Pittsburgh’s eclectic dining scene presents a pretty tasty challenge to most: Where should we eat tonight? For a unique and delicious experience, try one of these 10 themed restaurants in Pittsburgh that just might transform your dining experience.
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1. The Library – 2302 East Carson Street
End your meal with happily ever after when you visit The Library, a quaint restaurant with a literary theme. Review the table of contents on your menu, which features several chapters, including Chapter One (pizza, calzones, and burgers) and a dramatic epilogue with such tantalizing desserts as fried ice cream and cinnamon pretzels.
2. Conflict Kitchen – 221 Schenley Drive
Develop a cultural understanding of countries with which the United States is currently in conflict when you visit the takeout restaurant Conflict Kitchen. The restaurant, which focuses on one country at a time, features food, literature, discussion, and events to help broaden Pittsburghers' understanding of a particular country.
3. DeSalvo's Station – 325 McKinley Avenue
Dine in an old-fashioned train car when you visit DiSalvo's Station, which also features Joey D'S Cigar Bar. Enjoy traditional, homemade Italian food at DiSalvo's, ordering from such entrees as portabella ravioli, gnocchi, and fettuccine Alfredo.
4. The Church Brew Works – 3525 Liberty Avenue
Have a meal at a former church that has retained its stain glassed windows and pews. The Church Brew Works provides a unique backdrop for lunch or dinner. The extensive menu features such dishes as shrimp and grits, pierogies, and chicken jambalaya. A kids menu and a gluten-free menu are also available.
5. Double Wide Grill – 2339 East Carson Street
Who remembers driving past the Texaco station on East Carson Street in the South Side? That gas station has been transformed into a restaurant that caters to carnivores, vegetarians, and vegans. In keeping with the building's history, Double Wide Grill still has its (non-working) gas pumps outside and other memorabilia inside the restaurant.
6. OTB Bicycle Cafe – 2518 East Carson Street
Bicycle enthusiasts will find solidarity at OTB Bicycle Cafe in the South Side. The quirky restaurant and bar features such aptly-named dishes as tangled spokes, chicken fenders, punk bike pickles, and the cog salad. The OTB Bicycle Cafe is also located at the North Park Boathouse.
7. Kaleidoscope Cafe – 108 43rd Street
A colorful experience awaits at Kaleidoscope Cafe, once named Pittsburgh's Best Kept Secret by Pittsburgh Magazine. Order from a vast menu that features classic pasta marinara, gnocchi nirvana, hominy cakes, and vegetable green curry.
8. NOLA – 24 Market Square
Sway to live jazz as you dine on authentic creole food at NOLA. Choose from such popular New Orleans dishes as fried green tomatoes, crispy fried alligator, seafood jambalaya, and blackened catfish. NOLA welcomes diners for Sunday Brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
9. Butcher and the Rye – 212 6th Street
Snag a seat on the first or second floor at Butcher and the Rye, a popular steak and and seafood restaurant. Peruse the expansive menu of rustic bread, dry age tartare, seared scallops, and pan seared hallibut.
10. Paris 66 Bistro – 6018 Centre Avenue
Visit Paris without leaving downtown Pittsburgh when you dine at Paris 66 Bistro, previously named the best French restaurant in the city. Serving lunch, dinner, and Sunday Brunch, the authentic restaurant offers such dishes as chilled smoked salmon, steak, shrimp, and filet mignon.
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