|RESTAURANTS IN OAKLAND
Two eateries are found within The Carnegie. Fossil Fuels,
located in the basement, has a limited breakfast menu, and at lunch features
sandwiches, salads, hot dogs and pizza. There is also a bank of vending
machines for sandwiches, snacks, coffee and soft drinks. The Museum Cafe (at
entrance to Art Museum) has table service and a more upscale menu. The Crazy
Mocha Cafe, located in the main library, is a coffee house with sandwiches,
desserts and gourmet coffees.
ON FORBES AVENUE to the east of the museum, there is the Orient
Express Chinese restaurant and Il Valleta, an Italian restaurant.
ALONG S CRAIG ST. There are many restaurants along S Craig St, directly across from
the parking lot entrance to The Carnegie, and within two or three blocks. Most
of the ethnic cuisines are quite cheap. There is Lulu’s Noodles (Pan-Asian),
Thai Place, Ali Baba (Middle Eastern), Craig Street Café (soups and
sandwiches), Star of India, Union Grill (burgers, sandwiches, soups, appetizers
and some entrees), a pizza place, a Subway, and two coffee houses with some
sandwiches and salads (Kiva Han and Starbucks).
FURTHER ALONG ON CRAIG STREET,
perhaps 6-8 blocks from the museum, there is a very fine restaurant with a good
continental dinner menu, the More; the fish is great, and lunches are relatively
cheap ($7-12 for soup, salad and entrée). Just past this are two good Indian
restaurants, the Indica Indian Bistro on the left, and the Indian Palace a few
doors to the left on Centre Avenue
WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE OF: the
universities and museum to the west: There are many restaurants within walking distance of the
universities and museum to the west, found mostly in a several block area along
Forbes Ave and on side streets.
ATWOOD STREET is particularly rich in small
ethnic restaurants south of Forbes with Ginza (Japanese), Spice Island Teahouse
(Pan-Asian), India Garden, and a couple of Mexican towards the end of the
OAKLAND AVENUE, between Forbes and Fifth Avenues, is also rich, with
Winners (very cheap Korean lunches), Sushi Boat, Peter’s Pub, Szechuan Express
and Oishii Bento (nice Japanese box lunches and some Korean).
THERE IS THE USUAL inedible fast food along Forbes Avenue, as well as The Original Hot Dog
Shop (fondly referred to as the Dirty O) which serves good hot dogs (if you like
NY style, natural casing), hoagies and other sandwiches, delicious fries, and
one of the best selections of beers in Pittsburgh (not for those who prefer
quiet and order); Primanti Brothers, a Pittsburgh institution famous for putting
the French fries and coleslaw right on sandwiches (ask for them on the side if
you want them to know you are from out of town); Hemingway’s; Panera’s; Joe
Mama’s (Italian) and Pamela’s Kitchen (good breakfast, great Lyonnaise
RESTAURANTS IN NEIGHBORING AREAS
Pittsburgh's neighborhoods offer an array of restaurants. For
more information, pick up a copy of City Paper, free at various corner
newsstands or in the vestibules of restaurants, which lists restaurants by
region of the city. The following are all casual and moderately priced except
- SOUTH SIDE
(south of Monongahela River -- take
5th Ave. to the Birmingham Bridge) houses a number of restaurants. Driving time
from Oakland is about 10 minutes; easy parking along Carson St. or in city lot
(lot meters in effect 24 hrs/day).
- Carson St. on the South Side
- Claddagh Irish Pub (407 Cinema Drive; 412-381-4800;
- Ibiza Tapas (2224 E. Carson Street; 412-325-2227;
- Mallorca (2228 E. Carson Street, 412-381-7755; – Spanish.
- Old Europe (1209-11 E. Carson Street, 412-488-1700) – eastern
European, Bulgarian in particular.
- Piper’s Pub (1828 E. Carson; 412-381-3977) – Irish. Guinness on
- Le Pommier (2104 E. Carson, 412-431-1901; -- French. The ultimate on Carson St., moderately expensive, reservations
recommended. Highly rated. www.lepommier.com)
- STATION SQUARE
If you follow Carson St. a few blocks on toward downtown
Pittsburgh, you hit Station Square (discussed in Recreational Activities).
Parking available in attended lots.
(412-261-1717) occupies the former train station
lobby and waiting rooms -- seafood and other items, expensive and more formal.
- Tequila Junction (412-261-3265) -- Mexican.
- Mt. WASHINGTON
For directions to Mt. Washington, see Recreational Activities section.
The Duquesne Incline is nearer to the restaurants along Grandview Ave.
These places -- Christopher's, Le Mont, Monterey Bay, Cliffside, Tin Angel --
all have lovely views of downtown Pittsburgh, but are expensive. For the
experience without spending a fortune, have a drink at the Grandview Saloon --
lounge is one floor below the restaurant, but still an excellent view, best time
sunset or at night.
- Cliffside, 1208 Grandview Avenue (412-431-6996)
- Georgetowne Inn, 1230 Grandview Avenue (412-481-4424)
- Grandview Saloon, 1212 Grandview Avenue (412-431-1400)
- Le Mont, 1114 Grandview Avenue (412-431-3100)
- Monterey Bay Fish Grotto, 1411 Grandview Avenue (412-481-4414)
- Shiloh Inn, 123 Shiloh Street (412-431-4000)
- Tin Angel, 1200 Grandview Avenue (412-381-1919)