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The food scene in Pittsburgh has gradually become a point of interested for many grub lovers. Whether you’re going out with your friends, planning a date night, or looking for some new, food place ideas, grabbing a tasty meal doesn’t have to put a big dent in your wallet.

We have compiled a list of some of the Steel City’s best stops for reasonably priced food, which still deliver happy feelings to your taste buds.

Pamela’s Diner

A Pittsburgh favorite since the 1980’s, Pamela’s Diner spots can be found in Shadyside, Oakland, The Strip District, and Millvale. Not only do these breakfast-all-day diners offer top-notch hotcakes and crepes, but you also get a hefty plate worth of food for the price. Stop into one of these four locations and try out their Banana Walnut Hotcakes for a sweet, delicious morning treat.

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If you like Thai food, this Shadyside-based restaurant offers plenty of noodle options on the cheap. Sitting on the bustling, Highland Avenue, Noodlehead features a rustic and chic environment that makes for a comfortable eating experience. If you like seafood, try their Green Curry Linguine, with semolina noodles, clams, and basil. Not big on fish? The Pad Thai at this spot is definitely worth a taste.

Uncle Sam’s Sandwich Bar

Another grub hub located around Pittsburgh, Uncle Sam’s Sandwich Bar is found in Shadyside, Squirrel Hill, Robinson, and Waterworks. Sometimes a sandwich sounds like the perfect, Saturday lunch, and this location offers a wide range of well-crafted subs for a good price. Ask for Ultra Uncle Sam’s Special, for a combination of cheese steak, mushrooms, sweet peppers, grilled onions, and provolone cheese.

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Everyday Noodles

Nestled on Forbes Avenue in Squirrel Hill, Everyday Noodles hosts a bustling kitchen of talented cooks. Making fresh noodles throughout the day, this restaurant has mouth-watering dishes for Pittsburghers to enjoy. Perhaps a little-known secret about this place is the quality of their steamed dumplings. Whether you enjoy pork, vegetables, or seafood, they have you covered. Stop in and grab some of these treats —there will be zero regret.

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Located in Lawrenceville, Market Square, and as a traveling food truck, Franktuary is a hub for high-quality meat and innovative hot dog recipes. City renters can stop into one of these restaurants and enjoy a game of trivia and a local brew. If you’re a meat eater, try their Pittsburgh hotdog, with vinegar slaw; potato and cheese pierogis; and a hotdog. Locals can also enjoy Franktuary’s mouthwatering Québécoise, with fries, cheese curds, and house gravy. Yum!

Bluebird Kitchen

If you find yourself in Downtown Pittsburgh, craving healthy and delicious options for lunch, Bluebird Kitchen hosts a seasonally-inspired menu with plenty of options for locals to satiate their palate. Check out one of their two locations, and ask for their monthly vegetarian sandwich, which always integrates seasonally appropriate vegetable combinations on a bun. If you like smoothies, this kitchen also serves various smoothies that are crafted each month to include new fruits and combinations of ingredients.



No matter where you are in the bustling city of Pittsburgh, or what kind of food you prefer, there are plenty of low-cost options of quality dishes to enjoy. Check out one or all of these hotspots for good eats on the cheap.

Looking to make a quick and tasty meal in your own apartment? Try out this Crock Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup for a perfect meal.

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Hi, I'm Candice McDermott, a freelance writer and Pittsburgh resident. I'm a lover of all things quirky and fun, with a passion for writing, drinks, photography, DIY crafts, and great food! Feel free to checkout some of my other writings and introduce yourself. Cheers! Visit candicemcdermott.com.

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