Best Restaurants in Pittsburgh in 2019
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THE CAFE CARNEGIE
It’s Best Because: You get to have lunch in a museum.
Here’s a quality recipe for building one of my favorite lunch destinations in Pittsburgh: Combine one of Pittsburgh’s top chefs with two of the country’s top museums, add a dash of modernist design and finish with attentive service.
Consulting Chef Sonja J Finn (Dinette) and her team offer an energizing menu of balanced salads, tasty sandwiches and seasonal specials that will have your brain and body ready to appreciate the wonders of the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History or wherever else your day might take you. The Cafe Carnegie is family-friendly, with a kid’s menu that goes beyond basic with dishes such as an assortment of tea sandwiches and shrimp cocktail.
Consulting Chef Sonja J Finn
OAKLAND: 4400 Forbes Ave.
What we've said in the past: Restaurant Review: The Cafe Carnegie
It’s Best Because: Toni Pais is a Pittsburgh legend.
There are few Pittsburgh meals that are more transportive than sharing an al fresco dinner with a group of friends at Cafe Zinho in Shadyside. It’s easy to feel the magic of the city as the summer breeze is blowing and the conversation is flowing over (BYO) bottles of wine paired with dishes such as impeccably cooked, lightly dressed fresh fish or lamb burger with mint pesto.
Executive Chef/Owner Toni Pais is a legend of the Pittsburgh kitchen, having once operated lauded restaurants such as Baum Vivant in Shadyside (Pittsburgh Magazine’s Restaurant of the Year from 1995-2002) and Cafe Zao Downtown. Cafe Zinho is one of Pittsburgh’s 12 Essential Restaurants.
Executive Chef/Owner Toni Pais
SHADYSIDE: 238 Spahr St.
What we've said in the past: ReviewCafé Zinho
It’s Best Because: More than 20 years into its run, Casbah just keeps getting better.
Here’s the thing I love about Casbah: I can take anyone from my father, who appreciates a classic, straightforward pasta menu, to my brother, who likes to eat fresh and healthy, and they will be thrilled to dig into Casbah’s selection of thoughtfully prepared dishes from a menu of Mediterranean-inspired favorites.
Executive Chef Dustin Gardner manages to keep standbys such as short rib ravioli with oyster mushrooms and Swiss chard worth ordering while keeping things novel by adding nuanced touches such as garnishing tuna tartare with Meyer lemon and celery leaves. Service, cocktails and wine are all top-notch, too. Casbah is one of Pittsburgh’s 12 Essential Restaurants.
Executive Chef Dustin Gardner
SHADYSIDE: 229 S. Highland Ave.
What we've said in the past: Restaurant Review: Casbah Still is Rocking