Sure, we can all Google a place to eat in Pittsburgh. The internet is a wonderful thing; full of tourist hot spots, athletic venues, restaurants, and bars. If you’re not a fan of the typical tourist experience or if you are a resident looking for something new, check out this list of hidden treasures in Pittsburgh.
1. The Hollywood Theater
Anyone can stroll down to the local chain movie theater, buy some 2-day-old popcorn and a gallon of soda and see the newest movie releases. The Hollywood Theater de-commercializes the movie theater experience. Get on down to see old as well as recent pieces of cinematic art.
2. Trundle Manor
This is one place where you can really let your imagination and curiosity run wild. Set up a tour of this crazy collection of all things weird. Jarred specimens, medical implements, and taxidermy are just a few of the oddities on display.
3. Arsenal Cider House
Tired of disappointing craft beers at bars full of college kids? Grab some dinner at a nearby restaurant and hit Arsenal for your dessert. Sorbet (alcoholic) and a massive hard cider collection will keep you coming back for more.
4. Gaucho Parrilla Argentina
Lunch, dinner, or snack; whatever you are looking for can be found here. Not only is it available here, but the food is delicious and satisfying. You will absolutely make this a regular in your restaurant repertoire after one visit.
5. City of Asylum
In America, it is sometimes easy to take our civil liberties for granted. One of these liberties, the First Amendment, is the freedom of speech. Other countries do not grant their citizens this right and even persecute artists who dare to speak against the power structure of the country. These exiled artists are welcome in the City of Asylum, a community of cross-cultural literary programs that houses them as writers in residence.
6. Conflict Kitchen
A picture is worth a thousand words. A salad can be worth just as much. The Conflict Kitchen serves food from regularly changed menus that feature dishes exclusively from countries that the United States is in conflict with. Why sleep on a dirty street to protest when you can eat delicious food to raise awareness?
7. Bread and Salt
An old world bakery in Pittsburgh? Absolutely. Bread and Salt Bakery is a newcomer to the scene, but has been winning rave reviews ever since its opening. You never know what is going to be on the menu at this place, but you can bet your bottom dollar its going to be delicious.
An empty lot with some tables, mismatched chairs, a canopy, and a grill. Tailgate? No. Social Club? Yes. It may seem counterintuitive, but almost anything can be made exclusive these days by slapping a “members only” sign on it.
9. La Hutte Royal
Move over, squatters. In 2013, this unassuming house was turned into an intense art installation spanning the entire interior of the house. Make an appointment to see it for yourself today. It’s free!
The most colorful landmark in Pittsburgh is actually an artist’s home (makes sense). You can enter the courtyard for free every day between 1:00 and 7:00 pm for a look into the colorful mind of a master of the visual arts.
Pittsburgh is no longer a city full of steel mills. Pittsburgh is a city full of culture, sports (obviously), entertainment, and these one-off interesting staples that your local “yinzers” hang out at. Go explore this city for yourself, you won’t be disappointed.
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