If you ever find yourself in Downtown Pittsburgh some time not long after 4:20 in the afternoon, with a hankering for some tasty comfort food, you won’t be disappointed.
The eatery options in downtown are ever expanding with many “foodie worthy” options popping up everyday. But if you’re more in the mood for quick, easy comfort food, there are plenty of gems to choose from as well.
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Classic Pittsburgh Hot Dog Spot
Wiener World | 412.471.3013
626 Smithfield Street
Nothing hits the spot like a good hot dog. They’re cheap, quick, and delicious! Weiner World is a classic Pittsburgh hot dog joint in the heart of downtown. You can take your treat to go and enjoy it in nearby Mellon Park for the perfect munchy picnic.
“Very good old school dive hot dog joint! Great toppings and simple menu. Had the original casing dogs and loved them! I am not a huge hot dog fan but these were great! Definitely will go back next time I am in Pittsburgh!”-Keith H. Yelp Review
Pittsburgh’s newest taco chain taking the city by storm
Condado Tacos | 412.281.9111
971 Liberty Ave
If you want quick, easy, gourmet tacos just the way you want them, head to Condado Taco’s downtown location. Conveniently located around the corner from the Convention Center, you can enjoy the graphic graffiti decor while you chow down on their MTO tacos. Fill out the order form with their endless list of toppings, fillings, and wrappings to creative your own perfect custom creation.
“Love their tacos. All are reasonably priced, delicious, and you can get very full with only three tacos. But make sure you save some room for their guacamole! They usually have monthly flavors for tacos, guacamole, and margaritas as well, so be on the lookout!”- Nicholas R. Yelp Review
All the grilled cheese
The Yard | 412.291.8182
100 5th Avenue
Mon-Thu: 11am-11pm| Fri:11am-1am
Sat: 10am-1am| Sun: 10am-10pm
Grilled cheese is a childhood staple, but The Yard takes this kiddy cuisine to the next level. All their sandwiches are served on thick cut Texas toast and served with a cup of tomato soup and homemade chips. Indulge in their all time favs like The Big Che-Bowski with cheddar, gouda, bacon, egg, and tomato, or try a more refined choice like the ‘Shrooms with garlic herbed cream cheese, provolone, mushrooms, caramelized onions and greens. The menu also features apps like wings, pretzels, and poutine, and other options like burgers and flatbreads.
“This is definitely the place to visit! Pub pretzels, breakfast burritos and bottomless mimosas for weekend brunch. Yum!”-Pamela N. Yelp Review
Two Words….Bacon Night
Harris Grill | 412.288.5273
245 Fourth Avenue
This Shadyside staple has a new location in downtown, with all your favorite menu items and frozen cocktails! The decor, murals, and tongue in cheek menu names is only the beginning of the fun. The menu is quality and eclectic, from an array of gourmet wings and mac and cheese options to salmon BLTs, tacos, and build your own bowl. Whatever your craving you’ll find it at Harris Grill. And how you can top BACON Night, every Tuesday snack on Bacon all night long.
“I love this place! Great rooftop area - downtown needed this near Market Square. The menu is uber creative and the cocktails are to die for! The perfect introduction of the Harris Grill restaurant family to the downtown area.”-Michael R. Yelp Review
Classic Pizza in Market Square
La Gondola Pizzeria & Restaurant | 412.261.5252
4 Market Square
Nothing cures the munchies like the perfect slice of pizza. While La Gondola offers an array of Italian dishes, if you’re in need of a quick, cheap that hits the spot grab one of their pizzas. You can watch them toss the dough and make your pie right in front you.
“What a great find in market square the inside reminds me of Italy. The guy making the pizza was amazing spinning the dough. They have lots of seating and the place is clean. I was surprised how big the menu is and they had lots of Italian dishs. The best part is you can watch the guy twirl and make the pizzas.”-Tom B. Yelp Review
Mediteranian Pizza Spot
Ephesus Pizza | 412.552.9020
219 Fourth Avenue
Mon-Thu: 10am-12:30am| Fri-Sat: 10am-1:30am
If you’d like a side of baba ganoush with your gourmet pizza, head to Ephesus Pizza. Everything on the menu is delicious from classic Greek appetizers and kebabs to delicious pizza with top notch ingredients. Patrons can’t get enough and you’ll surely agree!
“Quite possibly the most delicious pizza I've had since my trip to Sicily. Fair prices, fresh ingredients, friendly and prompt! This is the only place we will be ordering pizza from!”-Aaron T. Yelp Review
Pittsburgh Iconic Sandwich Joint
Primanti Bros | 412.261.1599
2 S Market Square
Mon-Thu: 10am-12am| Fri-Sat: 10am-2am
Pittsburgh most iconic sandwich was born from necessity, the need for truckers to get quick easy to eat, filling meals. That makes a Primantis sandwich the perfect stop when yinz get the munchies n’at. Fresh cut fries, melted cheese, and creamy slaw between fresh italian bread. This Pittsburgh icon won’t disappoint.
“Sandwiches are yummy and prices are very reasonable. I am visiting the city and was told to come here. Ordered the turkey and cheese. Was super tasty and satisfying. I can't wait to try the other sandwiches sometime again. Came in around 2pm and it was busy. Ordered mine to go but it didn't take long at all. I'd definitely come back.”-Mel W. Yelp Review
The finest milkshakes and sundaes
The Milkshake Factory |412.315.7115
314 5th Avenue
Mon-Thu: 11am-10pm| Fri: 11am-11pm
Sat: 4pm-11pm| Sun: 11am-10pm
When you have a sweet tooth, what could be better than a gourmet hand spun milkshake made with farm fresh local dairy? For four generations they’ve been crafting the finest treats including the highest quality hand dipped chocolates from their Chocolate Bar. Be sure to visit this timeless Pittsburgh staple!
“Love the milk shake here, tried chocolate coated strawberry, coffee, raspberry chocolate. The first one is my favorite. Staff are nice, they offered samples and extra cup for us to share.”-Yang Z. Yelp Review
Pittsburgh’s Favorite New Ice Cream
Millie’s Homemade Ice Cream | 412.709.6579
246 Forbes Avenue
Mon-Thu: 11am-10pm| Fri-Sat: 11am-11pm
Millie’s Homemade Ice Cream is quickly building an ice cream empire in Pittsburgh. With a new location Downtown, in Market Square, you can now indulge in their delicious creamy concoctions there too. With vegan options, unique brioche ice cream sandwiches, and everyone’s favorite veitnamese coffee flavor, any sweet cravings you have can be satiated at this amazing ice cream shop.
“Tasty homemade ice cream! Full of flavor! The waffle cones bring the taste to the next level. Went here with co-workers after dinner. It hit the spot. Atmosphere is trend forward while still staying with an old school ice cream bar vibe! Can't go wrong with the cookie dough flavor.”-Jennel N. Yelp Review
Sweet Treat Emporium
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Truffle, cupcakes, and jars of cookie dough all in one place!
Sinful Sweets Chocolate Company | 412. 235.7865
539 Liberty Avenue Pittsburgh, PA
Mon-Wed: 11am-8pm| Thu-Sat: 11am-9pm
Craving salty and sweet? Of course you are you have the munchies! Go grab some chocolate covered bacon, the ultimate indulgence. You’ll be a kid in a candy store as you explore all their sinfully sweet treats. From cupcakes and chocolate dipped classics to jars for edible cookie dough and truffles and fudge, every chocolate craving can be satisfied.
“Edible cookie dough, sooo good. It's almost too good, this is one of my favorite dessert shops. If you don't follow them on Instagram you should - I can't eat it everyday but I can definitely look!”-Justine P. Yelp Review
Pittsburgh’s downtown is rapidly becoming a foodie destination, from high end to delicious cheap eats. You can find a meal to satisfy any budget or taste, from celebrating a special occasion to a munchie run.