Plus, what's closing and coming soon.
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🍕 Yinz goin' aht? Try Pittsburgh's newest food & drink spots

Plus, what's closing and coming soon.

By Francesca Dabecco

Welcome to Wednesday, Pittsburgh.

It’s October, and we’re coming in hot with our food-and-drink updates. There’s some tasty new spots to devour: some serving Puerto Rican eats, South American fare, and authentic halal food, and others dishing up bagel sammies, deep-dish pizza, doughnuts, coffee, coffee, and more coffee.

Let’s do our best to support our new neighbors who serve us each and every day. That means wearing a mask if they ask, showing your vaccination proof if needed, being extra patient these days, and as always, tipping well.

In case you missed last month’s edition, you can play catch up here. If we missed something, let us know so we can add it to the list.

Let’s dive right in, shall we?


Driven PGH is dishing up that deep dish. (📸: courtesy of @drivenpgh)

🌮 Do you love tacos as much as Baby Loves Tacos? If so, you can check out its newest location at 116 Meyran Ave. in Oakland.

🍳 Brooklyn Bagel finally brought its delicious breakfast bites to the Arsenal on Butler St., along with Italian coffee, espresso from La Prima, and pastries from Enrico Biscotti.

🍪 Brother Andre’s Cafe is a coffee shop in the renovated basement of Church of the Epiphany in the Hill District, and is staffed by Pat, the baker extraordinaire, and other friends with various disabilities and abilities, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

🍵 Centered Coffee & Wellness is serving healing vibes with organic coffee, tea, smoothies, and snacks in Shadyside.

🍨 Churn, the North Pittsburgh-based ice cream and coffee bar, just opened a shop in the South Side, serving sweet drinks and treats that will perk you up on East Carson St.

🇨🇴 The Colombian Spot, located in the South Side, is now serving South American fare at its express location in Oakland at 3533 Forbes Ave.

Divvy Coffee & Buns on Forbes Ave. is your newest go-to spot for both sweet and savory breakfast bites, healthy salads, and of course, a variety of freshly brewed beans and unique drinks.

🍕 Driven is the newest addition to the Federal Galley on the North Side, serving inventive slices of Detroit-style pizza like the PBR made with pepperoni, banana peppers, ricotta, hot honey, marinara, mozz, and cheddar cheese.

🍗 Fusion 20 is a takeout-only restaurant in East Pittsburgh plating up memorable flavors and comfort food dishes, like macaroni and cheese, cajun chicken alfredo, and more.

🇵🇷 The popular Puerto Rican food truck Secretos de mis Abuelos is laying roots alongside Hapa Hawaiian Grill in Uptown, and is “likely the only place in the region where you’ll find spam musubi, chicken mofongo, and kalua pork under the same roof,” according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Let's taco bout Gordo's Tacos. (📸: courtesy of @gordos_pgh)

🌮 Get your fill of Mexican-American fusion on the Mount. Gordo’s Tacos & Tequila is finally finished with construction in its Mount Washington location, and they’re currently open with a limited menu.

🍩 Doughnut miss this! An Ohio doughnut institution has a new location in Castle Shannon. Madsen Donuts comes to 3609 Library Road with 83 years’ experience of perfecting 12 varieties of traditional cake and raised doughnuts, per NEXTPittsburgh.

🍸 The Market Exchange is the newest addition to Market Square, serving American lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch alongside delicious crafts and cocktails every Wednesday through Sunday.

🍾 Chef Kevin Sousa switched gears from Superior Motors to open up Mount Oliver Bodega, a boutique wine shop, bar, and restaurant in the former Kullman’s Bakery. 

🌯 Shah’s Halal is now posted up in Oakland at 412 Semple St. (Yinz got a great address!) They’re serving authentic halal food — like gyros and salad bowls — made with halal meat and farm-fresh, locally sourced vegetables.

Promotion from YWCA Greater Pittsburgh

👏 Help honor and celebrate local changemakers

Our communities need moments of celebration and joy. 

Help recognize the great women and allies at the Inaugural YWCA Greater Pittsburgh Equity Awards, which seeks to honor women, especially women of color, whose work reflects the YWCA’s intersectional approach to addressing race and gender equity.

The 2021 Equity Awards Luncheon takes place at the Fairmont Hotel on Nov. 5th, starting at noon. 

At the event, you’ll learn more about those doing the work like Black Women for a Better Education (Ally award), Abbey Mui, Founder and Executive Director of re:Bloom (Emerging Leader award), and other amazing women.

Purchase tickets for this inspiring event

See you soon

🍩 Valkyrie Doughnuts, the popular pop-up serving vegan friendly treats across 'tahn, will soon by frying in a brick-and-mortar located at 601 Lincoln Ave. in Bellevue.

🍲 Sullivan’s Steakhouse is about to be sizzling at its new location in the U.S. Steel Tower on Grant. St. Downtown’s newest steakhouse will open on Oct. 7, serving perfectly cooked meats, french onion soup, blue cheese salads, old-fashioned cocktails, and more, TribLIVE reports.

Cafetano is so close to serving its signature Honduran Coffee with an Italian flair to the Strip District. The coffee purveyor is setting up shop in the former Gaucho Parilla Argentina space on Penn Ave and will specialize in the full coffee experience but will also sell smoothies, breakfast, and lunch, and dessert. Don’t miss its grand opening on Oct. 16 with free coffee for the first 100 customers, gift card giveaways, Steelers ticket raffles, and free signature bites.

🍩 You may have seen Oliver’s Donuts popping up around ‘tahn, but pretty soon they’ll be slinging tasty cake donuts at a permanent spot in the Lawrenceville Market House.

🍸 G’s on Liberty is counting down the days until its opening on Liberty Avenue in Bloomfield with “a full service restaurant, focusing on real, innovative, creative food, and cocktails,” NEXTPittsburgh reports.

🍳 Wild Child, popular pop-up from acclaimed chef Jamilka Borges, will very soon be serving coastal cuisine, including fresh, seafood dishes to Etna.

🍔 Full moon, full belly. The famed pop-up Moonlit Burgers is opening a brick-and-mortar on Potomac Avenue in Dormont this fall, and will serve its famous juicy smash burgers with delectable crispy edges, NEXTPittsburgh reports.

🍺 Brothers from the City of Brotherly Love are planning to open Lolev Brewing Co. in Lawrenceville with specialty brews, rooftop seating, and a rotating lineup of food trucks, NEXTPittsburgh reports.

🎶 Brillobox is back in business in Bloomfield. After announcing its closure during the pandemic, the beloved 15-year-old bar and music venue recently announced that it plans to reopen in the fall, according to Pittsburgh City Paper.

🧀 Bitter End Rye & Charcuterie Bar is Rear End’s sister restaurant and the former location of Nooch’s Bar. The eatery will offer “whiskey & meat” in a modern speakeasy setting with specialty cocktails and charcuterie boards.

🌮 Las Chicas, a fav Pittsburgh food truck, is set to open a location in Millvale, bringing its tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and more to a brick-and-mortar.

🍾 In addition to opening Mount Oliver Bodega, Chef Kevin Sousa (formerly of Superior Motors) is also set to open the Arlington Beverage Club, a new concept coming to an old social club in Allentown, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette details.

🎳 Shorty’s Pins x Pints, is a new entertainment concept with duckpin bowling, bocce, pinball, cornhole, firepits, and street food is coming to the North Shore late 2021, per NEXTPittsburgh.

➡️ This is just a sneak peek. For more news on restaurants coming soon to Pittsburgh, here’s our full list.

Thanks to Satellite Sports Connection, an Authorized DIRECTV for Business Dealer, for helping us bring the food and drink opening and closing list to our readers. With offers starting at just under $30, it’s a good option for bars, restaurants, and shops to bring hours of entertainment for their customers.

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👟What’s the Point .5K is just 3 days away!


This community race at Westinghouse Park, happening this Saturday, Oct. 9, is the event for those of us who don’t run for fun but still want to cross the finish line with our neighbors. There will be live music, arts and crafts stations, tree giveaways from Tree Pittsburgh, doughnuts, and more.

The main race begins at noon, but there is a “Trash Dash” planned for 10:00 AM to tidy up the park before the race. The first five people to pick up the most trash will have their race fees covered.

All ages are welcome, and there will be prizes for infant, toddler, kid, adult, and golden divisions. Your four-legged friends can join you too, but they must be on a leash.

Get in on the fun and register for What’s the Point .5K.


✒️ Celebrate the women who designed in the male-dominated field at “Her Seat at the Table: Women Designers in the 20th and 21st Centuries” with the Carnegie Museum of Art (Online)

🎩 Be amazed at Liberty Magic’s reopening with Chris Capehart’s Journey of the Master show (Downtown)


🎶Watch the story of Byrd, “a young Black man who is unknowingly send on a journey to get his mind right,” at Kalopsia The Musical, through Oct. 17  (New Hazlett Theater, North Side)

🎤 Join Pittsburgh public figures to poke fun and raise funds for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank at the annual musical satire, Off The Record Pittsburgh (Online)


🏘️ Check off that good ol’ to-do list and visit the 2021 Pittsburgh Fall Home Show through Oct. 10 at the Convention Center (Downtown)

🎶 Kick off this new live music series with food, libations, and block party vibes at Homestead Live Fridays (Eighth Ave Business District, Homestead)

🎨 Explore original works by local artist and educator Ramon Riley at Anecdotal Evidence with the Pittsburgh Center for Arts and Media (Mellon Park)

📽️ Drive-in to Real Q’s opening night movie party, plus drag shows and food trucks at Central Outreach Wellness Center, through Oct. 16 (Northside)

😂 LOL with a lineup of local comics at the Weekend of Laughs, the reopening of Greer Cabaret Theater, through Sunday (Downtown)

📽️ Watch “Labyrinth” or “Raiders of the Lost Ark” at Row House Cinema’s pop-up drive-in at the Strip District Terminal, Friday and Saturday (Strip District)


👟Make strides against Breast Cancer at this American Cancer Society walk at South Shore Riverfront Park (South Side)

♻️Drop off any household chemicals for recycling at the Pennsylvania Resource Council’s recycling event (Bradys Run Park, Beaver Falls)

🌺 Enjoy the season at the opening night of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens’ Fall Flower Show: Happy Troll-O-Ween at its annual bootanial bash (Oakland)

🌟 Celebrate Quantum Theatre’s 30th anniversary at the Quantinuum Q Ball located at Roselea Farm featuring hand-crafted food from chef Jamilka Borges and live local music (Coraopolis)

🛍️Shop from local vendors at Sanctuary Pittsburgh Second Saturdays on Butler St., benefiting YWCA (Lawrenceville)

🍲 Enjoy an authentic African dinner and presentation at the 11th Annual Taste of Africa celebration (Riverview Park, Northside)

🎶 Jam along to live music and drink cider at the Dormont Street and Music Festival (Potomac Ave., Dormont)

🌿 Learn everything you need to know about medical marijuana at the Pittsburgh Cannabis Fest presented by Compassionate Clinics of America (Allegheny Commons Park, Northside)


🌳 Celebrate Tree Pittsburgh’s 15th Anniversary with a family-friendly Open House, and be sure to reserve a tree to pick up on the way home (Lawrenceville)

🎠 Take your kiddo to Schenley Plaza for free activities including a balloon artist, crafts, special guests and performers, and free rides on the PNC Carousel (Oakland)

✨ Learn about the history of sage, the different types, and their uses, and how to make your own smudge sticks at Botanica & Occult Shop (Garfield)

One more thing …

Hungry yet? Want more food news?

Well, there's always more where that came from. We do this big roundup once a month, but we're talking about food and drink in almost every newsletter.

Think this is something your friends would be into? Do us a huge favor and forward it to them, wouldya? We're always looking for ways to get the word out. Thanks for reading and hanging in there with me 'til the end.

See you tomorrow!

Happy eating,

— Francesca at The Incline

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