East Liberty is one of the hottest, up-and-coming neighborhoods in America. And that’s not just our inflated ego talking. That status was served up by USA Today who awarded the ranking in early 2014.
And thanks to some sweet and sweaty spots, it’s healthy here too. Let this list be your guide to good health in East Liberty, Highland Park and Garfield.
With an artsy, intriguing vibe – much like the Garfield neighborhood – Spak Brothers is serving up one of the best pies in the ‘Burgh. The best part is that their pizzas are created using fresh, local ingredients, unbleached, unbromated flour, and no refined sugars. The crew at Spak is also offering up alternatives like veggie sausage, meatless ‘meat’, and soy cheese to accommodate specialty diets.
Chef and owner Kate Roman has really done Highland Park a huge solid by setting up shop on Bryant Street. She’s managed to bring a taste of Europe to the menu and people flocking to the neighborhood. That’s what we call a win-win folks. Kate’s inclusive and community-centric character makes this place inviting. And it’s her commitment to local ingredients and growers that accounts for the “eat well” aspect of every menu item.
Think traditional Thai, 2015. Asiatique Thai Bistro is offering a fusion of Thai classic dishes and modern day delicacies that focus on healthy and clean eating. Head chef Ling Robinson has designed a menu that uses certified organic ingredients and strays from extra fat, sodium, sugar, or preservatives. Concerned with Americans’ insane portion sizes, she offers flavorful dishes that fill you up without giving you the post-meal “food baby”.
They have forks and knives too, don’t worry. And you’ll be using all utensils to shovel Spoon’s “farm-to-table”, modern American grub. What’s awesome is that their menu is driven by local and sustainable products from the Pittsburgh region. If that alone doesn’t make you hungry enough, don’t sweat it! Spoon offers portions sizes from bites and small plates to full entrees where you can ‘indulge’ and ‘indulge 2x’.
Orangetheory Fitness is truly unlike any other exercise studio in Pittsburgh. They’re cranking out 60-minute workouts designed to be high energy, and more importantly, help you lose weight. They’ve developed a program around 3 components – heart-rate-monitored treadmill interval training (that’s cool), indoor rowing, and blocks of weight training. Put it all together and you’ve got what they call the Orange Effect – Calorie burns. Energy. Visible toning. Results.
As the name suggests it’s got something to do with movement in the physical sense. It’s an approach to exercise that trains the body as a whole – functionality, balance, strength, and corrective exercise. It’s also a philosophy that promotes evolution in all aspects of life, art, business and physical culture. It’s a workout that will exercise your mind and body.
There’s a lot of buzz surrounding Yoga Hive. Sorry, we had to! Please keep reading. The owners at this Penn Avenue studio think that our community could use happier and healthy people. And their avenue is heated yoga. With the room at 80-85 degrees, their classes are open to everyone, from the biggest ‘yogi’ to a walk-in off the street. These instructors are wholeheartedly committed to you and would love to share their experience in Vinyasa Flow yoga.
Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results won’t just drive you crazy, it will be boring as all heck. When it comes to working out, that sentiment holds true. Repeating the same routine day after day won’t just prevent you from making progress, it will also make you dread your boring workout. So you quit. The team at SHAPE Training wants to make sure that never happens to you. With that goal in mind, they’ve created a dynamic exercise environment by combining boxing, indoor cycling, suspension training, and more into personal training sessions or group fitness classes.
Whether you’re planning a casual stroll or fixin’ to break a sweat, Highland Park provides the space and amenities to achieve both outcomes. Take in the reservoirs, sculptures, and gardens while taking a walk through the park. Or opt for a little more action at the long-course swimming pool, sand volleyball courts, tennis courts, or playground areas.
Highland Park is also home to the Bud Harris Track – a half-mile concrete oval featuring banked walls and a slight hill. What was once a driver training course is now a space for kids to scoot or skate while cyclists of all ability levels cruise around the oblong course. The track is also where the Allegheny Cycling Association hosts a race series for teams and solo riders throughout the summer.
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