Hello all! How was your weekend? Mine was very eventful, which I always enjoy. I recently decided to take out the ‘Travel’ page at the top of my site and sub it for a ‘Pittsburgh’ page instead. I love to travel, I do, but I don’t do it frequently enough to have an entire page dedicated to it. Maybe some day! Instead, I’m going to be periodically highlighting Pittsburgh eats and attractions so if you’re ever in the area you can have some ideas of things to do!
Friday after work I met Miguel at a downtown restaurants and bar called Tavern 245. I like to think of Tavern as a hidden gem because of its location. One block away from Market Square, it sits as one of the only restaurants on Fourth Avenue. Last year they added a rooftop bar, which is packed every time I’m there. Since Miguel and I couldn’t get rooftop seats, we settled for the next best thing: a window seat!
Yes, I’m a child. I started with a Dogfish Head Festina Peche because TGIF. It tasted like a peach ale and it was delicious. I’m a beer girl through and through, but I must say that I prefer a good cider or summer ale over beer any day.
As far as food went, I was hungry but not starving so I opted for the Southwest Chopped Chicken Salad. It was both flavorful AND filling, which I try to go for when I order salads. Wimpy salads just don’t do it for me. Miguel ordered The Gobbler sandwich which was turkey, bacon and cheese served on a pretzel bun, aka death aka the manliest sandwich on the menu. After dinner we stayed in and watched Modern Family because, well I will never tire of that show.
Aside from food, if you’re ever in Pittsburgh, you must explore the North Shore. The North Shore is the area where the Pittsburgh Pirates (baseball) and Pittsburgh Steelers (football) stadiums are located, so there’s that, but there’s also so much more to do. If you’re walking from downtown Pittsburgh over to the North Shore, you’re going to pass the Point. The Point (Point State Park) is where the three rivers meet, and at the Point is a gigantic foundation that I had yet to actually see until this past weekend. They had been doing construction on it while I was in college, so it was nice to finally be able to see it.
They are several paths along the water and a little park you can walk around with benches, and even a bunch of steps if you’re looking to get a good workout in. Once you cross the Fort Duquesne Bridge, you’ll be over in the North Shore. Our original plan was to rent kayaks and go kayaking on the water. Unfortunately, my hunger got the best of me, so we just settled for a nice walk along the water before getting Chipotle 😀
Chipotle was definitely the answer to my hunger. But seriously, we could have spent hours upon hours outside in the beautiful weather!
The last main ‘event’ of my weekend was Jam on Walnut Saturday night. Walnut Street is a popular street in Shadyside with cute shops and restaurants and, overall, it’s very well-knwon in the Pittsburgh area. A few times each summer the whole street shuts down and a musical artist or band comes and plays and people can drink on the street while listening to good music. Miguel and I had yet to attend a Jam and since we live close by we figured we should go. Miguel invited his friend and the three of us walked over together. When we arrived we had to pay $5 to drink on the street and the proceeds went to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, which I thought was a really great idea. The actual Jam was kind of like a giant college street party, which was pretty cool.
Horrible photos, I know, forgive me. We probably stayed for about 45 minutes or so and then decided that it was a little too packed for our liking (we are secretly 59 years old), so we walked one block over to the next street and were able to score a table outside. WOOOOO!
And that was my weekend! So there are three things you should check out when you’re in Pittsburgh: 1) Tavern 245 in downtown Pittsburgh 2) the North Shore and 3) any events that may be going on in Shadyside (which you can check out here).
Q: Pittsburghers: did you go to Jam on Walnut? Non-Pittsburghers: when was the last time you attended a college-like event or party?