90 Neighborhoods and What We Love About Them

Explore the ins and outs of Pittsburgh’s incredible, diverse neighborhoods with fun things to do in every part of town.



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Banksville

Savvy fliers know the best layovers are at Douglas International Airport in Charlotte. Why? Because of the finger-lickin’ southern barbecue in the food court, of course. Thanks to the Pittsburgh Barbecue Co.’s hickory-smoked racks of ribs glazed with a vinegar-based, Carolina-style marinade, you no longer need to use beef as an excuse to fly into Charlotte. This is authentic BBQ in the 'Burgh, thanks to a mammoth smoker custom-built for owner Arthur Cohen. It’s takeout-only, so bring along wet naps because you’re never going to make it home before succumbing to the sweet aromas of a succulent beef brisket. — Sean Conboy

[1000 Banksville Ave.; pghbbq.com, 412/563-1005]

 

Beechview

Inside the kitchen at Casa Rasta, owner and Mexico City native Antonio Fraga creates a number of taco varieties — pulled-pork, Jamaican-jerk chicken and specials (such as curried goat). He regularly makes vegetarian fillings; vegan options are sometimes offered. — Kristina Martin

[casarastapgh.com]

 


 

Brookline

Thanks to massive renovations, the Carnegie Library of Brookline looks like an ultra-modern house of knowledge. Don’t let the slick redesign fool you, though; this building has been a Brookline institution since 1930. — Sean Collier

[carnegielibrary.org/locations/brookline]

 

Carrick

Want a traditional Pittsburgh summer evening? Saddle up to the bar at Sophie’s Saloon and order a (stunningly cheap) pint of Iron City. Watch no fewer than four innings of a Pirates game while arguing with regulars about the starting rotation. Repeat as often as possible. — Sean Collier

[412/882-6756]

 


 

Overbrook

A tiny diner, booths piled high with comfort food — each with a stack of Pennsylvania Lottery cards next to the Heinz bottle, in case you want to fill out your numbers over lunch. Is there anything more Pittsburgh than that? At Frank and Shirley’s Restaurant, nothing on the menu hits $10 — opening the door for a feast of down-home cooking. Wake up with a satisfying greasy-spoon breakfast, stop in on your lunch break for a filling sandwich or come in the early evening for dinner like Grandma used to make. It’s unpretentious, simple and tasty. You could live in this diner. — Sean Collier

[2209 Saw Mill Run Blvd.; 412/882-3550]

 

Bon Air

It might be the only store in Pittsburgh with a whole section labeled “Bric-a-Brac.” Head to Red, White and Blue Thrift and go home with an old radio, a sofa, a winter jacket, shoes, toys, books, old records. Whatever you do, though, please don’t sing that Macklemore song. — Sean Collier

[redwhiteandbluethriftstore.com]

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⬇ Did we miss something?

When we set out to find something we loved in every single city neighborhood, we hit an early hurdle: how should we define them? Pittsburghers have long held different definitions of where certain 'hoods end and others begin — as has the city itself, changing official designations more than once.

In the end, we decided to swear by the most recent city maps. That does make for some odd quirks of designation, but we felt it was the only fair standard we could apply.

And while we do love all 90 of our choices, each neighborhood could've provided 90 more — the selections presented here are by no means the best part of their respective neighborhoods, just one of many great components. We're eager to here about your favorite features and landmarks, so let us know: what's your favorite part of your favorite neighborhood?

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