Take Out



You'll find crispy walnut shrimp, orange beef, and lemon chicken among the selections at this locally favored spot. Expect cordial service to compliment the good food.

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Squirrel Hill

Locals say that Mineo's has the best pizza in "the Burgh." Choose from toppings like pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, feta, ricotta, roasted peppers, and shrimp, or for a twist, order a white or Sicilian pie. Be sure to bring cash – like many other places in the city, they don't take credit cards (there is an ATM in the store). BYOB.

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South Side

Whether you are starting your shopping day off with a quick breakfast bite, or you get the craving for a Belgian waffle at 3am after a long night out, Tom's will be open and ready to serve. Breakfast is served all day, and there is always a crowd. Expect quick service, though.

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Grand Concourse

This historic landmark was once the P&LE Railroad Station, and now offers some of Pittsburgh's best dining with a view. The main room, with grand arched ceiling, is inspiring and usually reverberates with chit-chatty diners. There are also several smaller (and quieter) rooms available. One is able to sit riverside with a good view of Downtown and Point Park. The menu is centered on seafood, as well as steaks and homemade pastas. Piano music is offered nightly and at brunch. Brunch $24. A must while in Pittsburgh!

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Pamela's pancakes are world-famous. Well, maybe not world-famous, but locals swear by them. Other items on the menu at this sought-after joint are California French toast and homemade corned beef hash. Sunday breakfast is the most popular meal.

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La Prima brings together the best of two worlds – a coffee roaster that is not only fair trade certified but is also certified organic (the only one in Pittsburgh and one of only two in Pennsylvania!). Not only is the coffee socially conscious, but it's really tasty, too. If you're not near a La Prima Espresso location, don't fret – you can also sample their percolated goodness at a handful of Crazy Mocha locations in and around Pittsburgh.

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Strip District

Have dessert for breakfast and order a hotcake sundae topped with ice cream, fruit and whipped cream, or go for a real meal with the banana pepper omelet made with sweet or hot sausage, hot peppers, onions and provolone blended into the perfect egg mix and topped with sweet-spicy sauce that is served with toast and home fries. The space, which seats about 30, is very cozy and cheerful with counter and booth seating.

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Crazy Mocha

Maybe it's because the owners are native Pittsburghers, or maybe it's because their coffee-sipping goat mascot is so darn cute, but Crazy Mocha is definitely one of Pittsburgh's best coffeehouses. Ever wanted a scoop of ice cream in your piping hot mocha? Just ask for the Mocha à la Mode, and the friendly baristas will hook you up. 21 locations around the Pittsburgh area.

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Hearty breakfasts and other American classics like meatloaf and mashed potatoes and gravy are served at Ritter's 24 hours a day. Only a short drive or cab ride from Downtown.

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Squirrel Hill

So maybe coffee isn't your thing. How about tea? Quieter than traditional coffee shops with their banging implements and hissing machines, this café is part lunch break, part meditation. The helpful staff can easily recommend the perfect tea for you from over 60 loose leaf choices.

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