It’s been a busy few months for Pittsburgh restaurant openings! From a casual taco joint to a holiday pop-up bar, you’ve got to put these 12 new restaurants and bars on your list of places to visit.
The second Condado Tacos location in Pittsburgh opened this Fall in Lawrenceville, bringing build-your-own taco and burrito creations, along with brunch options, and killer margaritas to Butler Street. Choose from eight different taco and tortilla shells, and 10 different proteins as a base. Condado also offers a menu of inventive taco creations, like the Purple Haze Bowl, with tofu, rice, black beans, red cabbage, tomatoes and mango habañero sauce.
Condado Tacos Lawrenceville (4300 Butler Street)
After months of anticipation, fast-casual BBQ restaurant the Choppin’ Block recently opened in the Strip District, offering a full selection of BBQ favorites, like pulled pork, ribs, BBQ chicken, sausage and beef brisket, along with hearty sides, including potato salad, Mac & Cheese and cornbread. The tiny takeout restaurant was opened by the team behind Juniper Grill and Atria’s restaurants, and is open Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Choppin’ Block (2627 Penn Avenue)
Cilantro & Ajo
Venezuelan street food restaurant Cilantro & Ajo opened on the South Side recently, with a menu that includes traditional arepas with a wide variety fillings, such as reina pepiada and domino. They also offer bowls, grilled meats, and sides, such as tequeños, empanadas, fried yuca, sweet plantain, and beans. And on Sundays, look for an expanded menu of Venezuelan specialties, like Parrilla Mar y Tierra, Picadillo Llanero and Croquetas de pollo.
Cilantro & Ajo (901 E Carson Street)
It’s a miracle! Now in its third year, the super-popular Miracle holiday bar officially opened on Black Friday, and will be serving holiday-inspired cocktails (the Snowball Old Fashioned and the Yippie Ki Yay mother F****r! are two favorites!), in a cozy pop-up bar. This year’s location is in what used to be Katie’s Candy Shop at 705 Liberty Avenue, and will be open from now through New Year’s Eve.
Miracle PGH (705 Liberty Avenue)
Revival on Lincoln
A stately former funeral home has become the newly-opened Revival on Lincoln, an upscale fine dining restaurant serving classic American cuisine. like Pork Tenderloin with smoked tomato compote, and Ruby Trout, served with caramelized fennel. The historic building, built in 1902, is now home to a restaurant with a combination of formal and informal spaces, including a main dining room, smaller dining rooms, and an intimate bar area.
Revival on Lincoln (366 Lincoln Avenue)
The Pennsylvania Market
The Pennsylvania Market recently celebrated their grand opening in the Strip District, opening the combination food market, wine library, and dining space to the public. The PA Market spans two floors and over 12,000 feet, and is currently home to four vendors, including The Olive Tap, East End Brewing, Jonathan Moran Woodworks and Courtyard Winery. The outside courtyard will feature food and restaurant vendors, and there is a bar area upstairs with an expansive bar program.
The Pennsylvania Market (108 19th Street)
Ribs N Bread
You’ll find saucy smoked ribs, chicken, and lots of other slow-cooked BBQ specialties at Ribs N Bread, a new spot that just opened in Oakland. Sides include homemade cole slaw, collard greens, Mac & Cheese and Three Bean Salad, and the restaurant is already well-known for their delicious mustard sauce. They’re open Wednesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner.
Ribs N Bread (4707 Centre Avenue)
Calavera Tap & Taco
Calavera Tap & Taco is now open in Wexford, with a full selection of Baja-inspired tacos and south-of-the-border favorites like queso, tostadas, and homemade salsas. From the owners of Pittsburgh’s popular Proper Brick Oven, the restaurant, located in Warrendale Village, also offers a full bar, with inventive tequila and Mezcal cocktails, and a rotating selection of 20 beers on tap.
Calvera Tap & Taco (400 Warrendale Village Drive, Warrendale)
Iron Born Pizza
Haven’t been to Iron Born’s new location in Millvale yet? What are you waiting for! The takeout pizzeria, serving Detroit-style pies, made a name for itself as one of the four restaurant concepts in Smallman Galley. They’ve now opened their own stand-alone restaurant, serving their super “deep-dish” pies, including their Red Pie, White Pie, Cheese Pie and Spicy Pie, along with some location-specific specials. You’ll also find chicken wings, small appetizers and prepared salads.
Iron Born Pizza (413 Grant Avenue)
Bacon-centric restaurant Pork’d has opened its second Pittsburgh location in East Liberty, in what was once Union Pig & Chicken. At the restaurant, you’ll find lots of pork-tastic dishes, including pulled pork, pork chops, bacon griled cheese, pork loin, and bacon gyros. They also feature a “Classic BLT,” which is a half-pound of bacon on Mancini Bread.
Porked (220 N. Highland Avenue)
Satisfy your sweet tooth at East Liberty’s newest ice cream shop. The Milkshake Factory officially opened this month in the neighborhood, serving their famous milkshakes, along with their own house-made confectioneries. On treat to try? The “Jake Shake,” a Jake Guentzel-created milkshake featuring three types of chocolate (hot fudge, Cookies & Cream, and brownies), which is available for half-price on the day after he scores in a game.
The Milk Shake Factory (6000 Penn Avenue)
If you’re looking for a unique dining experience, you’ve come to the right place. Seasons, a new 12-seat restaurant in Etna from chef David Bulman, serves only chef’s tasting menus, which use locally-sourced ingredients, and changes regularly, in accordance with the seasons. Menus are offered in four-course, six-course, and eight-course options at the upscale eatery, and a vegetarian option is always included.
Seasons (372 Butler Street, Etna)
Know of any new restaurants that we missed? Let us know in our comments!