Diners have options in Banksville. Restaurants, many of which lie on or near Banksville Road, represent a wide range of cuisines and tend to have a casual ambiance. Fast food options, such as Subway and Arby’s, do exist, but family-owned businesses have a better reputation here. After the sun sets, head south to nearby Dormont,
where several neighborhood bars and lounges provide a laid-back atmosphere for night owls.
On Banksville Road just north of Crane Avenue, Pittsburgh Barbecue Company serves Carolina-style barbecue in a no-frills dining room. In addition to the classics, such as ribs and brisket, the restaurant makes legendary pulled chicken, juicy and seasoned to perfection. Make sure to save room for dessert. The baked apples, sweet and saucy, end a meat-centric meal right.
Cheese lovers, take note. Farther south, near Goldstrom Avenue, Beto’s Pizza & Restaurant specializes in classic pizza with a twist. Instead of baking the entire pizza, Beto’s bakes the crust and sauce to piping hot, then adds cold cheese and toppings, resulting in a flavor circus of textures and temperatures, and pizza like you’ve never had it before. Order extra cheese at your own risk. The normal slice has more than enough.
For a taste of India, head to The Mintt at the southern end of the neighborhood. You can’t go wrong with the buffet, where colorful food awaits at all hours of the day. Regulars rave about the tandoori chicken, with a crispy roasted exterior that tastes zesty from a yogurt, garlic and ginger marinade. The Mintt hosts private parties and caters off-site events as well.
After dinner, head to Broadway Avenue in nearby Dormont, where Albert’s Lounge carries the torch as the best neighborhood bar in the area. Clean and casually decorated, Albert’s features a full liquor selection and more than 20 craft beers on tap. Check the daily specials to guide your ordering, and relax with friends by shooting some pool in the back.