Pittsburgh restaurants are slowly catching on to the whole social media craze these days. Fortunately for us residents, some of these restaurants offer some great deals through sites like Twitter, Facebook, and Foursquare in addition to other phone apps. Check out this list of five restaurants who typically offer foodies great deals through social media.
This famous Pittsburgh hot spot may have been a favorite since the 1930s, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t kept up with the times. In fact, Primanti Bros. has more than jumped on the social media bandwagon by developing their own FREE iPhone application. With this app, you can check out daily specials and all of the latest happenings at the restaurant. Click here to download the easy-to-use application.
BRGR Bar has delved into a rather new social media venture that not many Pittsburgh residents may be aware of. Devotee, a mobile application developed by recent grads of Duquesne University, rewards customers who recommend certain restaurants to friends through social media sites like Twitter, Foursquare and Facebook. Each time you do this, you earn points (currency) which is redeemable for discounts, prizes and more. BRGR Bar has jumped onboard and has given rewards such as a free milkshake, t-shirts and hats, ½ off any BRGR side and discounts on various alcoholic beverages. Other restaurants have slowly joined forces with Devotee (like Franktuary, Peace, Love & Little Donuts, Las Velas). To download this iPhone application, visit this link. They are also working on an Android application, which could be out soon.
NOLA on the Square
This New Orleans Jazz Brasserie has it all—live music, outdoor seating and a delicious Creole menu. Now, in addition to all of that, you can expect to save a few bucks every now and then. NOLA on the Square teamed up with LoyalTree Rewards, an iPhone and Android application that allows customers to scan QR Codes to save cash. If you’re not familiar, QR Codes look like little barcodes, which seem to be appearing everywhere, even in magazines and websites. In order to save at NOLA, download the application at the iTunes store or Droid Market, use the app to scan the barcode on NOLA’s website, and you’ll get some deals you can’t turn down. Be sure to check out NOLA’s Facebook page as well, as they keep customers up to date on live music and menu items. For more information on saving some money, check out www.loyaltreerewards.com.
Elements Contemporary Cuisine
This farm to table restaurant spends a great deal of time ensuring that its dishes are fresh, tasty and of the highest quality. It’s no wonder why it’s consistently ranked as one of the top restaurants in Pittsburgh. But high quality food doesn’t mean they’re stingy with customers. In fact, they’ve also joined with LoyalTree Rewards to reward loyal customers with some money-saving deals. Simply scan the barcode on their website for the first time, and you’ll receive a complimentary Charcuterie Selection. Check in 9 times, and you’ll receive a $10 off discount. Also, be sure to check out their Facebook page to remain up-to-date on specials advertised on their page.
17th Street Café
This hidden gem of a restaurant in South Side has been a local favorite for years. Its terrific food balanced with a great atmosphere makes for a great night out on the town. And if you’re always on the lookout to save a few extra places, you don’t have to look too far. This café has deals from every direction. They’ve been featured on Living Social, a website and phone application that offers daily deals to customers that are hard to pass up. For example, LivingSocial recently offered customers a $30 gift card for just $15, with 683 available! On their Facebook page, they’ve even been known to offer free items to patrons bringing in Pirates tickets. On Foursquare, for every 10 check-ins, you get a free lunch valued at $8.99.
Christine Mouser is currently living in the Pittsburgh area, where she is an editorial intern for Pittsburgh Magazine. She is set to graduate from Penn State University this summer, with a degree in print journalism. She has written for HappyValley.com, Town&Gown magazine and Penn State’s Valley magazine.