Edited by Rachel Jones
Written by Jayla Andrulonis, Kristen Check, Katherine McGrath, Kelsey Peart, Ruby Scalo, + Gabriella Sekowski
Photographed by Michael Fornataro
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Can’t shake the craving for a juicy burger? Head over to BRGR! In addition to the classic, you can get creative with mahi-mahi and shrimp or black bean and roasted corn falafel patties. Enjoy them on the East Liberty and Cranberry locations’ outdoor patios, or during a game at PNC Park.
BRGR, 5997 Centre Ave., East Liberty. 412.362.2333.
The Mediterranean flair of Casbah is evident from the first steps into the year-round garden patio. The Shadyside spot always offers a fresh menu, and this summer’s selection does not disappoint. Embrace the flavors of the season with the English Pea Risotto, made with pickled carrots, sheep’s milk ricotta, mint and almond pesto, pea tendrils, and fennel pollen.
Casbah, 229 South Highland Ave., Shadyside. 412.661.5656.
D’S SIX PAX & DOGZ
For a twist on your favorite grilled fare, make your way to D’s Six Pax & Dogz. Try the Chicago Dog — topped with relish, onions, pickles, tomatoes, sport peppers, yellow mustard, and celery salt — or the summery Yankee Dog, complete with baked beans and cheese slices. Wash them down with a Southern Tier Hop Sun, or choose a brew from the restaurant’s beer cave.
D’s Six Pax & Dogz, 1118 S. Braddock Ave., Regent Square. 412.241.4666.
Spend your summer among the sunflowers at Girasole, which celebrated its 15th anniversary in Pittsburgh this year. The authentic Italian restaurant brings a European feel to Shadyside and a menu that is nothing short of perfection. The chef’s special for summer is Fettunta Di Salmone, which features perfectly grilled salmon and seasoned asparagus. Pair the delish dish with a glass of crisp Sauvignon blanc.
Girasole, 733 Copeland St., Shadyside. 412.682.2130.
THE PORCH AT SCHENLEY
Casual dining meets fresh, innovative cuisine at The Porch at Schenley. Its ever-changing menu will introduce new favorites this summer, all of which incorporate ingredients from the restaurant’s rooftop garden. To help narrow down your choices, the new Firefly Menu offers small bites that pair best with housemade cocktails.
The Porch at Schenley, 221 Schenley Drive, Oakland. 412.687.6724.
The excitement of Walnut Street carries over to Shady Grove, which grows in popularity during the summer months. While dining in the lively outdoor space, we recommend the beautiful new ahi tuna salad, which brings a bright mix of greens, pan-seared ahi tuna, roasted red peppers, scallions, carrots, cucumbers, cashews, and a tangy honey-citrus dressing. A light meal like this calls for a watermelon basil cocktail on the side.
Shady Grove Restaurant & Bar, 5500 Walnut St., Shadyside. 412.697.0909.
SOCIAL AT BAKERY SQUARE
Social brings a fun, youthful atmosphere to the booming Bakery Square. Grab your friends and order a spicy chipotle sausage pizza to share. Topped with a chipotle pesto sauce, red onion, corn, tomato, cilantro, jalapeños, provolone, and mozzarella, this pie is a slice of summery heaven. Pair it with a round of Siestas, a fruity punch of silver tequila, Campari, lime juice, grapefruit juice, and simple syrup.
Social at Bakery Square, 6425 Penn Ave., Bakery Square. 412.362.1234.
Spoon mixes unexpected ingredients together in an elegant way. The restaurant’s contemporary dining room complements its small, sharable portions, each embracing a farm to table mindset. Pair any of the delectable dishes with a bottle of wine from the extensive menu. Or, if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, the five-course chef’s tasting menu will be just the thing to satisfy.
Spoon, 134 S. Highland Ave., East Liberty. 412.362.6001.