Another weekend, another great Pittsburgh restaurant. This time, Kristin and I made our much-anticipated trip to Apteka, one of the most intriguing new spots in the city.

Pierogies are somewhat of a local delicacy in Pittsburgh, and they can be found anywhere from dive bars to upscale bistros. It's not unusual to see them served in creative and gourmet ways, but it's less usual to see them on a menu alongside other equally creative Eastern European fare. So Apteka to the rescue. We only had a short visit, but enough to come away feeling even better about the local Pittsburgh food scene. (I was pleased to see local breweries like Roundabout represented here as well!) I love living in a city that can foster so many unique food concepts. Though my interior shots don't do it justice (crowded this evening), the space is beautifully designed as well--I hope to be back soon to capture more of it!


The Abbey on Butler

Pittsburgh always has new surprises. Kristin and I were taking a morning stroll through Lawrenceville, and we happened to stumble on the recently-opened Abbey on Butler Street. We were sufficiently intrigued to stop back for dinner that evening, and again to the coffee house the following morning. That's one of the great appeals of the Abbey: it's a restaurant, bar, and coffee shop in one spacious, beautifully laid-out building. It's still establishing its menu and staff, but it seems to have already garnered quite a following and it looks to be a very promising new spot if our experience was any indication!

(Also, extremely friendly staff and they had a fine saison on tap).