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Visiting Pittsburgh this weekend - restaurant, shoppint tips

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Visiting Pittsburgh this weekend - restaurant, shoppint tips

A group of us are visiting from Oregon for the Steelers game. we're staying a the Springhill suites (north shore). Would love some suggestions on favorite dining spots and some shopping areas (local boutiques). Also we'll have to buy some food for tailgating so any grocery stores in the downtown area are appreciated.

Thanks!

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1. Re: Visiting Pittsburgh this weekend - restaurant, shoppint tips

Forget grocery stores and head to the Strip Disrtict for your tailgating needs!  Lots of ethnic stores, including Italian, Polish, Middle Eastern, Greek, Mexican...that carry both groceries and prepared foods.  Also plenty of other foodie shops, including candy stores, a gourmet popcorn place, spice shop, kitchen supply store..and more.  There are other kinds of shops, too, including Hot Haute Hot, Roxanne's Dried Flowers and Penn Ave Pottery, etc.  Hit the Pittsburgh Market for more food and try East End Brewery beer samples.  The Contempory Craft Museum has cool displays and a nice gift shop...with a donations only entrance fee.  You can easily spend several hours in the Strip district and there are good restaurant choices, too.  We like Kaya and Bar Marco.

Other dining areas downtown include Market Square (Wingharts for burgers and Il Pizziola for Napolitian style pizza) and the Cultural District-Penn Ave (Meat & Potatoes, Seviche, Nicky's Thai, Sharp Edge.)  

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2. Re: Visiting Pittsburgh this weekend - restaurant, shoppint tips

There is a bar restaurant right at the Springhill Suites called Soho. It is american food and it's reasonably priced. The hotel also has a complimentary breakfast that is very good.

There are other restuarant and a Casino on the North Shore as well. The Pittsburgh Bar is good.

Station Square has Bucca di Beppo, subway, Joe's Crab Shack. Cheesecake Factory on the South Side.

The hotel offers free shuttles into the city and over to the Casino, we don't live in the city and have stayed there a couple of times.

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3. Re: Visiting Pittsburgh this weekend - restaurant, shoppint tips

I strongly agree with the below - don't even consider going to a grocery store- go to the strip district for shopping. The is a grocery store within walking distance to the Springhill Suites, a Giant Eagle, however, I would not recommend it.

As for food, I would completely avoid any chain stores in Station Square- you didn't fly across the country to go to stores you can find at home in a mall's parking lot. Pittsburgh's downtown area has great unique restaurants like Meat and Potatoes, Eleven, Andy's, Sonoma Grill, several steakhouses. Or go to the strip for Lydia's, Kaya, a unique vintage ice cream shop, Pamela's or The little restaurant behind Enrico's Biscotti Shop .

As for shopping, shop till you drop in PA. There is no sales tax on clothes, so it's like there's 7% of everything! However, clothing boutiques are pretty spread out. There's no one place I can send you where you can visit 6 boutiques in walking distance. My favorite mall is Ross Park (standard mall- Nordstrom's, Macy's, Burberry, Kate Spade, LV, Forever 21, Sephora) or Outdoor shopping in Shadyside.

Have Fun!

Be sure to also check out one of the many cultural destinations like Mattress Factory/Andy Warhol (art), theatre, Phipps conservatory (gardens), Fallingwater (architecture), Carnegie Musuems, etc.

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