The Foodie Report

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Pittsburgh Whiskey & Fine Spirits Festival

A night in Vegas — what could be better? Especially when you don’t even have to leave town. The annual Whiskey & Fine Spirits Festival, which features a Sin City theme (and benefits the National Multiple Sclerosis Society) this year, draws droves of locals in search of fun — plus (obviously) the innumerable tastings. Two-hundred-fifty liquors will be available for the sampling, with a strong focus on whiskey — all just a short walk from the slots and table games. Bonus: Wigle Whiskey, the city’s only distillery, will be sharing its fine spirits with the crowd.

Oct. 26 at Rivers Casino, 777 Casino Drive, North Shore;

Simpatico Espresso

You’re probably familiar with growler services offered by our local breweries (if not, check out our beer feature for the skinny). But what about glass jugs full of … espresso? Yep, Simpatico Espresso, a downtown java spot, is aiding weary business folks by offering ice-cold growlers to go in the afternoon. Simpatico, which serves local brand La Prima Espresso (and developed a few house flavors in partnership with the company), estimates that each growler contains nearly 30 shots of the caffeinated beverage. Plan ahead, and beat the fatigue.

425 Sixth Ave., downtown; 412/287-7598,

Luke Wholey’s Wild Alaskan Grille

As his family celebrates Wholey’s Fish Market’s 100th anniversary, Luke Wholey decided to carry on the family tradition. His namesake Wild Alaskan Grille, which officially opened in August, is located a few blocks away from his family’s signature Strip District business. Items like wild Alaskan salmon and jumbo sea scallops are available at this spot that serves lunch and dinner (perfect for the hungry shopper making daylong trips to the Strip). What’s more, Luke, a contestant in this year’s Great America Seafood Cookoff, offers catering options for those who just can’t wait to share his freshly grilled treats with loved ones; plus, folks can pre-order live, steamed or softshell Chesapeake Bay Maryland blue crabs to go.

2106 Penn Ave., Strip District; 412/721-9590,

Three Rivers Restaurant

A perfect pairing: Steelers, brunch and pierogies. That winning combination can be found on Sundays at Three Rivers Restaurant, located in the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown. On game day, fans can stop in for buffet-style brunch, featuring traditional items in addition to breakfast pierogies; perfect dumplings are filled with anything from sausage and eggs to the traditional potato-cheese combo. Go Steelers!

600 Commonwealth Place, downtown (inside Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown);

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