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The BLT – that crisp, fresh lunch staple that evolved from tea sandwiches served before 1900. Whether you like yours with traditional bacon, lettuce, and tomato with mayo on fresh bread, or with a twist, these five restaurants have you covered.

Park Bruges
5801 Bryant St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
(412) 661-3334

For a measly nine dollars, prepare your taste buds for the open BLT that belongs to Park Bruges. House made slaw is served beside this delectable sandwich, which is prepared traditionally – if not a little jazzy. Maple-bourbon house cured bacon, tomato, arugula, smoked paprika aioli, on multigrain bread is a sensation for the palate, and makes a delicious, filling lunch. The BLT is also available as a choice on the prix fixe menu, so you can savor the wide variety of flavors that Park Bruges so masterfully creates.

Proper Brick Oven And Tap Room
139 7th St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 281-5700

If you are in desperate need of your bacon, lettuce, and tomato, but are in need of a gluten-free vehicle; try Proper’s BLT Salad. With baby spinach, oven-roasted Roma tomatoes, house-cured black pepper bacon, and a honey-Dijon vinaigrette. Your tummy will be in heaven, while your calorie count thanks you. Pair your salad with a hearty soup, or one of the tap room’s renown appetizers, and leave feeling satisfied without spending an arm and a leg. Proper is located in the heart of Pittsburgh’s cultural district, so make sure to head over before, or after, your theater or PNC Park experience.

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930 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 697-3120

This Latin American bistro combines fine dining, with affordable prices, that leave the patron feeling as if every day is happy hour. Rated A+ amongst Yelp users, Seviche’s BLT Tacos are absolutely deletable. Taking the traditional sandwich, and turning it into a Latin-inspired treat, Sevice nails the lunch item. Served with pork belly, pickled cherry tomatoes, romaine lettuce, and jalapeno ranch; this BLT is a fun, interesting twist on an old favorite. Order 3 for $15, or mix-and-match from Seviche’s inventive taco selection and try them all.

Sonoma Grille
947 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 697-1336

Order the BLT made at this West Coast kitchen and wine bar, where food and wine go hand-in-hand, and prepare to never eat another BLT as long as you live. An amalgamation of crabcake, sunny side up egg, tomato, coleslaw, and bacon on crispy Italian bread is just what the lunch doctor ordered. This sandwich will likely set the bar so high for future BLT’s, that it’s unlikely you’ll ever recreate this glorious lunch delight. Sonoma also nails the tapas menu with a pork belly BLT starter that rivals every other appetizer item in Pittsburgh.

Lot 17
4617 Liberty Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
(412) 687-8117

Returning to a tamer BLT, though served with an addition of salmon, is the BLT from Lot 17 Bar and Grill. This interesting twist on the sandwich introduces grilled salmon on a hoagie roll with dill mayo, bacon, lettuce, and tomato. Not a bad meal for $12, considering you also get your choice of french fries, sweet potato fries, homemade chips, cajun fries, vegetables or cole slaw. This hidden Pittsburgh gem, tucked surprisingly on bustling Liberty, proudly serves what one reviewer dubbed “refined bar food,” which couldn’t be a truer statement. Unless that reviewer were to also add “scrumptious.”

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