Fill Your Hungry Belly – Exploring the Burgh, Volume 2

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Fill Your Hungry Belly – Exploring the Burgh, Volume 2

In part two of our exploring Pittsburgh series, we’ll take a closer look at the local dining scene. Most of the restaurants listed below are within walking distance. All walking and driving distances, as well as approximate times, are courtesy of Google Maps.



Wingharts Market Square began as a small counter in Market Square with a simple philosophy: what if you took the preparation practices of a world class fine dining restaurant and applied it to simple “bar” food? Buffalo sauce that uses bacon grease during the emulsification process? Burgers ground seven days a week? Fries that undergo a strict 2 day, 6 step process or White Truffle Fries, which use some of the finest imported truffle oil and a house made truffle aioli, and that were voted best fries in Pittsburgh by over 68,000 voters via the Pittsburgh Post – Gazette? Yes, you must.Truffle aioli fries from Winghart's in Market Square
Distance: .3 mi/Walking Time: 7 min.


Las Velas is the first restaurant of owner and chef David Montanez, who was born and raised in Mexico City before moving to the Riviera Maya. The restaurant offers authentic Mexican food and overlooks Pittsburgh’s Market Square, a Downtown hub.
Distance: .3 mi/Walking Time: 7 min.

Sienna Mercato is a 2-story Italian eatery offering diverse dining options. The eatery offers a rooftop beer garden, a “meatball joint”, and a wine and charcuterie bar with wood-fired pizzas.  Delicious variety abounds – with both traditional and vegetarian options.
Distance: .3 mi/Walking Time: 7 min.


North Shore

Southern Tier Brewery is a highly-rated brewery originally founded in Chautauqua, NY with a variety of craft beers, wines, and tasty food. Pittsburgh is the home of the first satellite brewpub from Southern Tier Brewing Co. and has received an overwhelming response to its house-made dishes paired with handcrafted brews. The brewery takes reservations Monday through Friday only, and is first come, first serve on weekends.The tap line at Southern Tier Brewing Company
Distance: 1 mi/Walking Time: 20 min.


Strip District

Smallman Galley is Pittsburgh’s restaurant “incubator” featuring four different restaurants, each for an 18 month period. The food hall atmosphere offers a communal bar with fantastic happy hour with half off EVERYTHING from 5-7pm, Monday through Friday.
Distance: 1.2 mi/Walking Time: 23 min.

Gaucho Parilla offers Argentinian cuisine and is rated one of Pittsburgh best and most unique restaurants. The restaurant employs a “crash the counter” service style without table service. Once your order has been placed, staff will find you a seat and then deliver your food table. Don’t forget to bring your favorite drink. Gaucho Parilla is BYOB, with no corkage or bottle fees.

The Argentino Salad from Gaucho Parilla
Distance: .8 mi/Walking Time: 17 min.



Stagioni features farm-to-table Tuscan style cuisine. Rated one of Pittsburgh best restaurants, Stagioni offers fresh, seasonal flavors. Visit on Wednesday for $20 wine night. Ten different wines for $20 each! While you’re there, try their MADE TO ORDER fresh mozzarella. A real Tuscan treat.
Distance: 1.9 mi/Walking Time: 43 min.

Club Cafe offers trendy, live music in an intimate setting. The venue features acts 7 nights a week. Seating is on a first come, first serve basis, so get there early to be guaranteed a spot. Check out the event schedule here.
Distance: 1.4 mi/Walking Time: 29 min.



Mr. Smalls Theater and Funhouse is a live music venue featuring local and national acts in a former Pittsburgh church. The Funhouse Restaurant features savory, local free-range beef and chicken, fresh salads, sandwiches, wraps, French bread pizzas, luscious desserts and much more! It’s open during shows at Mr. Smalls Theatre or The Funhouse at Mr. Smalls. Check out the performance schedule here.
Distance: 3.9 mi/Drive Time: 10 min.

Grist House Brewery is a craft brewery featuring local food trucks. The brewery, opened in 2014, is located in a remodeled slaughterhouse, and is the brain-child of Erie natives (and brothers-in-law) Kyle Mientkiewicz and Brian Eaton. The pair began brewing in their Erie homes in 2007 and the their passion eventually developed into the very popular Grist House Brewery. You can check out the Food Truck Schedule to see which truck will be serving before you visit.

The Over the Rainbow Flight of brews from the Grist House
Distance: 3.9 mi/Drive Time: 13 min.

Draai Laag brewery is a Belgian-inspired artisanal brewery featuring the brews of beer geek, and owner, Dennis Hock. You can read more about Dennis’s adventures in brewing here (Spoiler alert: Dennis started experimenting with brewing at the young age of 17!). Check out Draai Laag’s brews on tap and pair it with an item from their limited (but delicious) menu.
Distance: 3.9 mi/Walking Time: 10 min.


All images courtesy of Yelp! Pittsburgh reviewers


Contributed by Teresa Glasgow, Box Office Manager, The Hillman Center for Performing Arts