A Guide to Pittsburgh

Known as the city of neighborhoods (90) and the city of bridges (more than Venice, Italy), the City of Pittsburgh is consistently rated as one of the 20 most livable cities of the US by Places Rated Almanac, topping the list twice.

Wikipedia entry on Allegheny County and Pittsburgh

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Pop City online magazine

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Things to do in Pittsburgh

10 Best

About Pittsburgh

Student Guide

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Under $25

Visit Pittsburgh

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Before leaving Pittsburgh …

Oakland

Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
Art and Natural History, Oakland
4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Open on Sunday

Northside

National Aviary
The nation's largest indoor bird park
Allegheny Commons West
700 Arch Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
412.323.7235
Open daily, 9am–5pm
More at Wikipedia

Southside

Take an incline from behind Station Square to Mount Washington and enjoy the spectacular view of downtown Pittsburgh, great during the day but even better at night

Downtown

Ride Pittsburgh's 1.1 mile subway. It's clean. And, within downtown, it's free. See present and future subway map. Subway stations: Steel Plaza (Grant and Sixth), Wood Street (Liberty and Wood), and Gateway (Liberty and Stanwix).

Everywhere

Stroll through one of Greater Pittsburgh's many parks or 90 neighborhoods or across its nearly 2,000 bridges

More outdoor activities

Great Breakfasts and Brunches in Greater Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Magazine's guide to 23 of the Best Breakfast and Brunch Spots in Town

More great places for breakfast or brunch:

Bistro to Go
Breakfast Mon–Sat 8–11
415 East Ohio Street, Northside
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
412.231.0218
Mon–Sat 8–7, Sun 11–4
Post-Gazette review

Coca Café
Breakfast and lunch, highly recommended
3811 Butler Street, Lawrenceville
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
412.621.3171
Sun brunch 10–3
Tue–Fri 7–3, Sat 8–4
City Paper review

Cracker Barrel
Breakfast served all day
PA 60 & US 22
200 Davis Boulevard, Robinson Township
Pittsburgh, PA 15275
Bus & RV parking available
412.788.1103
Sun–Thu 6–10, Fri–Sat 6–11

Crepes Parisiennes
Sweet and savory crepes served all day
Two locations
207 South Craig Street, Oakland
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
412.683.1912
732 Filbert Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15232, Shadyside
412.683.2333
Tue-Sat 10–5, Sun 10–4
Tribune-Review review

DeLuca's
Breakfast served all day
2015 Penn Avenue, Strip District
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
412.566.2195
Mon–Sat 6–3, Sun 7–3

Fuel and Fuddle
Sunday brunch 11am–2pm
Also half-off food after 11pm
212 Oakland Avenue, Oakland
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Daily 11am–2am
412.682.3473

Grub Hut
Breakfast served all day
Best home fries in the city
411 Grant Avenue, Millvale
Pittsburgh, PA 15209
412.821.9900
Mon–Sat

Kelly O's Diner
Breakfast served all day
1130 Perry Highway, North Hills
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
412.364.0473
Daily 6:30–2

Lindos
Greek and American breakfasts all day
Sunday brunch buffet
947 Western Avenue, Northside
Pittsburgh, PA 15233
412.231.0110

The Original Pancake House
Breakfast served all day, highly recommended
Two locations
8300 Mcknight Road, Ross Township (North Hills)
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
412.358.9622
Tue–Sun 7–3
2229 Swallow Hill Road, Scott Township (South Hills)
Pittsburgh, PA 15220
412.279.1999
Daily 7–3
Tribune-Review review

Piper's Pub
British Isle Sunday brunch, highly recommended
1828 East Carson Street, Southside
Pittsburgh PA, 15203
412.381.3977
Sun 9–3
Pittsburgh Magazine review

Istanbul (Formerly Your Inner Vagabond)
Sunday brunch 10–2
4130 Butler Street, Lawrenceville
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
412.683.1623
Tribune-Review review

Great and Inexpensive Lunches in Greater Pittsburgh

The Original SoupMan
Yes, that one, now in Pittsburgh
410 Forbes Avenue, Downtown
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
412.281.6400
Mon–Fri 7–5, Sat 11–3
Pop City preview

Great (and Bargain) Late Night Food in Greater Pittsburgh

Fuel and Fuddle
Sandwiches, salads and wood-fired pizza
Food half off after 11pm
Also Sunday brunch 11am–2pm
212 Oakland Avenue, Oakland
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
412.682.3473
Daily 11am–2am

Mad Mex
Tex Mex
Food half off 11pm–1am
370 Atwood Street, Oakland
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
412.681.5656
Daily 11am–1am

































































A Guide to Fox Chapel

The Borough of Fox Chapel, one of metropolitan Pittsburgh’s affluent communities, is on the northeast side of Pittsburgh, along the Allegheny River and Route 28, about 15 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh by car. More about Fox Chapel at Wikipedia.

Believe it or not, no restaurant or hotel or other business, with these exceptions, is in Fox Chapel itself. (More Fox Chapel FAQs.)They are in the communities surrounding it: the Boroughs of Aspinwall and Blawnox, the City of Pittsburgh (Lincoln-Lemington-Belmar neighborhood), and O’Hara Township. Further north along Route 28, leaving Pittsburgh, are Harmarville and the Borough of Springdale. Further south along Route 28, towards Pittsburgh, are the Boroughs of Sharpsburg, Etna, and Millvale.

Getting to Fox Chapel

From the airport
24 miles, 45 minutes
Airport bus (28X Flyer) is under $3 one way but is limited to downtown and Oakland. Would need to transfer to the 1A or 91A or 500 bus downtown to get to Fox Chapel area at Waterworks Mall, Freeport Road and Fox Chapel Road. Bus schedule is online.

Taxi fare to Fox Chapel from airport is $55, plus tip.

Recommended: Rent a car at the airport for the weekend, cheaper than a one-way taxi, and have the freedom to go site seeing on Sunday. Or rent a Zipcar by the hour or day on the fly.

From the train station
10 miles
Taxi fare to Fox Chapel from train station is $30, plus tip.
Bus from downtown is $2.

Getting to Hillman Center for Performing Arts

The Hillman Center for Performing Arts, site of The Balmoral Classic of 2008 and 2009, is located near the center of the sprawling Fox Chapel senior campus of Shady Side Academy, a private high school. Here is a Hillman Center/Shady Side Academy campus slideshow plus directions and a Google street view and road map.

Fox Chapel Area Hotels

O'Hara Township

Holiday Inn
180 Gamma Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15238
412.963.0600
Route 28, exit 10, RIDC Park
Hotel shuttle, 7am to 8pm, 5-mile radius (includes Shady Side Academy and many shops/restaurants surrounding Fox Chapel)

Harmarville
Just off Exit 5, I-76

Comfort Inn
2801 Freeport Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15238
412.828.9400

Days Inn
6 Landings Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15238
412.828.5400

Holiday Inn Express
10 Landings Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15238
412.828.9300

Super 8 Motel
8 Landings Drive
Pittsburgh, PA, 15238
412.828.8900

Fox Chapel Area Resources

Borough of Fox Chapel parks + parks and trailways map

Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve
614 Dorseyville Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15238
412.963.6100
Home of the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania. Walk up to 5 miles of trails on its 134-acres in Fox Chapel.

Fox Chapel library

Waterworks Mall
Freeport Road at Fox Chapel Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15238
Includes Barnes & Noble, Waterworks Cinema, Giant Eagle Supermarket, restaurants (noted below), and other shops

Blawnox music shop:

Pianos N Stuff
Guitars, drums, sound reinforcement (buy or rent) at discount, highly recommended
468 Freeport Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15238
412.828.1003

Fox Chapel Area Restaurants

Immediately Surrounding Fox Chapel
O'Hara Township + Pittsburgh

Atria’s Restaurant & Tavern
American and Italian
1374 Freeport Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15238
412.963.1514
Mon–Thu 11–11, Fri–Sat 11– mid, Sun 11–10

Caribou Coffee
Coffee, pastries and sandwiches
Waterworks Mall
1027 Freeport Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15238
(412) 781-1483
Free WiFi
Mon-Fri 5:30–10, Sat 7–11, Sun 7–9

Chili’s Grill & Bar
American
Waterworks Mall
855 Freeport Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15238
412.781.1386
Sun-Thu 11–11, Fri–Sat 11-mid

Coffee Tree Roasters
Locally-roasted coffee and pastries
48 Fox Chapel Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15238
412.782.5622
Free WiFi

Empress Restaurant
Chinese
Waterworks Mall
932 Freeport Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15238
412.781.3727
Mon–Thu 11–9, Fri 11–10, Sat 12–10, Sun 12–9

Five Guys Famous Burgers and Fries
Plus hot dogs and veggie dogs
1029 Freeport Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15238
412.781.5590
Daily 11–10

Baja Bar & Grill
at Fox Chapel Yacht Club
Casual American
1366 Old Freeport Road
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15238
412.963.0640
Sun–Thu 11:30–10, Fri–Sat 11:30–midnight

Franco's Ristorante
Italian
1101 Freeport Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15238
412.782.5155
Mon–Sat 11–10, Sun 2–9
Post-Gazette review

Ichiban Hibachi & Sushi Bar
Japanese
Waterworks Mall
983 Freeport Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15238
412.781.7600
Mon–Fri 11–2:30 lunch
Mon–Thu 4:30–10, Fri 4:30–11, Sat 1–11, Sun 1–9

King’s Family Restaurant
American
Waterworks Mall
907 Freeport Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15238
412.781.1189
Open 24 hours

Loafers Bread Company
Bakery and cafe, sandwiches and salads
Fox Chapel Plaza
1153 Freeport Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15238
412.782.6229
Mon 11–7, Tue–Fri 7:30–7, Sat 9–5:30

Max & Erma's Restaurant
American
900 Gamma Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15238
412.968.5768

Panera Bread Bakery-Cafe
Waterworks Mall
942 Freeport Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15238
412.799.0210
Free WiFi
Mon–Fri 7–9, Sat 7–10, Sun 7–8

Taipei Restaurant
Chinese
1124 Freeport Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15238
412.781.4131
Also delivery and takeout
Mon–Thu 11–10, Fri–Sat 11–11, Sun 11:30–9:30

Thai Place
Thai
1034 Freeport Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15238
412.784.8980
Also takeout
Tue–Fri 11–2:30 lunch
Tue–Thu 4:30–10, Fri 4:30–10:30, Sat 11–10:30, Sun 4–9:30

Uncle Sam's Subs
Waterworks Mall
936 Freeport Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15238
412.781.3460

Walnut Grove Restaurant
1141 Freeport Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15238
412.696.0141
Sun 11–3, Mon–Thu 11–mid, Fri–Sat 11–2
Post-Gazette review

Restaurants near Fox Chapel

NORTH
Blawnox

Curbside Coffeehouse
Coffee, sandwiches and pastries
405 Freeport Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15238
412.828.9810
Mon–Fri 6–6, Sat–Sun 8–2

Peking Garden
Chinese
254 Freeport Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15238
412.828.8819
Daily 10–10

Starlite Lounge and Moondog's
American, pierogies (must pre-order), and pizza + entertainment (blues)
364 Freeport Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15238
412.828.9842

Harmarville

Primanti Brothers
A Pittsburgh original sandwich and beer shop
6 Anchor Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15238
412.826.9680
Daily 11am–2am, Sunday 11am–mid

SOUTH
Aspinwall

Aspinwall Grille
Updated American
211 Commercial Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15215
412.782.6542
Mon–Thu 11–10, Fri–Sat 11–11
City Paper review

Luma
Contemporary American
8 Brilliant Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15215
412.781.0355
Mon–Thu 11–10, Fri–Sat 11–11, Sun 4–9
Tribune-Review review

Mio Kitchen & Wine Bar
Upscale New American
225 Commercial Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15215
412.781.3141
Tue–Thu 5–10, Fri–Sat 5–11
Pittsburgh Magazine review

Sharpsburg

Bona Terra Restaurant
Award-winning all-organic farm-to-table, menu varies daily
Reservations advisable, highly recommended
908 Main Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15215
412.781.8210
Tue–Sat 5:30–9
Tribune-Review review

CC's Cafe
Italian
2218 Main Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15215
412.784.8338
Tue–Fri 11:30–10, Sat 5–10
Post-Gazette review

Gran Canal Caffé
Southeastern Italian
1021 North Canal Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15215
412.781.2546
Tue–Sat 5:30pm
WPXI review

Lawrenceville

Piccolo Forno
Tuscan Italian and wood-fired pizza
3801 Butler Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
412.622.0111
Tue–Thu 11 –10, Fri–Sat, 11–11
Tribune-Review review

Bloomfield

Tram’s Kitchen
Vietnamese, highly recommended
Try the spring rolls, iced Vietnamese coffee, and sate soup
4050 Penn Avenue (near Main)
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
412.682.2688
Tue–Sun 10-10
Pittsburgh Magazine review

Worth-the-Trip Treats near Fox Chapel

NORTH
Springdale

Old Route 28 (Freeport Road) leaving Pittsburgh

Glen’s Custard
Homemade frozen custard, highly recommended
400 Pittsburgh Street (at Porter Avenue)
Springdale, PA 15244
724.274.5516
Also ships throughout US
Post-Gazette review

SOUTH
Millvale
Route 28, exit 3, towards Pittsburgh

Jean-Marc Chatellier’s French Bakery
European and American pastries
Best to be there before mid-morning, highly recommended
213 North Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15209
412.821.8533
Closed Sunday and Monday
Pop City review