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Bar Marco Makes the ‘Bon Appetit’ Best New Restaurants List

The hip, forward-thinking Strip District eatery is one of 50 finalists for the magazine’s prestigious award.

Bar Marco photo by John Altdorfer


They say fortune favors the bold, and there are few restaurants in the city as bold as Bar Marco. Today, the trend-setting restaurateurs and childhood friends behind the Strip District hot spot had some fortune. Bon Appetit magazine has included Bar Marco in its list of the 50 Best New Restaurants in America.

Here’s what the magazine had to say about the selection:

“Steel City's cool kids hang out here for smart cocktails, addictive snacks (like fried smelts with chervil aioli), and a category-killing brunch. The onetime firehouse has high ceilings, a ton of light, and a loose vibe; come here to get over a rough night out with a giant plate of pork belly Benedict.”

Bon Appetit also gave props to the Gin Basil Smash from Bar Marco’s master mixers. In our 50 Great Drinks feature, we highlighted another sublime cocktail — the Cooper, which combines Irish whiskey, Laphroaig scotch, grapefruit bitters and St. Germain elderflower liqueur.

See? Bold!

This isn't the first time a Pittsburgh restaurant has made the list. Lawrenceville's Cure was a nominee just last year.

Check out the full list of the 2013 nominees at Bon Appetit. The 10 winners will be announced Aug. 14.





#Aww: History Center Honors Pittsburgh’s Service Dogs   


We all know dogs are man’s best friend. They can also be heroes. Last Sunday, the Sen. John Heinz History Center welcomed service, therapy and working dogs from organizations and agencies around the region for a pup party in their honor.

The event coincided with the start of International Assistance Dog Week. It included talks and demonstrations in collaboration with the Pennsylvania's Civil War exhibit, which features Dog Jack, beloved mascot of the 102nd Pennsylvania Regiment of Pittsburgh during the Civil War.

Check out the amazing photos of the event below, courtesy of the Heinz History Center. Follow the center on Facebook for incredible historical photos interspersed between your daily feed of babies and Buzzfeed listicles.


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