Clement Fung
PhD Student
Carnegie Mellon University

Every restaurant I've been to in Pittsburgh.

After being nudged to do so by Trevor Kann, here's a tier list of every restaurant I've been to in the Pittsburgh area, minus obvious chain restaurants you would find anywhere.

Includes places I've dined in only, since takeout does not represent a true dining experience. I'll make some exceptions for places that are predominantly takeout. Results adjusted for cost and grad student budget. Tiers subject to change after subsequent visits.

Tiers are defined as follows:

  • S-Tier: The place really stands out. It's a place Pittsburgh should be proud of.
  • A-Tier: I'd happily go here most days and would recommend it to friends.
  • B-Tier: Place is solid. I would go, but I'm not particularly enthusiastic.
  • C-Tier: Place is fine, a bit inconsistent. Give or take.
  • D-Tier: I generally wouldn't go here again. Peer-pressure required.

Mid-range restaurants

S-Tier
  • B52 Cafe
  • Onion Maiden
  • Mercurio's
  • Oak Hill Post
A-Tier (my solid rotation)
  • Tessaro's
  • Taiwanese Bistro Cafe 33
  • Smiling Banana Leaf
  • Casa Brasil
  • Nicky's Thai Kitchen
  • The Colombian Spot
  • Bae Bae's Kitchen
  • Tocayo
  • Pho Kim 88
B-Tier
  • Abby's Jamaican
  • Thai Me Up
  • Kiin Lao
  • BAO (Oakland)
  • Everyday Noodles
  • Two Sisters
  • Tana Ethiopian
  • People's Indian
  • El Burro
  • El Sabor
  • Cafe Moulin
  • Caffe Mona
  • Thai Table and Kitchen
  • Mad Noodles
  • Teppanyaki Kyoto
  • Chengdu Gourmet
  • Sichuan Gourmet
C-Tier
  • Mad Mex
  • Noodlehead
  • Condado Tacos
  • Geppetto Cafe
  • Square Cafe
  • Fujiya Ramen
  • Nanban
  • Silk Elephant
  • Double Wide Grill
  • Kaya
  • Pamela's
  • Pie for Breakfast
  • Carmi Soul Food
  • Fuel and Fuddle
  • Ramen Bar
  • Dijlah
  • Cinderlands Foederhouse
  • Fat Head's Saloon
  • Over The Bicycle Bar
  • Mindful Brewing
D-Tier
  • Hofbrauhaus
  • The Eagle
  • Brewdog
  • Stack'd
  • Shady Grove
  • Urban Tap
  • Industry Public House
  • Burgh'ers Brewing
  • Emiliano's Mexican
  • The Abbey
  • The Yard
  • Caliente Pizza House

Higher-end ($25+ pp)

S-Tier
  • APTEKA
  • Umami
  • Morcilla
  • Alta Via
A-Tier
  • Pusadee's Garden
  • Gaucho Parilla Argentina
  • Mola
  • The Forge
  • Soju
  • Monterrey Bay Fish Grotto
B-Tier
  • Fogo de Chao
  • Carmella's Plates and Pints

Bakeries

S-Tier
  • Five Points Bakery
  • Madeleine Bakery
  • La Gourmandine
A-Tier
  • Cafe Kolache
  • Mediterra Cafe
  • Jean-Marc Chatellier
  • 350 Bakery
  • Duck Donuts
B-Tier
  • The Pretzel Shop
  • Paddy Cake Bakery
  • Prantl's
  • Madsen Donuts

Takeout + Budget (under $15 pp)

S-Tier
  • Page's Dairy Mart
  • Spak Brothers
A-Tier
  • Forgotten Taste Pierogies
  • Pierogies Plus
  • Applewood Smoke Burger Company
  • Duncan Street Sandwich Shop
  • Spice Island Tea House
B-Tier
  • ATARASHI
  • JJ Poke Bowl
  • Oishii Bento
  • Baby Loves Tacos
  • Thyme Machine
  • Bengal Kabab House
  • Tram's
  • Fazio's
  • Michael's Pizza Bar
  • Ineffable Ca Phe
  • Birmingham Bridge Tavern
  • Big Jim's in the Run
  • Kelly O's in the Strip
  • Ritter's Diner
  • Moonlit Burgers
  • Ephesus Pizza
  • Mineo's Pizza House
  • Cambodican Kitchen
C-Tier
  • Aiello's Pizza
  • Benny Fierro's
  • Banh Mi and Ti
  • The Coal Mine
  • Nico's Recovery Room
  • Tavern in the Wall
  • North Park Lounge
  • Kelly's Bar and Lounge
  • Friendship Perk and Brew
  • Uncle Sam's Subs
  • Gussy's Bagels
  • Rocky's Cafe
  • Eggs N'at
  • O'Leary's
  • Bird on the Run
  • CHIKN
  • Choolah
  • Primanti Brothers
  • Pub Chip Shop
  • La Bodega
  • Cupka's Cafe II
  • Lin's Asian Fusion
  • Chan An
  • Back to the Foodture
D-Tier
  • Sushi Fuku
  • Thai Cuisine (Bloomfield)
  • Wai Wai
  • Slice on Broadway
  • Spirit Pizza

Drinks

S-Tier
  • Arsenal Cider House
  • Tina's
A-Tier
  • Two Frays Brewery
  • Lorelei
  • Dancing Gnome
  • Hitchhiker
  • Grist House
  • Eleventh Hour
  • East End Brewing
  • Inner Groove Brewing
  • Coven Brewing
B-Tier
  • Pins Mechanical Co.
  • Sly Fox
  • Tiki Lounge
  • Hidden Harbor
C-Tier
  • The Library
  • Hop Farm Brewing
  • Trace Brewing
  • Froggy's Bar
  • Jekyll and Hyde

Heard good things, on my to-go list

  • Udipi Cafe
  • Casbah
  • Yoshino Asian Fusion
  • African Eats Cuisine
  • Driftwood Oven
  • Arepittas
  • Kavsar
  • Dish Osteria