Lunch

Going out to eat isn't always about cravings. Often enough, mealtimes dictate our choices, limiting restaurant possibilities. When circumstances narrow the options, let 10Best help. We'll direct you to the best Lunch restaurants in Pittsburgh and save you the hassle of calling around for business hours. 10Best readers find much to enjoy at Smallman Street Deli thanks to its all-around good offerings. It's also hard to beat Grille On Seventh, which serves just what you're looking for when you're in the market for a great Lunch.

9 Uncle Sam's Famous Submarines
Famous for consistently great cheesesteaks and hoagies, Uncle Sam's is reason for a noontime treat. Be sure to visit in the afternoon for mushrooms and cheese on a baguette or for a pizza sub. Students love Uncle Sam's for its inexpensive prices, quality sandwiches, and casual atmosphere. In fact, reading a paper and talking at a booth are almost as popular as indulging in the food, which comes with free fries if you eat there. (412-621-1885)

8 Primanti Bros.
Primanti Bros. is probably the most famous restaurant in Pittsburgh, and its main location (known as Primanti's on the Strip) is open 24 hours to satisfy even the most dire of sandwich cravings. Their claim to fame is creating an entire meal in a sandwich — in addition to meat, you get fried potatoes and Pittsburgh-style coleslaw (no mayo) right on the sandwich. Regulars suggest the double egg (surprisingly good early in the morning!), pastrami, and cheese steak versions to get an authentic taste of this Pittsburgh favorite. (412-263-2142)

7 The Original Oyster House
This vintage seafood house boasts monster fish sandwiches and an attractive updated bar. It's been in operation since 1870 and is a city mainstay for both visitors and residents. Platters and sandwiches are most prevalent, featuring shrimp, scallops, oysters, crab cakes, and even Italian hot sausage. The seafood breading is a signature recipe, and 25 major films have been shot on location here. (412-566-7925)

6 Carson Street Deli
Carson Street Deli turns out true, NYC-style deli sandwiches for reasonable prices. Need more tempting? Try this on for size: the Godfather features imported Dilusso Genoa salami with provolone, oil, oregano, and roasted peppers on a baguette. È buono, indeed! N.B. Not on the South Side but want a shot at one of their delicious sandwiches? (412-381-5335)

5 Smallman Street Deli
Denizens of the Strip District count themselves lucky to have this eatery in the neighborhood. Classic deli sandwiches are the place's forte. That they serve 'em up at delicious prices is yet another boon. The space's old-fashioned aesthetics include a meat counter, barrels that double as tables, and exposed ductwork. Sidewalk seating is available. (412-434-5800)

4 Jimmy Tsang's Asian Bistro
Make sure you've got a dragon of an appetite when you come here, because dishes are served in almost-mythic proportions. Enter and find bars to your left and right, and then descend into a dining area as cavernous as your stomach must feel. From there, things become quite elementary — just prepare yourself for the encyclopedic menu, which features more than 250 Chinese, Japanese, Thai, and Korean selections. Get ready to chow down on your faves. (412-661-4226)

3 Union Grill
Union Grill's sign boasts "Honest American Food," and the "honest" part is that everything is brought in fresh daily from local markets. That dedication to premium goods would explain the crowds that usually frequent Union Grill for burgers, desserts, and other American foods. The bar tends to stay open later than the grill's listed hours. (412-681-8620)

2 Grille On Seventh
Movers and shakers in Pittsburgh eat at Seventh Street Grille. On a typical day, you'll see businesspeople grabbing a quick burger for lunch, young and trendy folks enjoying happy hour, and pre-theater diners sampling a wide variety of traditional American favorites like seafood, pastas, and steaks. The beer selection wins particular praise from those "in the know." (412-338-0303)

1 Six Penn Kitchen
Located in an attractive corner building, this inviting restaurant features an open kitchen and a wood-burning oven. The menu offers American classics, from tempting soups, salads and sandwiches to entrees that include wood oven meatloaf, pizza, and tilapia. The adjoining bakery's a popular spot for coffee and pastries, and the rooftop terrace offers a delightful atmosphere for cocktails. (412-566-7366)


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Uncle Sam's Famous Submarines 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Deli
Dining Options: Take Out
Neighborhood: OAKLAND
COST: $
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Primanti Bros. 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: STRIP DISTRICT
COST: $
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The Original Oyster House 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Seafood
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: DOWNTOWN
COST: $
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Carson Street Deli 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Deli
Dining Options: Catering, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: SOUTH SIDE
COST: $
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Smallman Street Deli 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Deli
Dining Options: Catering, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: STRIP DISTRICT
COST: $
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Jimmy Tsang's Asian Bistro 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Delivery, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: SHADYSIDE
COST: $
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Union Grill 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Take Out
Neighborhood: OAKLAND
COST: $$
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Grille On Seventh 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Neighborhood: DOWNTOWN
COST: $$
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Six Penn Kitchen 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, New American
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Neighborhood: DOWNTOWN
COST: $$
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