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. In recent years, Pittsburgh has garnered more and more national attention for its culinary accomplishments, including recognition in The New York Times and Zagat.
If you’re visiting campus soon, don’t leave town without trying at least one of our many coveted food spots. From food trucks to the country's first restaurant incubator, to our more traditionally known (and close by) establishments like Primanti Brothers and Pamela’s Diner, there’s something here for everyone.
Taking a Short Walk Off Campus?
- The Porch is just a short walk from campus and a great place to sit outside and experience Schenley Plaza, one of the city’s prominent city parks. The seasonal menu includes something for everyone, including sandwiches, seasonal salads and pizza. Local sourcing starts as close as the rooftop garden.
- Eat Unique is the perfect spot for a quick lunch. Fresh ingredients abound in their sandwiches, soups and salads.
- Primanti Brothers started serving their sandwiches topped with fries and coleslaw in the 1930s to truckers who had to get back on the road quickly and eat with one hand. The shop now has 15 locations in and around Pittsburgh, including the original Strip District location.
- Pamela’s Diner is a Pittsburgh staple famous for crepe-style pancakes.
- Oakland’s Original Hot Dog Shop, known affectionately as “The O,” serves huge portions of fries, super dogs and subs.
- Fuel and Fuddle is an Oakland favorite, best known for brick oven pizzas and sandwiches with a twist, all of which is half-off after 11:00 p.m.
Dining in Neighborhoods Around Town
Squirrel Hill is where you'll find one of Pittsburgh's greatest ongoing pizza rivalries between Aiello's Pizza and Mineo's Pizza House. There are also a number of popular Asian eateries, including Everyday Noodles, Cafe 33, Sichuan Gourmet and Bangkok Balcony.
Shadyside is just several minutes from campus and is home to Pittsburgh's famous Prantl's Bakery. On Highland Ave you'll find several favorite spots for students: Mad Mex, Noodlehead and Urban Tap. After dinner head over to Millie's Homemade Ice Cream for some of the best ice cream in town.
Lawrenceville is one of the city's most prominent neighborhoods for dining out and is home to Morcilla, recognized by Bon Appétit as No. 4 on the list of America's Best New Restaurants in 2016. Smoke BBQ Taqueria is a local favorite for delicious tacos, or try gourmet hot dogs at Franktuary.
The Strip District is a gastronomical destination for local produce and speciality groceries. It also includes popular restaurants like Smallman Galley, an incubator for chefs and restaurant concepts that features four unique concepts at a time, as well as Gaucho, home to a wide selection of wood-fired Argentine fare that's always in high-demand.
Downtown offers many Pittsburgh staples as well as many new, exciting concepts. If you're looking for a gastropub experience, try The Commoner or explore three distinct Italian dining options on each of Sienna Mercato's separate levels.
The South Side is home to dozens of dining options. Interested in international cuisine? Try Nakama for a Japanese steakhouse, Mallorca for up-scale Spanish food or The Pub Chip Shop for traditional British street food. Fat Head's Saloon and Double Wide Grill are Pittsburgh favorites for American eats. If you can save room for dessert, check out the Milkshake Factory for shakes, sundaes and chocolates.
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 eclectic, 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 are proud to offer.