Quick Stops to Make While in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, otherwise known as The ‘Burgh, The Steel City, or The City of Bridges. Notorious for its steel businesses, famous sandwiches, bridges, and sports teams, Pittsburgh is a unique city with a lot to offer.

Recently, my girlfriend and I took a weekend trip to see Judah and the Lion (her favorite band) at Stage AE and we made a weekend trip out of it. It isn’t the easiest to navigate around since the locals say the city was built so fast the infrastructures couldn’t keep up…which I found ironic since it’s known as the steel city. Walking is recommended since everything is pretty centrally located, it just depends on which side of the city you’re on.

Split in several pieces thanks to the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers, there are almost two downtowns in Pittsburgh. We walked around both, but mainly stayed on what would be considered the “Southside” I believe.

The Hotel

Sightseeing

View of Heinz Field from Point State Park
View of Heinz Field from Point State Park
View of Heinz Field from Point State Park

There’s also a great place to visit that overlooks the entire city and everything in the valley, the Duquense Incline. Built in 1877, it’s an old railroad car that goes up and down Mt. Washington and provides a really unique experience!

View from the Duquense Incline
View from the Duquense Incline
View from the Duquesne Incline

We also found some time to stop at the Heinz History Center to see some of Pittsburgh’s history and neat other nuggets from around the world. It was a great time to go since there was a Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood exhibit too!

Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood
Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood
Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood
Honus Wagner photo op
Honus Wagner photo op
Honus Wagner photo op

Food

Primanti Brothers sandwich
Primanti Brothers sandwich
Primanti Brothers sandwich

We also stopped at Pork and Beans which was absolutely phenomenal. Being from Upstate New York, we’re very fond of Dinosaur Barbecue, and some Sticky Lips, but Pork and Beans was pretty damn good. The pictures below will speak for themselves.

To the left is the Korean pork sandwich with burnt end beans To the right is the brisket sandwich with mac and cheese

We did some research and also found that Prantl’s Bakery was a great spot for some pastries and baked goods. It’s a cute little shop with a wide variety to choose from and we opted for the ham & cheese croissant and the raspberry & cheese croissant. Both had a lot to be desired. While we ate both of them, there is definitely better out there.

Prantl’s Bakery
Prantl’s croissant

We also got drinks and food at Redbeard’s on Sixth before the concert and it was a really solid spot. Some pretty good bar food and very reasonably priced too.

Judah and the Lion

Stage AE was the venue, which is right next to Heinz Field, and the venue has an indoor and outdoor stage. Prior to the concert starting, we were able to have a small acoustic session, Q&A, and photo opportunity. These are definitely some good dudes who love playing music and having the opportunity to connect with their fans.

I’m a huge fan of live music, concerts in general, but another great aspect of them is being able to meet and interact with all different types of people. While waiting in line, we met a great couple who also loves music and traveling to shows and have seen a long line of great acts. However, we did make a note to see everyone who they plan on seeing in the near future since they mentioned several of the artists they’ve seen have passed away shortly after they saw them! We also met a father and daughter who we spent the duration of the concert with in the front row. Some really great people who we’re now friends with on Facebook and who we wish all the best to health-wise!

While Pittsburgh may not be a destination city, if there’s ever a game or event going on that sparks your interest, it’s definitely a city you should stop at. There’s a lot going on and some great people to meet!

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