It already feels like a banner year for Pittsburgh restaurants. We’ve got a long list of new places to check out below, plus the welcome return of two mainstays and (sadly) two closures.
🍺 Big Sewickley Creek Brewery is pouring pints creekside in their recently opened taproom. The newcomers have booked a calendar of music and food trucks through April and welcome dog owners to their indoor-outdoor facility. (Sewickley)
🍺 East End Brewing has opened a South Hills taproom on Washington Road in Uptown Mt. Lebo. The taproom will feature a pup-friendly outdoor area and, like their Larimer home base, will serve fresh pizza from East End Chewing. (Mt. Lebanon)
🥪 GS Sando Co. is popping up with Japanese sandwiches at different locations in town. Among the regular stops for the concept will be Scratch & Co. in Troy Hill on Wednesdays. Chef Gary Marshall hopes to turn the concept into a brick-and-mortar in the not-too-distant future. (Various)
🍛 Khalil’s is back. The Syrian restaurant celebrated 50 years last year and reopened its historic Baum Boulevard digs over Valentine’s Day weekend after extensive renovations. Khalil’s was one of just 25 restaurants nationwide to receive $40,000 in grants for historic preservation. (Oakland)
⚽ Piper’s Pub has reopened. The Scottish bar was a beloved spot for soccer fans until their closing at the beginning of the pandemic. They’re still working to get fully up and running but will be serving bottled and canned drinks and a limited food menu during prime “footy” viewing hours. (Southside)
🥮 Ritual House is now open downtown. The swanky “modern American + global influence” restaurant has some eye-popping dishes, including an otherworldly combo of red velvet pancakes and cotton candy. (Downtown)
🥗 Sultry F&B has popped out of Federal Galley and onto Carson Street. Featuring sandwiches, salads and other fare with a Southern twist, this “restaurant for flavor enthusiasts” is currently BYOB while they await a liquor license. (Southside)
🥡 Viet Nom Nom is serving fresh Vietnamese cuisine in a build-it-yourself model. Diners in the cozy spot can choose a carb, protein and veggies to complete a meal or wait for Friday to try special entrees. (Squirrel Hill)
😃 See you soonish
🍕 Pesaro’s Pizza, which closed after a fire in 2021, could be coming back to a small storefront a little ways up Butler… your humble Incline editor is keeping a close eye on the situation. (Lawrenceville)
🍨 RIP Kings; hello Valley Dairy: The dying chain’s vacant storefront in Alle-Kiski will likely get a local occupant, namely the 80-year-old Latrobe-based dairy restaurant. They plan a full lineup of homestyle entrees and ice cream specialties. (Allegheny Township)
🍳 Azorean Café has apparently gone up for sale. The Portuguese restaurant’s owner has plans to move out of state and is seeking a buyer who will either continue to run the café or start a new business, so whether this is a full-on “goodbye” is TBD. (Bloomfield)
🍩 Valkyrie Doughnuts has taken flight. The purveyor of square vegan doughnuts announced their intent to restructure before clarifying that they would not be returning to the Pittsburgh area. (Bellevue)
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