breeze, 412-473-0100

Trim Pittsburgh
This men’s designer underwear and swimwear boutique is the perfect place for dudes to get their sexy on and to pick out something special for a hot night out (or in!). 5968 Baum Blvd., 412-512-9251

Other Spots of Interest

Ace Hotel Pittsburgh
Remodeling a former YMCA, the owners have kept the original charm of the building while adding sleek modernity. Stop in for a drink, a meal at Whitfield or a show in the preserved gym. 120 S. Whitfield St., 412-361-3300

The Climbing Wall
Keep in shape and test your strength on this indoor rock wall and bouldering gym. Come to sweat and stay for the camaraderie. 7501 Penn Ave., Homewood, 412-247-7334

East Liberty Presbyterian Church
This soaring, Gothic-style cathedral features beautiful stained-glass windows and vaulted ceilings that house diverse services, art shows and concerts. Services available in Spanish. 116 N. Highland Ave., 412-441-3800.

Highland Park
Jog around the reservoir, stroll the gardens, play some tennis, dive into the pool or catch a summer concert in this beautiful park. Main entrance at the intersection of North Highland Avenue and Bunkerhill Street, www.pittsburghparks.org

Humane Animal Rescue
Want to add a furry friend to your life? Visit the new home of the Animal Rescue League in Homewood to look at cats, rabbits, dogs and other adoptables. 6926 Hamilton Ave., 412-345-7300