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Best Breakfast: Forget about Eat ’n Park. For an old-school, completely authentic Pittsburgh breakfast, go clog your arteries at DeLuca’s Restaurant ($$, 2015 Penn Ave., 412/566-2195, Mon.–Sat. 6 a.m.–3 p.m., Sun. 7 a.m.–3 p.m.) in the Strip District, where Pittsburgh accents and gum-snapping waitresses are still delightfully in style.
Best Diner: Although not technically an authentic greasy spoon, Pamela’s Diner ($$, 60 21st St., 412/281-6366, www.pamelasdiner.com) serves affordable American grub that tastes great. Plus, they have five locations citywide.
Best Patio: For prime people-watching and a party atmosphere, set up shop at Roland’s Seafood Grill ($$, 1904 Penn Ave., 412/261-3401, www.rolandsseafoodgrill.com) in the heart of the Strip District.
Best Restaurant for a First Date: Show off your worldly and adventurous side by taking that possible Mr. or Ms. Right to Spice Island Tea House ($$, 253 Atwood St., 412/687-8821, www.spiceislandteahouse.com), where cuisine from throughout Southeast Asia makes conversation starters a breeze.
Best Sunday Brunches: Join the city’s tattooed and pierced contingent for the phenomenally creative prix fixe Sunday brunch at the The Zenith ($$, 86 S. 26th St., 412/481-4833, www.zenithpgh.com). Browse through the antique room on your way out. Looking for something a bit classier? Station Square’s Grand Concourse ($$$, 100 W. Station Square Dr., 412/261-1717, www.muer.com) offers a luxurious (if slightly pricey) brunch experience.
Best View: To dine and drink while taking in one of America’s best-looking city skylines, head to Mount Washington’s Grandview Saloon ($$, 1212 Grandview Ave., 412/431-1400, www.grandviewsaloon.com) sometime after dark.
Best Beer Selection: Find your favorite import or craft-brewed beer at Regent Square’s D’s Six-Pax and Dogs ($$, 1118 S. Braddock Ave., 412/241-4666, www.regentsquare.net/ds6pax.html).
Best Neighborhood Restaurant: Pittsburgh’s East End residents converge at Point Brugge Café ($$, 401 Hastings St. at Reynolds St., 412/441-3334, www.pointbrugge.com), a cozy bistro spot with European panache.
Best Coffee Shops: With seven Pittsburgh locations, free wireless access, and wonderfully eclectic atmospheres, locals flock to the nearest Crazy Mocha ($, www.crazymocha.com). For a more refined and artistic experience, hit COCA Café ($$ 3811 Butler St., 412/621-3171), which serves an upscale Sunday brunch.
© Dan Eldridge from Moon Pittsburgh, 1st Edition