Step into these 28 new restaurants, bars and cafes opening soon

If you’ve been away from the Pittsburgh food scene for the past two years, now is a great time to check out all the new food concepts that have popped up during the pandemic. In 2022, there are more than ten hot spot openings where you can quench your thirst. Now here is our list of places to eat.

Photo courtesy of Barcadia.


Barcadia, 25 market square, city center

Located above The Market Exchange, Barcadia features 35 arcade games, signature cocktails at the bar, live DJs every Friday and Saturday night, and a full menu from Market Square neighbor Slider Vibes.

BB & Burr Pastry Kitchen and Bakery, 317 S. Trenton Ave., Wilkinsburg

Craving Little Debbie treats, but want to support a local business? Indulge your sweet tooth at BB & Burr. Married couple Ben Fine and Will Marrow make desserts reminiscent of famous cupcakes, but with all-natural ingredients. You can also get cakes, brownies, pies and coffee made to order at Mechanic Coffee Co. in Verona.

Bob’s Diner, 1815 McKees Rocks Road, Kennedy Township

Bob’s recently closed its cramped Kennedy Township location and moved a few feet away to a larger, brighter storefront. Rediscover one of Pittsburgh’s most beloved breakfast spots by ordering Bob’s Bountiful Breakfast: two eggs any style, home fries, toast, and your choice of meat.

The Big Country pizza at Driven. Photo courtesy of Galley Group.

Drove to Federal Galley, 200 Children’s Way, North Side

Detroit-style pizza is taking over the Burgh, and Driven is the last local maker specializing in thick-crust rectangular pies. Enjoy traditional toppings or stop early at the food hall for a brunch pizza, like the Big Country with sausage, ham, bacon, cheddar cheese and two eggs.

Cafe Echt, 107 Penn Ave., Mount Oliver

Echt is many things: a café with a micro-roaster, a bistro and a distillery. Look for a full story on the place soon. In the meantime, explore the website to see all the wonders inside the converted fire station.

Gussy’s Bagels, 3606 Fifth Avenue, Oakland

After a long career in fine dining, Scott Walton gets up at dawn to whip up New York-style bagels and soups, side dishes and sandwiches.

Photo courtesy of The Halal Guys.

Halal Guys, 3621 Forbes Ave., Oakland

Launched in 1990 to meet the demand for halal (an Arabic word meaning lawful or permitted) food in New York, The Halal Guys has chosen to open its 100and location in Pittsburgh. The fast-casual concept serves baba ghanoush, hummus, gyros, sandwiches and platters.

MAD Bar, 736 Bellefonte Street, Second Floor, Shadyside

A night out at MAD is sure to lift your mood. The music and dance bar is open Thursday through Sunday for DJ-fueled fun.

Shorty’s Pins x Pints, 353 North Shore Drive, North Shore

The former Tilted Kilt Pub is now an adult playground. Play bowling, bocce, cornhole, and classic arcade games while enjoying beers, signature drinks, and hand-crafted bites served in a modified shipping container. Shorty’s Tap x Taco, which will feature different activities and a larger menu, will be coming to the Waterfront in June.

Viva Los Tacos, 3901 Forbes Ave, Oakland

Hot dog! Viva Los Tacos is now open in the iconic “O” building. You will find a variety of tacos, margaritas and tequilas mexicalis. Always hungry? Try Capriotti’s sandwich shop upstairs.

Wild Ninja Asian Grill, 210 Oakland Ave, Oakland

The former Uncle Sam’s Subs is now your destination for hibachi entrees, spring rolls, cheesy wontons, shrimp tempura and more flavorful Asian cuisine.

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