We may have published our “Pittsburgh’s Best New Restaurant Openings of 2018” roundup in March, but Pittsburgh’s food scene never sleeps! Below are 23 more restaurant (with a few specialty food shops thrown in, too) that have opened since the beginning of the year. From pressed juice in East Liberty, to short ribs in Warrendale, be sure to keep these spots on your radar for summer 2018.
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23 Brand New Spots to Try This Summer
Carmi Family Restaurant
This longtime Northside favorite has recently moved to a new spot on the South Side of Pittsburgh. The food is as delicious as ever, so be sure to stop by for Carmi classics like chicken & waffles, and shrimp & grits. The restaurant serves brunch on Saturdays from 11:00 a.m – 3:00 p.m. with live music, Bloody Marys, and crab legs.
Carmi Family Restaurant (1825 E Carson St)
Okay, they’re not officially open quite yet, but we have some big news: This fast-casual BBQ restaurant from the owners of Atria’s and Juniper Grill will officially be open on Thursday, June 21 in the Strip District! You can get a full selection of BBQ favorites, like pulled pork, BBQ chicken, and brisket, plus house-made sides, salads, and more when the open daily for lunch.
Clean Juice Eatery
If you’re looking for a place to grab a quick and healthy bite in East Liberty, head to the newly-opened Clean Juice Eatery. The space offers smoothies, green juices, açaí bowls, light meals, and more. Clean Juice Eatery is a fast-casual chain has 40 locations around the country.
Clean Juice Eatery (5829 Penn Avenue)
Pie for Breakfast
One of Pittsburgh’s most anticipated restaurants of the past year, Pie for Breakfast is officially open in Oakland! The sister restaurant (and nextdoor neighbor) to Legume and Butterjoint, Pie for Breakfast is an all day cafe serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The restaurant describes itself as a cross between a European coffee shop and a truck stop. Stop by for hearty, locally-sourced entrees (like chicken fried steak), and freshly-made salt rising bread, biscuits and desserts. The space also has a liquor license (including prosecco on tap!) and espresso drinks.
Pie for Breakfast (216 N Craig St)
North Park Lounge in Lawrenceville
Pittsburgh-classic North Park Lounge now has a location in Lawrenceville! Highlights include the restaurant’s spacious outdoor patio, and scrummy weekend brunch on Saturday and Sunday. Stop by for sandwiches, burgers, salads, fresh pastas, and an extensive list of wines, spirits, beers and cocktails.
North Park Lounge (4717 Butler St)
No need to travel to the Azores to sample the islands’ traditional cuisine. This new cafe in Bloomfield honors the food of the Azores, a group of islands in the Atlantic Ocean that are an autonomous region of Portugal. The space offers a menu traditional island dishes. Stop by for stews, seafood casseroles, and Azorean pastries. The restaurant serves breakfast and lunch from 6:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily, then offers pastries, coffee and Portuguese drinks during evening hours.
Azorean Cafe (4715 Liberty Avenue)
Fogo de Chão
The Brazilian steakhouse Fogo de Chão is now open downtown! The restaurant is located in the former Saks Fifth Avenue site, and serves fire-roasted meats that are hand-carved tableside. Each guest curates their own plate from Fogo de Chão’s extensive selection of steak, lamb and pork, seafood, chicken, salad, soup, fruit, charcuterie and antipasti.
Fogo de Chão (525 Smithfield Street)
Brugge On North
From the owners of Point Brugge Cafe and Park Bruges comes Brugge On North. The restaurant is located in the space formerly occupied by Casellula at the City of Asylum. The restaurant serves a similar menu to Park Bruges and Point Brugge Cafe, including dishes like burgers, salads, and Brugge’s famous moules frites. The space is open for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch.
Brugge on North (40 W. North Avenue)
Musa Caribbean/Cajun Fare
This brand-new restaurant just opened in Beechview, serving awesome Caribbean and Cajun dishes, like tres leches cake, avocado fried in plantains, Chipotle shrimp, and plenty of vegan options, too.
Musa Caribbean/Cajun Fare (2318 Broadway Avenue, Beechview)
Joey’s Snack Bar
The Smallman Galley has two new restaurants! Joey Hilty, owner of The Vandal in Lawrenceville, has brought a modern European cafe concept to the galley. The restaurant channels the same progressive attitude as The Vandal, and serves a menu of “snacks” and “bigger snacks.” Guests can expect dishes like crab mac & cheese, white bean hummus, and lamb kebab.
Smallman Galley (54 21st Street)
The second new restaurant at the Smallman Galley is Home, a concept by Phill Milton, the former sous chef at fl. 2. The restaurant serves classic comfort dishes with a modern twist. Menu items include parmesan gnocchi and whipped basil, fish sticks with pecan-crusted Lake Erie walleye, and a ‘TV Dinner of the Week’ served in a classic TV dinner tray.
Smallman Galley (54 21st Street)
Coughlin’s Law Kitchen and Ale House
Coughlin’s Law is a new gastropub on Virginia Avenue in Mt. Washington. The name is an ode to the cult-classic film Cocktail, which stars a 26-year-old Tom Cruise. The restaurant features outdoor seating with views of Downtown Pittsburgh, as well as a gastropub menu with dishes like bacon lollipops and a smoked burger.
Coughlin’s Law (10 Virginia Avenue)
Big Easy Dog Daze & Cafe
A new, dog-friendly cafe has opened in Upper Lawrenceville. Dogs of all breeds and sizes are welcome on Dog Daze’s outdoor patio area. The building is also a boarding house, dog daycare, and veterinary hospital. The cafe serves Cuban-style coffee drinks, like cortadito and cafecito, as well as hot chocolate, tea, and coffee from Grounds & Hounds, a Pittsburgh-based organic coffee company that donates 20% of their proceeds to animal rescue partners.
Dog Daze Cafe (12 McCandless Avenue)
Soju is a new Korean restaurant located on Penn Avenue in Garfield. Owner Simon Chough offers a menu of Korean classics like bibimbap and bulgogi, as well as a few Hawaiian dishes like poke. The space also features a cocktail menu with drinks featuring the restaurant’s namesake Soju, a popular Korean spirit.
Soju (4923 Penn Ave)
A chocolate shop promising to sell “illegally good” fudge and sweets has opened in Lawrenceville. The Pittsburgh-based confectionery company Chocolate Moonshine has a second location at the Ross Park Mall, and often hosts pop-ups around the city. A few favorites include Moonshine’s homemade fudge and artisan truffle bars. Popular fudge flavors include Tiramisu, Dutch Apple Pie, and Heath Bar Crunch, and Bananas Foster. The truffle bars also have interesting flavors like Latte Macchiato, Mojito, Pink Champagne, and Cranberry Pomegranate.
Chocolate Moonshine Co (3703 Butler Street)
The popular Carnegie restaurant, Bakn, has opened a second location in Warrendale. Guests can expect a similar menu of hearty, pub food. Favorites at Bakn Carnegie include slow braised short ribs, bacon stuffed pancakes, shrimp Mac & Cheese, and the “Bakn Cake Tacos,” which features bacon stuffed pancakes, cheddar, egg, Applewood bacon, peppered bacon, arugula, bourbon maple syrup. The Bakn Cake Tacos were featured on the Food Network show “Ginormous Food.”
Bakn Warrendale (100 Fowler Rd)
Also in Carnegie is LeoGreta, a new restaurant serving “simple, clean, fresh Italian Food.” Located on Main Street, guests will enjoy a classic Italian menu of pasta, entrees, and Antipasti. Opening LeoGreta was the dream of owner/Chef Greg Alauzen for many years. The restaurant focuses on good food, friends, and family.
LeoGreta (301 W Main St)
Fresh-baked cookies, delivered to your door? Hello, Insomnia Cookies! This cookie chain just landed in Oakland, serving up delicious cookies like Chocolate Chunk, White Chocolate Macadamia, Peanut Butter Chip, along with ice cream cookie sandwiches, cookie cakes and more.
Insomnia Cookies (115 Meyran Avenue)
Chantal’s Cheese Shop
Chantal’s Cheese Shop is a specialty store located on Penn Avenue, across the street from the Children’s Hospital. At the shop, guests will find over a hundred unique cheeses from all over the world. There will also be fresh La Gourmandine bread, house-made mozzarella, and a tempting selection of jams and condiments. Guests can also purchase unique grilled cheese sandwiches.
Chantal’s Cheese Shop (4402 Penn Ave)
Located on Aiken Avenue in Oakland, Fujiya Ramen is a new ramen bar, owned by father and son, Minoru and Zen Yoshida. Minoru worked for more than 40 years making ramen in Tokyo and its surrounding Japanese prefectures. He began his business in Tokyo in the 1960’s, and dreamed of opening a ramen shop in America Stop by to enjoy the family’s authentic ramen. The restaurant also has locations in New Jersey and New York.
Fujiya Ramen (815 S Aiken Ave)
Burn by Rocky Patel Cigar Bar
The North Shore is now home to a hot new hangout! Burn by Rocky Patel is a luxury cigar lounge by the boutique cigar company Rocky Patel. The lounge has two VIP areas and two full-size bars. The space also features a climate-controlled humidor is stocked with hundreds of cigars. The food menu offers salads, soups, pastas, pizzas, and more.
Burn by Rocky Patel Cigar Bar (346 N Shore Dr)
Voodoo Brewery at the Pittsburgh Airport
Voodoo Brewery has landed at the Pittsburgh Airport! The popular brewery has constructed a kiosk in the center of Concourse C. Travelers are invited to hang out and a grab cold Voodoo beer (or two) before boarding their flight.
Local Craft Kitchen + Bar Airport
There’s another new dining option at the Pittsburgh airport! Local Craft Kitchen + Bar (which has locations in Dormont, the North Shore, and the South Side) serves all-day menu from Concourse A. Breakfast options include cheddar biscuits, avocado toast, and egg melt sandwiches. For lunch and dinner, guests will find hearty sandwiches, soup, salads and Mac & Cheese.
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