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Falling For Pittsburgh Restaurants’ Seasonal Menus

November 22, 2011 6:00 AM

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By Blake Matthews

The leaves aren’t the only things changing this fall! If you know where to look, you can find the most delicious seasonal evolutions to restaurant menus all throughout Pittsburgh. Fall is all about flavors abounding in nearby orchards and gardens. Pumpkin, squash and apple flavors, for instance, can be found in any day’s meal or drink, even. Today I’d like to take you on a tour of fabulous fall flavors available from morning to night across our great city.

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Breakfast:

I can’t choose just one, and you can’t make me! Two of my all-time favorite fall dishes just happen to be breakfasts. So, to be fair, I’ve decided to list them both!

Pumpkin Hotcakes

Dor-Stop

1430 Potomac Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15216
(412) 561-9320
Hours: Mon to Sat 6am-3pm; Sun 8am-2pm
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Butternut Squash & Nutella Crepes

Square Café

1137 S Braddock Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15218
(412) 244-8002
Hours: Mon to Sat 7am-3pm; Sun 8am-3pm
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Mid-morning Coffee:

Pumpkin Spice Latte

Jitters Café

5541 Walnut St
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
(412) 621-2316
Hours: Daily 7am-10pm
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Lunch:

Once again, I simply can’t choose just one. I think it’s pretty obvious that I’m a sucker for good ravioli, but TWO delicious fall ravioli’s in one city? Be still my heart…

Squash Ravioli with Marjoram Sauce

Lidia’s

1400 Smallman St
Pittsburgh, PA
(412) 552-0150
Hours: Mon to Thurs 11:30am-2pm, 5pm-9pm; Fri 11:30am-2pm, 5pm-10pm; Sat 11am-2:30pm, 5pm-
10pm; Sun 11am-2:30pm, 5pm-8pm
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Pumpkin Ravioli

Girasole

733 Copeland St
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
(412) 682-2130
Hours: Tue to Thu 11:30am-10pm; Fri to Sat 11:30am-11pm; Sun 4pm-9pm
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Happy Hour and/or Appetizers:

In the spirit of continuing to list both pumpkin AND squash flavors, I must share with you yet another tie. Fall bisques are a must-try whenever I see one on a menu, and these two are must-tries for anyone searching for that perfect rustic flavor! Tie it all together with a hard apple cider.

Hard Apple Cider

Arsenal Cider House

300 39th Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
(412) 260-6968
Hours: Wed to Thurs 4pm-8pm; Fri 4pm-9pm; Sat 12pm-9pm; Sun 12pm-4pm
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Butternut Squash Bisque

Spoon

134 S Highland Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15206|
(412) 362-6001
Hours: Sun 5pm–9pm; Mon to Thurs 5pm–10pm; Fri to Sat 5pm–11pm
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Pumpkin Soup

Elements Contemporary Cuisine

444 Liberty Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 251-0168
Hours: Mon to Thurs 11am-9pm; Fri 11am-10pm; Sat 5pm-10pm
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Dinner

Honestly, so many restaurants do an amazing job updating their menu with exciting new seasonal options year after year, it was hard to choose my favorite fall dinner. Though I must admit, this next item was on last year’s menu, it was so good it will bring me back to try out the 2011 version. Fingers crossed they serve something similar!

Maple Leaf Farms Duck Breast with Autumn Lentils and Cranberry Duck Confit Salad

Bistro 19

711 Washington Rd
Pittsburgh, PA 15228
(412) 306-1919
Hours: Mon to Thurs 11am-10pm; Fri to Sat 11am-11pm; Sun 11am-2:30pm
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Dessert

I bet you thought I was going to list a place to get a great pumpkin pie, didn’t you? Well for that, I’d say go to Grandma’s house. Here in Pittsburgh, one of the tastiest desserts I’ve had the pleasure of tasting just happens to be perfect for fall… and it ain’t pumpkin pie!

Maytag Bleu & Bacon Apple Crisp

Sharp Edge Bistro

922 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 338-2437
Hours: Mon to Thurs 11am – Midnight; Fri to Sat 11am – 1am; Sun 11am – Midnight
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A simple tip to finding the most amazing fall flavors is to do a quick search online! Typically, menus change in mid-late September. Many restaurants featuring local sourcing will update their menus seasonally and keep an eye on American cuisine locations that will be more likely to feature the fresh flavors you love. To make sure you’re making the best choice, check out user restaurant reviews by searching right here at CBS Local Pages!

Blake is the opinionated foodaholic behind the Taste of Pittsburgh restaurant review blog. As a Steel City transplant originally from Chocolatetown, USA, she’s on an adventure to find the best-kept culinary secrets of the city and revel in every bite.

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