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Grandma B’s Cafe
Grandma B’s Cafe


Contemporary fine dining with an amazing view and modern decor. Seasonal menu features locally sourced, organic and sustainable options. 1230 Grandview Ave., Mount Washington, 412-904-4442

Azul Bar y Cantina
You can drive through the town of Leetsdale without ever seeing this Mexican spot, but it’s worth pulling out the GPS to find. Tacos, burritos, enchiladas and empanadas are on the menu; some are traditional and others, like the insanely good pork-belly taco, are not. 122 Broad St., Leetsdale, 724-266-6362

Bacon lovers rejoice — this restaurant is centered around the pig’s best part, along with other cuts of meat like roasted pork belly. 335 E. Main St., Carnegie, 412-275-3637

Bigham Tavern
With more than 30 kinds of sauces, ranging from “no heat” to “extreme caution,” this place is best known for its award-winning wings. 321 Bigham St., Mount Washington, 412-431-9313

This fine-dining establishment features a small French-influenced, seasonal menu with meat, seafood and pasta available a la carte or by two or three courses. 545 Beaver St., Sewickley, 412-259-8847

The Dor-Stop
Menu includes your usual eggs and pancakes. But as it’s one of the city’s most popular breakfast destinations, you should always expect a wait. 1430 Potomac Ave., Dormont, 412-561-9320

This place specializes in modern takes on comfort food with hearty entrees like short-rib pot roast, stuffed meatloaf and four mac-and-cheese varieties. 1100 S. Braddock Ave., Regent Square, 412-871-3440

Fireside Caribbean Restaurant
This local favorite offers authentic Caribbean dishes like jerk chicken, plantains, oxtail stew and curried goat. 796 Penn Ave., Wilkinsburg, 412-243-6344

Franklin Inn
This Mexican joint is a favorite of locals, and while it’s always packed, it’s worth the wait. Burritos, tacos and margaritas are all good, but the wings — fried, sauced and then char-grilled — are otherworldly. 2313 Rochester Road, Franklin Park, 412-366-4140

Grandma B’s Cafe
A little cafe with a lot of heart and named for the family matriarch. Homemade sweet tea and a selection of hearty breakfast items and classic sandwiches. The best fries in town — probably the best fries anywhere for that matter. 2537 Wylie Ave., Hill District, 412-681-4087

Honest John’s
Basics like sandwiches and burgers along with standouts like crispy pork belly make this new eatery special. 216 E. Eighth Ave., Homestead, 412-205-3448

Il Pizzaiolo
The menu here includes wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas, fresh pastas made in house, and pastries made from scratch using imported Italian specialty flours. 703 Washington Road, Mount Lebanon, 412-344-4123

Jean’s Southern Cuisine
With a breakfast and dinner buffet, this location offers staples like fried chicken, pork ribs, chicken wings, macaroni and cheese, collard greens, cornbread and potato salad. 807 Wallace Ave., Wilkinsburg, 412-723-2015

J&J’s Family Restaurant
Great diner fare and the all-day breakfast is one of the best in town. Of course, there are eggs and potatoes and breakfast meats all cooked to perfection, but they’ve also got different offerings like cannoli-stuffed pancakes. Yes, they’re as awesome as you think. 300 Shiloh St., Mount Washington, 412-381-1822

Little Tokyo Japanese Restaurant
This Japanese spot has a more neighborhood feel than the usual hibachi chain, offering fresh sushi, tempura, teriyaki, udon noodles and appetizers. 636 Washington Road, Mount Lebanon, 412-344-4366

Offering rice, meat and noodle dishes, this venue offers authentic Uzbekistan cuisine, including the country’s take on Pittsburgh favorite: pierogies. 16 Southern Ave., Mount Washington, 412-488-8708

Micro Diner
Best known for breakfast specialties like stuffed pancakes filled with toppings like Nutella. On weekends, it’s open until 4 a.m. 221 Shiloh St., Mount Washington, 412-381-1391

Offering the usual Indian staples, the menu here features biryani, tandoori, kebabs, curry and naan bread, along with traditional eggless pastries. 2101 Greentree Road, Green Tree, 412-278-4848

Tom’s Diner
Open 24/7, this old-school diner is a favorite among those looking for a late-night bite after a night out. Breakfast, sandwiches and appetizers. 2937 W. Liberty Ave., Dormont, 412-531-2030

Vivo Kitchen
The curated menu at this Italian restaurant offers small plates, fresh pasta, grilled meats and fish with seasonal sides. 432 Beaver St., Sewickley, 412-259-8945

Wild Rosemary Bistro
This fine-dining establishment has a small menu comprised of steak and seafood offerings like soft-shell crab and veal. And it’s BYOB. 1469 Bower Hill Road, Upper St. Clair, 412-221-1232


Brew Gentlemen
The taproom for this microbrewery lets you sample its signature farmhouse ales, year-round flagships, seasonal releases and others from guest breweries. 512 Braddock Ave., Braddock, 412-871-5075

Breaker’s Billiards and Lounge
With more than a dozen pool tables and two billiards tables, this bar is great for when you’re looking for more than just drunken conversation. 1413 Potomac Ave., Dormont, 412-531-2250

D’s Six Pax & Dogz
With more than 1,000 varieties of beer and 29 on tap, beer connoisseurs feel at home here. Build your own six pack, or throw a bottle in the beer chiller to enjoy now. 1118 S. Braddock Ave., Regent Square, 412-241-4666

Dorothy 6 Blast Furnace Café
Just like the name, the décor and cocktail list here evoke Pittsburgh’s history as a steel town. Select from one of the 20 beers on tap, or try a flight of four. 224 E. Eighth Ave., Homestead, 412-464-9023

Mindful Brewing
This brewery and bottleshop offers year-round favorites and special one-off beers made on site along with 1,000 different bottles to choose from. 3759 Library Road, Castle Shannon, 412-668-3857

Narcisi Winery
The city’s closest winery offers more than a dozen varieties of wine made from Pennsylvania grapes, along with a few made from grapes from its own vineyard. 4578 Gibsonia Road, Gibsonia, 724-444-4744

Other Fine Neighborhoods
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J&J’s Family Restaurant

OTB Bicycle Café North Park
This location on the bank of North Park’s small lake offers laid-back Adirondack chairs perfect for a post-cycle drink. 10301 Pearce Mill Road, Allison Park, 724-940-5000

Redbeard’s Bar and Grill
Your typical sports bar, which is perfect for watching a Steelers, Pirates or Penguins game, or playing you own game of cornhole on the outdoor patio. 201 Shiloh St., Mount Washington, 412-431-3730

Redfin Blues
Located along the Allegheny River, the outdoor seating, including a dockside deck and river-view patio, are perfect for a relaxing sip or two. 100 Waterfront Drive, Washington’s Landing, 412-322-5837

Riley’s Pour House
A classic neighborhood Irish pub offers whiskeys, imported Irish beers on tap and pub grub to fill up on. 215 E. Main St., Carnegie, 412-279-0770

Rumfish Grille
Step into this suburban strip-mall restaurant and you’ll be transported to a sandy beach complete with frozen cocktails and live music. 1155 Washington Pike, Bridgeville, 412-914-8013

This neighborhood bar has cheap drinks, and a lot of regulars to cheer you on at the weekly karaoke night. Plus dart boards and other games. 307 Shiloh St., Mount Washington, 412-431-9908

Spoonwood Brewing
This 15-barrel brewhouse offers 12 craft-beer taps, along with locally made liquor, cider and mead, plus California wines. 5981 Baptist Road, Bethel Park, 412-833-0333

The Summit
This establishment features craft cocktails made from freshly sourced ingredients, premium liquors, pristine cuts of ice and homemade mixers, plus craft beers. 200 Shiloh St., Mount Washington, 412- 918-1647

Voodoo Brewery Brewpub
A frequent location for food-truck roundups, the proprietors here know that street food pairs well with their selection of brews. 205 E. Ninth Ave., Homestead, 412-368-8973


Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
This historic venue just east of the city brings nationally touring music acts and comedians to a place far from the Downtown Cultural District in distance, but not quality. 510 E. 10th Ave, Munhall, www.librarymusichall.com

Carrie Furnace
As a monument to pre-World War II iron-making technology, these are the only non-operative blast furnaces still standing in the Pittsburgh area. Carrie Furnace Boulevard, Swissvale, 412-464-4020

Hillman Center for Performing Arts
This multi-stage venue on the Shadyside Academy Campus has hosted nationally recognized musicians, actors and speakers including This American Life’s Ira Glass. 423 Fox Chapel Road, Fox Chapel, 412-968-3040

Hollywood Theater
This single-screen neighborhood theater, complete with a balcony, was built in 1925 and now offers new films, old favorites and related events. Plus, it’s BYOB. 1449 Potomac Ave., Dormont, 412-563-0368

Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh
This educational exhibit explores the history of the Holocaust and its modern connections by documenting the stories of survivors, liberators and protectors. 826 Hazelwood Ave., Hazelwood, 412-421-1500

This combination art gallery space and creative laboratory is a community resource for artists and performers, with regular classes. 317 S. Trenton Ave., Wilkinsburg, 412-477-4540

Pittsburgh Improv
Nationally touring comedians and local up-and-comers have graced the stage of this club in Homestead’s Waterfront. 166 E. Bridge St., Homestead, 412-462-5233

James Gallery
With 12,000 square feet, this fine-art gallery offers ample space for exhibits, educational programming and entertainment by regional, national and international artists. 413 S. Main St., West End, 412-922-9800


Jergel’s Rhythm Grille
This 17,000-square-foot, two-floor venue hosts live performances, including local, regional and national touring acts nightly, as well as regular ticketed events. 103 Slade Lane, Warrendale, 724-799-8333

The R Bar
Committed to live classic rock and blues, this old-school venue hosts local and touring bands and offers an open-stage night weekly. 2883 W. Liberty Ave., Dormont, 412-942-0882


D&E Collectibles
This vintage shop offers collectible and pop-culture toys, comic books and sports items, including 1990s childhood favorites like He-Man and Transformers. 700 S. Main St., Sharpsburg, 412-782-3878

Garden Dreams Urban Farm & Nursery
Boasting more than 70 varieties of tomato seedlings, this place has everything to meet your gardening needs. And it offers educational workshops throughout the season. 806 Holland Ave., Wilkinsburg, 412-501-3276

New Dimension Comics
Pittsburgh has its share of comic shops, but it’s hard to beat the sheer volume of both product and industry knowledge at these six stores located in three counties. Toys, comics, games and collectibles are all available, and each year New Dimension hosts the artist-centric Three Rivers Comicon. Multiple locations, www.ndcomics.com

Oakmont Bakery
Pastries, cakes, breads, bagels, cookies and pies from this bakery are some of the city’s most coveted, whether for a special occasion or just any day. 531 Allegheny Ave., Oakmont, 412-826-1606

Phantom of the Attic
For decades, this comic-book and game store has been the top destination for fans of fantasy, trading cards, role-playing games and superheroes. 2351 Noblestown Road, Green Tree, 412-921-6229

Retro on 8th
This antique store in Homestead’s historic district offers all manner of mid-century-modern furniture, plus awesome tchotchkes and collectibles. 214 E. Eighth Ave., Homestead, 412-461-8664

Trader Jack’s Flea Market
Open year-round from 6 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, vendors at the region’s largest flea market offer everything from collectible toys to goat’s-milk soap. 999 Steen Road, Bridgeville, 412-257-8980

Tull Family Theater
Built through a community fund-raising effort, this movie house opened earlier this year. It has two screens, one for first-run features and one for indie/art-house films. There’s also a stage for live performances. 418 Walnut St., Sewickley, 412-259-8542

Used Furniture Gallery
Don’t you hate it when the name of the store gives little indication of what it’s actually selling? That’s not an issue at this massive used-furniture shop in the South Hills. The variety of styles and items is unmatched. 1531 Saw Mill Run Blvd., Overbrook, 412-207-8381