What’s New and Coming Soon in Pittsburgh Food
Three openings have my attention, and there are some exciting eats on the horizon.
The third iteration of Adda opened during the final week of October. The Garfield location of the welcoming coffee shop adds value to the space by incorporating a global marketplace into its design, with items from spices to ceramics filling its brightly colored shelves. Among the bounty is a heavy focus on local makers by giving prominent shelf-space to artisans such as SK Frey Chocolates. There is a substantial selection of hard-to-find-in-Pittsburgh global ingredients for home cooks and entertainers, including tinned fish and conservas from Portugal. As with all Adda locations, the coffee and tea selection is outstanding. It’s bolstered by seasonal specials such as Chaga chai latte, an invigorating brew that features wild Chaga mushrooms, roasted dandelion root, chicory and astragalus root. Eventually, Adda Bazaar will be a gathering space for Garfield, but for now, occupancy is limited in compliance with COVID-19 public health measures (there are a handful of outdoor tables, too). For those who prefer to shop from home, Adda recently introduced an extensive online marketplace.
4905 Penn Ave., Garfield; 412/709-6635, addacoffeehouse.com
Fig & Ash
The October opening of Fig & Ash marks a milestone for one of Pittsburgh’s longest anticipated restaurant projects — chef/owner Cory Hughes broke ground on his East Ohio Street building in 2016. Hughes, formerly executive chef of Google’s Bakery Square offices, helms a wood-fired kitchen where he’s offering smoked-kissed big-format dishes such as a tomahawk pork chop. Seasonal dishes such as roasted pumpkin soup, hearth-roasted carrots with whipped ricotta and local honey are great places to start. I visited on a cool October night and found myself enchanted by the covered and heated patio area. I hope the warmth holds up (Hughes offers blankets) because I am looking forward to trying more of the menu.
514 E Ohio St, North Side; 412/321-2222, figandashpgh.com
Coop de Ville
The latest establishment from the Richard DeShantz Restaurant Group blends a fast-casual Southern-influenced restaurant, barcade, all-day coffee shop and gathering place into a vibrant Strip District funhouse. DeShantz spent approximately two years working on the project, and you can read my thoughts about the opening in my column from last month. Three of his Downtown restaurants — tako, Butcher and the Rye and Meat & Potatoes are all operating within the established state guidelines, and I have some exciting news below about what’ll be happening for the next three months at Fish Nor Fowl.
2305 Smallman St., Strip District; 412/991-2667, coopdevillepgh.com
A winter-themed pop-up at the Fish Nor Fowl space in Garfield is set to open. Consider putting this on your to-do list because it brings two Pittsburgh talents together. Jamilka Borges is previewing Wild Child in the front room. Her forthcoming Sharpsburg restaurant likely won’t open until next year due to construction delays, so she’s keeping her crew busy with a three-month residency at Fish. “It’s going to be a fun way to do a trial run,” Borges says.
Starting next week, she’ll offer two prix fixe tasting menus, one vegetarian, as well as the opportunity for a cocktail pairing. “We’re trying to keep it casual, play around with ideas and give people a preview of what we’re doing at Wild Child,” Borges says.
Meanwhile, beer maestro Kenny Gould, fresh from Lagerlands, his autumn-themed socially distant beer garden at The Highline, is ready for a winter run with Fir Junction. “It’s kind of a rustic ski-lodge-themed beer and cocktail bar,” he says.
Fir Junction will bring its winter wonderland to the back studio of the building and expand to outdoor “igloo” tents in a couple of weeks. Look for a beer menu loaded with winter brews. Just as at Lagerlands, Guild is building his list with a heavy tilt to local and regional breweries — count Blizzard of Hops, a winter IPA from Troegs and Dancing Gnome Dead Sleep, a roasty and warming coffee stout, among those — while bringing in almost impossible to find in Pennsylvania beers from brewers such as San Pedro, California’s Brouwerij West.
Borges will supply a menu of items such as snacks, sandwiches, baked spaetzle and sausages.
Ready to dive into some of the best pizza in the region? Rockaway Pizza is re-opening, bigger and better, on Nov. 14. Here’s why I’m excited about that.
Back To The Foodture is my favorite casual hamburger and wing restaurant around, and owners Angel Randolph and Eddie Barnz are bringing their flair to the refurbished SouthSide Works in March.
Mediterra Cafe officially opens on Friday in Mt. Lebanon; it soft-launched last weekend. If the bakehouse, cafe and market is anything like its Sewickley original, it’s going to be a real treat for the South Hills. I’ll have more on the open in forthcoming weeks.