Dinner and a show; it’s a classic date night. Perhaps you have the perfect show to see, but aren’t quite sure on the dinner part. If you are headed out to a show in Pittsburgh and looking to grab a casual bite, have a nice dinner or go all out to impress, here are some great places to try. You and your date will enjoy the show much better on a full stomach.
Bocktown Beer and Grill
690 Chauvet Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275
If you are headed to see a show at the First Niagara Pavilion from Pittsburgh, stop off in Robinson before you get on Route 22 and have a bite at Bocktown. Bocktown has an extensive selection of beer on draft and pretty much anything you would care to try available by the bottle. The menu features hand-cut fries with your choice of tasty toppings including bacon, olives, cheeses and peppers. The menu also features a wide selection of sandwiches, salads and seafood and pasta entrees. There is something for everyone to enjoy on this menu.
Rivertowne North Shore
337 North Shore Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
If you are attending a concert at Stage AE or Heinz Field, Rivertowne North Shore offers a casual atmosphere to enjoy dinner before the concert. You can enjoy an appetizer of Scotch eggs (hard-boiled eggs surrounded by deep-fried sausage) or buffalo chicken dip. For your main course, enjoy a sandwich, wrap, sub or tasty grilled pub steak, mahi mahi or chicken. End your meal with a stout beer float or dark chocolate stout bread pudding.
Primanti Brothers Restaurant
46 18th St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
If you are planning to see a show at Altar Bar, you can experience Primanti Brothers in a whole new way by visiting the original location. Primanti is an especially good place if you have an out-of-town guest to have them experience this iconic Pittsburgh sandwich. You can enjoy the Pittsburgher cheese steak complete with fries and coleslaw on the sandwich, or pretty much any other meat you could want on the same Italian bread with fries and coleslaw on top. Although the sandwiches at Primanti are the main focus, the restaurant also cooks up a tasty chili and the fresh-cut fries are great on their own, too.
Sharp Edge Bistro on Penn
922 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
If the show you are seeing is of the more classic variety at the Benedum or Heinz Hall, the Sharp Edge Bistro on Penn offers the atmosphere of a Belgian bistro with the relaxed feel of a neighborhood bar. In addition to a large selection of Belgian beers, the menu has much to offer. Start your meal off with fresh fennel and white wine muscles or a grilled romaine salad. Create your own perfect burger, enjoy a gourmet pizza or have a small plate of shrimp and lobster macaroni and cheese. For dessert, have a Liege sugar waffle in the authentic Belgian style.
Steelhead Brasserie and Wine Bar
112 Washington Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
If your show is at Consol Energy Arena, try Steelhead Brasserie and Wine Bar located in the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center. Steelhead has a casual dinner menu with appetizers such as crab nachos and crispy boom boom shrimp. For dinner, enjoy an entree salad, turkey or salmon burger or vegetarian curry. Enjoy a glass of wine or a bottle in the trendy atmosphere with a casual feel.
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Jennifer Stockdale is a native of the greater Pittsburgh, PA area. She is a restaurant marketer and wine enthusiast and one of the hosts of the East Coast Wine Geeks Podcast. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.