Best Restaurants 2014
Presenting 33 top-notch eateries that are revolutionizing Pittsburgh's food scene.
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STRIP DISTRICT: 1150 Smallman St. |
AMERICAN | $$-$$$ | Executive Chef DEREK STEVENS
Eleven remains one of Pittsburgh’s finest dining destinations. The restaurant contains several well-designed environments, including the open main dining room, the upstairs balcony and the sleek bar. The menu lists excellent seafood choices, including raw oysters and grilled fish. Meat eaters can enjoy prime beef ribeye, lamb and roasted chicken. The vibrant bar has its own tavern menu, featuring favorites that include the crabcake sandwich. Eleven offers lunch, brunch, dinner and a chef’s tasting menu; choose your fare and reserve a private dining room for your special event.
SQUIRREL HILL: 5875 Forbes Ave. |
TAIWANESE | $ | Executive Chef STEVE CHOW
Veteran restaurateur Mike Chen provides the brains behind this noodle haven, which now offers delivery service. At the restaurant’s opening, he brought chefs from Taiwan to train staffers, ensuring authenticity. Diners can watch chefs through a glass window, looking on as the pros make fresh noodles and dumplings. Top menu choices include the authentic soup dumplings — thin-skinned and filled with hot soup and small amounts of pork and/or crab — and the “dry” noodles with ground pork. New-to-Pittsburgh items include braised beef tendon, pickled jellyfish salad and the shrimp and loofah soup dumplings. Get one of the milk bubble teas, with optional additions such as lychee jelly.
DOWNTOWN: 535 Liberty Ave.
| 412/281-4748, GRITANDGRACEPGH.com
WORLD CUISINE | $-$$ | Executive Chef/Co-owner BRIAN PEKARCIK
Grit & Grace, one of the hottest tickets in town, took honors this year in our Best New Restaurant and Delicious Design categories. Brought to us by the S + P Group, which owns Spoon and the BRGR burger joints, Grit & Grace makes shareable global cuisine. Dim sum on trays, small plates and large plates all borrow flavors from various styles, including American, Korean, Indian and Chinese. The cocktails match the food, and the sleek, narrow interior helps to make this stylish downtown spot a go-to.
: 1516 Coraopolis Heights Road |
AMERICAN | $$-$$$ | Executive Chef JIM BRINKMAN
Local stalwart Hyeholde Restaurant has been family-owned for more than 75 years. The restaurant, housed in a “castle” amid acres of gardens, features large wooden beams, tapestries and roaring fires. Hyeholde also has been the training ground for some of Pittsburgh’s finest chefs. The cuisine for the most part is old-fashioned, with options including sherry bisque, Caesar salad, pine-nut Cervena elk, pan-seared trout and grilled filet. During warmer periods, the restaurant serves casual food on its lovely outdoor patio. Hyeholde is a perfect location for a wedding, picnic (baskets can be reserved) or other special occasion.