Food and Drink, Restaurants

Year in Review: 2019’s very Pittsburgh Food Moments

We asked a group of local foodies to spotlight their favorite Pittsburgh Food Moments of the year. Here are their picks.

It’s end-of-year recap time; and we decided to flip the script a bit.

We let Pittsburgh’s food (and beverage) community lead the conversation. What were their favorite (Pittsburgh) food moments of the year?

Scroll down for a curated look at Pittsburgh’s top food moments of 2019.


A shoutout to Driftwood Oven in Lawrenceville; and, more specifically, their incredible sourdough crust.


Churchview Farm hosts a series of pop-up farm dinners and we’re in love with these adorable goats.


The return of Coop de Ville – very exciting and we are all VERY much looking forward to what they have planned for 2020.


This adorable selection goes a bit beyond food. PGH Food Dude celebrated the birth of a baby earlier this year.


Pittsburgh Plates comin in hot with the dessert plug. Whew, dang we love Mediterra.

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Let’s try a dessert! *orders five* @mediterracafe

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We had a blast at this year’s Western PA Lamb Fest. A very Pittsburgh food moment, indeed.


Cheese. And. Pasta. Heaven. Here’s a mouthwatering selection that comes in via Arlecchino Ristorante in Canonsburg.


2019 was a great year for pizza and the launch of Pizzeria Davide (located behind DiAnoia’s) was major key.


Bob Batz Jr has been writing about food and beverage in western Pennsylvania for far longer than the existence of Instagram. When he speaks, we listen.

“Well, I love the seasons of Pittsburgh food, whether that’s the bounty at the farmers markets or the old-school holiday ethnic stuff…(here’s) the Party Cake Shop in Brookline on Fat Tuesday, when the place was busy while it was still dark out selling the fat stuffed doughnuts called paczki.”

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RIP Cure. A nostalgic and beautiful pick from Steeling Pittsburgh.

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I did myself real dirty by waiting to try @curepittsburgh until right before they closed their doors for good, but I’m still so glad I did. Pittsburgh is truly losing a gem. At least I’ll have these pictures to dream about….. . . . . 📷: Your Next Left Cocktail, Salumi, Beets with Goat Cheese and Candied Hazelnuts, Duck Confit Ravioli, Tagliatelle, Dark Chocolate Soufflé Cake with Pistachio Butter #pittsburgh #pittsburghpa #pittsburghlife #burghlife #412 #whattodo412 #lovepittsburgh #pittsburghsmostdope #pittsburghcreative #localpgh #eatpgh #pgheats #pittsburghfoodie #pittsburghrestaurants #pghrestaurants #pittsburghfood #pittsburghfoodblogger #pittsburghfoodies #pghfoodbloggers #pghfood #pghfoodtour #eatlocalpgh #eatdrinkpittsburgh #southside #steelcitygrammers #steelcity #steelingpittsburgh

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Fooduzzi picked a food moment that goes above and beyond the call of duty. Peep her Guide to the Ultimate Pittsburgh Date Day. You can hit all four of her recommendations in a pinch; they’re all on the same street and super easy to walk between.

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IT'S HERE!!! My guide to the Ultimate Pittsburgh Date Day is posted, and I just can't wait for you to check it out. ⠀ .⠀ Featured:⠀ .⠀ ☕ @addacoffeehouse for coffee – their oat milk is BOMB⠀ 🍻 @theurbantap for happy hour – epic beer list and great french fries⠀ 🍜 @noodleheadpgh for dinner – my favorite restaurant in Pittsburgh!⠀ 🍦 @millies for dessert – their vegan dark chocolate is my favorite ice cream ever⠀ .⠀ This is our favorite "all-out" date day, and they're all on the same street!⠀ .⠀ The link to the post is in my profile if you're in the area (or if you just like checking out restaurant menus like me 🙋‍♀️)!⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #buzzfeast #huffposttaste #f52grams #feedfeed #veganfoodporn #bgbcommunity #vegansofig #veganfoodshare #veganfeedfeed #wholefoods #whatveganseat #plantbased #fooduzzi #pittsburgh #wholefoodsfaves #foodandwine

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An impactful moment in Pittsburgh food (and beverage) from BreeliciousBites. We asked her to help Very Local moderate a panel discussion focused on diversity in the beer industry. Our July 2019 event (Very Local, Very Fresh) took place in the Hill District and was part of our build up to the Fresh Fest Beer Festival in August.


“My favorite food moment is every time I go to Mola!”

We’re always down to explore new takes on sushi and imyoujean is here for this adventurous East Liberty restaurant. Fun Fact: Mola earned recognition from Pittsburgh magazine as one of their top 10 new restaurants of 2019.

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Guess what guys, today I had my first ever, legit twitch stream haha. Yes, I am a video game nerd haha. For those of you who don’t know, @twitch is a platform for creatives and gamers to livestream for an audience. I’m currently addicted to Monster Hunter World so if anyone wants to group up, let me know! ☺️ And if anyone wants to watch, I stream pretty rarely, tbh, but I’m trying to work out a schedule lol. The link to my stream is in my bio: . Being a video game/creative streamer was one of those small dreams of mine, so I want to try. ☺️ If you’ve read this far, thanks for listening LOL. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #food #foodporn #foodie #pittsburgh #foodblog #foodblogger #photography #foodphotography #foods #foodgasm #foodstagram #foodpic #foodlover #foodbeast #fooddiary #foodofinstagram #foodcoma #foodforthought #googlepixel #pixel2xl #vsco #teampixel #bubbletea #mola #molapgh #sushi

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A well-deserved shoutout to Merchant Oyster in Lawrenceville. Their sustainability efforts and lowkey stellar bar menu makes them a highlight of the year for us too.

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the world is yours mother shucker 🌊

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immasnack writes: “Pittsburgh finally got serious about its barbecue this year.” And we’re here for this content.

A lovely shoutout to Mitch’s BBQ in Wexford.


Love this one from boundless_eats. A shoutout to Pittsburgh Sandwich Society’s hot chicken sandwich for Picklesburgh 2019. Fun Fact: boundless_eats actually split her 2019 (half in Pittsburgh // half in Portland). We miss you in the Burgh! Xoxo


Yinzhungry412 is still thinking about this past September’s Steelworker Sando – a braised ham sandwich on house-made Hawaiian rolls from Blue Sparrow. The one-day-only sandwich deal was actually part of Very Local’s brewery / sandwich collaboration event series, Local x Global. Stay tuned for more Blue Sparrow collaborations in 2020.

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𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙃𝙖𝙬𝙖𝙞𝙞𝙖𝙣 𝙃𝙖𝙢 𝙎𝙡𝙖𝙢 𝙞𝙨 𝙢𝙮 𝙉𝙚𝙬 𝙅𝙖𝙢 🌺🙌🏻 Yesterday I stopped by @brewgentlemen’s Open Air patio for the @verylocalpgh specialty sandwich series. I’ve always been a @bluesparrowpgh fan, but guys this Hawaiian Ham Slam is everything you’ve ever wanted and more topped with pineapple, gouda, chipotle sauce and slaw on a homemade bun. Thank you sir, I’ll have another! #haawiianham #hamslam #braddock #bluesparrow #brewgentleman #generalbraddock #openair #verylocalpgh #hamsandwich #pittsburghfood #pittsburghfoodie #pghsandwich #sando #ham #gouda #chipotlesauce #pineapple #412food #foodtruck #foodtruckspgh #eatgoodfood #newjam #bluesparrowfoodtruck #sandwichesofinstagram #foodpics #foodofinsta

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Header Image: Blue Sparrow food truck parked outside Brew Gentlemen in Braddock for Hawaiian Night (special menu event in partnership with Very Local, September 2019).