Pittsburgh has several wonderful restaurant hubs, including Station Square, East Liberty, Shadyside
and the waterfront, but you can also find interesting restaurants close to Fox Chapel.
In and around Aspinwall,
you can choose from Chinese, Mexican, Lebanese and Portuguese restaurants as well as vegan at Randita's Organic Vegan Cafe. You don't have to be vegan to enjoy the spicy African stew, Reuben casserole, and almond tofu with black rice and crunchy veggies in this cozy cafe. You have to bring your own bottle of wine, but the friendly staff happily keeps your second bottled chilled for you.
You can eat lunch or dinner at Cornerstone Restaurant and Bar, but locals flock here for brunch, and recommend the cinnamon pancakes or the Potato Benny — eggs Benedict with corned beef served on potato pancakes instead of English muffins.
You can find more restaurant choices in Oakmont, west of Fox Chapel. Check out Hoffstot’s Cafe Monaco, where the intimate setting makes it perfect for date night. Locals love it here, and it gets crowded, so make a reservation even during the week. Start with the stuffed sweet peppers appetizer, then order the seafood linguine with white sauce or the veal Romano for dinner. Finish your meal with espresso-almond cookies.
Both Aspinwall and Oakmont provide options for going out at night as well. See the latest movie releases at the Waterworks Cinemas before checking out the drink specials at Tavern in the Wall, where you can also enjoy live music on some weekends.
Over in Oakmont, Carnivores Restaurant and Sports Bar's large open space gives you plenty of room to kick back and watch the game on the many flat screens, or listen to live music. In the warmer months, take your drink to the outdoor patio. The Oakmont Tavern also makes a nice place to spend an evening with friends.