If you’re a Pittsburgh-area foodie chasing down that next delicious rush, check out Patch’s picks for great food-related day trips. The best part? They're all only a tank of gas (or less) away.
342 Island Avenue
McKees Rocks, PA
Why Go? This iconic McKees Rocks shop serves traditional pierogies and other Eastern European favorites like haluski and stuffed cabbage.
Must Do: Try them all: traditional pierogies include potato and cheese, sauerkraut and potato, meat, and sausage. You can special order other varieties, featuring jalapenos, bacon, kielbasa, cabbage, and mushrooms, with two days’ notice.
Insider Tip: Order them hot if you want to eat pierogies on the spot; cold if you plan to take them home.
Fine Print: Open Monday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Tuesday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
344 North Sheridan Ave.
Why Go? A permanent, indoor market owned by farmers, located in the East Liberty neighborhood of Pittsburgh, the market is open every Saturday to offer fresh, local meats and produce.
Insider Tip: Check the website or sign up for a weekly email update on news and happenings at the market.
Fine Print: Open Saturday from 5 a.m. to 12 p.m..
401 Hastings Street
Why Go? Specializing in Belgian cuisine, this Point Breeze bistro is favorite among locals and tourists.
Must Do: Order a Belgian or a craft beer to go along with your entrée, and save room for dessert.
Insider Tip: There’s usually a wait for a table and they don’t take reservations, so go early, or before your hunger meter starts to climb.
Fine Print: The café is closed on Mondays. Click here for hours and contact info.
147 Julius Street
Why Go? The behind-the-scenes tour of this Pittsburgh microbewery will give you some history about the brewing company, a guided tour of the brewing process with a chance to taste both the ingredients and the beer.
Must Do: Pay attention during the beer tasting, because after the tour you’ll head back to the tasting room for a free growler full of the East End beer of your choice.
Insider Tip: Tour and tasting lasts about an hour, but feel free to hang out or browse the gift shop. Tours are scheduled on limited Saturdays and fill up quickly, so register in advance.
Fine Print: Tickets for the tour are $25 each, and you must be 21 or older.