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Mashed potatoes have been around at least since 1747 when they were featured in “The Art of Cookery” by Hanna Glasse. Since then, they have become a winter and holiday staple and are the ultimate special occasion and comfort food. Mashed potatoes bring memories of family get-togethers, Sunday dinners and afternoon naps. Whether you are just a lover of mashed poatoes and gravy or you are looking for a more interesting dish to enjoy, here are some great places in Pittsburgh to enjoy mashed potato dishes.

Mullaney’s Harp and Fiddle
2329 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 642-6622

Nobody knows potatoes quite like the Irish, and at Mullaney’s Harp and Fiddle in the strip district, you can certainly get your fill. Its traditional shepherd’s pie dish delivers on the mashed potato goods. Although some shepherd’s pie dishes use lamb, the dish at the Harp and Fiddle features tasty seasoned ground beef. The dish also contains root vegetables in a flavorful gravy. The whole dish is served over mashed potatoes and topped with cheddar cheese and onion crisps.

Piper’s Pub
1828 E. Carson St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
(412) 381-3977

Located in the South Side, Piper’s Pub serves traditional fare from across the pond. There are several mashed potato dishes for you to enjoy on the menu such as traditional bangers and mash. Bangers and mash is a dish with sausages, mashed potatoes and flavorful onion gravy. Piper’s Pub also features a twist on shepherd’s pie made with elk. The elk shepherd’s pie features wild elk with butternut squash, root vegetables and leeks covered in a whiskey-spiked gravy served over mashed potatoes.

Mad Mex
2 Robinson Plaza
Pittsburgh, PA 15205
(412) 494-5656

Mad Mex has several locations in Robinson, Cranberry, Shadyside and the South Hills, which means getting tasty mashed potatoes is convenient. Mad Mex presents mashed potatoes with a Mexi-Cali flair by blending them with black beans. You can enjoy the black bean mashed potatoes in October and November in the Gobblerito. The Gobblerito is a culinary delight that features turkey, stuffing, corn and black bean mashed potatoes rolled up into a burrito. The dish is covered with turkey gravy and served with a side of cranberry sauce. Mad Mex serves the black bean mashed potatoes all year in potato taquitos, an appetizer which features the potatoes rolled up with Monterey Jack cheese in a soft tortilla.

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Church Brew Works
3525 Liberty Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
(412) 688-8200

With a variety of traditional and non-traditional pierogi dishes on the menu, Church Brew Works in Lawrenceville knows how to make good use of mashed potatoes. Among the latest featured dishes on Church Brew Works’ menu are Wagyu shepherd’s pie tarts. These tarts feature smoked, tender Wagyu brisket and root vegetables atop white truffle potato mousseline. The tarts are topped with cheddar cheese and fried leeks. You can also try the Pittsburgh pierogi pizza which has mashed potatoes, sauteed onions, garlic and cheddar cheese on a wood-fired crust with optional bacon.

Meat and Potatoes
649 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 325-7007

Located in the Strip District, Meat and Potatoes has potatoes in its name. Although there are potatoes in several forms here, only one dish features mashed potatoes, but it’s a great one. The Wagyu flat iron steak is well aged and tender. It is served with heirloom cherry tomatoes and pickled jicama and wasabi mashed potatoes, a delightful flavor combination.

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Jennifer Stockdale is a native of the greater Pittsburgh, PA area. She is a restaurant marketer and wine enthusiast and one of the hosts of the East Coast Wine Geeks Podcast. Her work can be found at