July 2018 - The Surznick Common Room

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Our Best of the Burgh Favorites


This summer marks five years of Pittsburgh living for Nick and I. We're pretty big fans of this city we live in, and over the years we've accumulated maaaaany favorite restaurants, bars, shops, and more. We're not alone either - earlier this spring thousands of Pittsburghers cast their votes for Pittsburgh Magazine's Best of the Burgh 2018 picks. The winners have been announced, and this week is the celebration!

The annual Best of the Burgh party is happening Thursday, July 19th at Stage AE from 7-9:30 PM and we are STOKED to go celebrate! This event brings together over 30 Best of the Burgh winners to share their products, food, and drinks all under one roof for over 500 guests. It's a really fun and unique way to see some of the great things Pittsburgh has to offer. So in honor of this week's party, we wanted to share some of our favorite Best of the Burgh winners this year! Without further ado...


B52 Cafe - Winner of Vegan/Vegetarian Friendly
Conveniently located down the street from us, B52 is one of our absolute favorite restaurants in Pittsburgh. Their entire menu is vegan and so, so good. I LIVE for their seitan shwarma wrap and cashew cheese toast with raspberry preserves.

La Gourmandine - Winner of French
Just a few blocks down the road from B52 is La Gourmandine French bakery. For a quick bite and a coffee, this is a go-to spot for a morning walking around Lawrenceville. My order - a brie tart and almond croissant.


Burgatory - Winner of Burger
Any place that has a build-your-own burger with endless vegan options is an A+ in our book. Make sure to go on Tuesday - that's their specialty vegan milkshake night!

Piccolo Forno - Winner of BYOB Restaurant and Italian Non-Chain
Piccolo Forno is where Nick and I celebrated after closing on our house two years ago. Their wood-fired pizzas are so mouthwatering - our leftovers usually don't make it all the way home. My order - the quattro formaggi pizza.

Point Brugge Cafe - Winner of European
A new discovery, but one we're going to keep going back to for sure. Word on the street is that they have the best fries in Pittsburgh and we would have to agree. Their Brugge Frites are the best we've had outside of Belgium.


Millie's Homemade Ice Cream - Winner of Dessert and Frozen Treat
You can't have the Best of the Burgh without Millie's. Their scoop shop in Shadyside is one of our favorite places to visit in the summer. With a dozen or more homemade flavors on the menu, Millie's is killing the ice cream game. We can't get enough of their vegan dark chocolate - it's like a pudding cup!

Eat'n Park - Winner of Family Friendly
We know it may not be fancy or one-of-a-kind, but when you need a cheap breakfast on a Sunday morning after karaoke night at Nico's, Eat'n Park is your place to go.

Mad Mex - Winner of Mexican/Tex-Mex
Seitan wings, Pennsyltucky fried tofu, burritos options out the wazoo, margaritas, beer specials... what's not to love about Mad Mex?


Stage AE - Winner of Place to Catch Live Music
Despite the above, eating and drinking isn't all we like to go in Pittsburgh. We're big concert fans too, and Stage AE is one of the best places to see our favorite bands.

Check out of the full list of readers choice winners here! (Some of our favorites are in the Pittsburgh Magazine editor's picks too.) We're excited to celebrate them all at the Best of the Burgh party on Thursday. If you want to join, tickets are $35 and can be purchased here (your ticket gets you two drink tickets and a t-shirt!) The party is at Stage AE from 7-9:30 - we hope to see you there!

What are your Best of the Burgh picks? Let us know!

Sarah & Nick

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