Marodi, a student at the University of Pittsburgh, created the Pittsburgh Foodie account in the summer of 2015 to recommend restaurants.
“I just created the account for fun, and, before I knew it, I had over 100 followers,” Marodi said. “Then I reached 1,000, and the rest is pretty much history!”
She says she uses Yelp to find out about the best restaurants in Pittsburgh, and even discovers new places through her own Instagram account.
“A lot of the content on my account comes from pictures that people send me of their meals around Pittsburgh. I use these as a way to find out about new restaurants and recommend places to my followers that I haven’t had the chance to try out yet.”
Although she’s unsure where she’s headed after graduation this spring, Marodi plans to keep the Pittsburgh Foodie account active no matter what by featuring Pittsburgh food from submissions and her own trips back to the city.
In an exclusive interview with Pittstop, Marodi shared a comprehensive list of the best places to grab all your favorite dishes. Check it out below!
The best place to go for…
Breakfast: Pamela’s Diner in the Strip District, Oakland, Millvale, Shadyside, Squirrel Hill or Mt. Lebanon
I love having their breakfast on the weekends, despite the long lines to get a table. I’m pretty sure I went into sugar shock one time after putting too much syrup on their already sweet hotcakes, but it was still worth it.
Brunch: The Abbey in Lawrenceville
They have a great brunch buffet with mimosas! The restaurant also shares the same name as me and used to be a funeral home, so it’s pretty much right up my alley.
Lunch: Shady Grove in Shadyside
Their sandwiches and burgers are so good, and I love their sweet potato tots!
Happy Hour: Steel Cactus in Shadyside or South Side
Their $7 Yinzeritas and ½ priced appetizers are hard to pass up!
Dinner: Salatino’s Riverhouse Cafe in Charleroi
It’s located about 30 min south of the city, but it’s near my hometown and I go with my family every time I go home!
Dessert: Bartram House Bakery in South Side, Wexford or McMurray
I love their S’mores Bar! They bake it in the oven for you and the marshmallows melt into an amazing, gooey dessert. Their peanut butter cookies are also very, very good!
Late Night: Hemingway’s Cafe in Oakland
My friends and I love going to Hem’s for their $5 menu from 9 pm to midnight. They also have so many different types of shot pitcher specials with gummy worms in them, so it’s pretty much the best place ever.
Quick Bite: Hello Bistro in Oakland, South Side, McCandless, Wexford or Downtown
On a busy day where I don’t have much time to make dinner, I love grabbing one of their salads for a healthy and quick meal. Also, their salads are huge and I’m pretty sure they could feed a family of four.
Date Night: Industry Public House in Lawrenceville or North Fayette
For dates, I like places that are pretty laid back, fun, and not too fancy, so Industry is the perfect place for one.
Take Out: Oishii Bento in Oakland
I love their teriyaki bowls.
Delivery: Everyday Noodles in Squirrel Hill
I don’t order delivery much, usually because I get so hungry waiting for the food to be delivered. I usually do take out instead, but I just discovered that Everyday Noodles does free delivery within a three-mile radius. I love their dumplings, so I’m pretty positive that I’ll be ordering from them sometime soon.
Sandwich: The Yard’s Smack Yo Mama Grilled Cheese
It comes topped with onion rings and BBQ pulled chicken. I’m obsessed with The Yard.
Salad: Fuel and Fuddle’s Campfire Steak and Potatoes Salad
I’m a true Pittsburgher who likes fries on their salads, and at Fuel they give you both regular fries and sweet potato fries on it.
French Fries: The O’s Fries
They are basically a mountain of fries!
Nachos: Steel Cactus’s Nachos with Pulled Chicken
But I love nachos so much, so it’s hard to pick!
Pizza: The Porch’s Margherita Pizza
But in terms of late night pizza, I like Sorrento’s mainly for their ranch dipping sauce. It’s 75 cents extra per ranch, but it’s so worth it!
Tacos: Round Corner Cantina’s Tacos
I just visited for the first time last month, and I’m definitely looking forward to going back and trying more of their tacos.
Burger: Stack’d Custom Burgers
Any place I can get mac and cheese with a chicken tender on top of a burger is the perfect place for me.
Milkshake: Burgatory’s Brownie Milkshake
I think they only sell this at Consol Energy Center (I’m still not used to calling it PPG Paints Arena). It’s so good, and they even top it off with an actual brownie.
Donut: Peace, Love and Little Donuts’s M&M Cover Donut
I love M&M’s, so putting them on a donut is amazing.
Ice Cream: NatuRoll Creamery’s S’mores Ice Cream
I was very impressed when they pulled out a torch to roast the marshmallow.
Coffee: The Coffee Tree Roasters in Shadyside
It’s the perfect place for drinking a cup of coffee while studying. They also have really good smoothies!
All photos taken by Abby Marodi
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