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Edgar’s Best Tacos
Edgar’s Best Tacos


There’s usually a line, especially on weekends, but it’s worth the wait. Giant portions of satisfying, greasy-spoon breakfast food served in an old-school intimate setting. 2015 Penn Ave., 412-566-2195

DiAnoia’s Eatery
A trattoria to make New Yorkers jealous. Breakfast, lunch and dinner in a bright setting, with right-sized, authentic Italian fare. Get the egg sandwich on Kaiser roll. 2549 Penn Ave., 412-918-1875

Edgar’s Best Tacos
Now in a brick-and-mortar shop, this take-out taqueria serves authentic, street-style Mexican tacos. You can even grab a big bag of freshly made tortilla chips and homemade salsa. 2627 Penn Ave., 412-849-8864

Known for its superb service and top-notch, high-end fare. Indulge in foie gras, strip steak and swordfish; leave room for dessert. 1150 Smallman St., 412-201-5656

Gaucho Parrilla
Smoky aromas beckon you to sample flame-charred beef and seafood covered in chimichurri sauce; it doesn’t get more Argentinian than this. Expect lines in evening. 1601 Penn Ave., 412-709-6622

In a funky, colorful setting, enjoy the flavors of the Caribbean, South America and Latin America with dishes like conch fritters and crispy fish tacos. 2000 Smallman St., 412-261-6565

Klavon’s 28th Street Ice Cream Parlor
The only place in the city that gets old-timey, soda-fountain favorites, like ice-cream sodas and sundaes, right. Go nuts with a banana split. 2801 Penn Ave., 412-434-0451

Osteria 2350
Locally sourced Italian fare and craft beer in a non-pretentious setting. Try the broccoli rabe antipasti and three-cheese tortellini. 2350 Railroad St., 412-281-6595

Penn Avenue Fish Company
A great place for seafood, whether grilled, blackened or served raw in sushi. The joint is BYOB, but from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, it offers an oyster happy hour. 2208 Penn Ave., 412-434-7200

Pho Van
Obviously get the pho, a Vietnamese beef noodle soup. On hot days, try the fresh shrimp rolls to stay cool. 2120 Penn Ave., 412-281-7999

Salem’s Market and Grill
A colorful mural beckons you to try grilled lamb, falafel and all your Middle Eastern faves in a no-frills, cafeteria-style joint. And it’s pronounced Sa-lehms. 2923 Penn Ave., 412-235-7828

Thin Man Sandwich Shop
Sandwiches specializing in seasonal ingredients are sold at this side-street deli. The chicken-liver mousse with local bacon is a long-standing favorite. 50 21st St., 412-586-7370


Bar Marco
Knowledgeable bartenders will whip up creative cocktails just from patrons listing vague preferences. Happy hour, Wednesday through Friday from 5-6 p.m., provides half-priced food and $6 selected beverages. 2216 Penn Ave., 412-471-1900

Cruze Bar
This popular LGBTQ venue has a great patio overlooking the Allegheny and always has a busy dance floor inside. Cabaret and drag shows are a hit. 1600 Smallman St., 412-471-1400

East End Brewing Taproom
Enjoy some of Pittsburgh’s favorite microbrews like Big Hop IPA, Fat Gary Brown Ale and other seasonal specialties at the new space in the heart of the Strip. 102 19th St., 412-537-2337

Maggie’s Farm Rum Distillery
Sample what is considered the best micro-distilled rum in the country in a quiet bar tucked away on the edge of the neighborhood. 3212A Smallman St., 412-709-6480

Pittsburgh Winery
Wine is best stored in an underground cellar, and you can drink it there, too, at this local winery. California grapes are used to make many varieties of wine. 2815 Penn Ave., 412-566-1000

Real Luck Café
Known to locals as “Lucky’s,” this LGBTQ dive bar has a great happy hour and dancing on the second floor, and there’s never a cover. 1519 Penn Ave., 412-471-7832

Smallman Galley
This hip haven has a great local draft list, themed cocktails, and four food stands staffed by a rotating list of chef entrepreneurs. The décor is clean and modern with plenty of exposed brick. 54 21st St., 412-904-2444

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Alfred’s Deli and Market


Attack Theatre This long-running dance troupe puts on entertaining shows inside the Pittsburgh Opera headquarters and in the community, and regularly collaborates with other arts groups. 2425 Liberty Ave.,

Heinz History Center
Delve into Western Pennsylvania’s history, including its African-American heritage and the British-French-Indian War. There’s also a sports museum and, yes, you can learn about all 57 varieties (and more!) of Heinz products. 1212 Smallman St., 412-454-6000

Society for Contemporary Craft
In the historic produce-terminal building, crafters can participate in workshops in this spacious gallery for artists specializing in textiles, ceramics and woodworking. 2100 Smallman St., 412-261-7003


The not-really-best-kept-secret dive bar hosts local bands and national acts. Good beer list and food, but most just order what’s cheapest. 3117 Brereton St.,Polish Hill, 412-681-1658

Mullaney’s Harp and Fiddle
Wood paneling and a worn wood bar soften the acoustic sounds of live Irish music. After a Guinness, get on your feet and dance. 2329 Penn Ave., 412-642-6622

Rock Room
A Pittsburgh punk institution that hosts local bands weekly. Also, some of the cheapest food and drinks in the city. 1054 Herron Ave., Polish Hill, 412-683-4418


Allegheny Tea and Coffee Exchange
A wide variety of loose-leaf teas and roasted beans available for purchase by weight. Take an iced coffee on nitro to go — so smooth. 2005 Penn Ave., 412-471-5557

Alfred’s Deli and Market
Longstanding neighborhood spot has been remodeled and includes many items for the gluten-free and vegan crowds, while still offering traditional Polish fare. 3041 Brereton St., Polish Hill, 412-682-3100

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East End Brewing Taproom

Copacetic Comics/Cruel Noise Records
Located above Lili Coffee Shop, Copacetic and Cruel Noise (formerly Mind Cure) have all the special-edition comics and unreleased LPs you desire together in one location. 3138 Dobson St., Polish Hill, 412-251-5451 / 412-621-1715

Enrico Biscotti Company
Pittsburghers love biscotti, and Enrico offers more than a dozen flavors of the dunkers for coffee and tea. The adjoining café makes pizzas fresh to order. 2022 Penn Ave., 412-281-2602

Lotus Foods
Convenient and well-organized Asian grocery store offers a wide variety of specialty Asian produce, fish and condiments, as well as an impressive frozen-foods section. 1649 Penn Ave., 412-281-3050

Parma Sausage
The friendly staff can guide you through the vast array of dry-cured, cooked and fresh pork products. Some of the best locally produced processed meats. 1734 Penn Ave., 412-391-4238

Penn Mac
The Pennsylvania Macaroni Company offers old-school grocery shopping, with worn wooden floors, bins of beans, imported Italian specialties and a famed cheese counter. 2010 Penn Ave., 412-471-8330

R-Wine Cellar
Sourcing grapes from all over, this family-run business makes its own wine in the Strip, including oak-aged varieties. You can sample before buying a bottle. 2014 Smallman St., 412-562-9463

The Olive Tap
This specialty grocery chain recently moved into a spot on 19th Street and sells all kinds of olive oils, vinegars, flavored salts and spices. 108 19th St., 412-252-2234

Strip District Meats
Large butcher that offers exotic meats like alligator, camel, kangaroo and ostrich, in addition to staples like ribeye steaks and baby back ribs. 2123 Penn Ave., 412-391-1762

A Pittsburgh institution with the widest array of fresh and frozen seafood available in the area, as well as many locally produced food products. 1711 Penn Ave., 412-391-3737