Pittsburgh food in July 2018: What’s opening and what’s closing

Rosslynne Culgan

Published July 1, 2018


Get ready barbecue, baked goods and booze, Pittsburgh.

Also this month: Eat at the site of a historic steel mill, treat yourself to pie for breakfast, and cool down with some rolled ice cream.

Here’s what’s new in the city’s food and beverage scene right now (and what you might have missed last month).

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Eliza, South Side

Located on the historic J&L Steel Mill site (a.k.a. Eliza Furnaces), this American bistro will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a space designed to preserve the history of the site. Sourced from the US Steel Mill in Johnstown, a blast furnace door hangs outside of the restaurant’s entrance. The menu reflects the chef’s “love for fresh ingredients, house pickling, and rich proteins with Western Pennsylvania staples” — and, of course, a signature burger, per a news release about the restaurant.

Pie for Breakfast, Oakland

Pie for Breakfast has finally opened, drawing crowds for the menu offering a lot more than the name suggests. The restaurant describes itself like this: “We offer more than pies and breakfast. We are like if a European coffee shop had a baby with a truck stop.”

Northeastern Kitchen, Squirrel Hill

It’s Pittsburgh’s newest Chinese restaurant and the first to focus on northeastern Chinese cuisine. Pittsburgh Magazine provides a primer on what to order.

Lorelei, East Liberty

With a “super-soft open” this week, Lorelei has arrived in the former Livermore location in East Liberty. It’s a new bar from the owners of Independent Brewing Company and Hidden Harbor. As Pittsburgh Magazine reports, the bar’s name draws on “the mythical siren that sits atop a mystical rock that juts into the Rhine river in Germany.”

15° Fahrenheit, Squirrel Hill

A second location for this Thai-inspired rolled ice cream is now open in Squirrel Hill. Flavors include classic vanilla, Thai tea, Matcha, chocolate and coffee, Good Food Pittsburgh reports.

Heirloom Superfood Market, Strip District

Specializing in organic produce, bulk superfoods, unique local brands and hard to find items, the former 31st Street Pub has been transformed into a superfood market, which opened last weekend.

See you soon

Molinaro Ristorante, Downtown

The high-profile spot in the heart of Downtown that used to house Poros appears to be opening soon as Molinaro Ristorante with a “high-end Italian approach.”

Spork Pit, Bloomfield

For almost a year, Christian Frangiadis served up central Texas-style barbecue from a custom-built smoker next to his restaurant Spork. By mid-July, he’ll open a brick-and-mortar barbecue spot called Spork Pit just around the corner.

TBSP, Mt. Oliver

Expect a July 5 ribbon cutting at what’s billed as the nation’s first bakery incubator. TBSP’sinaugural cohort of four bakers in residence includes Who’s Nexter Jewel A. Edwards. The bakers will sell their goods at the TBSP storefront in Mt. Oliver.

See you soon-ish

🍪 An Insomnia Cookies location in the South Side. After being delayed a year, it’s expected to open soon, and it will join a recently opened Oakland location.

🐷 Choppin’ Block, a casual lunchtime BBQ concept in the Strip District.

🍴 Walter’s Barbecue in Lawrenceville replacing what used to be an autobody shop — “a spin on a beer garden, with barbecue.”

🌮 A second location for Condado Tacos in the former Tender space in Lawrenceville.

🇫🇷 A macaron bar — called Macaron Bar — in East Liberty.

🍻 Two new breweries: In Homestead, Enix Brewing Co., featuring food, beer and bowling in a former hardware store. In West Homestead, Rogan Brewing Co., a taproom with pints and growlers.

🎶 A Rascal Flatts restaurant in Station Square. If you like that kind of thing.

🐟 Another Richard DeShantz restaurant, Fish Nor Fowl, slated to open soon in the former Salt of the Earth spot.

🔥 Fig & Ash, a “farm-to-flame restaurant,” coming to Deutschtown in the fall.

🍷 Leo. a public house, for beer, wine and sandwiches, opening in the North Side in the next few months, from the team behind Lola Bistro.

🍚 Two Sisters Vietnamese Kitchen in East Liberty, a low-key BYOB spot with pho, rice bowls and Vietnamese-style vermicelli dishes. Look for it in late summer.

❄ Sugar Spell Scoops, i.e. vegan ice cream in Sharpsburg, and Sub Zero Ice Cream in Upper St. Clair.

🍺 A Penn Brewery taproom is coming to Downtown, but it’s still pretty far into the future.

🥓 East End Brewing pub conversion in Larimer, with charcuterie and other delicacies from Morcilla’s Justin Severino.

🍻 A Cinderlands brewpub in the former Spaghetti Warehouse building in the Strip District, where construction is already underway.

❓ A new TBA concept from the Big Burrito group in the Waterworks plaza.

🥗 Siempre Algo (translation: “always something”) with a seasonal contemporary American menu on East Ohio Street in the North Side.

🌯 A Mexican-Italian fusion in the Strip District in partnership with Edgar Alvarez, of Edgar’s Best Tacos.

🥃 Bridges and Bourbon, a concept with small plates from chef David Racicot, in the former Seviche space Downtown.


Pallantia, Shadyside

After a two-year run, Pallantia, a Spanish tapas restaurant located near Walnut Street is closing and going up for sale.

Acacia, South Side

In what feels like a sad break-up, speakeasy cocktail bar Acacia posted this message on Twitter: “We must let you know that we need to take a break. It’s not you, it’s us. We’re a little worn down, and we need some time to rest … and figure out what we want to do with ourselves. This isn’t goodbye, it’s see you soon.” So stay tuned.

La Prima, North Side

La Prima’s North Side location at Nova Place is closing, Nova Place announced this week. Full disclosure: This is the coffee shop at the coworking space where The Incline operates, so, as you can imagine, we are all the crying face emojis over this news.

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