Best Restaurants 2018
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Familiarity of service and go-to menu favorites make these long-standing restaurants important destinations for Pittsburghers.
Tessaro’s American Bar & Hardwood Grill
BLOOMFIELD: 4601 Liberty Ave.
[Burgers/American] Pittsburghers have since 1981 flocked to the Bloomfield burger joint and bar for a taste of a true Steel City classic. Every day, Tessaro’s butcher Dominic Piccola grinds the restaurant’s custom blend of chuck, brisket, short rib, New York strip and other cuts. Then, grill master Courtney McFarlane cooks the ground beef over a hardwood fire, as he’s done nearly every day since 1992. As any regular would tell you, there are no French fries at Tessaro’s; instead order a favorite side such as boiled red-skin potatoes or broccoli (hey, your body will thank you). On Thursdays, there is a ribs special. We love the bar — and the longstanding bartenders — at Tessaro’s too.
SHADYSIDE: 238 Spahr St.
[Mediterranean] Executive Chef/Owner of Cafe Zinho Toni Pais taps into his Portuguese roots with dishes such as mariscada, a garlic-and-cilantro-forward shellfish stew with a wine and tomato base and bulhao-pato style clams (cooked in white wine, olive oil and garlic). Other seafood standouts include branzino with olive oil and lemon slices and the not-to-be-missed daily specials. Dishes such as suckling pig shanks in papaya barbecue sauce will please meat-forward diners, and plates such as spinach ricotta ravioli with piquillo pepper coulis are certain to delight vegetable-forward ones. Be sure to grab an outdoor seat in the warmer months.
Penn Avenue Fish Company
STRIP DISTRICT: 2208 Penn Ave.
Henry B. Dewey and Angela Earley
[Seafood] Penn Avenue Fish Company merges a vibrant fish market with a casual, BYOB eatery. Deep inside the space is a sushi counter, where chefs craft nigiri bites with fresh fish lofted atop seasoned rice served at body temperature. If sushi isn’t your thing, go for a decadent fish sandwich, such as English-style cod with breadcrumbs and tartar sauce or Sneaky Pete — grilled salmon on whole-grain ciabatta with fresh arugula, hearts of palm and spicy avocado crème sauce.