If you can’t tell, we’re obsessed with Pittsburgh’s (no longer budding — in full bloom!) restaurant scene. From presenting our annual Chef’s Best Dish, to featuring a monthly Food Tour in our magazine, we love to support, cover, and devour the culinary advancements in our favorite city. If you’re like us, then Pittsburgh Restaurant Week is your Holy Grail. If not, use the discount deals as an excuse to see/eat what it is we can’t stop gushing about. Either way, here are 10 of our favorite participants that we implore you to try — they won’t disappoint. Bon Appétit!
1. Paris 66 Bistro
Why You Should Go: Mouth-watering, authentic French cuisine.
Special We’re Most Excited For: The Paris 66 Crepe: buckwheat delicacy with ham, Swiss, mushrooms en béchamel, tomato provençale, and a sunny side-up egg.
6018 Centre Ave., Shayside. 412.404.8166. paris66bistro.com.
Why You Should Go: Each bite of their pasta is a little taste of heaven.
Special We’re Most Excited For: Grilled salmon with new potatoes, Kalamata olives, baby spinach, and brown butter asparagus pesto.
733 Copeland St., Shadyside. 412.682.2130. girasolepgh.com.
3. Bigham Tavern
Why You Should Go: Their killer bar food is rivaled only by their extensive beer list.
Special We’re Most Excited For: The last of their four courses, cheesecake topped with candied bacon and a caramel drizzle, has definitely piqued our interest.
321 Bigham St., Mt. Washington. 412.431.9313. bighamtavern.com.
4. Bistro 19
Why You Should Go: Clean, bold flavors in a chic, neighborhood atmosphere.
Special We’re Most Excited For: The first course of wild burgundy snails, baguette, and leek goat cheese fondue.
711 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. 412.306.1919. bistro19.com.
Why You Should Go: Small plates, big flavor, Spanish style.
Special We’re Most Excited For: Pork and Clams Alentejana a traditional Portuguese dish from Alentejo.
2224 East Carson St., South Side. 412.325.2227. ibizatapaspgh.com.
Why You Should Go: In its own words: “No foams, no gimmicks. Just quality ingredients prepared simply and elegantly.”
Special We’re Most Excited For: Smoked duck breast with a maple rutabaga puree, Brussels sprouts, and a port reduction.
510 Market St., Downtown. 412.773.8848. habitatrestaurant.com.
7. Lidia’s Pittsburgh
Why You Should Go: World-famous chef Lidia Bastianich has created the perfect seasonal, Italian menu.
Special We’re Most Excited For: Lidia’s Signature Pasta Taste, an unlimited trio of homemade pasta served tableside.
1400 Smallman St., Strip District. 412.552.0150. lidias-pittsburgh.com.
8. Eighty Acres Kitchen & Bar
Why You Should Go: You can expect only fresh, local, seasonal ingredients.
Special We’re Most Excited For: Pan-fried Ohio trout, served with celery root puree, wild rice sweet potato pilaf, fried kalettes, and bacon apple gastrique.
1910 New Texas Road, East Hills. 724.519.7304. eightyacreskitchen.com.
9. Chaz & Odette
Why You Should Go: This duo has blown everyone away with their fearless approach to food.
Special We’re Most Excited For: The Coq au Vin: Hen leg with lardon, cremini, wine, cipollini, and thyme.
5102 Baum Blvd., Bloomfield. 412.683.8300. chazandodette.com.
Why You Should Go: A lounge space with cool, modern food.
Special We’re Most Excited For: The Spoon Bar: Bailey’s cocoa bar with milk chocolate nougat frozen mousse and semi-sweet chocolate pudding.
134 South Highland Ave., East Liberty. 412.362.6001. spoonpgh.com.