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

Higher-end date spots ($25+ pp)

S-Tier
  • APTEKA
  • Mola
  • Morcilla
  • Alta Via
A-Tier
  • Pusadee's Garden
  • Gaucho Parilla Argentina
  • The Forge
  • Soju
  • Monterrey Bay Fish Grotto
B-Tier
  • Fogo de Chao
C-Tier
  • Park Bruges

Bakeries

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

Takeout + Dives (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
  • Kelly O's in the Strip
B-Tier
  • ATARASHI
  • JJ Poke Bowl
  • Oishii Bento
  • Baby Loves Tacos
  • Bengal Kabab House
  • Tram's
  • Fazio's
  • Ineffable Ca Phe
  • Kelly's Bar and Lounge
  • Over The Bicycle Bar
  • Birmingham Bridge Tavern
  • Big Jim's in the Run
  • O'Leary's
  • Ritter's Diner
  • Moonlit Burgers
  • Ephesus Pizza
  • Mineo's Pizza House
  • Cambodican Kitchen
  • Back to the Foodture
C-Tier
  • Aiello's Pizza
  • Benny Fierro's
  • Banh Mi and Ti
  • Nico's Recovery Room
  • Tavern in the Wall
  • North Park Lounge
  • Friendship Perk and Brew
  • Uncle Sam's Subs
  • Gussy's Bagels
  • Rocky's Cafe
  • Eggs N'at
  • Bird on the Run
  • CHIKN
  • Choolah
  • Primanti Brothers
  • Pub Chip Shop
  • La Bodega
  • Lin's Asian Fusion
  • Chan An
  • Spirit Pizza
D-Tier
  • Sushi Fuku
  • Thai Cuisine (Bloomfield)
  • Wai Wai
  • Slice on Broadway

Drinks

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

Heard good things, on my to-go list

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