Put it in My Mouth

Ten years ago I lived in an apartment on Butler Street in Lawrenceville. I think my rent was $650 a month for a huge two bedroom apartment with a one car garage. I lived there for three years before I had the bright idea of buying a house. Fortunately that house was nearby, and I had the opportunity to not only watch, but participate in, the genesis of the “Pittsburgh Food Scene.”

Make no mistake, Pittsburgh has always had tasty food, but about ten years ago this beautiful city began to put its finger on the pulse of the nation’s culinary future. You could feel it brewing (literally) in the air. People started to care about what they were eating and drinking, and they began to make connections between community, quality, consumption and economic change. As a result, a new frontier of culinary revolutionaries has transformed the area into an exciting new hub of gastronomic dining.

Here is a little sample of brunch, lunch and dinner spots that are all the current rage, and for good reason. Ahem, James. Beard. You know. That guy.

Avenue B.

Seasonal menu is supplemented by daily specials that include additional options for your beginnings, as well as providing five or six main event dining options. avenueb-pgh.com

Amazing Cafe

Where eating becomes a celebration of life. Delicious and nourishing meals using only foods that are free from man-made chemicals and GMOs. amazingyoga.net

Bar Marco

Dinner. Wine. Snacks & Cocktails. But so much more. Just go. barmarcopgh.com

Butcher in the Rye

A destination for its extensive whiskey collection and creative menu, which offers contemporary riffs on rustic American dishes. butcherandtherye.com


A neighborhood restaurant with a small menu focused on local urban Mediterranean food to reflect the seasons in Western Pennsylvania and its local farms. curepittsburgh.com


A family-run restaurant with the goal of serving simple seasonal food in a gracious and friendly manner. legume bistro.com

Salt of the Earth

Menu built around locally sourced ingredients framed in an innovative, relaxed, communal setting. saltpgh.com

Piccolo Forno

Serving wood fired pizza, tuscan cuisine and fresh pasta all made with love. piccolo-forno.com

Square Cafe

Features a variety of options for vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free guests. Put your brunch pants on and get going. square-cafe.com

The Commoner

Located in Kimpton’s new Hotel Monaco, it is an homage to the Steel City’s industrial past, that showcases the present best of locally produced products. thecommonerpgh.com

KELLY KINSEY is a home cook, private caterer, and social media stalker ofall things food related.Kelly and her partner Heather are moms to two youngsters. Check out her foodie blog at ourhousecafepgh.com or follow her on Twitter or Instagram @Ourhousecafe.