Best Restaurants 2014

Presenting 33 top-notch eateries that are revolutionizing Pittsburgh's food scene.



(page 7 of 8)


 

GARFIELD: 5523 Penn Ave.  |  412/441-7258, SALTPGH.COM
AMERICAN  |  $$
  |  Executive Chef CHAD TOWNSEND

 

2011 was a banner year for Salt of the Earth, which earned our Best New Restaurant and Delicious Design awards. Since then, things at the restaurant have progressed nicely. Named for the hard-working folks of Pittsburgh, the restaurant provides an exceptional dining experience without pretense. Toward that end, the kitchen is completely open, and the first-floor tables are communal. There’s a daily chalkboard menu, the interior design is streamlined and the waitstaff genuinely is friendly. Don’t let these down-to-earth features fool you, though: Salt offers one of the most refined dining experiences in town, with spotless presentation and innovative flavor combinations.
The notable bar program includes a wide range of wine and a small but inventive cocktail list.



 

DOWNTOWN: 22 Market Square  |  412/281-6363, SIENNAPGH.com
ITALIAN  |  $$
  |  Executive Chef MATTHEW PORCO

 

Our 2013 Best New Restaurant continues to delight with its upscale Italian cuisine. The menu is extensive, offering a variety of antipasti, housemade pastas, meats and seafood. The flavorful food is unpretentious yet exciting. The staff opens up the front of the restaurant in warm weather, allowing tables to be in the midst of Market Square activity. Executive Chef Matthew Porco also is involved in the Sienna team’s latest venture, Sienna Mercato, in the Cultural District. At press time, the ground-floor “meatball joint” and rooftop beer garden were open; Porco says the eatery on the second floor will open by the fall.



 

SHADYSIDE: 5847 Ellsworth Ave.  |  412/362-5656, BIGBURRITO.com/SOBA
PAN-ASIAN  |  $$-$$$  |  
Executive Chef DANIELLE CAIN

 

Soba’s innovative pan-Asian cuisine always has been dependable. Last year, Soba underwent a major renovation, expanding into an adjacent building. The new, much larger bar area features light-colored wood with chic light fixtures and plum-colored accent seating. The Soba team also expanded its dining room to absorb the former bar space; it continues to be a peaceful Zen environment. The food playfully spans Asia through the use of assorted ingredients — think yuzu, chilis, tamarind, togarashi, daikon, peanuts and coconut. It’s all there to please your palate and those of loved ones; this is a fine place to host a private event.



 

EAST LIBERTY: 134 S. Highland Ave.  |  412/362-6001, SPOONPGH.com
AMERICAN  |  $$  |
  Executive Chef/Co-owner BRIAN PEKARCIK

 

Spoon continues to be a destination for well-prepared, wholesome food. The kitchen staff — led by Executive Chef/Co-owner Brian Pekarcik, our 2012 Chef of the Year — strives to source fresh, local and sustainable products; farmers and artisans are credited on the menu. Pekarcik also is the primary creative force behind our 2014 Best New Restaurant, Grit & Grace, as well as BRGR, one of our 2014 Best Restaurants. Spoon’s menu lists fun appetizers, such as trout and caviar with goat milk yogurt and chicken meatballs with rosemary gravy. Some entrées to consider: Alaskan black cod with crab cakes and duo of beef with a grilled ribeye and a braised beef cheek. The bar is a nice spot to grab a drink and snack; the restaurant is known for its wine collection, so look to a bartender for a recommendation. Because of its busy location, Spoon offers valet parking.

Edit Module

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Hot Reads

Top Ten Things to Do in Pittsburgh in August

Top Ten Things to Do in Pittsburgh in August

The month's best bets in The 'Burgh.
Deep In The Heart of Downtown

Deep In The Heart of Downtown

Downtown Pittsburgh is booming. The Golden Triangle has grown in ways that previous generations may never have envisioned, and the perception of the neighborhood at the heart of Pittsburgh is changing rapidly –– for the better.
And The Winner Is....

And The Winner Is....

Meet the top vote getter in our 2016 Cutest Pet Contest.
The Region's Top Dentists 2016

The Region's Top Dentists 2016

Our latest list includes 368 topDentists in eight specialities from around the region.
Edit ModuleShow Tags

The 412

ReplayFX Turns Convention Center Into Giant Arcade

The second annual gaming festival at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center brings 8-bits of weekend fun.

Environmental Art Project to Light Up Pittsburgh Bridge for the Holidays

Riverlife hopes the temporary project will lead to permanent, decorative lighting of all three of the city's Sister bridges.

Mt. Lebanon Native Daya Nominated for MTV Video Music Award

It's the first MTV nomination for the 17-year-old singing sensation.

Remembering A Rescuer of Gentle Giants

Richard Kohl devoted most of his adult life to caring for homeless large-breed dogs.

10 Things You Might Not Know About The Old Allegheny County Jail

The former Allegheny County Jail on Second Avenue, Downtown, remains one of Pittsburgh’s most iconic pieces of architecture.

Michael Keaton to Receive Big Hollywood Honor

The recognition comes less than month before the release of Keaton's newest film, which is generating some early Oscar buzz.
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Become the smartest person in Pittsburgh with our (free) Burgh.ly App 

The always lively list of things to eat, drink and do in the 'Burgh from the editors of Pittsburgh Magazine. 

      

*Winner of City and Regional Magazine Association's 2015 Digital Innovation Award

Edit ModuleShow Tags

2014 Best Restaurants

Best Restaurants 2014: Readers' Poll Winners

Best Restaurants 2014: Readers' Poll Winners

See the results in our annual poll dedicated to the region's best food, from hot dogs to pierogies and everything in between.
Best Restaurants 2014

Best Restaurants 2014

Presenting 33 top-notch eateries that are revolutionizing Pittsburgh's food scene.
Chefs of the Year 2014

Chefs of the Year 2014

We tip our hats to the city's 13 premier chefs, who consistently create good food and help to position Pittsburgh's dining scene on a national scale.
Best New Restaurant 2014: Grit & Grace

Best New Restaurant 2014: Grit & Grace

It’s a double win for the downtown restaurant, which also takes home our Delicious Design award.
Edit ModuleShow Tags

On the Blogs


ReplayFX Turns Convention Center Into Giant Arcade

ReplayFX Turns Convention Center Into Giant Arcade

The second annual gaming festival at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center brings 8-bits of weekend fun.

Comments


Pittsburgh, only cooler
PittGirl: How You Should Grade A Squishy Tongue

PittGirl: How You Should Grade A Squishy Tongue

Kennywood Park opens soon and new this season is the return of the famed whale at the entrance of Noah’s Ark. In the name of science, PittGirl paid an early visit to test the squishiness quotient of the whale's all-important tongue.

Comments


All the foodie news that's fit to blog
A Thyme and Place

A Thyme and Place

Old friends Tricia Cohen and Lisa Graves reconnect via Facebook and collaborate on a historical cookbook.

Comments


Not just good stuff. Great stuff.
The Best 7 Spots in Pittsburgh to Watch the 2016 Euro Cup

The Best 7 Spots in Pittsburgh to Watch the 2016 Euro Cup

Grab your kits, scarfs and get ready to watch the Euro 2016 Pittsburgh-style. We'll show you where to go to get your fan on.

Comments


Garfield Bar Mixtape Is a Great Hangout (And a Good Bar, Too)

Garfield Bar Mixtape Is a Great Hangout (And a Good Bar, Too)

Part craft-cocktail joint and part coffee bar, the welcoming spot wants you to stay a while.

Comments


Mike Prisuta's Sports Section

A weekly look at the games people are playing and the people who are playing them.
Optimism With An Asterisk As Good As It Gets In Steelers Training Camp

Optimism With An Asterisk As Good As It Gets In Steelers Training Camp

Although NFL teams never simply pick up where they left off the previous season, there’s reason to believe the 2016 Steelers could resemble the team that came agonizingly close to knocking off the eventual Super Bowl Champion Broncos in Denver last January.

Comments


Style. Design. Goods. Hide your credit card.
Namaste! Sandals Made from Yoga Mats

Namaste! Sandals Made from Yoga Mats

Sanuk’s Yoga Sling Sandal are super comfy yet chic.

Comments


Sean Collier's Popcorn for Dinner

The movies that are playing in Pittsburgh –– and, more importantly, whether or not they're worth your time.
"Bad Moms" and a Bad "Bourne" Make For a Rough Weekend

"Bad Moms" and a Bad "Bourne" Make For a Rough Weekend

Reviews of "Jason Bourne" and "Bad Moms," plus local movie news and notes.

Comments


Everything you need to know about getting married in Pittsburgh today.
A Whimsical Wedding in Wonderland

A Whimsical Wedding in Wonderland

This Pittsburgh bride brought all the details together for a flawless “Alice in Wonderland”-themed wedding.

Comments


The latest tips and trends to refresh your home.
Coming Soon: Historic Lawrenceville Building Ready for Makeover

Coming Soon: Historic Lawrenceville Building Ready for Makeover

Real estate crowd-funding platform Small Change Pittsburgh is raising funds to transform the Butler Street building.

Comments


The hottest topics in higher education
Online Education at Edinboro University Nationally Ranked

Online Education at Edinboro University Nationally Ranked

The university landed in the top 10 schools for disabled students seeking an online education.

Comments

Edit Module