Keeping up with the latest restaurant openings is hard… especially when there are so many happening in the city.
In case you missed it, these 13 new restaurants (well, 12 new restaurants and one awesome food truck) are now open and ready for business.
New American restaurant Fairlane opened in the former Block 292 spot in Mt. Lebanon last month, offering snacks, small plates, and main courses, along with a full wine, beer and craft cocktail menu. Look for dishes like crudite with house-made Green Goddess dip, a cheese board, salt cod fritters, fried catfish, braised lamb neck, and a ‘diner’ burger. They’re also offering free-range chickens fried in a sweet tea brine on Saturdays and Mondays.
Fairlane (292 Beverly Road)
Masala House Indian Bistro
This new Indian restaurant recently opened on Baum Boulevard, touting authentic Indian cuisine. The menu features dishes like Tikka Masala, Curry, Vindaloo and Karahi, along with Tandoori, kabobs, and a selection of house-made Indian desserts.
Masala House Indian Bistro (5102 Baum Boulevard)
Bonfire Food & Drink
The highly-anticipated Bonfire Food & Drink from Chris Bonfili of Avenue B and B Gourmet is now open on the South Side. The restaurant’s first floor has a wood-fired oven and a chef’s bar, and a casual menu, filled with elevated bar food favorites, like Mac & Cheese with Boursin, smoked onion and mushrooms, and Cheesesteak Flatbread with roasted lamb shoulder, 5-year cheddar, peppers and onions. The restaurant is currently open for dinner on Tuesdays through Sundays, but will begin lunch service on January 15, and brunch will be coming soon.
Bonfire Food & Drink (2100 East Carson Street)
Now open in the Rivers Casino is a gourmet burger-and-shake restaurant called Flipt, featuring specialty sandwiches (like Shrimp Po’Boys, Bacon Grilled Cheese and Italian Beef) and a selection of burgers, all served on fresh-baked potato bread. The menu also includes salads and side dishes, like fries, onion rings, tater tots and mozzarella rings.
Flipt (777 Casino Drive)
Terrene opened this Fall in Station Square, offering fast, fresh food, like chopped salads (like the Glorious Steak, with New York strip, leaf lettuce, tomatoes, smoked bacon, roasted red onions, Piquillo peppers, French fries, and Chimichurri-Ranch dressing, and the Fried Chicken, with buttermilk-fried chicken thighs), along with healthy bowls and flatbreads. They also have a variety of snacks, like wings, and a charcuterie board. And, a number of upcoming wine events, too!
Terrene (224 West Station Square Drive)
Asian-fusion sushi bar Mola recently opened in East Liberty, serving dishes like Berkshire Pork Shoulder with Kimchi and rice, dumplings, poke, bao (including Pork Belly, Crispy Chicken and Vegetarian), and lots of sushi, including hand roll favorites like Yellowtail with Roasted Jalapenos, Spicy Tuna, and Shrimp + Crispy Rice. The restaurant also has a full bar, with beer, wine, and cocktails.
Mola (6018 Penn Avenue)
You’ll find smoked brisket, pork, sausages and chicken at this new takeout BBQ restaurant in Oakmont, in the form of piled-high sandwiches (on rolls from nearby Oakmont Bakery!), along with classic BBQ-joint homemade sides, like Mac & Cheese, collard greens, jalapeno cheddar corn muffins, potato salad and cole slaw. Burk’s also offers racks of smoked ribs, and a choice of signature sauces.
Burk’s BBQ (319 Maryland Avenue)
Pita My Shawarma
While not technically a restaurant, the Pita My Shawarma food truck only recently started rolling around Pittsburgh, offering modern Mediterranean food, like hand-stacked beef and chicken shawarma, sliced and served in pitas, hummus, hand-cut Zaatar fries, pickled turnips, and loaded fries, topped with shwarma and their special garlic sauce. Find them at breweries like Eleventh Hour and Roundabout, or at various spots throughout the city. Follow them on social media to find out where they’ll be next.
This pop-up restaurant (in the former home of Plate & Bowl) offers home-style Brazilian cuisine, like Beef & Yuca stew, Brazilian-style chicken stroganoff, and feijoada, a Brazilian black bean stew available with pork, or vegetarian. Appetizers at the Highland Park restaurant include cheese bread, smoked sausage with peppers, and collared greens with garlic. The restaurant is open Wednesday through Friday for dinner, Saturdays for lunch and dinner, and Sundays for brunch.
Casa Brasil (5904 Bryant Street)
Iron Born Pizza
Pittsburgh favorite Iron Born is now open in Millvale. The Detroit-style pizzeria got its start at Smallman Galley in the Strip District, but branched out a few months ago into its own small takeout shop, serving bangin’ super deep-dish square pizzas (the White Pie, with roasted tomatoes, onion jam, ricotta and lemon arugula is a classic), plus a selection of sandwiches, chicken wings, salads, and house-made cannoli.
Iron Born Pizza (413 Grant Avenue)
The ninth Pittsburgh location of popular restaurant Mad Mex opened last month in the Waterworks Shopping Plaza in Fox Chapel. You’ll find the same “Cal-Mex” dishes as at the other Mad Mex locations in town, including tacos, burritos, quesadillas, fajitas and more. More than a dozen margaritas are also on the menu, featuring flavors from the tame (strawberry, raspberry), and more adventurous options, like Rosemary Pear and Ruby Red Grapefruit.
The restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner.
Mad Mex Waterworks (1041 Freeport Road)
You’ll find Mexican and Venezuelan dishes at this new restaurant on Banksville Road, serving two separate menus for each cuisine. On the Mexican menu, you’ll find burritos, tacos, and enchiladas with fillings like Carne Asada, grilled chicken, Barbacoa, slow-cooked pork, pulled chicken, sautéed shrimp and pork sausage. The Venezuelan menu includes a wide selection of arepas (filled with options like shredded beef and cheese, steak and avocado, and black beans and plantains), along with empanadas, fried plantains, and Tequenos (Venezuelan cheese sticks).
Pabellon (2957 Banksville Road)
Union Pie Co.
This tiny new pizzeria in Carrick serves some seriously good, totally unpretentious pizza. They’ve only been open for a few months, but have already earned rave reviews for their pies (available in red or white), calzones, salads and hoagies (the classic Italian is already a favorite). One dish to try is their ‘Dough Boy,’ a 12-inch half-moon of their fresh-baked dough, stuffed with any of their hoagie fillings. Take out and delivery is available.
Union Pie Co. (1914 Brownsville Road)
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