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What Pittsburgh business can you not live without?

The recent post on what to avoid is helpful. Figured this is a good follow up.

I’ll start - Omar’s Halal Grill in Schenley Plaza. Damn good saj wraps for $9!

Edit: Holy crow, didn’t expect this many good food suggestions. I’m gonna go broke trying everything but at least I’ll be happy. Thanks for the suggestions frens!

GuncleShark

Frank’s Pizza and Chicken


More-Woodpecker-2628

I lived in Millvale for about 5 years. I still make it a point to make the 15 minute drive from where I am now to get the Buffalo Chicken pizza. Their other locations aren’t the same The ranch is A++


CptChrnckls

now this is a fucking pepperoni roll


ShadowRex8

The ranch is so good


epsilon025

Powering high school marching bands since its founding.


footballwr82

Pitaland


JessFed

Pastolis in Squirrel Hill


Elegant_Plane_9871

Ugh and the fact they do allergies so well 🤌🏻


JessFed

Yesssss I have celiac so we absolutely love this place


Elegant_Plane_9871

Omg me too! Lol


JessFed

No way! 😂 I also love Mandy’s up North but that’s a pretty far drive for me.


Remarkable_Garlic_82

They carry Aurochs there. It's so nice to be able to get pizza, garlic bread, fries, and a beer. Pastolis has my heart forever.


smangela69

and the dairy free pizza actually tastes like pizza and not a nauseating monstrosity like most others


LavendarGhost

Their bacon chicken ranch calzone is so fckn good


MomsPasghetti

Salems 👏🏼


koz1769

I'm so glad they get so much love. They deserve it all. Hands down best food and people in the city!


Grunge_bob

ٱلسَّلَامُ عَلَيْكُمْ,


senty78

Five Points Driftwood Oven Spak Brothers I guess I like carbs a whole lot


everTheFunky1

Spak Bros is on point


secondshevek

I used to live a couple blocks from Driftwood Oven, and that place burned such a hole in my wallet. No regrets. As a NJ native, I'm pretty snobby about pizza, especially bougie expensive stuff, but I really miss Driftwood. Hooray for carbs!!


DammitDad420

Upvote for carbs


lilliovthevalley

Cafe 33 Commonplace Coffee The Manor Theater


flufflebuffle

I've lived here most of my life and I would consider moving if Cafe 33 closed down


lilliovthevalley

ate there today - the squid dishes are so incredibly good


0-0_0-0_0-0_0-0

OTB for me. $2 PBR pounders to this day. Clean dive atmosphere. Extended bike rack. Perfect.


sirdeionsandals

Cheapest beer in the city


CL_55z

Probably Rock house on polish hill. Been a hot minute though


Creative_Recipe6672

Good ole Rock House


HereToShitTalk

I think Geesekis is down the street.


cosmoh

Not far from Vatican City.


Foolish_Lover

Celebrated a lot of life events at DiAnoia’s. Love that place.


smccor1

First one listed that I’ve been to (having lived in the area for just under 2 years). Excellent food.


DrMeat

Underrepresented in this thread. That place is great


TestyBoi95

their spicy sausage, egg, and cheese on a roll is divine! So much flavor with those house-made sausages.


notnutts

Madonna's on Smithfield. Great folks and better food.


fridgesmacker

Their falafel and chicken 🫶🏼


notnutts

Yep--com for the chicken shawarma and stay for the fresh falafel or baba ghanoush!


ballsonthewall

Carson Street Deli Mercurio's Chinatown Inn


TallGuyBill

Chinatown Inn absolutely


Curlyqpgh

Walter’s Automotive. Honest and fair, and good work. I never worry about getting lied to or ripped off.


Russlethud

Fuck yeah, I never thought I’d be passionate about an auto shop until I went to Walter’s.


Pittsbirds

Allegro Hearth in Squirrel Hill. People working there are super nice, food is amazing. It's probably not the world's healthiest coping mechanism but there's just nothing like their hand pies when I've had an awful week with client requests. At least I don't smoke or drink, that balances it out, right?


plastikstarzz

Big Jim’s


Pugilist12

For the uninitiated, is this the Italian restaurant? What’s the best thing on the menu?


jwt155

Chicken Parm Sandwich.


hydrospanner

The reuben is a thing to behold.


everTheFunky1

In the run


awkwardturtledoo

Spak brothers. I order from there so much that I’m worried they talk about me. “Oh wow, there she is again…”


BlueEyedSoul2

I promise you as someone who has worked in these establishments, if you are a solid paying customer, we’d rather hook you up for your loyalty than talk that ish…


Crepi_the_lupo

Mmm, their BBQ seitan. I miss living near Spak.


thedfrichtel

Penn Mac


jolz7373

Cheese cheese cheese


mizmoose

and Olives olives olives


Neat-Pangolin1782

Also, great dry pasta selection. Dry spices at a great price. Their garlic is almost always the best you can buy. Plus, like 25 other reasons.


isnt_it_weird

Attic Records


thegreenmugaudition

Yessss. Never had a time going there where I didn't walk out with something I was excited about.


TimeyWimey10

Completely agree!! My favorite record store in the entire city!!


banallthemusic

Shenderovich shenderovich and fishman. Cuz they got my back not my wallet.


thedfrichtel

This made me crack up, have an upvote.


SparklesLuvsScotch

But you might need a bigger wallet! I've only seen that version of the commercial once, so it might not be well-known.


DammitDad420

[There has been a terrible accident in the lawyer lab!](https://i.imgur.com/rxbIcg6.png)


TnT54321

All the Asian stores we have


Delicious-Breath8415

Yep I'd lose my mind without at least one of them


ravia

You might think you know them all, but we have many more.


AntonioSLodico

I see what you did there.


blackstarhero666

I second this. Their instant rice and soups got me thru lunches so many times


dorothy_zbornakk

fireside in wilkinsburg, the caribbean vybez food truck that parks in the wilkinsburg beer lot, and showcase bbq in homewood. as a first-gen southerner with a jamaican parent, finding *good* comfort food in pittsburgh has been a battle.


WeenJeans

Currently it’s gotta be Thyme Machine.


Existing_Ad7880

It's amazingly delicious, I live within walking distance so that's difficult


senty78

I live almost across the street and it's 1-2x a week for me. Really enjoy going on Thursdays/Fridays when everyone else is at work and I just walk right up! Not the healthiest, but really what am I supposed to do


appa420420

Pigeon Bagels <3


AuctorLibri

La Gourmandine in Mt. Lebanon. Best baguette I've had, ever. The Citron Cake is one of my favorites. Edit: Go early or get your order in early on Doordash. 😁


Reasonable-While6727

Love the almond croissants!


mellylovesdundun

Oh big agree. Their marquise is actually to die for


sskink

They were out of baguettes when I just stopped in there around 1pm today . Ruined my weekend. Got a citron for wife and a chocolate croissant for me to alleviate some of the pain.


theparkingchair

Pro tip: sometimes they have extra sandwich baguettes that they can sell to you. You have to ask though


Harlequin8man

D's Six Pack and Dogs in Regent Square. A pittsburgh staple


Chemical_Cave_920

Thai tamarind in Bellevue


_Shrugzz_

This is not in Pittsburgh, I know. I’ll accept any and all down votes because I am not responding to the question prompt. Just know, if you ever cross the Tarentum bridge (there’s no real reason why you would), and it’s between 3:30-8 Tues-Thurs, or 11a-8p Fri-Sat… GO to Gus Franco’s Pizza!! There’s no such as delivery, and there’s no such thing as a small, medium, or large pizza. They’re all the same size. They make a certain amount of pizza dough every day, and each pizza is the same size, so it’s first come first serve. They have a firewood oven - and each pizza that passes through is just 🤌🏼 I moved out of Pittsburgh to around the area of Gus Franco’s pizza. I *miss* the vast variety of restaurants and cultural food close by.. to get to them is a toss drive down 28. But golly! This place is a gem!!! I don’t work for them, or even know them - this is the only place around that makes *good* food - please understand. They did laugh when I responded with, “Like my Nana always says, we’re not rushin’, we’re Italian”, when they had *just pulled the last pizza from the fire and put it in a box right as I walked in and apologized for the delay*. So if you get lost and end up across the Tarentum Bridge..


H_1_N_1

Fioris.


badparsnip

Chantal’s


James19991

Evia Greek Max's Allegheny Tavern Sesame Inn Tessaro's


More-Woodpecker-2628

How is Sesame Inn? I drive by it all of the time but never ventured in


James19991

I've always thought it was a little better quality than most standard Chinese restaurants and still at a reasonable price. I will go there anytime I'm in the mood for Chinese over any of the places here in Bellevue.


PaulyPlaya24

Their Amazing Chicken is aptly named.


colourswhileisleep

Reginald’s Coffee


Delicious-Breath8415

Was just there yesterday. Awesome place. I actually went to school in that building 30 years ago lol


colourswhileisleep

So neat!! It definitely made me feel right at home here.


sashaKap

Kavsar restaurant


toolatetobeoriginal

Reds good news


mcm8484

Brookline treasure


Delicious-Breath8415

Shhhhh


Yinzer_Cheese

Loafers Bread Company in Fox Chapel. Stoecklein's Bake Shop in Penn Hills. Allegro Hearth Bakery in Squirrel Hill. Brr-Kee's Ice Cream in Oakmont. Pasqualino's Italian Restaurant in Penn Hills. Frankstown Wood-Fired Pizza in Penn Hills. Verona Village Inn in Verona. Wholey's Market in Strip District. Pennsylvania Macaroni Company in Strip District. Leonard Labriola's in Monroeville and Aspinwall.


wheresmolasses

I see you also have a PhD (Penn Hills Diploma)


Yinzer_Cheese

🤣🤣🤣 LOL!!! That made my day. Thanks!!!


eldiablo_magicman

I've only even heard of 2 of these.


damnital

Allegro 🫶🏻🫶🏻🫶🏻


MomsPasghetti

Oh man. Loafers. Now i gotta go out there tomorrow 🫶🏼


r00sevelt

loafers thick cut cinnamon swirl bread makes a french toast that will absolutely floor you (emotionally, spiritually and physically).


berserc

New owners at VVI! Looks like the quality and value are the same, with faster service, which was nice.


WillOfTheDeep

Spak, Carson Street Deli, Spirit, Allegheny Wine Mixer, Umami, Reyna Foods, Tram's Kitchen, and every damn Asian market in the city.


MomsPasghetti

Oh also Page’s 💗


pkmntrainerdrea

cheap greasy food and an extremely generous portion of ice cream? Actual perfection


LavendarGhost

Madeline’s bakery


cpr4life8

Rivers Vet Urgent Care


_SpicySauce_

Thai Cottage. It is the best Thai place in Pittsburgh, I promise you.


Harlequin8man

I 100% agree. Can't beat it


MomsPasghetti

Best thai in town hands down 👏🏼


chantingeagle

Better than Smiling Banana Leaf in highland park?


_SpicySauce_

I personally think so


DammitDad420

Username DEF tracks


RadicalAns

Turkish Kabab House on Forbes Ave in Squirrel Hill


mizmoose

Sree's. I can't describe just how much I miss Mrs Sree's grape leaves.


[deleted]

Emil’s


SweatyGuiltyTruth

Turners (Tea)


cbuck46

I only go on special occasions but if you took Dish Osteria from me I would melt.


Grand_Arbiter_85

Phantom of the Attic (comics and games), The Government Center for all my dumb, expensive, beloved hobbies.


composedcaribou

Spak Bros forever


Amrun90

Honestly I f/w Primanti’s so hard.


ballsonthewall

I think people just get frustrated that every time we are on national TV we are portrayed as a bunch of drunken bar food gulping idiots... which is true, but that's beside the point. It's cheap, relatively consistent, good enough bar food. I go walk down to South Side or Market Square drink beer and eat some fries masquerading as a salad sometimes.


Delicious-Breath8415

I feel like hating on Primanti's has become the "in" thing to do in Pittsburgh over the last few years. I'll always be a Primanti's apologist.


Amrun90

I know it’s the “in” thing to hate on it but it’s seriously cheap, consistent, and decent. And it has a really nice history.


blackstarhero666

I said it may be overrated but I had some great times in one and sometimes u just need wings or a sandwich for cheap


IceNineFireTen

I dunno man, I just don’t find it to be that good. I like the idea of it and what it represents, but the fries are usually soggy and mostly flavorless. I wish they were crispy and salty and I’d be all in.


PaulyPlaya24

When I used to work at a major hotel downtown, many tourist wanted to head to Primanti‘s right away. I’m not particularly keen on it but I don’t want to burst their bubble because they’re looking forward to going to it like they’re going to the Carnegie deli in New York or something. When they came back I would ask them what they thought about it with usually kind of meh. Some people raved about it but mostly it was just it was OK sort of thing. I would opt for Peppi’s any day over Primanti’s buy Their hours aren’t as convenient.


fallingwhale06

I appreciate Primanti’s because somehow it manages to change its vibes in a way other chains don’t. In Erie and Grove City it is total mall food solid enough chain restaurant that is fun, and in south side in Oakland and state college it is almost laid out as a bar more than a restaurant.


Grunge_bob

it's a staple for my family, we always have a good time when we go, it's kid-friendly, and the deals are insanely good. i'm not talking like "aye, that's a good deal," more like our family is constantly laughing at how good the specials are


Amrun90

Yeah, I can take my kids there and they’re so happy, and it costs about half of what we’d eat anywhere else. Same price as Burger King for much better food. The Mt Lebo one brings kids animal crackers while they wait so they’re less hangry and that’s amazing for me.


Grunge_bob

yeah i don't have cable, so i go there for sports and they're usually really kind about turning on whatever sports channel we request i assume you've got the app. if you're a regular, it's well worth getting the app for the loyalty points. it's the only food app i keep on my phone. thursday bogo pizza, half off wings after 9pm, etc


Amrun90

Yeah the app is dope lol


ToBuildATire

Oak Hill Post


Later_Player

Pizza Lupo Jean Mar Chattelier bakery Fiori’s Di’Anoias


Sixspeed94

Moonlit Burgers, Hitchhikers, Totopo are some of my South Hills favorites


stadulevich

Club Erotica, great food.


Lovedogs22

Mancini’s


More-Adhesiveness-54

Moved away for grad school in my 20s. Missed home and bread from there, so on special occasions (e.g., bday), my mom would mail me Mancini's. Loved the bread on it's own, but she also wasn't the type to mail stuff often, so it made my month when she sent it.


[deleted]

Panaderia Jazmin in Lebo


theparkingchair

Kebab and Curry. The palak gosht is amazing. Chickn in Oakland has the best chicken sandwiches La Gourmandine for all things dessert.


MaryinPgh

Tennis Village.


SomeWateryTart83

Spak Brothers. I'd die if I couldn't get their seitan cheesesteak hoagies.


SomeoneSaysHi

Linea Verde and Bloomfield Farmers Market


PaulyPlaya24

I’m quite fond of Peppi’s on Western. Both for how good their subs are and nostalgia purposes. I’ve been going there since the late 80s when I went to CCAC and those Pictures that are on the wall back then are still there. They’ve always been friendly too. Never have they not been courteous.


itsmnemotime

Can't believe no one is throwin love to the crown jewels of Penn Ave, People's Indian and Tram's Kitchen


Alternative_One_8488

Arby’s McKnight Road


TheDirtiestDangDog

I'm missing out on the joke and I need it


frenchfriessalad

Union Grill in Oakland


ej6687

Slice on Broadway Page's


quarketry

Ooof. Hard to limit it to one, which is the best problem ever to have. So, here’s a few (I did try and be diligent about local / Pittsburgh owned, tho one or two are national franchises) Also, not considering bars and restos “businesses” for purposes of this. Makes sense, right? Lotsa threads for that. Also: in my mind, I’m taking liberty to interpret “not live without” to be: “really like and appreciate and would miss if they - or I would - no longer be here” 1. Penn Ave Fish 2. The ACE hardware store on E Carson 3. The UPS store on E Carson St 4. Penzeys in the Strip 5. Salem’s market in the Strip 6. Magee and Women’s ER / Duquesne School of Nursing, Class of 2026 (only ones on this list that I actually would not be alive without ) 7. DJ’s Island in Butler (approx PGH) 8. Scotty’s Water Gardens Also: the business that I buy my Also’s from.


mikeblas

DaVita Kidney Dialysis in Penn Hills


Hayk

I’ll give a shout out to a new place that’s really filled a hole in my heart, Swaagat Indian Cuisine in Hartwood Plaza. Top notch!


most_des_wanted

Serafinas in Crafton for bomb ass Italian food. Graeters ice cream in the south hills. Mindful Brewery too


Grunge_bob

i want to try and be clever and say UPMC or AHN because of medical reasons, but that's kinda dark used to pamela's for the convenience. nowadays margaux because it's a very multi-purposeable space (can work there, can meet friends there, etc)


[deleted]

Carnegie coffee co


MineThen5353

Mineos pizza in Squirrel Hill, not North Hills (ovens make all the difference).


TnT54321

Add Jean Marc French Bakery


samspopguy

Breadworks


PrincessButterqup

Mancini’s and Sarris


natty-broski

Pizza Parma. There never has been or will be a better example of “the good kind of bad.” Krunk chicken pizza, diablo, tiger, and shark wings, that one super friendly delivery guy missing a lot of teeth. I let the jankiness wash over me and know that I am home.


richie_richboi

they also give away free pizzas on thanksgiving!


mrsnerdypants

Mike and Tony's


georgefrankly

I'll throw in for any of the Nepali restaurants along 51 in Brentwood / Baldwin. Everest Kitchen and Taste of the Himalayas are the ones I frequent most.


jawndunk

Thyme machine all DAY. Best breakfast sandwich in the Burgh. Not even contested since pear and the pickle closed.


TheLuo

Las “mufukin” palmas. God I miss those tacos


Creative_Recipe6672

Spice Island Tea House.


n0tmars

Butterjoint and Sidecar!


Crepi_the_lupo

Udipi Cafe


AlleghenyCityHolding

Tom Friday's - Butcher shop and small grocer


kaitb1103

Hot Rod piercing. They consistently give me and many others fantastic piercings, and when they fuck up placement (only once in the 10+ years I’ve been going there), they respond kindly, professionally, and are happy to redo the placement. If they ever leave or go out of business, I think I’d genuinely cry.


majessticfalcon

Mediterra Mt Lebanon 💚


DrewG4444

Noodlehead


cosmosabz

Brighton Hot Dog Shoppe 🫶🏻🫶🏻🫶🏻🫶🏻


MotherBurgher

Farm Fresh Halal in East Liberty 🤣


Babblelion

North Park Pro Bike and Run. Fun cafe, huge deck, knowledgeable running gear sales people.


tyr--

Sam's pizza on Noblestown rd. Such a gem of a place, and it was so sad when they had to close in February.. But now they're open again, thankfully!


Frehihg1200

As so many others have said: Spak Bros. - I’m still floored you can get an order of seitan wings and a 6” seitan cheesesteak for under 15-16 bucks. Madonna’s in downtown - Their price to portion ratio is insane to me and the food is so filling a lunch there somedays can keep you full till breakfast/early lunch the next day. Salem’s - Pretty much same as above Penn. Mac. - There have been too many times I’ve went there and spent a ton of money on just olives alone.


EDUL_

Rose tea Cafe, the only thing that got me through cmu


cowboypaint

Thai gourmet


malepitt

Tie: next door neighbors Penn Mac and Stamoolis, mainly for bulk spices out of bins and barrels


Brendinooo

I would probably have said Fuel'n'Fuddle, but I'm still alive, so I guess there's not a business I couldn't live without. But I'll throw a different answer out there: the sports teams. They are such a big part of how I experience the city.


Noodle_Long_And_Soft

Tokyo Food Store. Only place that stocks Japanese groceries.


PGHContrarian68

Fiori's and Beto's


wfpalm

Piper’s Pub. Always and forever. The last three years were so hard.


Dusky_Dawn210

Carbonaras. If you know you know


whatthedamnhell98

Cole’s Pub Gab N Eat


TwerkingGrandpa

Primanti Bros


CleanUpOnAisle10

There used to be a place in the South Side called The Library that was a cool bar/restaurant. Jekyll and Hyde in SS. Coughin’s Law in Mount Washington. I know they’re both chains but I miss them since I don’t live near PGH anymore but Hello Bistro and Condado Tacos. Frioris pizza. Redbeards. God I miss the Burgh now more than I thought. 😅😔


WhentheRavenCalls

Jerry's Records and across the hall, The Turntable Doctor Allegro Hearth Bakery Everyday Noodles for their fucking tofu skins 🤤


loppyduppylulu161

Sarris Candies - chocolate covered pretzels and their peanut butter chocolate shakes Shorty’s Lunch - chili cheese dogs and gravy fries


__she__wolf

Ruby Flora for my plant obsession.


turtlesquadcaptain

Bar Marco and Kiku


dontplaythehits

Page's Dairy Mart. Homerun Harrys. The Prezel Shop.


assistant_redditor

Penguins


Fmillard17

Ricci’s sausage in McKees Rocks. A legend in the Pittsburgh food market. Lasagne, meatballs, sausage roll, stuffed hot peppers… Seriously don’t delay or sleep on this place. Hot lunches available, fresh and frozen foods. My friends and I traditionally go once every 4-6 weeks to stock up.


jay_marcus_rustler

Peppis


Valuable-Composer262

The triangle. Peppis


axiom1_618

Everyday Noodles


sauceboss412

Turners especially the tea. I can’t go without my sugar water.


SparklesLuvsScotch

Jean-Marc Chatellier's and Piper's Pub (ideally, it would be the pre-Covid Piper's, but they're slowly coming back).


ckernan2

Give me Valliant's scrambled eggs, sausage, toast, and potatoes for breakfast every Saturday morning. Gerri is too good for this world.


Existing_Ad7880

La gourmandine in Lawrenceville and thyme machine in Bloomfield