When the family behind Super-Stuff Super-Licious restaurant fired up their three sidewalk grills in 1985, they began a local BBQ legacy that was strong enough to attract people from forty miles out. Unfortunately, the booming success couldn’t stop an encroaching schism that would soon split up the relatives and choke the growing business. It took nearly 20 years of slow-cooked reconciliation and, according to the restaurant’s website, a spiritual awakening to bring the family and the business back together in 2005. Today, Robbie's Super-Stuff Super-Licious BBQ Restaurant continues the tradition they started more than 35 years ago.
The barbecue mavens stock their kitchen with fresh, local ingredients and meats. They season each of their ribs, chickens, and steaks—sousing some slabs with more than a dozen herbs and spices—before sizzling them atop an open-pit grill. They then slather these flavorful cuts in one of three sauces: hot-, mild-, or mustard-barbecue sauce. They also prepare homestyle sides, such as collard greens and signature cornbread, to accessorize meat-centric entrees or cocktail dresses.
When guests walk into the bright blue confines of Square Café, they find owner Sherree Goldstein and her friendly crew serving up smiles and steaming cups of custom-blended Kiva Han coffee. Preparing eclectic breakfast and lunch dishes, chefs crack shells for three-egg omelets, green eggs and ham with homemade pesto, and form their own housemade veggie burgers. Attentive servers endlessly refill freshly brewed ice tea and help health-savvy diners find the best menu options. Inside, colorful local artwork fuels discussions about which colors deserve to be primary, and on the sidewalk patio, diners can scan the street for signs of Square Café's vegetable-oil-powered Mercedes.
Gayot proclaimed Square Café a "vibrant eatery," describing the "generously portioned, cooked-to-order breakfast and lunch items on huge square plates." In addition to the well-crafted eats, the staff's energy and enthusiasm keep the café's sizeable crowd of regulars coming back—the manager, Kevin, even sports a Square Café tattoo as evidence.
At East End Cafe, chefs prepare housemade sandwiches, salads, and soups for both dine-in meals and catered events. The eatery uses fresh, local ingredients and Boar's Head meats to craft a menu stacked with signature items such as strawberry and goat cheese salads and Reubens rich with thousand-island dressing. Patrons can lounge on the outdoor patio while sampling hand-dipped ice-cream cones in the summertime or sit inside amid free WiFi and warm their hands inside a sandwich in the wintertime.
Frick Art & Historical Center beams with beautiful art and historical artifacts endowed by the daughter of Henry Clay Frick, one of America’s great industrialists and art collectors. Members of the Frick can wander through the bountiful exhibitions, taking a gander at the permanent collection or indulging in the sparkling transience of the Fabergé at the Frick exhibition, a display of more than 100 objects crafted the House of by Fabergé, helmed by famed Russian jeweler Peter Carl Fabergé. Members can impersonate turn-of-the-century chauffeurs with unlimited admission to the Car and Carriage Museum, or learn about different historical objects with discounts on lectures. Brush up on antiquated traditions such as letter writing, origami, or crafting cootie catchers with stationery from the Museum Shop, taking 10% discounts on notecards ($1.80), postcards ($1.13), or books. Members also receive the exclusive ability to make advanced reservations at The Café at the Frick, which dishes out gourmet sandwiches and entrées alongside a list of wines.
For 64 years, Triangle Bar & Grille’s tricornered walls have housed mammoth Italian sandwiches, as well as grilled American-style creations stacked atop crusty, fresh-baked bread. The infamous 24-inch Battleship sub ($12.95) encases 1.25 pounds of just-sliced salami, ham, and provolone cheese, and can serve an alternate use as a barbell. Sandwiches come in two other sizes ($5.50+) with toppings that include homemade hot meatballs or fried bologna. All subs are crowned with lettuce, tomato, and onion, as well as oil and vinegar, spices, and a choice of cheese. Lest yards of sandwich meats fail to appease ardent appetites, customers can fill remaining stomach space with extras such as chili ($2.40) or potato salad ($2.25). Grab a stool along the original, buffed countertops, or wait for your torpedo-shaped sustenance to blast off and choose a seat for you. Triangle Bar & Grille is a cash-only establishment, though they have an ATM and unlimited Monopoly money on premises.
The cooks at Hook Fish & Chicken combine a robust selection of seafood favorites with fried chicken tenders and wings. Diners can enjoy deep-sea dishes such as oysters, shrimp, and tilapia sandwiches or family-size dinners that mix fish and chicken.
The proudly independent family crew that runs The Pittsburgh Bagel Factory brings the same commitment to tasty food and early-rising work ethics that made their bagels a local staple to their new Craig St. location. After baking their bagels, which include everything from savory onion to multigrain wildberry, the kitchen staff puts them to work, schmearing them with cream cheese concoctions or sandwiching them with deli meats including oven-roasted turkey and kosher salami. Custom blends of eggs, morning meats, and cheese gussy up handheld comestibles, while burgers flip from sizzling grills to challah buns dressed with toppings ranging from grilled onions and mushrooms to fried eggs and peach barbecue sauce. Staff also pull shots of espresso to add to steaming mugs that vanquish sleepiness from faces.