Dining out should be fun. Lighthearted. An experience, maybe even an adventure. The eclectic mix of restaurants in Pittsburgh offers something for everyone. If you’re in the mood for a lighthearted meal in a unique setting, you’re in luck. Here are seven restaurants in Pittsburgh – some may call them weird or wacky or just plain fun – where dining is a blast.
1. Double Wide Grill – 2339 East Carson Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Pull up at chair - indoors or out, depending on the time of the year - at the Double Wide Grill. A former gas station, the restaurant pays homage to its past with its decor. The South Side restaurant - which caters to carnivores, vegans, and vegetarians - features a fun meal option. The TV dinner, served on a metal tray (shown above), allows diners to choose five different dishes. Double Wide Grill is open Monday through Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Weekend hours run Saturday from 10 a.m. to midnight and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
2. OTB Bicycle Café – 2518 East Carson Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Park your bike right in front of OTB Bicycle Cafe, an eclectic restaurant with a - what else? - bicycle theme. In addition to the cafe's bicycle decor, the menu also boasts a bicycle theme. Peruse the menu that features such delectable dishes as the Beach Cruiser Shrimp Tacos, the Rail Trail Wrap, and the Rachel Carson Panini. OTB Bicycle Cafe welcomes guests Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The bar, open daily, closes at 2 a.m.
3. The Smiling Moose – 1306 East Carson Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Kick back, relax, and enjoy the ambiance at the Smiling Moose, where you can eat, have a drink or two, and watch the latest scheduled comedy or entertainment act. The Smiling Moose's menu features gourmet tacos, baked mac and cheeses, sandwiches, sliders, salads, and snacks. Visit daily between 11 a.m. and 2 a.m.
4. Kickback Pinball Café – 4326 Butler Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201
Play a little pinball. Have a light meal. Play some more pinball. The Kickback Pinball Cafe's menu features homemade sandwiches, soups, and drinks. Stop by for a game of pinball and some food Tuesday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
5. Noodlehead – 242 South Highland Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Feel like you've traveled to the heart of Thailand at Noodlehead. The restaurant, tucked away in a former industrial warehouse, features an assortment of noodle dishes like you'd find at the street markets in Thailand. Order from such dishes as green curry linguine, beef soup, and pad Thai. Bring cash to this BYOB (Bring Your Own Beer) eatery. Noodlehead welcomes diners daily from noon to 10 p.m.
6. Church Brew Works – 3525 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15201
Dine in a former church, that still features pews and other original furnishings, at the Church Brew Works. Admire the stain glass windows before browsing the generous menu. The menu features such favorites as pierogies, pork chops, and crab cakes. Church Brew Works is open Tuesday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to midnight, and Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
7. Franktuary – 3810 Butler Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201
Get your fill of hotdogs at Franktuary in Lawrenceville. Or, if you're out and about in town, keep an eye out for the eatery's food truck. The hot dog joint has something for everyone - including vegetarians and vegans. Create your own frank or order the New Yorker, the corn dog, or the Pittsburgh. Franktuary is open Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
What are your favorite fun restaurants in Pittsburgh? One on the list or another one? Let us know which fun restaurants in Pittsburgh you love the most in the comments! Before or after your meal, why not travel to one of the
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