The In’s and Out’s of Pittsburgh’s Strip District

Are you ever looking for something fun and unique to do on the weekends in Pittsburgh?  One of my favorite things to do is to go down to the Strip District, get breakfast and walk around the different shops with my family.

Deluca’s

The only place that can say that they have the “best” breakfast in town. Come hungry, but come early because there’s always a line!  Deluca’s holds a capacity of 90 people and nearly serves 1,000 people every Saturday and Sunday.  delucas collageI’ve only been to Deluca’s twice, but I can vouch for myself that it’s the best breakfast I’ve ever had in Pittsburgh.  If you’re looking for plate-sized pancakes, then Deluca’s is the place for you.  My favorite dish to get at Deluca’s is the cinnamon bun pancakes with a side of eggs and bacon.  If you’re not in the mood for pancakes, don’t worry because Deluca’s comes stacked with options!  Some of the options include: massive breakfast omelets, crepes, lunch  food and even waffle sundaes.  photo 3Did you ever think you could have ice cream for breakfast?  Well, Deluca’s gives you the option.  The waffle sundaes come topped with ice cream, different fruit options, chocolate or carmel sauce, nuts and loaded with whipped cream.  Deluca’s food has been so popular, that it has even been featured on Travel Channel’s Man v Food.  Adam Richman, host of Man v. Food, indulged in all of the offerings Deluca’s serves. With Deluca’s, you’re not burning a hole in your wallet, but you will pay for eating too much from all that is on your plate.

Strip District

After you have a full stomach, it will be time for you to walk it all off!  What better way to do so, then by walking around Pittsburgh’s historic Strip District.  The Strip District is located on Penn Avenue right outside of downtown Pittsburgh.  Experience all the unique diners, sidewalk food stands and Pittsburgh shops.  Whether you need groceries, Pittsburgh apparel or have a sweet tooth, the Strip District is just for you!  Enjoy the smell of Mancini’s fresh cut bread at the Mancini Bread Company, fishy taste at Wholey’s Fish Market or hear the popping sounds at the Pittsburgh Popcorn Company.  If you’re in need of a Pittsburgh sporting apparel item, the Strip has everything from jerseys, jewelry, hats, banners or sidewalk vendor made “Yinzer” t-shirts and sweatshirts. photo 14 If you’re thinking of cooking an authentic Italian meal, then be sure to stop by the Pennsylvania Macaroni Company.  The store features all Italian imported goods including spices, pasta, fresh cheese and even deli meats.  If you’re craving something sweet don’t forget to drop by Mon Aimee Chocolat or Peace, Love and Little Donuts.  At Peace, Love and Little Donuts you won’t find just any ordinary donuts.  Try something new and find out what a bacon topped maple frosted donut can do to your taste buds.  No matter what you do when you visit the Strip District, it will be a new and entertaining experience for not only your taste buds and senses, but a sight for your eyes.

Does this food make your mouth water like it made my mine?  Let me know if you would try Deluca’s or the Strip District.  Better yet, let me know if you ever experienced Deluca’s or a walk down the Strip.  Share your favorite dish from Deluca’s, I’d love to hear!

Dinner with a view

If you haven’t been to Pittsburgh, then you might want to check out Mt.Washington.  It’s known for its view of Pittsburgh that you don’t want to miss.  I personally enjoy going there in the evening when you see the whole skyline of Pittsburgh shine in the night sky.

You might ask, what is Mt. Washington?  Mt. Washington is a neighborhood in Pittsburgh that overlooks the Pittsburgh skyline.

For those of you who might be looking for a romantic date night out on the town then you might want to consider venturing to Mt. Washington.  The best way to get up to Mt. Washington is by taking the Duquense Incline.  You can park at the bottom in one of the parking lots at Station Square and take the incline up for one of the many restaurants on Mt.Washington.  I’ve always enjoyed taking the incline when it is still light outside, eat and then take the incline down while it is dark.  As you ride up the incline, you will get a bird’s-eye view of the city.  Experience the wonderful engineering of the incline that has gone through many years of movement.  Listen to the creeks and turns of the wooden frame and steel cranks and smell and feel the warm breeze coming through the screened-in windows through your one of a kind experience.  Make sure you have cash, the incline is $5 roundtrip and takes the exact change.burgh

Once you have arrived at Mt. Washington, check out the top station that is filled with many photographs of Pittsburgh throughout the years.  Don’t forget to take a minute to look at the skyline of Pittsburgh by stopping at the observation deck right outside of the incline.  Pop a quarter into the binocular machine to get a deeper view of the city.  securedownload-2There are many restaurants up on Mt. Washington, but to get the “view” of Pittsburgh you want to eat at one of the restaurants on Grandview Avenue.  My personal favorite is Coal Hill Steak House.

The Coal Hill Steakhouse is a must when choosing places to eat on top of Mt. Washington.  The superb service, casual dining, sleek atmosphere and variety of foods and drinks are available for everyone’s liking.  The split-level restaurant includes an upper half dining area with dim lighting and a glass lookout window city view, that sets a romantic twist to the experience.  The lower level area includes a rectangular bar that is perfect for sporting events or just a relaxing evening for a few drinks.  Right behind the bar is the outside lookout deck area that includes a small tiki bar, perfect for enjoying the city view, smelling the summer breeze and enjoying a one-of-a-kind experience.  The dining, bar and deck areas are wonderful for a new experience in the quaint area of Mt. Washington. securedownload-1 The seating areas might set the mood, but the food on the menu adds to the experience.  Splurge for the night and try their wonderful steaks and seafood options or open your belly for a mouth watering burger and fries or triple stacked grilled blackened chicken salads.  Whatever you are in the mood for the Coal Hill Steakhouse can deliver and you will leave with an open mind, full stomach and a warm feeling from your wonderful dining experience.

With Valentines Day coming up, what better way to spend it than this perfect date night!  Take that special one out or even a friend and let me know what you think about the beautiful view!  Don’t forget to bundle up, Pittsburgh can be quite cold in the winter!  Make sure to bring your camera, you’ll definitely want to snap a picture of the view!  Do you enjoy the view as much as I do?  Share your thoughts with me, I’d love to hear!