#LovePGH Taste & Explore – A Travel Guide to Pittsburgh 

A few weeks ago I had the most amazing experience in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  It was my first trip to the Steel City and I was more than excited. Before my arrival I spoke to a few natives of the city and all were in unison in saying how great the people were. And they were right. The people were kind and very hospitable. They took pride in their city. What a beautiful thing to see. The unfortunate industry collapse in the 80s crippled the city, as it did many other cities. But the city of Pittsburgh picked itself up and was determined to come back stronger. And that they did. Visit Pittsburgh today and fall in love with this Rust Belt city as I did. 


Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel

Located in downtown Pittsburgh, visitors are invited to experience the  amazing views of the city while relaxing in their luxurious guest rooms. From the first moment I stepped foot into the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel I was in love.  The lobby is just so majestic.  High ceilings, marble floors, very chic décor, a very accommodating staff is what you can expect. Guest rooms are equipped with the best features to make your stay exceptionally comfortable. Amenities include; luxurious bedding, flat screen TVs w/ cable, complementary WiFi, and beautiful waterfront views.

If you’re hungry, grab a bite to eat at the “Best Restaurant in a Hotel in Pittsburgh”, Braddock’s Pittsburgh Brasseire. Known for its European and American inspired cuisine, as well as their handcrafted cocktails, Braddock’s will make your unforgettable experience complete during your stay at the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel.

Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel

107 6th St

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania  15222

Phone: 412.562.1200

Instagram @renpgh

Twitter @renpgh



Smallman Galley


Pittsburgh’s first food hall and the nation’s first restaurant incubator, is currently featuring 4 chefs that are absolutely amazing. These up-and-coming chefs will spend 18 months at Smallman Galley training while running their restaurants.  At the end of the 18 months, these chefs move on with valuable skills acquired in this intense program, and another set of four chefs replace them for another 18 months.  Smallman Galley is the perfect place to explore a variety of restaurants under one roof. Read about my experience at Smallman Galley HERE.

Smallman Galley

54 21st Street

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222


Instagram @smallmangalleypgh 

Twitter @SmallmanGalley



Bar Marco

Bar Marco was named “Comeback Restaurant of the Year” by Pittsburgh Magazine. Located in the Strip District of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Bar Marco was founded in 2011 by Kevin Cox, Justin Steel, Michael Kreha, and Bobby Fry. While their menu is limited, you can definitely expect an amazing dining experience.  You can’t go wrong enjoying a beautifully plated dish and carefully crafted cocktail in this century old former firehouse. One other amazing fact about the restaurant is that tipping is not allowed. All employees are giving a salary. I love that!

Bar Marco

2216 Penn Ave.

Pittsburgh, PA 15222


Instagram @BarMarcoPGH

Twitter @BarMarcoPGH




Spoon “helped write the first chapter of the city’s culinary rebirth and are hard at work on the next one. Lead by Exectutive Chef, Jamilka Borges, Spoon is consistently serving the highest quality of food resulting in a stellar dining experience for their guests. My dining experience was just that. Beautiful atmosphere, delicious food, and amazing cocktails. A very desirable dining situation to be in. 


134 South Highland Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15206


Instagram @Spoonpgh

Twitter @Spoonpgh


Square Cafe

If you’re the mood for a good ole homestyle breakfast, make your way to Square Cafe. Located in Pittsburgh’s East End neighborhood, Regent Square, this cafe is serving up seasonal menu items using locally sourced ingredients. Be sure to get something off their espresso menu, caffeinated beverages are served in a beautiful mug. 

Square Cafe

1137 South Braddock Ave.

Pittsburgh, PA 15218


Instagram @squarecafepgh

Twitter @TheSquareCafe


Ace Hotel

Yes! You read that right! Ace HOTEL! In the lobby of this beautiful hotel is their amazing restaurant and bar. Stop by with friends for craft cocktails and delicious appetizers to get your night out on the town started. Sip and nosh in the swankiest of surroundings at Ace Hotel. Formally a YMCA, Ace Hotel is blending vintage and contemporary vibes in the best way possible. 

Ace Hotel

120 S Whitfield St

Pittsburgh, PA 15206

tel: 412.361.3300

Instagram @acehotel

Twitter @acehotel



Duquesne Incline

Take the Duquesne Incline 400 feet up for the most amazing view of the city of Pittsburgh. Ride to the top on a 138 year old incline car, where you’ll also find a historical exhibit about this Pittsburgh gem.

Duquesne Incline

1197 West Carson St.

Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Instagram @theinclinepgh

Twitter @duquesneincline


Gateway Clipper

Hop on the Gateway Clipper and enjoy the fantastic views of the city from the Three Rivers. While coasting down the river, you’ll also get a guided tour and history tidbits along the way. Another great way to take in the city of Pittsburgh. 

Gateway Clipper Fleet

350 W Station Sq Dr

Pittsburgh, PA 15219

tel: 412.355.7980

Instagram @gatewayclipper

Twitter @gatewayclipper


Burghs, Bits & Bites

This tour is a must do when you’re in the city of Pittsburgh. Enjoy the rich history and culture of Pittsburgh through its food. This guided tour of the city’s most beloved neighborhood is full of small businesses cherished for decades.
The Andy Warhol Museum

Did you know that the Andy Warhol Museum is the largest single artist museum in North America? Right in the heart of Pittsburgh, birthplace of Andy Warhol, you’ll find 7 floors of his amazing work. Also enjoy diy opportunities in the workshop and shopping in the gift shop. 

The Andy Warhol Museum

117 Sandusky Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15212-5890

Instagram @thewarholmuseum

Twitter @thewarholmuseum


For more information on all things Pittsburgh, visit VISITPITTSBURGH.com. Thank you Visit Pittsburgh and the great city of Pittsburgh for a most awesome experience! 

*This post was sponsored as part of a press trip organized by Visit Pittsburgh. All opinions are that of my own.


Pittsburgh Eats:  Smallman Galley 

Last week this time, was my very first time in the great city of Pittsburgh. Now that I’ve experience it first hand, I can definitely say that Pittsburgh is indeed great. Fresh off the plane, after checking into my hotel, I headed to Smallman Galley for lunch with a few fellow writers. This place was the perfect introduction to the culinary scene in  Pittsburgh. It definitely set the mood to my entire stay there. 

Smallman Galley is a food hall style incubator for undiscovered local chefs. Every 18 month, 4 new aspiring restaurant owning chefs are housed in Smallman Galley to receive a one-of-a-kind training experience. Here they fine tune their business and culinary capabilities. 

View from inside of Smallman Galley
Smallman Galley – 54 21st St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
On this visit, we were delighted with  4 restaurant concepts that were truly amazing. Each chef telling their story through their food in a beautiful way.

Chicken Noodle Soup

Banhmilicious ~ Chef Hoa Le

Modern Vietnamese 

Inspired by the cuisine of her homeland, Chef Hoa Le brings a taste of Vietnam to Pittsburgh. Her menu is centered around healthy, organic, and locally sourced ingredients. This was beautifully reflected in her Chicken Noodle Soup. The broth was perfectly seasoned with an added spiciness to make it quite interesting. I really enjoyed it. 

Instagram @bmiliciouspgh

Facebook @Banhmilicious

Pork Pupusas ~ Pulled pork stuffed corn tortillas topped with fermented slaw, shaved jalapenos, and whey salsa

Colonia ~ Chef Jesse Barlass

Latin American Cuisine

Featuring the beautiful cuisines of Latin America, Chef Barlass introduced the us to his Pupusa. A Pupusa is a thick corn tortilla stuffed with a savory filling. It reminded me of a tamale,  but in a patty form. It was filled with pulled pork and topped with fermented slaw, shaved jalapenos, and whey salsa. I appreciated the uniqueness in this dish. 

Pizza topped with arugula.
White Pie – Garlic Cream, Caramelized Onions, Marinated Cherry Tomatoes, Arugula, Ricotta
 Iron Born ~ Chef Pete Tolman

Hand Forged Pizza

Chef Tolman presented his signature White Pizza to us and I was quite excited. The aroma coming off of it was to die for. I’ve had some amazing pizzas in my lifetime, but I can definitely say this one is definitely in my top 3. Cooked in cast iron pans, the crust is crisp, airy, and delicious. Nearly perfect. Described as Detroit Style Pizza, the toppings were fresh and the seasoned thoughtfully.

Instagram: @IronBornPizza

Facebook @IronbornPgh

Photo of deconstructed s'mores.
S’mores – flexible chocolate, smoked meringue, Millie’s Graham

Brunoise ~ Chef Ryan Peters

Progressive American Cuisine

Chef, you had me at s’mores! This version of the classic treat will have you plotting your next visit to the Smallman Galley for another taste.  It’s beautifully presented with a rich flexible chocolate beneath an adornment of smoked meringue. Beside it a mound of graham cracker crumbs topped with a bit of ice cream. This dessert is everything.

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Facebook @brunoisepgh

From the Bar

Sandlot Themed Cocktails

Imagine how excited I was when we were told that Smallman Galley’s cocktail menu is inspired by the movie The Sandlot. AND the menu is presented in a Sandlot VHS clamshell. Very cool. These amazing craft cocktails are not only fun but unique. I had the opportunity to try two selections from the menu, the Wendy Peppercorn and The Great Spambino. Both well deserved of several thumbs up. 

Wendy Peppercorn – Del Maguey Vida Mezcal, Espolon Blanco Tequila, Szechuan Pepper, Hibiscus, Orange, Grapefruit
The Great Spambino – Spam-washed Wigle Organic Rye Whiskey, pineapple, nori, Wigle Mole Bitters

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*I receive this experience complimentary as part of a press trip with Visit Pittsburgh. All opinions are that of my own.