Dining in Pittsburgh

If you find yourself near Station Square, as you very well may if you traverse the Monongahela Incline, there are many options to fill your stomach. One locally owned option is the Island Cafe, serving standard American diner fare of burgers, fries, salads and appetizers as well as liver and onions, chicken breast, turkey breast and trout.

The Kiku Japanese Restaurant is said to have been the first restaurant in Pittsburgh to offer sushi to the masses. The restaurant has a much wider variety of sushi offerings than many sushi establishments, including egg, crab, trout, salmon, bass, mackerel, flounder, red snapper, squid, scallop, octopus, tuna, eel, clam, sea urchin and more. They also offer the standard California roll for those who want to indulge in sushi just a little. The sushi lover's plate offers 28 pieces of the day's best sushi, perfect for a table of four to devour.

If your taste buds crave Italian, Buca di Beppo offers everything from spaghetti and meatballs to pizza to stuffed shells and anything else you can imagine in either a marinara or Alfredo sauce.

Open for lunch, dinner or just dessert, the relative newcomer to the chain restaurant scene — owned by Planet Hollywood — can tantalize your taste buds or conquer our hunger.

Another chain option that's fun for the whole family is the Melting Pot. The fondue restaurant is just as famous for the experience of eating as they are for their tasty selections. The Melting Pot has four different menus: Cheese fondue (appetizers), salads, entrees, and chocolate fondue (desserts). The cheese fondue menu offers different melted cheeses into which you can dip breads, vegetables and fruits. It works well as a start to your meal or all by itself with a group of friends. The chocolate fondue menu meanwhile, has nine different options for which to dip strawberries, bananas, cheesecake, Rice Krispies Treats, marshmallows, brownies and other desserts. The Melting Pot also offers a gluten free menu, offering selections from all four of its menus.

Another restaurant, which asks its patrons to savor the experience as much as the food, is the Hard Rock Cafe. The restaurant offers standard pub food, but the real reason to go is to see the memorabilia from KISS, Elvis, John Lennon, Nirvana, Bruce Springsteen, Fred Durst, Kid Rock and more. The restaurant also offers a gift shop so those at home will know you were there.