Apparently, there’s quite a rivalry between Baltimore and Pittsburgh. And it’s intense! The history between the Ravens and the Steelers seems to be rooted in and sustained by genuine dislike and distrust of the other. Being a Baltimore-transplant and a complete fool when it comes to football politics, I’ve been blissfully unaffected by this rivalry and accompanying aversion of each city. And, for the most part, I’m glad I’ve been so oblivious. I recently spent a couple of days in Pittsburgh and I wouldn’t have wanted any preconceived judgments to get in the way of my experience. It was my first visit to the Steel City, but it won’t be my last. I loved it!
I spent most of my time eating, wandering, and admiring just a few of the over 400 bridges in this beautiful city. I only had a couple of days to spend in the city, so here is a quick list of my recommended highlights:
Union Pig & Chicken This barbecue and fried chicken joint is located in the East Liberty neighborhood. We went here for a late lunch and feasted on pork shoulder, fried chicken, and brisket. It was absolutely delicious! One of the menu shiners is the Meaty Mac: baked mac n’ cheese with bits of brisket and pork shoulder, ohmylord!
Salt of the Earth This farm-to-table style restaurant is the smart, delicious, and thoughtful child of chef Kevin Sousa and architects Doug and Liza Cruze. The menu, which is artistically drawn on a giant chalkboard wall, changes weekly to reflect the local and seasonal fare. I’d recommend sitting downstairs, if possible. The tables are communal and rustic, making the atmosphere relaxed and cozy.
Pageboy Salon & Boutique This is a great place to go for vintage clothing. It’s located in the Lawrenceville neighborhood, which is adorable. There are lots of shops, bars, and restaurants in this quirky borough.
Wigle Fortunately, we just happened across this whiskey distillery while we were wandering around The Strip. Pronounced “wiggle”, this distillery uses organic ingredients from local farmers. And the owners are soooooo nice. They were closed the day we were there, yet they invited us in, shared their history, and gave us samplings.
House of 1000 Beers This beer emporium is located outside of Pitt in New Kensington. If you’re a beer enthusiast or appreciate craft beer, the 30-minute drive is TOTALLY WORTH IT. With over 46 draft beers on tap and 1000 beers in stock, this is a perfect, off-the-beaten-path spot to spend a lazy afternoon.
Posted by: Carmen
Carmen is an owner of Trohv. She is from a cattle and tobacco farm in Kentucky but has lived in the Charles Village neighborhood of Baltimore for 10 years. She loves to discover new music and new places and sip good bourbon.