Quality Inn University Center
3401 Blvd of the Allies
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: (412) 683-6100
Fax: (412) 683-6101
Bootleggers is located on the corner of Bates Street and Semple Street in the southern section of The University of Pittsburgh campus. It is usually filled with college students, and is busy even on weeknights. In fact, Wednesday is an especially busy night because it is karaoke night and Thursday brings crowds in for the wings. There are two main rooms. One is made up of a huge bar with surrounding seating. The second room is outfitted for billiards and darts. They serve inexpensive bar food (fries, wings, etc), drinks, and are well-known for their specials such as the Saturday night $1 well drinks from 9p-11p. It is a great place to go for a motley mix of people. -Corinne N. M. Kenna
Located near the University of Pittsburgh in Oakland, Mad Mex offers a lively atmosphere and delicious Mexican cuisine. Dishes have interesting names like Heavy Duty Judy's Curry Chicken Burrito. The full-service bar offers an impressive variety of microbrews and some of the biggest margaritas you will ever see. This is not a place for a quiet conversation. The restaurant offers background music and loud conversation, and is perfect for a fun night on the town. The nightly special is from 11pm to 1am when food is half price. See website for menus, draft beer list, and locations all around the region.
For three years, Pittsburghers have chosen India Garden as the best Indian cuisine in the area. The secret to its distinctive taste belongs to the restaurant's use of a clay oven. The menu features beef and seafood dishes, as well as many selections for vegetarians. The daily buffet features more than 25 items, and is very popular among university students in Oakland. The restaurant does not serve alcohol, but patrons can bring their own. Banquet facilities can accommodate up to 230 people. See website for menus and drink specials.
The Ironworks is a contemporary music venue that is also an equally popular pizzeria. Combining good food and great music certainly attracts a huge crowd, who come here for their slice of taste and entertainment. It features renowned local and international bands/artists and every gig is well-attended.
The Spice Island Tea House features the cuisine of several Asian countries - Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and Myanmar. The menu features a number of noodle dishes, specialty salads, and plenty of choices for vegetarians. The quantity and variety they offer is simply amazing for the price they charge. So if you are on a budget and looking to have a wholesome Asian meal, then you should definitely try this place. Thai basil fried rice, Singaporean rice noodles, tea leaf salad and Thai grilled beef are some of the delectable dishes on their extensive menu.
The aroma of freshly-made pancakes is heavenly, especially when you've stayed up late studying. Pamela's is a popular place for wholesome omelets, French toasts, burgers, sandwiches, Corned beef hash, fries, scrambles, and Oaklander (coleslaw with turkey). The staff is patient and friendly even during the rush hour, which is during breakfast and lunch.
Fuel and Fuddle is one of the more interesting bar restaurants in Oakland. It exudes a lot of energy, and the atmosphere is very hip. On the wall, a huge chalkboard lists the available beers. The beer selection changes often and to promote experimentation, they have plaques on the walls honoring those who have consumed obscene amounts. Many of the meals are made in the open-fire brick oven and come with a side of skinny fries, a mix of potato and sweet potato fries. The menu is amusing offering entrees and appetizers with names like, Big Fat Jerk and Rosemary's Breasts. The music is not too loud to talk but too loud for romance. Go with a group of friends and enjoy the scene. -Corinne N. M. Kenna
Located next to the University of Pittsburgh and several Oakland hospitals, the Prince of India Restaurant and Tavern always has a crowd for the daily lunch buffet. The restaurant facilities include genuine Indian clay ovens that turn out hot, fresh bread in ten varieties every day. The menu features curries, as well as lamb, seafood and vegetarian selections. There is a bar and wine list. Reservations are never accepted.
Established in 1960, The Original Hot Dog Shop started as a small eatery. As the success of Syd and Moe's restaurant grew, the news of their secret sauce spread, and more and more people came by to try what they were missing. Restaurant expansions and menu additions soon followed, and in no time this place was receiving recognition on an international platform with television coverage, newspaper articles and magazine publications. Even today, if you ask any alumni what they most remember about University of Pittsburgh campus, the answer will likely be “The O.” A variety of hot dogs, french fries, subs, wings and pizzas is what you can try out here. Don't miss out on their famous fries, which fill a large plate that you probably will want to share! This lively place stays open late, and is a great option for a late-night bite.
An unusual name with an equally unusual twist. Conflict Kitchen forever reinvents its menu. The idea is simple; cuisines of the nations which are in conflict with the United States. Depending on the political scenario of the nation, a true culinary surprise awaits you each time. Apart from the food, the eatery hosts a mini-festival showcasing the culture and traditions of the conflicting nation. Newspaper articles which feature the country are used to package the food. Enjoy some great food at Conflict Kitchen while you update yourself with the latest happenings. The huge numbers they draw speaks volumes of their ever-increasing popularity. Definitely warrants a visit!
The Cheesecake Factory is surely the place to go when craving a rich and delectable slice of the mouth-watering dessert, but this restaurant offers much more. Serving appetizers, lunch, dinner, late night dining, Sunday brunch, and full bar drinks, the Factory is a great choice for a casual dining experience. Everyone will find something to their liking with over 200 menu selections of pizza, pasta, seafood, steaks, salads, sandwiches, burgers, and more. Be sure to save room for one of the 50 delicious cheesecakes and desserts.
Located in the sophisticated Holiday Inn Hotel at Lytton Avenue, Bridges welcomes its guests to its friendly and casual setting. The cuisine offered is traditional American, the menu features classics such as Mac and Cheese, Burgers and hearty breakfast options. Start your day with the delicious breakfast options, their lunch and dinner appetizers are tasty and filling. Try their pastas, eggplant crepes among other marvelous offerings. Call ahead to make reservations.