There is no secret recipe to building a hype-worthy restaurant. Like most successful endeavors, it requires a little luck, a lot of hard work and an unusual gift for creating great tastes. Add ambiance, atmosphere and a chef with more than their share of creative culinary talent and before long, the hype will lead to a long line of patrons outside the door. In a city known for its exceptional restaurants, the places on this list are guaranteed to leave you with a second-to-none dining experience. Here are the best restaurants in Pittsburgh worth the hype.
Butcher and the Rye
212 6th St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
As the name implies, beef and bourbon (over 350 varieties) are the cornerstone of Butcher and the Rye. But there’s much more to this wildly popular downtown eatery. From the amazing salads like the spinach and dandelion greens to the braised rabbit and the pan roasted trout, just about everything on the menu is prepared to impress. Since opening in 2013, Butcher and the Rye has been living up to the hype and is quickly becoming a mainstay in the finest places to dine in the downtown cultural district.
5997 Penn Circle S.
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Building the good old American hamburger up to new heights, BRGR too is expanding. With a new restaurant set to open, BRGR’s fourth, in the Galleria shopping mall in Mt. Lebanon, there’s little doubt that this spot doesn’t live up to its reputation. Try any one of the signature sandwiches from the shrimp pad Thai to the king salmon, turkey or duck burger. Each one is meticulously prepared and a revelation the first time it hits the taste buds.
1469 Bower Hill Road
Upper St. Clair, PA 15241
A little unassuming, without much flair or even a large dining room, Wild Rosemary is one of those places that you want to keep a secret. It’s BYOB but be sure to bring something top shelf because the amazing dishes served here will blow away even an above-average bottle of wine. Pork ribs, rack of lamb, Chilean sea bass and unbelievable steak and beef dishes are sure to blow you away at Wild Rosemary.
1516 Coraopolis Heights Road
Moon Township, PA 15108
There is a longstanding tradition of culinary excellence that surrounds the Hyeholde restaurant. It is a breeding ground for brilliant chefs and many of the area’s best “cut their teeth” on the signature dishes there. Executive chef Jeff Brinkman is a master at his craft. Any night of the week, patrons will find menu options that are staples of the Hyeholde tradition as well as something brand new that will redefine their expectations for fine dining.
Meat and Potatoes
649 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
A simple name belies the flair and flavor of the dishes served at this more than hype-worthy downtown spot. With an emphasis on meat and influences that span from German to Asian, all served with an American style and taste, Meat and Potatoes is a guaranteed crowd pleaser no matter what your preference. It seems as though it has been around much longer, but it’s only been three years since this trendsetting eatery first caught the attention of the Pittsburgh-area foodies.
Marcel Tourdot is a freelance writer from Pittsburgh. His work can be found at Examiner.com.