After spending your day exploring the wineries found among the mountains and valleys in Southwest Pennsylvania, you’re bound to feel those familiar pangs of hunger.
Luckily, this area has experienced a culinary renaissance in the past few years, so you can easily find a fabulous meal. And since we’re sure that you’ll be dying to pop open one of those newly purchased bottles you picked up on your travels, we’ve picked out some of the best BYOBs the region has to offer.
- Cafe du Jour (Pittsburgh): An intimate French experience with an attentive and amicable staff. Ask for patio seating by the fountain if it’s a warm night and uncork your favorite rouge or blanc.
- Avenue B (Pittsburgh): A romantic and cozy setting in Shadyside, this restaurant offers an ever-changing chalkboard menu of thoughtfully simple yet sophisticated dishes that honor unique flavor combinations. Bonus: Free corkage on Sunday nights!
- Gaucho Parrilla (Pittsburgh): Found in the bustling Strip District, this Argentinian restaurant typically has a line out the door, but it moves quickly and is worth the wait thanks to an array of juicy, tender, and grilled meats served with Gaucho’s famous sauces—cebolla, chimmi, ajo, and a red pepper sauce—from the sauce bar. An added bonus: no corkage fee!
- Clifford’s Restaurant (Evans City): Reservations are encouraged—and only accepted by phone—for this French country-style gem open for dinner only Wednesday through Sunday. The menu features family recipes and incredibly popular must-try specials sourced from what’s fresh and local.
- Golden Pig (Cecil): This tiny restaurant is an absolute must-try. You’ll be seated in a cozy Korean kitchen where you can watch the owner craft your kimchi pancakes and Korean slaw to perfection.
- Cedars Mediterranean Cuisine (McMurray): Don’t miss out on this friendly and authentic Mediterranean indulgence with a focus on Lebanese specialties that’s tucked away in a shopping center. Vegetarians take note—there are ample options for you at Cedars, too.
- Lupi & Leo (Greensburg): This is the place to go whether you’re in the mood for comfort food or elegant entrees including gluten-free specialties everyone will want to try such as peach habanero BBQ pork ribeye. Remember to check out the homemade desserts!
The Pennsylvania Winery Association is a trade association representing more than 100 member wineries and an advocate on behalf of the state’s growing multibillion-dollar wine industry. With some of the most fertile grape-growing land on the East Coast, Pennsylvania ranks fifth nationally in the amount of grapes grown, seventh in wine production, and seventh in the number of licensed wineries. To learn more about Pennsylvania wine or to plan a trip, visit PennsylvaniaWine.com.