Over the past several years I've slowly fallen for Pittsburgh. If you put the East Coast, the Midwest, and Appalachia in a blender you'd get Pittsburgh. Geographically it sits at the confluence of the Monongahela and Allegheny Rivers, which forms the start of the Ohio River.
The food scene in Pittsburgh is great. It has quirky niche shops, like boutique stores that sell just one kind of product- such as waffles (Waffelonia), great Asian food, which is a hands throw away from wherever you are, and you can get down home American style fare at local Mom-and-Pop places, like Pamela's Diner. Something for everyone. Below are a few of my favorite things from my Pittsburgh travels. Suggestions are welcome!
The Duquesne Incline
The incline is a great place for a date, and a great opportunity to soak in the Pittsburgh skyline. See those rivers? That's the Monongahela and the Allegheny coming together (how romantic) to form the Ohio. If that isn't love, I don't know what is. Ride the rickety little red car up to the top, take some pictures (great at sunset/evening), and then go off to dinner! The first photo in this article is the view from the incline. Beautiful stuff!
1197 W Carson St, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Dobrá Tea is a charming tea shop on the corner of a busy commercial street. It has an extensive tea list and light vegetarian fare. The servers are tea ninjas- they bring out perfectly brewed pots of tea with heated cups, as well as a bell to ring if you need additional service. The seating is broken up into little nooks, including Turkish style seating, with pillows and low tables.
1937 Murray Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217
GAUCHO PARRILLA ARGENTINA, in the STRIP DISTRICT
I'm drooling thinking about the food here. Great selection of grilled meats and veggies, and the open kitchen means you can see all the fun going ons. Friendly service, perfect for a casual, quick lunch.
THE PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY
The Pittsburgh Symphony is one of the great American Orchestras, and has been around for 120 years and counting. Their string sound is rich, warm, and floats off of the stage and wraps you up in a sonic cloud of sparkling colors and flavors. It's magical. I was very lucky and got to see a great pairing- the PSO with musical comedy gurus Igudesman and Joo. Their infectious skits will have you on the floor, whether or not you're a musician.