Anthony Bourdain in Pittsburgh: 4 Spots Where Tony Ate

In most states, there are two cities – or at least two kinds of cities. There’s the popular, grown-up, almost older sibling style city – Philadelphia, in the case of Pennsylvania – and then there’s the lesser known (or lesser visited), scrappier, younger sibling city… and that would be Pittsburgh. Once successful as an industrial hub, Pittsburgh has – like many Rust Belt cities – been going through a transformation over the past decade, and that includes the culinary scene.

Anthony Bourdain visited Pittsburgh to film season 10 (episode 4) of Parts Unknown; it was his only visit to “the Burgh,” but not his only visit to Pennsylvania (he also filmed an episode of The Layover in Philadelphia). As was the case in many later episodes of Parts Unknown, Tony didn’t visit many places in Pittsburgh, but he did dig into the city’s soul through deep conversations with his unique dining companions.

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If you’re planning to visit Pittsburgh or call the city home, you might be curious about the places visited by Anthony Bourdain in Pittsburgh. Below is a list of those places, as well as all that Tony ate (or ordered to share) ate each spot. Let this post be a guide to tasting some of the best flavors that the “City of Bridges” has to offer, and inspire you to strike out and discover others to love too.

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Where Anthony Bourdain Ate in Pittsburgh

Before jumping into the list, I thought it would be helpful to have a map to orient you to the places visited by Anthony Bourdain in Pittsburgh. 

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Ready to learn about each one and what Tony ate there? Read on!

Squirrel Hill Café

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This bar in the Squirrel Hill area of Pittsburgh – aptly named Squirrel Hill Café – is open as early as 11am on certain days and offers a warm, inviting atmosphere with cocktails and classic bar food.

Here, Bourdain meets up with Pittsburgh author, Stewart O’Nan, to discuss the history of Pittsburgh immigration and to eat a simple potato-bun burger with a side of potato chips and an ice-cold draft beer. This bar is a great option for a mid-afternoon snack or a late nightcap.

Grandma B’s Café

While meeting up with former councilman, Sala Udin, Tony stops by Grandma B’s in the Hill District for some diner-style grub. Here, goes with a breaded fish sandwich, a side of fries, and a jug of orange juice. 

Kelly’s Bar & Lounge

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Next, Bourdain meets up with professional wrestlers, Brittany Baker and Adam Cole, for some independent amateur wrestling and some gritty bar food from Kelly’s Bar & Lounge.

Tony orders a couple of beers before getting a plethora of bar bites for the grop. First off is the kielbasa with sauerkraut, hand-rolled pierogis, and then a side of “molten” mac and cheese. If you’re keen on that last dish, just be aware that Kelly’s “Eastside favorite” mac and cheese is baked to order and can take nearly 20 minutes to get that nice, cheesy crust around the edges. (It’s worth it.)

Jozsa Corner (CLOSED)

Anthony Bourdain in Pittsburgh - Chicken Paprikash

Although now permanently closed, Jozsa Corner was a Hungarian café that served their dishes family-style, meaning huge servings for multiple people to share.

Bourdain describes Jozsa’s Corner as a “house party with food.” He has the cucumber salad, the chicken paprikash, langos, and kolbasz. Langos is a Hungarian shortbread, deep-fried and typically served with cheeses. If you’re not familiar with Kolbasz, it’s similar to the Polish Kielbasa, a savory, peppery-styled sausage. 

Have any questions about these places visited by Anthony Bourdain in Pittsburgh, or what he ate there? Let me know in the comments below!

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Ricky has worked off and on in the restaurant industry since high school, filling positions from host to line cook to sous chef all in California and Kentucky. He has always had a desire for food and travel, so discovering Anthony’s writings and shows years back was like meeting a great new friend.

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