Humans tend to be creatures of habit; we do the same things over and over because it is easy, safe, and familiar. But sometimes, we need to shake things up, try something new, and that even extends to our eating and drinking. Below are some establishments you may want to try because they are either unique, authentic, or different. Just be sure to check that they survived the pandemic.

Carmella’s Plates and Pints

Warm, inviting ambiance, craft cocktails, and a menu that includes wild games makes Carmella’s a standout on the Southside. It is located at 1908 East Carson Street.

Café Notte

Opened in 2008, Café Notte has legions of fans and has continued to expand the restaurant to accommodate those who flock there for their authentic Northern Italian cuisine. It is located in Emsworth at 8070 Ohio River Boulevard.

Central Diner & Grille

The Central Diner in Robinson at 6408 Steubenville Pike elevates diner food to a whole new level. The portions are large, and the menu is extensive and includes authentic Greek cuisine.

City Works

A sleek and contemporary atmosphere and located on Market Square in downtown Pittsburgh makes this an inviting place to dine on classic dishes with unexpected twists. It also has 90 craft beers on tap.

Huszar’s Legacy Bar and Hungarian Restaurant

In Hungary, Huszars were the elite horse soldiers. The restaurant at 627 E. North Avenue on the North Side carries on this standard of excellence in their authentic Hungarian cuisine. The family-owned restaurant strives for authenticity. The head chef and pastry chef have been brought over straight from Hungary.  After your first visit the food, atmosphere and friendly employees will have you returning for more. For more information check out their website here!

Khalil’s II

For Middle Eastern cuisine, Khalil’s is the place to go. Located at 4757 Baum Boulevard in East Liberty, it’s worth a trip alone there to have the fresh-from-the-oven pitas.

La Casa Narcisi Winery

It’s like a little bit of Tuscany right in your backyard at Narcisi Winery. Located at 4578 Gibsonia Road, Gibsonia, Narcisi Winery, in addition, to its Italian restaurant, also has a wine tasting room.

Legends of the North Shore

Don’t let this nondescript corner restaurant fool you. Legends of the North Shore, a BYOB restaurant at 500 North Avenue on the North Side, serves Italian dishes to die for.

The Library

Literary types will love The Library. Located 2302 East Carson Street on the Southside, The Library’s dishes are named for famous authors and noteworthy books. Intimate and cozy, The Library has a vast menu and full-service bar.

The Log Cabin Inn

Built around a cabin dating back to the 1800s, the Log Cabin Inn, at 430 Perry Highway, Harmony, has rustic charm in abundance and a menu that ranges from sandwiches to steak entrees.

Max’s Allegheny Tavern

Located in Pittsburgh’s Deutschtown neighborhood at 537 Suismon Street the North Side, Max’s Allegheny Tavern serves the dishes your German Grandma made including Einlauf soup and Old-World favorites like Sauerbraten.

Mia Madre Trattoria

Mia Madre is one of those little neighborhood Italian restaurants that one fantasizes about. Located at 649 California Avenue in Avalon, the family-owned restaurant features Southern Italian cuisine. It is a BYOB establishment.

Over the Bar at the North Park Boathouse

A bicycle theme, views of beautiful North Park lake, and situated in the converted Boathouse are reasons enough to enjoy a meal at OTB, but the food is scrumptious as well.

Ramen Bar

If all you know about Ramen noodles is those dried, square packaged ones from the grocery store, then you need to check out Ramen Bar, where you can customize your bowl with authentic Japanese broths and more than 25 different toppings. Ramen Bar is located at 5860 Forbes Avenue, Squirrel Hill.

Redfin Blues

With so many rivers, it’s a wonder that Pittsburgh doesn’t have more waterfront dining spots. Located in the middle of the Allegheny River at 100 Waterfront Drive on Washington’s Landing, Redfin Blues has a resort feel, and its menu has a wide variety of fish and seafood dishes.

Shakespeare’s Restaurant & Pub

You will feel like royalty when you dine at Shakespeare’s at 1495 Mercer Road, Ellwood City. The restaurant is located on the first floor of a 16th century-styled castle.

The Zenith

The Zenith is the city’s oldest vegetarian restaurant, and it is also part art gallery and antique shop. Located at 86 South 26th Street on the South Side, The Zenith changes its menu weekly.

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