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There’s no denying that 2015 was a hallmark year for Pittsburgh eateries and food lovers alike. It was a year that saw culinary innovation shine brightly all across the city, as new restaurants and eateries popped up all across Pittsburgh.

While the infamous Italian bread sandwiches topped with the classic tomato, Cole slaw and French fry fixing remain a fan favorite, the nation’s top food authorities are beginning to notice Pittsburgh’s more refined plates. Having developed from the crumbling remnants of the once flourishing steel town of its youth, Pittsburgh is increasingly elbowing its way into the country’s culinary spotlight.

No matter if you’re looking for a casual family spot, something more upscale, or even something unlike anything you’ve ever tasted before, here are some of the city’s best spots to tantalize your taste buds.

Cure

Lead by Food & Wine’s Mid-Atlantic winner of ‘The People’s Best New Chef’ Justin Severino, it’s no wonder that Cure is the restaurant drawing the most nationwide attention towards Pittsburgh’s food scene. Featuring a small menu packed with some of the finest quality meats you’ll find in the city, Cure is just one of the restaurants that have sparked a rekindling in the Lawrenceville neighborhood.

Avenue B

Come for the ambiance, but stay for the excellent food and service when you visit the East End’s Avenue B. Advertised as an “American Bistro famed for its approachable and seasonal menu,” the menu features everything from traditional fare to Asian-influenced dishes while attracting a crowd just as diverse as its dishes.

Bar Marco

One of the first things you’ll notice when you sit down at Strip District staple Bar Marco is the absence of the cocktail menu. Well, when you feature some of the best bartenders in the ‘Burgh, you too would throw away the menu in favor of the handcrafted cocktails served up according to each customer’s personal preference. As if the custom cocktails weren’t enough on their own, Bar Marco consistently offers some of the best meals on their ever changing menu.

Butcher and the Rye

Just minutes away from your Cultural District suite sits one of the city’s finest food spots, Butcher and the Rye. With an interior design that pays homage to the rustic Americana, it’s no surprise that the creative menu features contemporary twists on some of America’s most classic dishes from Brussels sprouts to wine braised rabbit legs. Of course, Butcher and the Rye wouldn’t be complete without its namesake, an amber-lit wall of fine bourbons, ryes, whiskeys and other lavish liquors.

täkō

If tacos, tequila and more of Mexico’s finest foods are what you’re looking for, then head next door to Butcher and the Rye to the street food style eats at täkō. With a history of bringing some of the finest foods and restaurants to downtown Pittsburgh, the minds behind Meat & Potatoes and Butcher and the Rye strike culinary gold once again. Like their other culinary creations, these are much more than the tacos your mama used to make. Here octopus, braised pork and Korean short rib shine as the highlights of the traditional taco. When it’s all said and done, don’t forget to wash down your meal with a signature cocktail.

The Vandal

For years, the city’s casual food scene was severely lacking. That is until The Vandal opened its doors in Central Lawrenceville back in early August, and local and traveling foodies haven’t had lunch the same way since. With its ever-changing menu of sandwiches and small plates coupled with creative pop-up events, The Vandal has already cemented its place among Pittsburgh’s culinary elite.

Bread and Salt Bakery

What do you get when you combine the makings of an old world bakery, a building that formerly housed a slaughterhouse and classic Pizza al taglio? Well if you ask The New York Times, you get a little slice of heaven with Bloomfield’s Bread and Sal Bakery. While the hours may be limited and seating sparse, there are plenty of good reasons to take the trip to sample some of the best food in the entire city.

With so many dynamic dining spots to its backing, it’s no wonder why Pittsburgh’s national food buzz continues to grow. Don’t be the last to check out all the unique destination dining opportunities by booking downtown Pittsburgh accommodations at the DoubleTree Pittsburgh Downtown. Home to its own incredible dine out spot with the Bigelow Grille, the DoubleTree Pittsburgh Downtown’s centralized location makes it easier than ever to eat your way through the city’s top culinary creations. Taste and see for yourself what has so many national food critics abuzz about Pittsburgh culinary scene and book your stay today!