While it’s easy to focus on the tons of good food in nearby Pittsburgh, little Washington (PA) has lots of delicious restaurants, too—and the food scene here just keeps getting better, with a few great new restaurants that have just opened up within the last year or so. Sure, that includes our very own Primanti’s (finally!), but some of the best restaurants, of course, are completely new offerings. Here are some of my favorites.
I’ve talked about my love of Markook before, so I won’t get into it too much here—just know that they’re a great go-to for Lebanese food like falafel and shawarma. While my fiancé and I have been big fans since they opened, we also like introducing new people to the restaurant’s great food. It’s become not just one of our personal favorite places to eat but one of our favorite places to recommend or take loved ones out to dinner when they come to town. And they’ve all enjoyed it almost as much as we have.
Located right along Main St., Presidents Pub is another of WashPA’s new additions. They’ve drawn from the city’s history and involvement in the Whiskey Rebellion for their cocktails and dishes, with drinks named after Presidents and First Ladies—my personal summer favorite is, in fact, the First Lady. As for food, you can get typical pub-style entrees like burgers and other sandwiches or try bigger entrees like steaks. I’m a fan of their grilled cheese sandwich, but my all-time favorite is the lemon berry cake – a delicious lemon cake with berries and a mascarpone frosting.
The family-owned Italian bistro Upper Crust is great for my fellow pasta lovers, with dishes like gnocchi, lasagna, and fantastic wood-fired pizzas. If you’d like something a little smaller, try one of their sandwiches. You won’t find any alcohol on the menu, but the place is BYOB, so feel free to bring your own. They also offer take-out, delivery, and catering.
Mr. Gyros provided me with my first taste of Greek food. While my fiancé loves their gyros, I’m a vegetarian, which limits me a bit—but with the delicious vegetarian-friendly items on their menu, I don’t exactly feel like I’m missing out on anything. Try the lentil soup in the winter, or other great year-round menu staples like Greek orzo pasta topped with feta cheese or a variety of platters serving different Greek foods. My favorite is the Mezedes platter, which comes with hummus, a salad, and grape leaves, which you can get either with or without meat. For those who aren’t into Greek food, they also have some pretty standard classics like fried mushrooms of french fries. You can enjoy it as take out or delivery.