Pittsburgh’s lively, ever-expanding food scene is one of our favorite things about calling this city home. And you don't just have to take our word for it. Last year, Pittsburgh cuisine earned recognition from both the BBC and Chrissy Teigen, so we're definitely on the rise.
Just like the city, Pittsburgh's food is eclectic, rich in history, and can pack more than a few surprises. Pittsburgh's not just about pierogi: the City of Bridges treasures both Italian and soul food, historic diners and radical dining concepts, hearty sandwiches and delicious vegan dishes. The choices around campus are wonderful, but many other neighborhoods around the city offer culinary experiences that will make you feel right at home. Here are just a few ideas for your next breakfast, late-night snack, or anything in between:
- DiAnoia's - A must if you're visiting the Strip District, this Italian restaurant executes the staples perfectly. The gnocchi, cacio e pepe, and branzino are all fantastic.
- MadMex - This So-Cal Mexican spot opened its first location in Oakland and is making its way across the country.
- Nancy's Revival - Nancy's East End Diner was a classic Wilkinsburg diner for decades. The revitalized location keeps the tradition going with locally sourced ingredients.
- Pamela's Diner - This diner is famous for super-thin, crepe-like pancakes.
- Primanti Bros - Pittsburgh works hard, so this original sandwich shop throws your fries right on top of your sandwich for your convienence. Check out the original location in the Strip District.
- Apteka - Get your veggie on! Apteka has some of the most inventive vegan cuisine in the city.
- Carmi Soul Food - Originally a small community catering business, this South Side restaurant is now one of the best soul food spots in the city.
- Casa Brasil - You'll find three distinct Brazilian traditions in this Highland Park restaurant: Afro-Brazilian, Native Brazilian, and Portuguese.
- Noodlehead - A student favorite famous for their Thai street-style cuisine, Noodlehead is also conveniently located next to the perennially popular Millie's Homemade Ice Cream.
- Pear and the Pickle - Make the climb up Pittsburgh's fifth-steepest street to this Troy Hill cafe. Their reuben's hard to beat.
Take Out and Quick Bites
- BFG Cafe - Garfield boasts some impressive take-out spots, but this Greek restaurant's especially good if you're looking for vegan and vegetarian food. Plus, their gyros are top-notch.
- El Burro - If you have a party to feed and a hankering for burritos, look no further. El Burro is famous for their taco trays and burrito platters, but they also have an extensive vegan and vegetarian menu. A new location in Regent Square now joins the original restaurant in the North Side.
- Kevin's Deli - Call ahead, take a short walk to Webster Hall in Oakland (perhaps just a walk downstairs if you live there!), and treat yourself to a wonderful lunch and great service in this unassuming deli.
- Showcase BBQ - People come from all over the city to visit this Homewood barbeque establishment specializing in both pork and turkey ribs.
Coffee, Tea and Something Sweet
- California Coffee Bar - Named for Brighton Heights' California Ave. business district, California Coffee Bar is true Pittsburgh. Their build-your-own breakfast sandwiches are served all day and rival any in the city.
- Coffee Tree Roasters - A true student hangout, you can curl up and relax in one of several locations in Oakland, Shadyside, and Squirrel Hill.
- Espresso a Mano - This quaint espresso bar is in the fast-rising Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh.
- Gluuteny - This Squirrel Hill bakery boasts an entirely dairy- and gluten-free menu, and many of their goods are also vegan.
- Prantl's Bakery - In 2018, Food Network named its burnt almond torte the best cake in Pennsylvania. Sorry, funnel cake!
Inspired by Carnegie Mellon's global reach and impact as well as its inherent tie to Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon’s dining program is globally inspired and locally rooted. We're passionate about bringing global flavors and cuisines to our students’ tables and equally committed to serving fresh, local ingredients while also supporting local restaurateurs who make the Carnegie Mellon eating scene diverse, delicious and healthy. Our dining model enhances the student academic experience by offering convenient options at more than 34 campus locations - Indian, Pan-Asian, Mexican, and Mediterranean are just a sampling of the global cuisines we're proud to offer.