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Cheap downtown restaurants?

Looking for inexpensive restaurants in the downtown area (breakfast - lunch - dinner). Any suggestions appreciated!

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1. Re: Cheap downtown restaurants?

OK, so there might not be any cheap restaurants downtown... how about mid-range restaurants? No chains, please.

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2. Re: Cheap downtown restaurants?

There are quite a few places between the parks (PNC and Heinz). Jerome Bettis has a place that is good and surprisingly not expensive. McFaddens is more of a club type atmosphere and there is Calico Jacks (although it has a very limited menu). Atria's is also around the park.

Max and Erma's is off Stanwix Street (sort of a chain, but not really), and there are a couple Primanti locations.

Don't know what exactly you're looking for though or where downtown. But if you'll be by the parks these are all some good places to eat.

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3. Re: Cheap downtown restaurants?

Downtown does have a lot of expensive and a lot of cheap, with not much in between. On the lower end, Primanti's is an only-in-Pittsburgh thing, and the Oyster House in Market Square has good fish sandwiches. Both are dumps, to be sure. Palomino has what I'd call fairly-priced good meals, and if you visit their web site you should be able to get coupons (though I admit I haven't looked recently. Also the Lemon Grass Cafe, August Henry's Saloon and if you walk across the Sixth Street Bridge, Atria's. Not many, if any, good inexpensive breakfast places in town. You may be able to hoof it to DeLuca's in the Strip (where you'll also find a wider variety of cheaper food.) Good luck!

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4. Re: Cheap downtown restaurants?

There are lots of good choices downtown that are not overly expensive. On 6th street between Ft. Duquesne Blvd. and Penn Ave. are Lemongrass Cafe (Thai food - good lunch specials), 2 Greek restaurants which are both good, and Palomino, which has reasonably priced lunches. Further down Penn Avenue (900 block I think) is August Henry's. This is more of a nice bar/pub, but they have good sandwiches and salads available for lunch and dinner. There is also a relatively new cafe in Market Square - MixStirs Cafe. They have smoothies, wraps, salads, etc. Happy Eating!

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5. Re: Cheap downtown restaurants?

Thank you for all the great suggestions! We'll be staying at the Renaissance, but are willing to walk (or take the subway) anywhere near downtown.

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6. Re: Cheap downtown restaurants?

Try the food court at PPG place, you take an escaltor down at building Two...cheap and choices choices choices...

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7. Re: Cheap downtown restaurants?

Go to Lidia's up at 1400 Smallman St. - wonderful restaurant for Italian food.

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8. Re: Cheap downtown restaurants?

If you're staying at the Rennissance try Six Penn close by.

Other recommendations would be Bettis Grille on the North Shore. Large portions with decent food.

Atria's just across the Clemente (attached to PNC Park) is excellent.

Lidia's in my opinion isn't that good other than the Pasta Tasting.

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9. Re: Cheap downtown restaurants?

You've probably already taken your trip to Pgh and hopefully you found our less-expensive restaurants downtown: Smithfield Cafe and Tic Toc (in Macy's) are favorites.

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10. Re: Cheap downtown restaurants?

Thank you for the suggestions, but we ended up spending more than I wanted to on dinners - however, they were all good meals! And for some reason, they all cost around $60 each, so it wasn't too expensive and hey, we were on vacation... :)