Good food is sometimes hard to find unless, of course, you live in the Burgh. Pittsburgh’s food scene is as diverse as its population. If you’re in the mood for good, old-fashioned food, visit one of these 11 neighborhood restaurants in Pittsburgh that you’ll return to again and again.
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1. Johnny's Diner – 1900 Woodville Avenue
A simple sign alerts you that you've arrived at Johnny's Diner, an inconspicuous old-fashioned diner that offers good food, good prices, and a comfortable atmosphere. This family-owned restaurant serves both breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
2. Cucina Vitale – 2516 East Carson Street
Treasured family recipes passed down from generation to generation now become delicious meals served at Cucina Vitale, a family-inspired run and owned restaurant. Enjoy authentic Italian food such as ravioli, chicken Marsala, and linguini with peppers. Cucina Vitale serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and is open Tuesday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., on Friday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., and on Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
3. Our Place Homemade – 105 Middle Avenue
A family-friendly atmosphere awaits at the cozy Our Place Homemade. The quaint diner's menu features specialty pizza, pockets, wings, and daily specials, such as stuffed cabbage. Our Place Homemade is also known for its delectable desserts and catering service. Drop by this Wilmderding neighborhood restaurant Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
4. Legume – 214 North Craig Street
Legume, a family-run restaurant, promises a family-friendly atmosphere complemented with delicious food, such as roasted chicken, beef tartare, and fried chicken. The menu changes daily. Satisfy your cravings at Legume's Monday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
5. Parker's PGH – 2911 Glenmore Avenue
Parker's PGH makes it pretty simple for you to leave satisfied with its build your own breakfast or lunch sandwich. Or, you can choose from the menu that features such favorites as grilled cheese, hot dogs, chicken, and other neighborhood restaurant favorites. Grab breakfast or lunch at Parker's PGH Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
6. Cole Cafe – 1718 Mount Royal Boulevard
Hidden in Glenshaw sits the family favorite Cole Cafe, known for its old-fashioned, home cooked food. Choose from such comfort foods as grilled cheese, egg salads, burgers, and BLTs. Serving both breakfast and lunch, Cole Cafe is open Monday through Saturday from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Sunday from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
7. Big Jim's Restaurant & Bar – 201 Saline Street
For nearly 40 years, Pittsburghers have frequented Big Jim's Restaurant. The popular restaurant features an eclectic menu of appetizers, specialty sandwiches, burgers, hoagies, pizza, and pasta. Visit Big Jim's Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 a.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
8. E2 – 5904 Bryant Street
Good food and community involvement define the quaint neighborhood restaurant E2. Order one of the popular Italian entrees such as meatballs, spaghetti, ricotta ravioli, or gnocci. Bring Your Own Beer (BYOB) for dinner Tuesday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and on Saturday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Or, stop by for brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
9. The Dor-Stop – 1430 Potomac Avenue
Diners flock to the Dor-Stop again and again, knowing they'll enjoy authentic, homemade food from a menu that includes traditional breakfast dishes, hot sandwiches, chicken tenders, cold sandwiches, and burgers.
Treat yourself to a homemade meal at the Dor-Stop Restaurant Monday through Saturday from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
10. Family Restaurant – 2614 Brownsville Road
An inconspicuous spot in Carrick, Family Restaurant wins rave reviews from diners who praise the generous portions, the homemade food, and the cozy atmosphere. Catering to carnivores, vegetarians, and vegans, Family Restaurant's menu includes gyros, spinach pie, baklava, golden French fries, and other favorite Mediterranean, American, and Greek dishes. Stop by Family Restaurant Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
11. Alexander's Italian Bistro – 5104 Liberty Avenue
For nearly 40 years, Alexander's Italian Bistro has satisfied Pittsburghers' cravings for authentic Italian dishes, such as fried ravioli, eggplant Alexander, chicken & eggplant pesto, and meatball hoagies with cheese.
Indulge in your Italian food craving at Alexander's Italian Bistro Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Sometimes there’s nothing better than a hot, delicious meal at one of these neighborhood restaurants in Pittsburgh or at one of these
mom & pop eateries.