Best Restaurants 2016

Which 33 Pittsburgh-area establishments did our independent Restaurant Review Panel include among its top picks this year? Find them here.



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Carp with green and pickled peppers (left) and spicy crab (below)

 


Squirrel Hill: 5840 Forward Ave.
412/521-2088, chengdugourmet.com
Executive Chef/Owner Wei Zhu
[Sichuan Chinese] Go here for the most adventurous meal you’ll have in Pittsburgh. Chengdu Gourmet can be challenging for the uninitiated to navigate. First step: focus on the Sichuan menu rather than the Americanized one. Then, work with the waitstaff to build a balanced meal. Yam noodles, Chongqing beef hot pot, snow pea shoots and double-cooked pork belly with leeks are good places to start. Don’t miss the house-made winter sausage, which is available only from December through February. Chengdu Gourmet’s Wei Zhu is among the chefs to receive Pittsburgh Magazine’s 2016 designation as “Outstanding in Their Field.”  $
 



 


Hudson Valley Duck  with seard foie gras, bananna pepper, nappa cabbage and marcona almond

 


Sewickley: 541 Beaver St.
412/259-8847, cocothe.com
Executive Chef David DeVoss
[American]  Go here for a quiet, refined meal on a wonderful small-town main street. We love how the quaint charm of Cocothé’s dining room pairs with the considered dishes of Executive Chef David DeVoss. Start your meal with perfectly cooked scallops paired with cannellini beans and pears, or a terrine of Hudson Valley foie gras with sweet-potato butter. Cocothé is set to expand later this year.  $$-$$$
 



 


photo by adam Milliron

 


Lawrenceville: 5336 Butler St.
412/252-2595, curepittsburgh.com
Executive Chef/Co-owner Justin Severino
[Mediterranean]  Go here for a meal at Pittsburgh’s most recognized restaurant. Over the course of the last several years, Justin Severino — one of Pittsburgh Magazine’s 2016 “Outstanding in Their Field” chefs — has grown his flagship restaurant Cure into a nationally renowned powerhouse. Severino reaches out to chefs across the country for his Cure’ated dinner series, bringing in notable chefs such as Mike Solomonov (Zahav in Philadelphia) and Tarver King (The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm in Lovettsville, Va.). This year he also added a multi-course tasting menu to the Cure experience. A la carte options, including half-portions of pasta, remain some of our favorites in the city.  $$–$$$
 



 


Peel and Eat" Florida Gulf shrimp sauteed with ramps, fresno chilis, lemon and butter

 


Shadyside: 5996 Centre Ave.
412/362-0202, dinette-pgh.com
Executive Chef/Owner Sonja Finn
[Mediterranean]  Go here for a carefully crafted, casual night out. The best way to experience Dinette is to share a series of seasonal small plates and pizzas with your friends. Dinette might be best known for its pizza — and it is good pizza — but diners also should look to the top of the restaurant’s menu when assembling their meal. From a high-summer cantaloupe with Berkshire hog guanciale to late-winter parsnip-cream soup, the hyper-seasonal small plates are don’t-miss items at Dinette. The affordable and attentive menu helps to make Dinette a great draw for small groups.  $-$$
 

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