Let’s face it – as Pittsburghers, we’re no strangers to long winters and short summers. So when the sun starts shining and the temperatures finally begin to rise, we don’t want to waste a minute indoors.
But in a city that’s made to withstand the cold, where do you go to enjoy fresh air and fresh food? Don’t sweat it – we’ve pulled together a list of the five best outdoor spots in Pittsburgh to grab a healthy bite.
If you’re looking for a rooftop experience and a big city feel, this is your spot! Located in the heart of downtown, Sienna Mercato offer a fantastic dining option in their rooftop beer garden, Il Tetto. While the bar does provide a wide selection of craft beers, there are plenty of healthy options to choose from too. Il Tetto serves up bar eats with an upscale twist – like the Spanish Octopus Terrine or the Carne Crudo small plates – and a lively open-air atmosphere to enjoy them in!
And you thought BRGR was only safe for Epic Cheat Day. We know what you’re thinking – a burger? Really? Yes, really! And another rooftop experience to add to your list. BRGR sports a covered rooftop to enjoy the outdoors in any elements, but includes a few tables under the sun if the covered roof just doesn’t cut it. As far as healthy fare goes – you don’t have to look far. Try the King Salmon burger with greens or the Asparagus Panzanella Salad.
Think “picnic in the park” with a serious upgrade. The Porch may sit in the heart of Oakland, but its Schenley Plaza location offers a quiet reprieve from the surrounding college life. Grab a seat out front and enjoy a day in the park with anything on the menu. We mean it. Everything on The Porch’s menu is made from scratch with ingredients sourced from local farms and local partners!
Searching for more exotic fare? You need a journey to Pusadee’s Garden in Lawrenceville. If the lush outdoor patio doesn’t make you feel instantly transported beyond the city, the menu will. With over 50 authentic Thai dishes on the menu, there promises to be plenty of healthy options, from the Grilled Pork Meatballs to the Eggplant Basil. Be warned, seats in this garden are in high demand, and reservations are strongly suggested.
It’s back! Double Wide Grill not only made the list for great gluten-free eats, but we can’t talk outdoor summer seating without mentioning this Southside Bar-B-Que spot. The gas station turned sports bar offers plenty of casual outdoor seating on the bustling Carson Street, and takes care to cater to those with diet restrictions, boasting gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian options! Healthy Bar-B-Que in the open air? Yes please.
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