|Part of the Strip District adjacent to St. Stanislaus Kostka Church.|
Along the Allegheny River, Pittsburgh's Strip District once buzzed with the work of factories and mills. The location facilitated easy transportation of goods and raw materials. As industry left, the area morphed into a historic market district alive with local flavor including many restaurants and an open-air market.
|Some of the brilliant blooms in the open-air market.|
|Flavor and history in the Strip District.|
|Adorably yummy donuts!|
You may note while walking through the Strip District in the evening that Gaucho Parrilla Argentina often has a line out the door. We visited Gaucho on our first trip to Pittsburgh a few years ago. At that time, the Argentinian restaurant inhabited an alcove and did not sport much seating. Since then, the gem has greatly expanded to a full restaurant and a meeting space! We enjoy Gaucho's flare with simple and fresh ingredients. I really enjoyed the Vegetales plate with a nice fig sauce. Of course, I couldn't resist the shrimp--always a fave--simple yet delicious with rosemary and lemon.
|Healthy and tasty!|
Of course, one does have to visit a Pittsburgh staple, Primanti's, at least once! Primanti's began as a sandwich cart selling sandwiches to busy truckers in the Strip District. Primanti's signature sandwich was created when a truck driver brought potatoes to the restaurant to see if they were frozen. John Primanti fried them up and put them on the customers sandwiches. The reset is history! The classic sandwich has Italian bread, tomatoes, house made cole slaw, fries, provolone cheese and meat of choice.
|Primanti's is a Pittsburgh classic!|
|The original marble counter in Klavon's!|
|Can't resist a waffle cone at Klavon's!|