Mark your calendars: Pittsburgh Best Restaurant Party 2014 on Monday June 2

Want to attend one of the premier events in the Pittsburgh Restaurant industry for half off? Now you can get in for half off!  Get a ticket for only $75 – that’s 50% off!  – available for a limited time through Groupon.

Pittsburgh Magazine hosts a “Pittsburgh Best Restaurant” Party on the first Monday in June each year to honor the 50 top restaurants as voted by Pittsburgh readers.


Mike & Tony’s offer “Pittsburgh Best Pierogies” from Pierogies Plus

Gyro from Mike n Tony's Downtown
Gyro from Mike n Tony's Downtown

When someone visits Pittsburgh for the first time, where should you go?  The most common response is Primanti Brothers for the sandwiches with fries and coleslaw.  While I agree that Primanti’s is a required stop for visitors to the steel city, I think that Pierogies are another key food symbol of Pittsburgh.

The hard question is, if you are visiting and want pierogies – where do you find good Pierogies in downtown Pittsburgh?
Answer: Mike & Tony’s Gyros

Piergois from Pierogies Plus
Piergois from Pierogies Plus available at Mike & Tony's

Mike & Tony’s Gyros not only has arguably the best gyros in downtown Pittsburgh, but also care pierogies from Pierogis Plus.  Pierogies Plus were the proud winners of the WPXI Pittsburgh’s Best Pierogies contest.
Pierogies Plus on Urbanspoon
Willing to cross the Allegheny River?  Go to the James Street Gastropub and Speakeasy on Foreland Ave on the northside.  The pierogis are homemade and dressed with an infused sour cream that will make your mouth water. (James Street Gastropub opened after the Best Pierogies contest. The Pittsburgh TasteBuds predict that James Street will win next time).

Mike & Tony's Gyros on Urbanspoon

Pittsburgh TasteBud Bests from 2011

The year 2011 was a great year for the Pittsburgh TasteBuds.  After hosting our 13th, wine exchange in December with a waiting list of attendees, we feel honored to have such a great following and a beautiful city to do it in.  Throughout the year, we’ve highlighted many different types of food in our reviews.  Here is a recap of the Pittsburgh TasteBud Bests from 2011:


  • Omelette – Square Cafe – Regent Square
  • French Toast – Dor-Stop – Dormont
  • Diner Coffee – Pamelas – Millvale 


  • French Onion Soup –  NOLA on the Square – Downtown 
  • French Fries – Potato Patch at Kennywood Amusement Park – West Mifflin
  • Hummus – Christo’s – Downtown


  • Gyro – Mike and Tony’s – Southside
  • Rueben Sandwich – West End Cafe (in Rivers Casino) – Northshore
  • Fish Sandwich – Wholey’s – Strip District
  • Bahn Mi – Vietnam Pho – Strip District
  • Monte Cristo – Stokes Grille – North Hills
  • Pizza – Pasta Too – Northside
  • Fried Chicken – Carmi Family Restaurant – Northside
  • Burgers – Burgatory Bar – Aspinwall
  • Meatloaf – Cornerstone – Aspinwall
  • Mussels – Solstice – Greensburg, PA
  • Hanger Steak – Bite Bistro – Bellevue
  • Pierogies – James Street Gastropub – Northside


  • Milkshakes – Burgatory Bar – Aspinwall
  • Cupcakes – Priory Fine Pastries – Northside
  • Baklava – Meditterano – Millvale
  • Tiramisu – Mia Madre – Bellevue

Heading into 2012, we look forward to sharing more of our experiences with our readers, celebrating more wine exchanges and making new friends.