Okay, all you food lovers in the Burgh, how many times have you inadvertently discovered a restaurant, a real hidden gem? Maybe you got lost as you were driving and discovered the most delightful diner. Or perhaps you were walking around town and spotted a tiny eatery you’d never seen before. Pittsburgh’s brimming with hidden gems – like these eight tiny but mighty restaurants in Pittsburgh that pack a scrumptious culinary punch.
1. J&J’s Family Restaurant
Sit down to a delicious meal in a cozy atmosphere when you visit J&J's Family Restaurant. Go hungry, though, because you'll be treated to huge portions. The quaint restaurant serves such favorites as chocolate chip pancakes, hot turkey sandwiches, corned beef, and homemade soups.
J&J’s Family Restaurant is located at 300 Shiloh St., Pittsburgh, PA 15211.
An authentic Italian meal awaits at the quaint Girasole. The Shadyside restaurant, which serves both lunch and dinner, features seasonal menus. Choose from such spring dishes, for example, as potato gnocchi, pasta penne with marinara sauce, or rustic linguine. Pair your meal with one of 30 delicious wines.
Girasole is located at 733 Copeland St., Pittsburgh, PA 15232.
3. Micro Diner
Mount Washington's Micro Diner might be tiny but oh is it mighty, especially when it comes to taste. The charming diner, which offers both dining in and take-out, features a delectable menu of breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late night treats. Choose from such popular dishes as classic burgers, patty melts, meatloaf, and pot roast.
Micro Diner is located at 221 Shiloh St., Pittsburgh, PA 15211.
4. Cafe du Jour
Feel as though you've traveled to the heart of Europe when you walk through the door at Cafe du Jour. The charming BYOB bistro boasts seasonal menus infused with international flavors. Order from such delectable dishes as slow roasted spiced beef, white bean veggie burgers, and herbed potato pancakes.
Cafe du Jour is located at 1107 E. Carson St., Pittsburgh, PA 15203.
5. Nadine’s Restaurant
Feel like one of the family at the cozy Nadine's Restaurant, a South Side eatery since 2001. Dine on such delicious breakfast dishes as the western omelet, the English muffin sandwich, or French toast. Popular lunch sandwiches include burgers, fried bologna, grilled cheese, and the Reuben.
Nadine’s Restaurant is located at 19 S. 27th St., Pittsburgh, PA 15203.
Nestled in the Cultural District, the tiny but mighty tako serves some of the city's best tacos. Kick off your meal with a snack - chips, house guacamole, or crab guacamole. Of course, the tacos are the star of the eatery. Choose from such options as the Korean tacos, chorizo, octopus, chicken, or spring vegetable tacos.
tako is located at 214 6th St., Pittsburgh, PA 15222.
Sometimes nothing hits the spot like a hearty waffle, topped with a generous scoop of ice cream. Next time you're hankering for a scrumptious waffle, head to the tiny but mighty Waffallonia in Squirrel Hill. Choose from such waffles as the original sugar waffle or the waffle topped with ice cream and chocolate sauce. And, that's just the beginning.
Waffallonia is located at 1709 Murray Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15217.
8. Park Bruges
Indulge in a Park Bruges tradition by ordering the muscles and frites, a scrumptious dish that defines this tiny Pittsburgh restaurant. The quaint restaurant, which serves lunch and dinner, also features such dishes as southern-style crab cakes, steak frites, salmon, and braised short ribs.
Park Bruges is located at 5801 Bryant St., Pittsburgh, PA 15206.
Mmm…mmm…a delightfully delicious culinary experience certainly awaits at these eight tiny but mighty restaurants in Pittsburgh. Of course, these eight are just the beginning. Looking to craft a new culinary bucket list? Don’t forget to also add these seven best
family-owned restaurants in Pittsburgh.