July 2019

What makes Pittsburgh Magazine’s Best of the ’Burgh issue so valuable? You are getting the inside scoop from longtime (or even lifelong) Pittsburghers.

Our annual Best of the ’Burgh feature takes on a new look this year that reflects the distinctly Pittsburgh nature of how we give recommendations. Predating the rise of the internet, the Readers’ Poll has been “crowdsourcing” the region for the best that Pittsburgh has to offer. We trust our neighbors to tell us a good place to eat or where to take visitors or even what dry cleaner we should try.

So we expanded the annual Readers’ Poll, adding categories such as Best Business Lunch (The Capital Grille), Tourist Attraction (Grandview Avenue Overlook, Mount Washington) and Dry Cleaner (Duro Cleaners).

The results exceeded our expectations. We received 40,506 nominations from 36,404 people, and 301,180 votes were cast for the 103 winners. See all the winners here.

We hope you find the list useful all year long as a reference to the best Pittsburgh has to offer. Combined with our HOME Magazine Readers’ Choice awards, we try to offer an extensive list of your recommendations, but if there is anything you think we’re missing, please let us know.

Another change we made to the Best of the ’Burgh this year was to make it more personal. We asked the staff and some plugged-in Pittsburghers, such as Kelly Brennan, to tell us a few of their favorite things. Who would you ask for a list of the best local diners? How about a person in Pittsburgh who has done plenty of research? We asked Rick Sebak to give us his picks. Associate Editor Sean Collier knows comedy, so who better to tell us about the funniest people you should know? 

One of the things that makes Pittsburgh special is our connectedness. I’ve had friends who have moved into the region tell me that in some cities, online services are the places where people turn for recommendations. But not in Pittsburgh. Here we trust our network of friends and family and coworkers. 

That’s what makes Pittsburgh Magazine’s Best of the ’Burgh issue valuable. You are getting the inside scoop from longtime (or even lifelong) Pittsburghers. Because sometimes your neighbors are the experts.

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