There are plenty of guides that are going to tell you to beeline straight for Primanti Brothers to get a sandwich with coleslaw and french fries on it. It’s a piece of the city’s history and worthwhile for that alone. But that’s not where we’re going to send you - when we want a sandwich, we go to Duncan St. Sandwich Shop. Served on homemade focaccia and solidly the size of a brick, options include the Everything Seasoned Pork (our go-to), Rosemary/Brown Sugar/Black Pepper Turkey, and Roasted Mushroom (vegan). While you’re there, be sure to try the homemade sodas, peanut carrots, and daily homemade Rice Krispies treats.
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If you only have one breakfast in Pittsburgh, it should be at Bitter Ends, a vegetable-focused restaurant with its own garden in Bloomfield.
Cafe At The Frick
When you want lunch to be very fancy, come to the Cafe at the Frick for soups and sandwiches, or come for afternoon tea on the weekends.
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Arriviste Coffee Bar
Arriviste on Ellsworth is one of the best coffee shops in the city, and the staff will talk to you about blends like a proud parent.
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Gaucho Parilla Argentina
This counter-service Argentinian restaurant in the Strip District is a favorite lunch or casual dinner spot of ours.
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