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Best new restaurant

856 Western Ave., North Side, 412-322-0476

2nd Doublewide Grill, South Side
3rd Seviche, Downtown


Best place to take the kids to eat

Eat'n Park
Various locations

2nd Max & Erma's, various locations
3rd TIE: CiCi's Pizza / Chuck E. Cheese, various locations


Best fine dining

1150 Smallman St., Strip District, 412-201-5656

2nd: LeMont, Mount Washington
3rd: Mallorca, South Side


Best outdoor dining

Doublewide Grill
2339 E. Carson St., South Side, 412-390-1111

2nd Mallorca, South Side
3rd Il Pizzaiolo, Mount Lebanon


Best décor/ambience at a local restaurant

Soba Lounge
5847 Ellsworth Ave., Shadyside, 412-362-5656

2nd Eleven, Strip District
3rd Six Penn, Downtown


Best Chinese restaurant

Sesame Inn
Station Square (412-281-8282)/Mt. Lebanon (412-341-2555 )/North Hills (412-366-1838) /McMurray (724-942-2888)

2nd P.F. Chang's China Bistro, Waterfront
3rd China Palace, various locations


Best continental restaurant 


1150 Smallman St., Strip District, 412-201-5656

2nd Café Allegro, South Side
3rd N/A


Best Indian restaurant

India Garden
328 Atwood St., Oakland, 412-682-3000 / 3813 William Penn Hwy., Monroeville, 412-372-0400

2nd People's Indian Restaurant, Garfield
3rd Taj Mahal, North Hills


Best local Italian restaurant

4428 Liberty Ave., Bloomfield, 412-683-1448

2nd Pasta Too, Bethel Park
3rd Girasole Restaurant, Shadyside


Best Japanese restaurant

1611 E. Carson St., South Side, 412-381-6000

2nd TIE: Chaya, Squirrel Hill / Umi, Shadyside
3rd Sushi Too, Shadyside


Best local Mexican restaurant

Mad Mex
Various locations

2nd El Campesino, Monroeville & North Hills
3rd Taqueria Taco Loco, South Side


Best Middle-Eastern restaurant

Aladdin's Eatery
Squirrel Hill (412-421-5100)/Mount Lebanon (412-344-1111)/North Hills (412-369-9600)

2nd Kassab's, South Side
3rd Ali Baba Restaurant, Oakland


Best pub-style restaurant

Piper's Pub
1828 E. Carson St., South Side, 412-381-3977

2nd Mullaney's Harp & Fiddle, Strip District
3rd The Claddagh Irish Pub, South Side


Best Southeast Asian restaurant

Spice Island Tea House
253 Atwood St., Oakland, 412-687-8821

2nd Tram's Kitchen, Bloomfield
3rd Bangkok Balcony, Squirrel Hill


Best fusion restaurant

Soba Lounge
5847 Ellsworth Ave., Shadyside, 412-362-5656

2nd Kaya, Strip District
3rd Typhoon, Shadyside


Best place to eat seafood

Monterey Bay Fish Grotto
Mount Washington (412-481-4414) & Monroeville (412-374-8530)

2nd Mitchell's Fish Market, Homestead Waterfront & Mount Lebanon
3rd Original Fish Market, Downtown


Best place to get a pierogie

Bloomfield Bridge Tavern
4412 Liberty Ave., Bloomfield, 412-682-8611

2nd Pierogies Plus, McKees Rocks
3rd Church Brew Works, Lawrenceville


Best pizza

Mineo's -- Squirrel Hill
2128 Murray Ave., Squirrel Hill, 412-521-9864

2nd Donte's, South Park
3rd Fiori's, Brookline


Best tapas selection

2224 E. Carson St., South Side, 412-325-2227

2nd Tusca, South Side
3rd Silk Elephant, Squirrel Hill


Best place to eat meat

Ruth's Chris Steakhouse
6 PPG Place, Downtown, 412-391-4800

2nd Tessaro's, Bloomfield
3rd Morton's of Chicago, Downtown


Best place to not eat meat

The Quiet Storm Coffeehouse
5430 Penn Ave., Friendship, 412-661-9355

2nd Zenith Tea Room, South Side
3rd Doublewide Grill, South Side


Best breakfast

Oakland (412-683-4066) / Squirrel Hill (412-422-9457) / Shadyside (412-683-1003)

2nd Eat'n Park, various locations
3rd TIE: Coca Café, Lawrenceville / Tom's Diner, South Side & Dormont


Best coffeehouse

1327 E. Carson St., South Side, 412-488-4483

2nd The Vault Coffee & Tea Bar, North Side
3rd Crazy Mocha, various locations


Best sandwich shop

Primanti Brothers
Various locations

2nd Uncle Sam's Subs, various locations
3rd Carson St. Deli, South Side


Best farmers' market

South Side

2nd Cecil Township
3rd East Liberty


Best place to indulge your sweet tooth

Dozen Cupcakes
1707 Murray Ave., Squirrel Hill, 412-420-5135

2nd Dave & Andy's, Oakland
3rd Gullifty's, Squirrel Hill


Best baker

Prantl's Bakery
5525 Walnut St., Shadyside, 412-621-2092

2nd Bethel Bakery, Bethel Park
3rd TIE: Dozen Cupcakes, Squirrel Hill / Oakmont Bakery, Oakmont


Best chef

Chris Jackson at Six Penn
146 Sixth St., Downtown, 412-566-7366

2nd Scott Templeton at Bocktown Beer & Grill, North Fayette
3rd Kevin Sousa at Bigelow Grill, Uptown


Best bartender

Becky Sauer at St. James Place Tavern
153 S. 18th St., South Side, 412-431-3222

2nd Ova Shofa at Z Lounge, South Side
3rd Straight Edge Dave at Privilege UltraLounge, Strip District


Best street vendor

Chicken-on-a-stick lady in the Strip District

2nd Sree's, Downtown & Squirrel Hill
3rd Gus & Yia-Yia, North Side


Best beer selection

Sharp Edge Beer Emporium
302 S. St. Clair St., Pittsburgh, 412-661-3537

2nd Fat Heads Saloon, South Side
3rd Bocktown Beer & Grill, North Fayette


Best local microbrew

Church Brew Works
3525 Liberty Ave., Lawrenceville, 412-688-8200

2nd East End Brewing Co., Homewood
3rd Penn Brewery, North Side


Best wine list

Sonoma Grill
947 Penn Ave., Downtown, 412-697-1336

2nd Eleven, Strip District
3rd The Melting Pot, Station Square, South Side


Best place to get a cocktail

Olive or Twist
140 Sixth St., Downtown, 412-255-0525

2nd Kelly's Lounge, East Liberty
3rd Firehouse Lounge, Strip District

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