Despite all of the difficulties that the restaurant industry in Pittsburgh has faced these last few months, there are some bright spots to report – seven brand new restaurants have opened their doors, offering everything from Turkish specialties to house-brewed beers.
Seven Brand New Restaurants in Pittsburgh to Try Right Now
Choolaah Indian BBQ
Choolaah Indian BBQ, the fast-casual spot with roots in Pittsburgh, opened its second area location in Robinson Township earlier this month. The restaurant serves a menu of authentic tandoor-oven Indian cuisine, including build-your-own-bowls with chicken, lamb, salmon, paneer, roasted vegetables, tofu or vegetable croquettes. They also offer wraps, samosas, Pav Bhaji (as they say, it’s “kinda like an Indian version of a veggie sloppy Joe), Tikka Masala, Chickpea Masala, and Black Lentil Daal. Vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free, grain-free, gluten-free and egg-free menu options are available. Choolaah Indian BBQ (227 Summit Park Drive)
Upper St. Clair
Michael’s International Creekside Kitchen (or M.I.C.K, for short), opened just before the global pandemic, and operated as a takeout restaurant during the shutdown. Now, the plant-forward restaurant with creekside views is back open for dine-in service, with a healthy menu offering salads, rice bowls (served in compostable containers), skewers, and entrees, like Cajun Trout (with grounding root vegetables and rice), Creekside Chicken, and Filet Tips & Ravioli. M.I.C.K also serves City Fresh pasta, and Millie’s Homemade ice cream, and an inventive ‘healthy mocktail’ list. M.I.C.K (1580 McLaughlin Road, Upper St. Clair)
Pizzeria Davide (from the owners of DiAnoia’s Eatery) opened its second location on June 23 in Robinson Township. The pizzeria will feature the same pizza, cheesesteaks and Italian snacks that made the original Strip District location such a hit. Pizza is made using a 48-hour dough, and other menu items will feature artisanal and locally-sourced ingredients, like fresh mozzarella from Caputo Brothers Creamery in Spring Grove. Other menu items will include a Philly Cheesesteak sandwich, Meatball Bombs, tiramisu, and cannoli. Pizzeria Davide (1770 Park Manor Blvd., Robinson)
Sewickley Tavern was originally slated to open on March 17, but the pandemic changed their plans. But now, the Sewickley restaurant (from former Cocothé owner Courtney Yates and Chef Dave Devoss) is officially open for business, offering takeout, and dine-in service. The super-sustainably-built restaurant offers a menu of modern, tavern-style dishes, like crab cake sliders, spaghetti and meatballs, and meatloaf with mashed potatoes, and a full bar. Sewickley Tavern (409 Beaver Street, Sewickley)
Rumi Grill House
Rumi Grill House is a recently-opened restaurant on North Craig Street in Oakland, serving Turkish cuisine, with specialties that include Kuzu İncik (a rustic dish of slow-cooked baby lamb shank and rice), Çoban Kavurma (beef sauteed with garlic, onions, mushrooms, Bell peppers, tomatoes and rice), and Hünkar Beğendi (a classic dish made with sauteed chunks of beef over smoked eggplant puree and kashar cheese). Other options include a selection of kebabs, grilled seafood, salads, and desserts, including Baklava, Kazandibi (milk pudding with cinnamon), and Kunefe (a sweet cheese pastry). Rumi Grill House (301 N. Craig Street)
Union Brothers Brewing
Union Brothers Brewing is now open on Mercer Road in Butler County, offering a menu of comfort food classics (including a half-dozen grilled cheese sandwich options!), plus shareable plates, burgers, salads and wings. And, of course, they also brew their own beer, with five house-brewed options on the menu right now, including the Union Break, a hazy IPA, Puffs, a chocolate milk stout, and Sauced, a fruited berry sour. Union Brothers Brewing (365 Mercer Road, Harmony)
Urban Trail Coffee Co.
Urban Trail Coffee Co. offers Pittsburgh’s “premier wandering coffee experience” popping up at various locations throughout the city and serving coffee, espresso, cold brew, tea, iced tea, lemonade, and cocoa, and select muffins and baked goods out of a fully-restored 1996 DiamondBack Double Horse Trailer. Follow along on Instagram to see the coffee trailer’s full schedule. Urban Trail Coffee Co. (mobile)
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