Man-cation – Pittsburgh

I promised you some meat on your trip and today I’m bringing it. The food in Pittsburgh is a total carb fest. High cal, huge portions, a real man’s man type of dining experience. To start your day I’d recommend breakfast at De Luca’s (2015 Penn Avenue). It’s an old school greasy spoon diner. The waitresses are fast, hard-working and they don’t take any crap. Be prepared to wait as there is often a line out the door. Tank up on eggs, home fries, bacon and much more. There is no health food on this menu, so don’t even ask. Order up a huge orange juice and be prepared to commit to the plate of pancakes, you may not eat for the rest of the day.

If you do, lunch at Six Penn would be my choice.  Not because of the food which is billed as “American Bistro”, but tends to be a bit precious for my taste.  Go for the rooftop bar.  Hang out with the guys order a bunch of appetizers (loved the cornbread), and some sandwiches.  You can linger all afternoon swapping stories and soaking up some rays.  Just don’t expect quick or solicitous service.  This place is about seeing and being seen, not the service.  Still, if you drink a bit too much your hotel is just a short walk up the street.  No designated driver necessary.  Can’t beat that.

For dinner it’s got to be Church Brew Works & Restaurant. Yes, this really used to be a Catholic Church, and now it’s a shrine to the art of brewing. Again the food is huge and there’s a lot of meat on the menu. I had the pierogies and the buffalo & wild mushroom meatloaf and they were both delicious and filling. There’s plenty of desserts on the menu, but I doubt you’ll have space left for it. Be sure to try a sampler of the local brews. With names like “celestial gold”, “pipe organ pale ale” and “pious monk dunkel” they’re heavenly.

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