Food and drink

Highlighting the Helpers: The food bank workers at the center of a hunger storm

Volunteers at a food bank event at PPG Paints Arena in April. (📸: Courtesy of Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank) The images were stunning and daunting and grim.  Hundreds of cars waiting for emergency food in Duquesne. The same at the Butler County Fairgrounds, and PPG Paints, and the airport weeks later.  During this pandemic, […]

/ May 14, 2020


It’s o-fish-al: Meet the 2020 Ultimate Pittsburgh Fish Fry

St. Sava really tipped the scales. (🎨: The Incline illustration) They are the champions.  Thirty-one opponents and thousands of votes later, St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in McKeesport has won the 2020 Ultimate Pittsburgh Fish Fry Bracket, capping an unusual and abbreviated fish fry season with a resounding victory. More than 2,410 votes came in […]

/ April 3, 2020


Vote now for the 2020 Ultimate Pittsburgh Fish Fry champion

There’s somefin about these two. (🎨: The Incline illustration) It’s time to crown a champ. Who’s it gonna be?   In just a matter of weeks, we’ve whittled the list from 32 Ultimate Pittsburgh Fish Fry Bracket contenders to the top two. And now we need your help naming the winner.  Last week, we introduced the […]

/ March 26, 2020


Ultimate Pittsburgh Fish Fry Final Four: The social-distancing edition

Presenting the Final (Fishy) Four. (🎨: The Incline illustration) Here we are, folks.  Our field of 32 Ultimate Pittsburgh Fish Fry contestants is down to the Final Four, with the championship just one round of voting away. You have until noon on Tuesday, March 24 to get your votes in for the final, head-to-head matchup.  […]

/ March 19, 2020


Vote in the Ultimate Pittsburgh Fish Fry Elite Eight — ahem, Elite ‘Ate’

Introducing the Elite Eight — er, Elite Ate. (🎨: The Incline illustration) Update March 12, 4 p.m.: Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh is asking fish frys to go take-out only. And then there were eight.  More than four thousand (!!!) votes came in over the last week, and eight Ultimate […]

/ March 12, 2020


Ultimate Pittsburgh Fish Fry Savory Sixteen: Who’s moving on?

Just keep swimming, just keep voting. (🎨: The Incline illustration) The people have spoken. Sixteen contenders are moving on. Our Ultimate Pittsburgh Fish Fry competition is just getting warmed up.  With more than 1,460 votes tallied, round-one balloting is over and the field is noticeably smaller now. We’ve gone from a jumbo-size portion of 32 […]

/ March 5, 2020


Pittsburgh food in March 2020: What’s opening and what’s closing

A new spot for healthy options Downtown. (📸: The Standard) Updated 11:24 a.m. March 2 New right now: A grab-and-go spot Downtown, a Scottish brewery, a taste of Hawaii, and a coffeeshop where the drinks are as beautiful as the setting. Here’s the complete report on what’s new in the city’s food and beverage scene (and […]

/ March 2, 2020


Expert wine pairings for your fish fry fare

You bring the fish, we’ll bring the wine. (📸 Left: Jasmine Goldband / The Incline. Right: Courtesy of Adam Knoerzer) What goes great with fried fish? Pierogies? Yes. Mac-and-cheese? Definitely. Haluski? My Polish heart is fluttering. Wine? Um, what? Yes, wine actually pairs perfectly with fish fry fare. But not just any wine. Adam Knoerzer, […]

/ February 27, 2020


Vote for the 2020 Ultimate Pittsburgh Fish Fry in The Incline’s bracket

Voting is now open. (🎨: The Incline illustration) Update 12 p.m. March 3: Voting in this round is now closed. Check back on March 5 for the Savory Sixteen. Ahoy, mateys.  Last week, we asked you to tell us where to find Pittsburgh’s best fish frys, and you did not disappoint. In the days since, […]

/ February 25, 2020


It’s back! Nominate your favorite sandwich for the 2020 Ultimate Pittsburgh Fish Fry Bracket

Let’s dig in. (📸: Jasmine Goldband / The Incline) Update Feb. 21: Nominations are now closed. Check back to see the full bracket. Pittsburgh loves fish fry season. We know this because we live here and because we love it, too. And this fish fry season is extra special (and extra crispy) because our fish […]

/ February 17, 2020