Itinerary Suggestion: Classic Eats

Classic eats

Consider yourself warned: you’ll likely need to hit the gym (or do our outdoor adventure day) after this day. Eat a light dinner the night before!

We love our breakfast at The Allegheny Inn, but you need to save some room for an original Pittsburgh breakfast. Head to Pamela’s in the Strip District. One of Pittsburgh’s classic breakfast places, our favorite is the strawberry crepe style pancakes. Get a side of the Lyonnaise potatoes. You’ll thank us.

Stroll around The Strip District. There are plenty of great ethnic grocers, street vendors, and produce stands. It feels like going back in time to urban living generations ago. Don’t miss Sunseri’s Market and Wholey’s Fish Market.

If you need a pick me up, the city’s best coffee is at 21st Street Coffee right in The Strip on Smallman Street. Just don’t ask them for cream or sugar. (You’ll see)

Hungry yet? Probably not, but it wouldn’t be right if you didn’t go to Primanti’s in the Strip and at least shared one of their famous sandwiches with coleslaw and fries. Our favorite is the Ragin’ Cajun.

Make your way back to the Northside. Stroll through the Mexican War Streets neighborhood, making your way to Taylor and Buena Vista where Wilson’s Bar-B-Q awaits. Internationally renowned, Wilson’s has been making unbelievable ribs and sauce for over 50 years. Get a small plate of ribs.

Head back to Allegheny Commons, making your way past Lake Elizabeth to West Commons—and Gus and Yia Yia’s classic Ice Ball stand. They’ve been there since the 1930’s “on the Northside since your dad was a lad.” Get an ice ball made the original way.

Join us back at the Inn for our afternoon cocktail hour.

Take a drive out to McKees Rocks to visit Pierogies Plus. Authentic pierogies made by Eastern Europeans. Get some to take back with you (you can get them uncooked) and maybe consider a sweet treat.

Now, dinner planning is tough. For classic Pittsburgh, we will give you 3 choices: On the Northside: The Penn Brewery: Great beer and authentic German cuisine. Weekends often feature live music.

Tessaro’s: In Bloomfield, this cozy, classic establishment has some of the best burgers in town.

Church Brew Works: A masterfully restored Catholic Church. With beer brewing equipment on the altar. Great beer, possibly the best wood fired oven pizza in the city. By far, the city’s most unique restaurant.