by Michelle Cassidy, Yelp Philadelphia Community Director| July 27, 2017 |
Food & Drink
In the past few years, Pittsburgh has been quietly but steadily making waves on the national food and beverage scene. At five hours door-to-door, the road trip is totally doable for a long weekend and a nice change of pace from the Jersey shore. Cue up your podcasts, pack your coolers, and bookmark these recs, courtesy of our friends at Yelp.
Located downtown but within walking distance to Pittsburgh’s hottest neighborhoods, the Kimpton Hotel Monaco is where you’ll want to hang your hat. The eclectic decor melds perfectly with smart design – think conveniently placed outlets exactly where you’d want them – making for a chic but comfortable stay. Grab a nightcap at The Commoner downstairs off the lobby, or mingle with the young and hip over froseccos (prosecco slushies) on the rooftop Biergarten.
With grapes sourced from California and South America, you’ll feel completely transported once you taste the wines produced onsite at Pittsburgh Winery. Make your way through a series of whites and reds in the intimate tasting room upstairs, or book a group tasting with friends in the downstairs cellar.
While at Pittsburgh Winery, grab a bottle of the Chilean Malbec and proceed directly to Gaucho Parrilla Argentina. This BYO is the place to be and often has a line out the door. Good things come to those who wait in the form of mouth-watering carne sandwiches with chimichurri, a daily lineup of empanadas, and much more.
The medals adorning the bottles at Wigle Whiskey’s distillery and tasting room speak for themselves, but you’ll still want to try a flight to see what all the fuss is about. Don’t sleep on the cocktails, which are well-balanced and made with seasonal ingredients.
Picture this: four start-up restaurant concepts in a large, modern food hall with two bars (boozey and caffeinated). Restaurants rotate on an 18-month schedule. In the meantime, chefs are supported with workshops and training, and connected with investors and developers, to help realize their dreams of opening restaurants after their Smallman Galley tenure.
You probably already know that the craft spirits industry is following in the footsteps of craft beer, and PA is home to dozens of local distilleries. Find many of them represented at this one-of-a-kind, PA-focused tasting room and retail space, and pick up a souvenir for yourself or gifts for friends.
Michelle Cassidy is the Community Director forYelp in Philadelphia. She works locally to support the Yelp Philadelphia community by hosting events, penning the Local Yelp newsletter, assisting business owners with their Yelp presence, and more. Follow Yelp Philadelphia onTwitter andInstagram @yelpphilly.
Away from the desk, Michelle enjoys music, traveling, and discovering new favorites on the food and beverage scene. Follow her travels on Instagram @meesh_travels.