Dust off your helmets, Pittsburgh: a new mountain biking-inspired restaurant by popular local chef Justin Severino is popping up in McCandless this summer, and you won’t want to miss out on this fitness-friendly dining spot.
With its close vicinity to North Park, Cali Vibes will become a go-to eatery for anyone who works out in the area — not just mountain bikers. The North Hills hot spot, which is partnering with its new neighbor, Trailflo Bikes, on Babcock Blvd., plans to cater to runners, hikers, kayakers, and those just looking to get a little more protein. Their nutrient-packed menu will fuel you up for whatever activity you choose.
The menu is split into two main sections—pre-ride and post-ride—so they have you covered whenever you’re in need of some grub. Pre-ride options are on the healthier side, featuring a variety of salads and smoothies, while the second half of the menu is where you’ll find heartier meals for filling up on protein after your outdoor workout.
And the restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner, so if you’re looking for a quick burst of fuel before your afternoon bike ride, or a protein-packed burrito with fresh ingredients after your long run, this will be a new staple in your routine. You can choose to eat in their 50-seat indoor dining space or relax and enjoy your meal in the outdoor patio area.
You might recognize Severino’s name from one of his local restaurants—like recently closed Cure in Lawrenceville—but he is exploring a new direction with this project. He’s typically known for more upscale dining, but this location and his new kitchen in East End Brewing Co., Larder of Larimer, will stray from that atmosphere. His casual take on this restaurant is intended to draw in fitness fanatics who frequent North Park.
The food and feel of the joint are inspired by Severino’s time in California, where he spent a lot of his time biking and cooking. Now back in the Burgh, he’ll be combining those passions to create a space where the health-conscious (or those just looking to bite into some lighter fare) can find a meal they won’t feel guilty about after working up a sweat.
While there’s no set date for the grand opening (word on the street is late summer), keep an eye out on Severino’s Instagram for more updates. In the meantime, start mapping out your ride or run through the North Hills—we have a feeling you’ll want to visit this spot soon.