Pittsburgh Magazine's Best Restaurants Party and Giveaway

Published On May 25, 2012 | By Kymbo Slice | Food & Drink, Giveaways

Reading the 2012 list of Pittsburgh Magazine’s 25 Best Restaurants did not make me too excited for the quesadilla I have cooking up in the kitchen right now. I’ve never been much of a chef, but I’m lucky enough to live in a city that spoils me with food like the ones on this year’s list. Winners include a healthy mix of casual and fancy eateries. Some have been around for decades, while others are relatively new to the scene. Many of the restaurants reflect a shift in the industry to more traditional, farm to table, sustainable eateries. These forward-thinking chefs represent a new breed of food artistry. Seafood, Italian and meat-focused restaurants shine in this batch. There’s a little something for everyone’s palate this year.

Rather than regurgitate their picks, we’re going to pick our faves of the bunch. Keep in mind the person writing this is extremely picky, so you know these have to be the best of the best. We also haven’t been to all of these places, so we’re going to pick a few must-go spots.

Soba is hands down my favorite restaurant in Pittsburgh. I’m not the biggest seafood person, but I will eat any fish prepared by Executive Chef Danielle Cain – she’s that good. Everything I’ve ever had at this place has been delectable, from their sashimi to their spicy tofu – two things I would never dream of eating anywhere else – to my personal fave, the spicy tuna maki, this place is to die for. Their scallops are also top notch and their chopped salad is pretty legendary. Round this meal out with some of their fantastic cocktails (I recommend the green tea) and you’ve got yourself a perfect meal. Their pricing is reasonable, especially if you only order apps, which makes this an option for almost any pocketbook. I’m told I would really enjoy their neighbor and fellow Big Burrito restaurant Umi, another that made the list, but I’ve not had the chance to go yet. I need to find a sugar daddy first.

Some of our other favorites include Dish, Kaya, Nicky’s Thai, Nine on Nine (get a Beckham martini – my fave martini ever!) and Park Bruges (their eggs benedict is the bomb!).

I’m getting progressively hungrier as I write this and I just housed that ‘dilla I was talking about earlier in the post. Here’s my wish list of restaurants that I’ve not been to yet, but must try:

Stagioni, Penn Avenue Fish Co, Legume, and Cure. Shout out to all the restaurants who made this year’s list. Pittsburgh Magazine has good taste!

Speaking of, if your mouth is watering as much as mine is right now, you should check out their annual “Best Restaurants Party” which takes place June 4th at Heinz Field. General admission tickets are $130 and $250 for VIP, but well worth it for all the fantastic food being served for the evening! Tickets can be purchased here. This 21+ event also features live entertainment and a silent auction to benefit the Family House. Full details on the party can be found here. Check out footage from last year’s party below:

Mouth still watering. If yours is too, you’re in luck! We’re giving away a pair of tickets to one hungry reader. All you have to do is leave a comment below as to what your favorite restaurant in Pittsburgh is. A winner will be selected at random from the pool of entries on Friday, June 1. Good luck!

17 Responses to Pittsburgh Magazine's Best Restaurants Party and Giveaway

  1. Patricia Crowley says:

    My favorite is Legends of the North Shore! It looks like a hole in the wall….but oh so good!

  2. Mandy Blank says:

    I love Bravo Franco.

  3. bianca zeiler says:

    Dish is the best place ever to have at the corner of my street and serving till midnight – it will always be dear to my heart, but I must admit my current restaurant crush is meat and potatoes – super-sexy-delicious dinner, brunch AND cocktails plus the best bloody-bar on sundays…yum!

  4. eugene vennare says:

    my favorite restaurant changes from time to time – but i must say that i just had brunch at park bruges, and that is my current favorite. i will need to try more menu items, but my guess is that it will only make me like it more!

  5. My favorite used to be Spoon, but Cure has been creeping up on my list!

  6. Aire says:

    Ohhhhh how fun! Mine changes on a monthly basis….currently, it’s Braddock’s….but from the list, I’ll have to go with Spoon! Tough choice though! Tough choice! 🙂

  7. Kate says:

    I still love Casbah! So glad Pittsburgh’s restaurant scene continues to grow! Love all the new restaurants coming in. But had to stick with Casbah as a “favorite!”



  9. Karen Glass says:

    Hard to choose just one. All time favorite would probably be Mallorca, recent favorite Willow.

  10. Laura says:

    Legume is amazing!

  11. Bar Marco in the Strip. Fantastic food, unique cocktails, incredible atmosphere!

  12. joann says:

    atrias…great food and drinks!

  13. jocie says:

    nine on nine!!

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  15. Mark says:

    Cafe Chocolade had the best gluten free I have ever had. A+

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