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From: Jo Stepaniak (jo.vegsource.com)
Subject: Re: Amy - Pittsburgh Questions
Date: March 1, 2009 at 11:14 am PST

In Reply to: Jo - Pittsburgh Questions posted by Amy G on March 1, 2009 at 10:23 am:

Hi, Amy. Pittsburgh doesn't have a slew of veg-friendly restaurants. Offhand, I would suggest the following:

* Zenith (eclectic)
* Aladdin's (Middle Eastern)
* Kassab's (Middle Eastern)
* Thai Cuisine (Thai)
* Taj Mahal (Indian)
* Abay (Ethiopian)

There is also the East End Food Co-op deli and Quiet Storm Restaurant. While we shop at the co-op, we pretty much never eat there. Quiet Storm is all veg (though not all vegan). Most people either love it or hate it. It's quirky and funky (as it Zenith), so a lot depends on your taste. If you run out of options and/or need something in a pinch, there is always Whole Foods.

If you like science museums, definitely go to the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and the Carnegie Science Museum (two separate places). I would also suggest the Heinz History Museum. Phipps Conservatory is THE place to go if you like botanical gardens. They have a relatively veg-friendly cafe there. It used to be friendlier, but they recently switched management and from what I understand, there are not as many vegan options anymore.

If zoos bother you, don't go to the Aviary. However, when we were there (several years ago), the birds were kept in open spaces and well cared for. It's a very personal decision.

If you have a lot of money to blow on an expensive dinner, go to Eleven (but call ahead to make sure they will have vegan options available). It's near the Heinz history museum. Also, that area (the Strip District) has some fun, funky food (and other stuff) shopping places, so it's a good place to peruse and people watch. The aromas are fascinating, and there is a store with good vegan chocolate and plenty of other places to keep your interest.

You can Google all of these for lots more info.

Hope that gives you a starting point! Enjoy your visit!

~Jo



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