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Eleven is by far one of Pittsburgh's most innovative and trendy restaurants. Step into this stylish restaurant with curved lounge sofas and cozy round tables for a fine evening. The menu offers options such as grilled veal paillard, gnocchi, salmon and the house specialty, the Eleven Burger with applewood-smoked bacon, beef and veal. There's also a chef's tasting menu, which is a convenient way to explore the restaurant's offerings. Eleven bakes its own bread and even makes its own chocolate, so pick up some treats on your way out.
Introduced to the Americans by the Pennsylvanian-Dutch community, locals take preparing and eating this delight very seriously and even celebrate April 26 as National Pretzel Day. This loop of dough is available at various bakeries around town, but is best enjoyed at The Pretzel Shop. Here you will find a vast variety of pretzels that goes well beyond the simple salted type. Sugar coated, stuffed, hard and soft are all available in large numbers.
Established in 1960, The Original Hot Dog Shop started as a small eatery called Original Franks and Burgers. Founder Syd Simon, through hard work and secret sauce, developed this legendary establishment in shadow of the great Forbes Field. It outlasted the ballpark, but restaurant expansions/renovations have changed since 1960. Over time this place has garnered a reputation as a must-see spot in Pittsburgh's Oakland neighborhood. The 'O', as locals affectionately call it, has been internationally recognized with television coverage, newspaper articles and magazine publications. In fact, if you ask any alumni what late-nite dive they most remember about University of Pittsburgh campus, and the answer will likely be the O. The menu has a variety of hot dogs, subs, wings and pizzas, but everyone should order some of their famous fries.
Located in Moon Township, about 10 minutes away from Downtown Pittsburgh, Hyeholde is a charming old place that started way back in the 1930s. Established by the Kryskill family, a younger generation of which still runs the place, the restaurant offers fantastic American cuisine with French accents. Using fresh, local products, some of which are produced on the 4 acre (1.6 hectare) property itself, it serves favorites like braised lamb shank, seared sea bass and of course, crab cakes. Hyeholde will transport you to another world with its tapestries, stucco walls, stained glass artwork and winding stone paths.