My Best of the ‘Burgh: A Q&A with Pro Wrestler and Dentist Dr. Britt Baker
“I would be in trouble if I had to take somebody to one spot in Pittsburgh. They’re all near and dear to my heart.”
Pro wrestler Britt Baker — sorry, that’s Dr. Britt Baker, DMD — came to Pittsburgh from her native Punxsutawney to pursue a pair of dreams. By day, she took classes at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine; by night, she trained to become a professional wrestler. Now on the roster of All Elite Wrestling, where she is a former Women’s World Champion, she can be seen making her opponents submit (her finishing hold is the aptly named “Lockjaw”) on TBS and TNT. When she’s back at home, though, we asked: What is Britt Baker’s Best of the ’Burgh?
What’s your Pittsburgh “hidden gem,” a place that you love that doesn’t get the attention it deserves?
Downtown’s Social House 7
If you could only eat one local meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
“Caliente in [Bloomfield]. They have these pepperoni rolls — wrapped in a bunch of bread, dip it in marinara. Me and my dental school roommate, that was our little treat to ourselves.”
If Pittsburgh had a theme song, what would it be?
“Renegade” by Styx
What’s the annual tradition that you wait for every year?
“Me and my family, when we get back to town, we go Christmas shopping at Ross Park Mall … it seems so silly and little, but it’s so nice to be back home, back with your family.”
Favorite Pittsburgh appearance in a movie or on television?
“The Dark Knight Rises”
What’s your unpopular Pittsburgh opinion? What is something you think about the city (or a famous aspect of it) that won’t win you any friends?
“I think we need to evolve — as a community, as a city — from using the word yinz. I appreciate it for what it is, but to actually speak to someone in real life … It sounds a little crazy.”
Where’s the first place you take out-of-town guests?
“There’s always Primanti’s. ‘Hey, we’re in Pittsburgh, you have to go.’ Or, take people out to the rooftop bar above Sienna Mercato … Depending on the vibe, take them down to South Side … I would be in trouble if I had to take somebody to one spot in Pittsburgh. They’re all near and dear to my heart.”
You get one Incline ride with any Pittsburgher, living or dead. Who is it?
If you could bring back one Pittsburgh place or restaurant that’s no longer there, which would you pick?
The Civic Arena. “One more game at the Igloo!”