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PARTY!

OCTOBER 5, 2021 • 7pm–10pm COOP DE VILLE • 2305 SMALLMAN ST.

TICKETS ON SALE NOW $30 PER PERSON AND INCLUDE: INDOOR EVENTS:

• Free Duck Pin Bowling sponsored by Fifth Season • Cash Bar with a retro-themed signature drink sponsored by Bacardi • Small Bites from Coop De Ville kitchen • Photo-Op Station sponsored by The Healing Center • Free pinball + pool all night

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BY LISA CUNNINGHAM // LCUNNING@PGHCITYPAPER.COM Remember that pure joy of finally seeing your name as the high score on an arcade screen? Hours, sometimes even days of pumping fistfuls of quarters into your favorite video game in the local arcade to get to the top ... Pittsburgh City Paper’s Best of Pittsburgh readers’ poll recreates that feeling for hundreds of winners across the region who anxiously await the results for months, first competing in a readers-submitted nomination round, and then battling it out in the final voting round between the top 10 finalists. And this year’s competition was fierce, with over 610,000 votes cast. You’ll see lots of multi-time winners among the

Best of Pittsburgh winners’ list this year, like beloved TV personality Rick Sebak, Pittsburgh Dad, and, yes, Primanti Bros. But you’ll also see new winners too, and we’ve highlighted some of our favorite readers’ choices with short stories placed throughout this issue. And this year, we’re also celebrating the winners at an in-person party next week at Coop de Ville, the venue readers chose as Best New Bar and Best Bar to Play Games. Join us next Tue., Oct. 5 at Coop de Ville, and let’s get your name on one of their arcade games! For more info, visit tinyurl.com/ BestofPghParty21. (Vaccination cards or a negative COVID test is required to attend.)

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BEST OF CULTURE & NIGHTLIFE

BEST ALT-FOLK/ ALT-COUNTRY BAND OR PERFORMER

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2ND: ROCKET LOVES BLUE rocketlovesblues.com

3RD: THE SHINERS shinersrock.com BEST AUTHOR

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2ND: BRIAN BUTKO brianbutko.com

3RD: BRIAN BROOME brianbroome.com BEST BAR (DOWNTOWN + STRIP DISTRICT)

2305 Smallman St., Strip District coopdevillepgh.com CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM

2ND: THE WARREN BAR & BURROW

Jack, Jonah, and Maggie Paice play pool at Coop de Ville in the Strip District.

BEST OF PITTSBURGH

thewarrenpgh.com

3RD: MAGGIE’S FARM RUM DISTILLERY maggiesfarmrum.com

BEST BAR TO PLAY GAMES

BEST BAR (EAST)

242 51st St., Lawrenceville spiritpgh.com

2ND: D’S SIX PAX & DOGZ ds6pax.com

3RD: HIDDEN HARBOR hiddenharborpgh.com BEST BAR (NORTH)

200 Children’s Way, North Side federalgalley.org

2ND: MAX’S ALLEGHENY TAVERN maxsalleghenytavern.com

3RD: NORTH PARK LOUNGE northparklounge.com

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OOP DE VILLE became a popular place

as soon as it opened, with the combination Southern restaurant, cafe, bar, and arcade seeing constant lines out its doors on any given weekend. Sometimes the lines even stretch down the block and across the street. Once inside the Strip District joint, customers can enjoy a wide variety of activities, drinks, and food. In addition to Southern-style fried chicken, an extensive craft beer list, and an inventive coffee bar, Coop de Ville includes fun activities like duckpin bowling, more than 30 classic arcade games, pinball, pool, and console games for Xbox and Nintendo. Coop de Ville’s atmosphere provides plenty of seating and a lounge for people to play their games alone or with friends. It’s no wonder why readers chose

Coop de Ville as this year’s Best Bar to Play Games, along with a number of other wins, including Best New Bar and Best Place to Celebrate Being Vaccinated. Opening in 2020, chef and partner James Ciminillo brought new cooking techniques to the Strip District establishment with a focus on reinventing classic comfort food. Coop de Ville’s menu includes various fried chicken recipes and a wide range of beer, wine, cocktails, and coffee drinks. 2305 Smallman St., Strip District. coopdevillepgh.com

Before the building was designed for Coop de Ville, the previous space was home to Marty’s Market’s grocery store, so the venue had a lot of room to work with. The dining room is the center point of Coop

de Ville and is surrounded by picnic tables and cozy cafe seating. Coop de Ville owner, Richard DeShantz, runs several popular restaurants and bars in Pittsburgh, and Coop de Ville is another hit on his impressive resume. It’s easy to chat with friends over a local craft beer at the bar (Coop de Ville has several on tap) and then head over to play over 35 classic arcade games like Asteroids or Donkey Kong or even shoot some pool. A dinner of fried chicken, creative sandwiches, or healthy bowls is then ready at the picnic tables, booths, or the outdoor sidewalk cafe. Coop de Ville’s variety, whether that’s food, drinks, or a rousing game of bubble hockey, clearly has struck Pittsburghers in all the right places, and it keeps them coming back for more.


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3RD: EMILY MCGAUGHEY shopemilym.com

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BEST CLUB

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3RD: CON ALMA conalmapgh.com BEST CLUB DJ 316 N. Shore Drive, North Side facebook.com/stbcbeerpgh selecta720.com

2ND: MIKE’S BEER BAR mikesbeerbar.com

2ND: DJ NUGGET djnugget.com

3RD: REDBEARD’S BAR AND GRILL redbeardspgh.com

3RD: HUNY soundcloud.com/hunyrocks

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BEST COMEDIAN

twitter.com/dveBillCrawford

2ND: MISSY MORENO missymoreno.com

3RD: JIM KRENN jimkrenn.com BEST COMEDY TROUPE

943 Liberty Ave., Downtown arcadecomedytheater.com/knights

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gabbybarrett.com

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The Bill Hevnry Band: Larry Hutch, Randy Williams, Bill Henry, Jerome Kirkland, Philip Price

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BEST OF PITTSBURGH

facebook.com/slim.forsythe BEST COVER BAND OR PERFORMER

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2ND: TOTALLY 80S totes80s.com

3RD: BON JOURNEY bonjourney.com BEST DANCE COMPANY

2900 Liberty Ave., Strip District pbt.org

2ND: THE TAMBURITZANS thetamburitzans.org g

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N 2019, THE BILL HENRY BAND released

their album Ride. With songs like “Slow Down” and “All Night,” the album showcases Henry’s crisp, smooth vocals reminiscent of R&B acts like Jon B, conjuring a feeling of the genre in a different era. A focus on love songs and romantic ballads transport listeners back to the golden age of R&B. Formed in 2016, The Bill Henry Band consists of Bill Henry on vocals and guitar, Randy Williams on drums, Larry Hutch on R keyboards, and Philip Price on bass and ke synth bass. This May, the band added their syn fifth member, musician Jerome Kirkland, officially making the band a quintet. The offic band is clearly held in high regard by the city’s R&B fans who crowned them the Best R&B Band in this year’s Best of

Pittsburgh readers’ poll. The Bill Henry Band has opened for acts like Boney James, Tom Browne, Avant, Lakeside, and ZAPP, to name a few. But they aren’t just an opening act, they also serve as the main attraction for Pittsburghers and fans across the state. billhenryband.com

Seamlessly blending R&B, soul, funk, and hip hop, the band is a mainstay at Savoy and Rivers Casino. They’ve also done a WQED session where they performed and discussed the history of their music. Discovered at the Young Brothers Bar on the North Side, Williams says it was “love at first sight” when he performed for the first time with Henry.

The band is the epitome of cool, with the members having a great rapport that translates well into their musical relationship. During their WQED session, they performed their hit song “Ride,” perfect for a cookout or block party. A year ago, the band produced a docushort of their fans and performances, featuring a couple who came from Fort Wayne Ind. just to see them, as well as interviews with fans who said they’ve seen the men perform “too many times to count.” The short also included live performances, and showed the band talking about how their music spans generational divides, and how powerful it is to be a part of that history. This isn’t the first Best Of win for The Bill Henry Band, and we predict it won’t be the last.


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BEST DANCE STUDIO

BEST JAZZ BAND OR PERFORMER

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2ND: KY VÖSS

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3RD: BOILERMAKER JAZZ BAND

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3RD: JOE GRUSHECKY AND THE HOUSEROCKERS A joegrushecky.com BEST LGBTQ BAR

5115 Butler St., Lawrenceville bluemoononbutler.com

2ND: 5801 VIDEO LOUNGE & CAFE 569 Greenfield Ave., Greenfield and 145 E. Eighth Ave., Homestead escaperoompgh.com

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5801videolounge.com

3RD: P TOWN BAR facebook.com/ptownbar BEST METAL BAND OR PERFORMER

3RD: ZONE 28

Serving Shadyside, Squirrel Hill and other city locations.

zone28.com BEST GALLERY FOR LOCAL ARTISTS

facebook.com/everyonehateseverything

2ND: GREYWALKER greywalker.net 500 Sampsonia Way, North Side mattress.org

2ND: BOOM CONCEPTS boomuniverse.co

3RD: ARCANE HAVEN arcanehaven.bigcartel.com BEST MUSIC COLLABORATION

3RD: REDFISHBOWL redfishbowl.com BEST INDEPENDENT MOVIE THEATER tinyurl.com/CPJigglyJello

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4115 Butler St., Lawrenceville rowhousecinema.com

2ND: SOCIAL JUSTICE DISCO WITH LIZ BERLIN & PHAT MAN DEE

2ND: THE MANOR THEATRE

socialjusticedisco.com

manorpgh.com

3RD: BUFFALO ROSE & INEZ: “I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW”

3RD: HOLLYWOOD THEATER hollywoodtheaterpgh.org

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BEST INDEPENDENT MOVIE THEATER

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Row House Cinema

BEST MUSIC VENUE

BEST PLACE FOR A DATE NIGHT

400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale mrsmalls.com

2ND: STAGE AE stageae.com

3RD: THE REX THEATER (permanently closed September 2020) BEST NEW BAR

One Schenley Drive, Oakland phipps.conservatory.org

2ND: PITTSBURGH PENGUINS GAME nhl.com/penguins

3RD: CON ALMA 2305 Smallman St., Strip District coopdevillepgh.com

2ND: TRACE BREWING tracebloomfield.com

conalmapgh.com BEST PLACE FOR A FUN NIGHT OUT

3RD: WHISPER NEST whispernestpgh.com BEST PHOTOGRAPHER

400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale mrsmalls.com

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2ND: SPIRIT 120 Fifth Ave., Downtown davedicello.com

2ND: MARA RAGO mararago.com

3RD: MARIAH TREIBER mariahtreiberphotography.com

spiritpgh.com

3RD: CARNEGIE SCIENCE CENTER carnegiesciencecenter.org BEST PLACE TO CELEBRATE YOUR BIRTHDAY

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BEST PICK-UP BAR

4016 Butler St., Lawrenceville belvederesultradive.com

2ND: HEMINGWAY’S CAFE hemingwayspgh.com

3RD: 5801 VIDEO LOUNGE & CAFE 5801videolounge.com

2549 Penn Ave., Strip District dianoiaseatery.com

2ND: SPIRIT spiritpgh.com

3RD: ALTIUS altiuspgh.com

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BEST PLACE TO CELEBRATE YOUR DIVORCE

Multiple Locations axethrowingpgh.com

2ND: CHEERLEADERS GENTLEMEN’S CLUB cheerleaderspittsburgh.com

3RD: BLUE MOON bluemoononbutler.com BEST PLACE TO DANCE

4016 Butler St., Lawrenceville belvederesultradive.com

2ND: SPIRIT spiritpgh.com

3RD: JERGEL’S RHYTHM GRILLE jergels.com BEST PLACE TO KARAOKE CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM

Gia Fagnelli

BEST OF PITTSBURGH 178 Pearl St., Bloomfield nicosbloomfield.com

BEST STRIPPER

2ND: BOB’S GARAGE instagram.com/ pghbobsgarage

3RD: P TOWN BAR facebook.com/ptownbar BEST PLACE TO SEE A LOCAL BAND

400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale thefunhouseatmrsmalls.com

2ND: JERGEL’S RHYTHM GRILLE jergels.com

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OR GIA FAGNELLI, stripping allows

them a chance to become someone different. “My specialty is in my feature performance numbers,” says Fagnelli, a selfdescribed “third generation yinzer” who has performed as a stripper for the past seven years. Their alter-egos tend to lean toward science fiction, including cosplays of the campy space heroine Barbarella, Leeloo from Fifth Element, and Mystique of the X-Men movie franchise, as well as a “few extraterrestrial characters” of their own creation. Transporting fans to other worlds might be why they won Best Stripper in this year’s Best of Pittsburgh readers’ poll, but it’s not the only thing the local artist and performer focuses on. Their website describes them as a “multi-media multimedium creator” bridging drag, pole, prose,

video art, soundscapes, installation art, and “many forms of movement.” This year, they completed the Kelly Strayhorn Theater Freshworks digital residency program, working with local dance duo slowdanger and artist and performer Jordan Harris. giafagnelli.com

While based in Pittsburgh, Fagnelli’s work has garnered wider attention, including being profiled in a 2018 Vice story about life as a queer-identifying stripper. In it, Fagnelli details how stripping provided a community for them, pointing out how, while strip clubs are viewed as spaces catering to the desires of cis, straight men, “at least a third of the dancers I’ve worked with in clubs across the country are LGBTQ.” “It adds a level of camaraderie the same way any other marginalized identity finds

comfort in finding each other,” Fanelli told Vice. “I’ve had the joy of working with queer customers, and most of those experiences have been powerfully subversive in a (seemingly) heteronormative space.” Fagnelli says that, before the pandemic, they performed at venues and strip clubs in Pittsburgh and beyond, as well as at private parties, birthday and bachelorette events, and kink nights at gay clubs. Since getting vaccinated and emerging from quarantine, they have been primarily accepting bookings for events at outdoor venues and online showcases. Fagnelli says they are “heading west for the winter,” but locals should keep an eye out for shows coming back to Pittsburgh in the spring. You can also follow them at their social media accounts and website where they post video art, and document their travels.


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BEST SPORTS BAR

BEST PLACE TO TAKE A FIRST DATE

Multiple locations northparklounge.com

BEST RAP/HIP-HOP BAND OR PERFORMER mwcdc.org

2ND: PHIPPS CONSERVATORY AND BOTANICAL GARDENS

2ND: REDBEARD’S

BEST UNSIGNED MUSIC ARTIST

redbeardspgh.com

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3RD: ARSENAL BOWL

BEST STREET ARTIST

arsenalbowl.com BEST PLACE TO TAKE OUT-OF-TOWNERS

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2ND: JEREMY RAYMER jmraymer.com stripdistrictneighbors.org

3RD: DANNY DEVINE (1982-2021)

2ND: GRANDVIEW OVERLOOK mwcdc.org

Brittney Chantele

3RD: DUQUESNE INCLINE duquesneincline.org BEST POET

BEST R&B BAND OR PERFORMER

2ND: VANESSA GERMAN instagram.com/vanessalgerman

3RD: THE DIRTY POET tinyurl.com/DirtyPoet

2ND: CHANTAL JOSEPH chantaljmusic.com

BEST STREET FESTIVAL

BEST RADIO STATION

billhenryband.com facebook.com/Rachel.Ann.Bovier

instagram.com/dannyinzer

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3RD: THE NIED’S HOTEL BAND niedshotelband.com BEST RADIO DJ

BEST POP BAND OR PERFORMER

wyep.org

Point State Park and Cultural District, Downtown traf.trustarts.org

2ND: 102.5 WDVE dve.iheart.com

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3RD: 90.5 WESA wesa.fm

3RD: MILLVALE DAYS

BEST RAP/HIP-HOP BAND OR PERFORMER

facebook.com/MillvaleDays BEST STRIP CLUB

facebook.com/mikeybigbob

2ND: KELLY ON 100.7 STAR

facebook.com/brittneychantele

weirdpaul.com

facebook.com/kelonair

2ND: BRITTNEY CHANTELE

3RD: JOEY SPEHAR ON 91.3FM WYEP

2ND: LEXA TERRESTRIAL

facebook.com/brittneychantele

3RD: NICK BARILLA facebook.com/NickBarillaLive

twitter.com/morningjoey BEST RADIO SHOW

anti-flag.com

2ND: FUCK YEAH, DINOSAURS! dinopunks.com

3RD: BASTARD BEARDED IRISHMEN bastardbeardedirishmen.com

2ND: CLUB EROTICA

3RD: BENJI.

cluberoticapittsburgh.com

smileyourealive.com BEST ROCK BAND OR PERFORMER

BEST PUNK BAND OR PERFORMER

3100 Liberty Ave., Strip District cheerleaderspittsburgh.com

lexaterrestrial.com

3RD: TENNYSON LODGE facebook.com/TheTennysonLodge BEST STRIPPER

facebook.com/mikeybigbob clarksonline.com

E MOR 4 .1 P N O

giafagnelli.com

2ND: RANDY BAUMANN & THE DVE MORNING SHOW ON 102.5 WDVE

2ND: WEIRD PAUL ROCK BAND

twitter.com/DVERandy

weirdpaul.com

facebook.com/layla666paige

3RD: THE BUBBA SHOW STAR ON 100.7 STAR

3RD: GENE THE WEREWOLF

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genethewerewolf.com

3RD: GINGER CLUB EROTICA

2ND: LAYLA PAIGE RICK’S CABARET

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BEST VIRTUAL STAGE PRODUCTION

BEST THEATER COMPANY

pittsburghclo.org

2ND: PITTSBURGH PUBLIC THEATER ppt.org

BEST AUTHOR

3RD: CITY THEATRE COMPANY

BEST WRITER

6 Allegheny Square East, North Side newhazletttheater.org

citytheatrecompany.org

2ND: PICT CLASSIC THEATRE’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL

BEST TRIVIA NIGHT

picttheatre.org

3RD: PITTSBURGH OPERA’S SEMELE

321 Bigham St., Mount Washington bighamtavern.com

pittsburghopera.org

2ND: RADICAL TRIVIA

BEST VISUAL ARTIST

radicaltrivia.com

3RD: 5801 VIDEO LOUNGE AND CAFE 5801videolounge.com BEST UNSIGNED MUSIC ARTIST

bfreyerart.com facebook.com/brittneychantele CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM

2ND: GOD HATES UNICORNS godhatesunicorns.com

3RD: KATIE SIMONE

Damon Young

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BEST VIRTUAL LITERARY SERIES

BEST VENUE FOR DIVERSE MUSICAL ACTS

clubcafelive.com

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1708 Shady Ave., Squirrel Hill hiddenharborpgh.com

2ND: SPIRIT

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2ND: HUMANE ANIMAL RESCUE’S A VERY BURGH PAWS PARTY GALA humaneanimalrescue.org

3RD: WOMEN’S CENTER & SHELTER OF GREATER PITTSBURGH’S CELEBRATING SURVIVORS

cityofasylum.org

3RD: PITTSBURGH ARTS & LECTURES pittsburghlectures.org BEST VIRTUAL MUSIC EVENT

artallnight.org

2ND: HANDMADE ARCADE VIRTUAL MARKETPLACE

3RD: CON ALMA

3RD: SANCTUARY PITTSBURGH 3R sanctuarypittsburgh.com

rustedroot.com

2ND: THE TAMBURITZANS thetamburitzans.org

3RD: PHAT MAN DEE phatmandeemusic.com BEST WRITER

damonjyoung.com

BEST VIRTUAL GALLERY

spiritpgh.com

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wcspittsburgh.org

handmadearcade.org

conalmapgh.com

3RD: VANESSA GERMAN instagram.com/vanessalgerman

4754 Liberty Ave., Bloomfield whitewhalebookstore.com thinkingoutsidethecage.org

2ND: CLUB CAFE

zacharyrutterart.com

BEST WORLD MUSIC BAND OR PERFORMER

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400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale mrsmalls.com

2ND: ZACHARY RUTTER

2ND: GENE COLLIER pittsburghjazzfest.org

genecollier.com

2ND: SAVE MOONDOGS VIRTUAL BENEFIT CONCERT

twitter.com/tonynormanpg

facebook.com/SaveMoondogs

3RD: CON ALMA LIVESTREAM conalmapgh.com/live-stream

3RD: TONY NORMAN


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BEST OF GOODS & SERVICES

BEST ADULT STORE

Multiple Locations adultmart.com

2ND: SASSY SENSATIONS sassysensations.com

3RD: OUTER SKIN FOR THE INNER YOU tinyurl.com/CPOuterSkin BEST ALTERATIONS SHOP/SEAMSTRESS

Multiple Locations alterations-express.com

2ND: ALTERATIONS BY RINA facebook.com/alterationsbyrina

3RD: TOPAZ THIMBLE topazthimble.com BEST ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE SHOP CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM

Byron Dovales at East End Fitness

BEST OF PITTSBURGH 1020 Castle Shannon Blvd., Castle Shannon moonhaven.com

BEST PERSONAL TRAINER

2ND: MURRAY AVENUE APOTHECARY

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maapgh.com

3RD: WELLNESS PITTSBURGH wellnesspittsburgh.com BEST ANTIQUE SHOP

150 Church Road, Wexford wexfordantiques.com

2ND: EMMA JEAN’S RELICS emmajeansrelics.com

3RD: KENSINGTON COURT ANTIQUES https://tinyurl.com/ KensingtonCourtAntiques

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HEN IT COMES to personal train-

ing, Byron Dovales says his philosophy is simple — Improve Quality of Life. “I do that by finding what my clients need to help improve themselves and finding out which way suits them best,” says Dovales, who typically works at East End Fitness in Bakery Square. “Every single person I’ve come across is different, they’re motivated in different ways, have different lifestyles, and are all at a different space in their fitness lives, so they need to be accommodated to their own personal needs.” Those needs, he says, range anywhere from weight loss, to improving range of motion, to gaining muscle mass. And sometimes they take the former college and arena football player and long-time fitness professional out of his comfort zone. “I promise my clients I’ll find a way to help

them in the way that suits them even if that means going out and researching and learning how to teach a different style of training than I’m accustomed to,” says Dovales. East End Fitness, 6401 Penn Ave., Larimer. instagram.com/7Twice

Since he was 12 years old, Dovales, a native of Reading, Pa., has focused on sports and fitness. He started playing sports at a young age, eventually landing a football scholarship at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He completed a master’s degree in Sport Science, then went on to play arena football for the Erie Explosion. He believes his sports career and educational background, as well as being a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, has given him a wide range of expertise.

His passion for football has also continued, as he now coaches young players at Pittsburgh’s Central Catholic High School. While he’s usually at East End Fitness, Dovales says he also does private sessions for clients. He also started providing training over Zoom because of COVID-19, adding that the option has become “more popular than I ever could have expected.” Dovales says that, besides the birth of his first son in May, having Best of Pittsburgh readers crown him as this year’s Best Personal Trainer is “definitely the highlight of my year.” “It’s such a great honor after almost 10 years professionally in the field,” says Dovales. “It feels amazing that so many people appreciate what I do or did for them, their family members, and their children.”


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5003 Penn Ave., Garfield kraynicksbikeshop.weebly.com

2ND (TIE): LAW OFFICE OF GIUSEPPE G.C. ROSSELLI

2ND: THICK BIKES

rossellilawpgh.com

thickbikes.com

3RD: IRON CITY BIKES ironcitybikes.com

2ND (TIE): SHAREK LAW OFFICE, LLC

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shareklaw.com BEST AUTOMOTIVE SHOP

62 S. 15th St., South Side thickbikes.com

2ND: IRON CITY BIKES 5775 Baum Blvd., East Liberty yelp.com/biz/ walters-automotive-pittsburgh

2ND: MCNEILLY AUTOMOTIVE GROUP mcneillyautomotive.com

ironcitybikes.com

3RD: BICYCLE HEAVEN bicycleheaven.org BEST BLACK-OWNED BARBER SHOP

3RD: PINE HOLLOW SERVICE pinehollowservice.com BEST BARBER SHOP

2681 Monroeville Blvd., Monroeville tinyurl.com/StyleGraceBarbershop

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2ND: LOC’ N LOADED facebook.com/LocNLoaded412

3RD: JP’S BARBERSHOP facebook.com/jpsbarbershop 2906 W. Liberty Ave., Dormont houseofhandsome.com

2ND: MISTER GROOMING & GOODS mistergroomingandgoods.com

3RD: GRAHAM’S BARBERSHOP grahamsbarbershoppgh.com BEST BEER DISTRIBUTOR

BEST BLACK-OWNED HAIR SALON

MORE 8 1901 Centre Ave., Hill District ON P. 2 salonxopgh.com

2ND: CHELSEA RAE SALON chelsearaesalon.net

3RD: THE CULTURAL’S ELITE theculturalselite.com BEST BODY-PIERCING SHOP

294 Curry Hollow Road, Pleasant Hills duffysbeer.com

95 S. 16th St.,, South Side hotrodpiercingcompany.com

2ND: LIBERTY BEER

2ND: PITTSBURGH TATTOO COMPANY

facebook.com/4133libertybeer

tattoo-pittsburgh.com

3RD: BELLEVUE BEER

3RD: SOUTH SIDE TATTOO & BODY PIERCING

bellevuebeer.com

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BEST BOOKSTORE

4754 Liberty Ave., Bloomfield whitewhalebookstore.com

2ND: MYSTERY LOVERS BOOKSHOP mysterylovers.com

3RD: CITY OF ASYLUM BOOKSTORE @ ALPHABET CITY cityofasylumbooks.org BEST BRIDAL SHOP

450 Cochran Road, Mt. Lebanon bridalbeginning.com

2ND: THE WHITE ORCHID

BEST BUTCHER SHOP

BEST CHILDREN’S STORE

3639 California Ave., Brighton Heights tomfridaysmarket.com

Multiple Locations swrandalltoys.com

2ND: STRIP DISTRICT MEATS

2ND: CASTLE TOYS AND GAMES

stripdistrictmeats.com

castletoysandgames.com

3RD: WEISS MEATS

3RD: SHADYSIDE VARIETY STORE

weissmeats.com

shadyside-variety-store.business.site

BEST CAR DEALER - NEW

BEST CIGAR SHOP/BAR

Multiple Locations leafandbean.com

2ND: SHULTS FORD

2ND: PUFFS ‘N’ STUFF

shultsford.com

puffs-n-stuff.com

3RD: ROHRICH AUTOMOTIVE

3RD: DIRTY DOG CIGAR SHOPPE

rohrich.com

dirtydogcigarshoppe.com

BEST CAR DEALER - USED

BEST CITY TOUR

Multiple Locations cochran.com

350 W. Station Square Drive, South Side gatewayclipper.com

3RD: BLANC DE BLANC BRIDAL BOUTIQUE

2ND: ROHRICH AUTOMOTIVE

2ND: DOORS OPEN PITTSBURGH

rohrich.com

doorsopenpgh.org

3RD: POWER OF BOWSER

3RD: CRUISIN’ TIKIS PITTSBURGH

BEST BUSINESS MAKEOVER

powerofbowser.com BEST CBD SHOP

5319 Butler St., Lawrenceville pusadeesgarden.com

2ND: THE BLACK CAT MARKET blackcatmarketpgh.com

3RD: KARDS UNLIMITED kardsunlimited.com

6425 Living Place, Larimer spacesworks.com/pittsburgh/ bakery-square

2ND: ASCENDER ascenderpgh.com

3RD: FULTON COMMONS fultonpgh.com BEST DAY SPA

Multiple Locations cochran.com

thewhiteorchid.com

blancdeblancbridal.com

BEST COWORKING SPACE

5122 Butler St., Lawrenceville hippieandfrench.com

2ND: PENN’S CHOICE pennschoice.com

3RD: CURATED FLAME curatedflamepgh.com

337 Beaver St., Sewickley sewickleyspa.com

2ND: EVOLVE WELLNESS SPA evolvewellnessspa.com

3RD: SUGAR SPA AND BEAUTY BAR sugarspapgh.com BEST DESIGN AGENCY

cruisintikispittsburgh.com

595 Butler St., Etna pghprintship.com

BEST CLOTHING STORE

2ND: SARALYNN CRÉATIF saralynncreatif.com

625 Smithfield St., Downtown shopsteelcity.com

2ND: VINTAGE GRACE BOUTIQUE vintagegraceboutique.com

3RD: NO. 14 no14boutique.com

3RD: (TIE) FARGO DESIGN CO. fargodesign.co

3RD: (TIE) JERONIMO CREATIVE jeronimocreative.com CONTINUES ON PG. 26

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BEST DRY CLEANER

Multiple locations owlcleaners.com

2ND: RUBY’S CLEANERS

BEST FLORIST

502 E. Ohio St., North Side thefarmersdaughterflowers.com

drycleanerpittsburgh.com

2ND: DORMONT FLORIST

3RD: ZOOM DRY CLEANING

dormontflorist.com

zoomdrycleaningpittsburgh.com

3RD: ARMFUL OF FLOWERS

BEST ESTHETICIAN STUDIO

armfulofflowers.com BEST FURNITURE STORE

BEST HAND SANITIZER MADE LOCALLY

Multiple Locations wiglewhiskey.com

2ND: MAGGIE’S FARM RUM DISTILLERY maggiesfarmrum.com

2ND: HOT HAUTE HOT hothautehot.com 2921 W. Liberty Ave., Brookline nailsonpointpgh.com

2ND: KIKI BEAUTY BAR kikibeautybar.com

3RD: KÜRE

3RD: PITTSBURGH FURNITURE COMPANY pittsburghfurniturecompany.com

hippieandfrench.com

2ND: CURATED FLAME curatedflamepgh.com

3RD: KEEPIN’ IT GLASSY keepinitglassy.com BEST HEALTH ADVOCACY GROUP

3RD: TRINITY JEWELERS BEST LGBTQ-OWNED BUSINESS

Multiple Locations leonaspgh.com

2ND: SQUARE CAFE square-cafe.com

3RD: PIGEON BAGELS pigeonbagels.com BEST LOCAL SUBSCRIPTION BOX

700 River Ave., North Side harvie.farm 2573 Brandt School Road, Wexford soergels.com

127 Anderson St., North Side centraloutreach.com

2ND: LOVE, PITTSBURGH

2ND: BRENCKLES GREENHOUSES

2ND: ALLIES FOR HEALTH + WELLBEING

3RD: SALTY PORK BITS

brenckles.com

3RD: SHADYSIDE NURSERY theshadysidenursery.com BEST GIFT SHOP

bethelparkfarmersmarket.com

3RD: MARKET SQUARE FARMERS MARKET

4209 Butler St., Lawrenceville wildcardpgh.com

downtownpittsburgh.com/marketsquare-farmers-market

2ND: GIFTED HANDS giftedhandsgifts.com

BEST FITNESS CENTER

sabika-jewelry.com

BEST GARDEN SHOP/NURSERY

BEST FARMERS MARKET

2ND: BETHEL PARK FARMERS MARKET

2ND: SABIKA JEWELRY

BEST HEAD SHOP

kurepgh.com

5050 Liberty Ave., Bloomfield facebook.com/bloomfieldmarket

5501 Walnut St., Shadyside hennejewelers.com

trinityjewelers.com

3RD: HIPPIE & FRENCH

5122 Butler St., Lawrenceville hippieandfrench.com Multiple locations levinfurniture.com

BEST JEWELRY STORE

3RD: KARDS UNLIMITED kardsunlimited.com

alliespgh.org

3RD: PREVENTION POINT PITTSBURGH

lovepittsburghshop.com

saltyporkbits.com BEST LOCAL T-SHIRT COMPANY

pppgh.org BEST INTERNATIONAL GROCERY STORE

625 Smithfield St., Downtown shopsteelcity.com

2ND: 2N ND COMMONWEALTH PRESS cwpress.com

2010-2012 Penn Ave., Strip District penn pennmac.com

3RD: SHOP412 sshopfouronetwo.com BEST LOCALLY OWNED RETAIL

BEST HAIR SALON 2141 Mary St., South Side ascendclimbing.com

2ND: SWEAT PGH sweatpgh.com

3RD: F45 TRAINING PITTSBURGH f45training.com/ pittsburghstripdistrict/home

625 Smithfield St., Downtown shopsteelcity.com

4225 Murray Ave., Greenfield facebook.com/studioesalonpgh

2ND: NO FILTER BEAUTY vagaro.com/nofilterbeauty1

3RD: UNCOMMON LOFT uncommonloft.glossgenius.com

2ND: LAS PALMAS ALM yelp.com/biz/las-palmas-pittsburgh

2ND: KARDS UNLIMITED kardsunlimited.com

3RD: PITALAND

3RD: ATTIC RECORD STORE

pitaland.com

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BEST MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARY

Multiple Locations thehealingcenterusa.com

2ND: MAITRI MEDICINALS maitrimedicinals.com

3RD: SOLEVO WELLNESS solevowellness.com BEST MEDICAL MARIJUANA STRAIN

2ND: BLUE DREAM 3RD: SLAP N TICKLE CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM

BEST MOTORCYCLE SHOP

Monica Smith, founder of Salon XO

BEST OF PITTSBURGH

BEST BLACK-OWNED HAIR SALON

139 E. Sixth Ave., Tarentum gattoharley-davidson.com

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2ND: HOT METAL HARLEY-DAVIDSON hotmetalharley.com

3RD: THREE RIVERS HARLEY-DAVIDSON threeriversharley.com BEST MUSIC STUDIO

922 W. North Ave., North Side mrsmallsrecording.com

2ND: FIRE K STUDIOS firekstudios.com

3RD: ID LABS idlabsmusic.com

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ONICA SMITH, founder of Salon XO in the Hill District, says her passion for styling hair led her to open her own spot in 2016. Voted by Pittsburgh City Paper readers as this year’s Best Black-Owned Hair Salon, Smith’s shop specializes in styling natural hair, but also provides services for relaxed and fine or thin hair, eyelash and brow extensions, waxing, makeup, and more. Described as the “ultimate hair salon experience,” Salon XO’s mission is to focus on basic, healthy hair care first, and then adding creative styling afterwards. The salon keeps up with hair trends, using high-end products that puts the health of customers’ hair before anything else. “My favorite part about what I do is that I can combine my dreams, personal, and professional goals. I’ve always wanted

to own a salon, run multiple businesses, and help people, but not necessarily be a stylist. That part found me and it never let me go,” says Smith. “Simply by being in the business day in and day out running it, I found a passion I didn’t know I had. From the beginning of my stylist career, it’s always been about more than just hair for me. I love educating, serving, and making people feel wonderful.” 1901 Centre Ave., Hill District. salonxopgh.com

In a 2020 WTAE story, Smith said she considers herself part of the Hill District’s revitalization, and believes the neighborhood should have the same amenities as communities like Squirrel Hill, Lawrenceville, and Mt. Lebanon. Smith says it’s important that every

customer who walks through the door feels special and like a queen. The salon boasts specials, a loyalty program, and a VIP membership that comes with two natural hair services a month, protein and moisture treatments, and 10% off of all retail products. “I love the relationships that are built,” says Smith, adding that, no matter what, there are a few common goals for every customer coming to Salon XO: getting their hair to a healthier state, providing education and, sometimes, emotional adjustments on better hair care and health tips, and “encouraging sisterhood, and for them to look and feel their best.” “I see it as you are literally shaping how someone will feel for weeks or even months,” says Smith. “It’s inspiring to me from the inside out.”


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5341 Penn Ave., Bloomfield and 222 Center Road, Monroeville lalassalonspa.com

2ND: OBSIDIAN NAIL STUDIO obsidiannailstudio.com

3RD: NAILS ON POINT nailsonpointpgh.com

BEST PET DAYCARE

Multiple Locations thedogstop.com

2ND: CAMP BOW WOW campbowwow.com

3RD: PITTSBURGH PAWS PET RESORT pghpaws.com BEST PET STORE

BEST NEIGHBORHOOD GROCER 5880 Ellsworth Ave., Shadyside petagogy.com

2ND: HEALTHY PET PRODUCTS Multiple Locations labriolaitalianmarkets.com

2ND: EAST END FOOD CO-OP eastendfood.coop

3RD: PITALAND

healthypetproducts.net

3RD: ELMER’S AQUARIUM & PET CENTER elmersaquarium.com BEST PLACE FOR KID’S BIRTHDAY PARTY

pitaland.com BEST NEW PRODUCT LAUNCH

soergels.com/soergels-essentials

2ND: HIPPIE & FRENCH’S SLEEP ANGELS tinyurl.com/SleepAngels

3RD: BLOOMS POP-UP FLOWER BOUTIQUE TRAILER bloomspgh.com/services BEST PERSONAL TRAINER

One Allegheny Ave., North Side carnegiesciencecenter.org

2ND: KENNYWOOD PARK kennywood.com

3RD: ZONE 28 zone28.com BEST PLACE TO ADOPT A PET

MORE 2 ON P. 2 6401 Penn Ave., Larimer instagram.com/7Twice

562 Camp Horne Road, Ohio Township thinkingoutsidethecage.org

2ND: MOLLIE BLACK, HELLTH WITCH

2ND: HUMANE ANIMAL RESCUE OF PITTSBURGH

mollieblack.com

3RD: JUSTIN SHAL, PURE EDGE pureedgetraining.com/about

humaneanimalrescue.org

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BEST PLACE TO BUY COMICS

1121 Penn Ave., Downtown eides.com

2ND: PHANTOM OF THE ATTIC - OAKLAND pota-oakland.com

3RD: NEW DIMENSION COMICS ndcomics.com BEST RECORD STORE

BEST PLACE TO BUY LOCALLY MADE CRAFTS

CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM

imadeitmarket.com

2ND: HANDMADE ARCADE handmadearcade.org

Jerry’s Records

BEST PLACE TO TAKE THE KIDS FOR THE AFTERNOON

BEST RECORD STORE

3RD: WILDCARD wildcardpgh.com BEST PLACE TO BUY MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

468 Freeport Road, Blawnox nstuffmusic.com

2ND: BRIGHTON MUSIC CENTER brightonmusic.com

3RD: PITTSBURGH GUITARS pittsburghguitars.com BEST PLACE TO BUY YOURSELF HAPPINESS

One Sweet St., Oakmont oakmontbakery.com

2ND: THE BLACK CAT MARKET blackcatmarketpgh.com

3RD: MAITRI MEDICINALS maitrimedicinals.com BEST PLACE TO SHOP VINTAGE

neighborhoodflea.com

2ND: THREE RIVERS VINTAGE instagram.com/threeriversvintage

3RD: EONS FASHION ANTIQUE tinyurl.com/EonsFashionAntique

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7370 Baker St., Highland Park pittsburghzoo.org

2ND: CARNEGIE SCIENCE CENTER carnegiesciencecenter.org

2136 Murray Ave., Squirrel Hill jerrysrecords.com

3RD: CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF PITTSBURGH

2ND: ATTIC RECORD STORE

pittsburghkids.org

3RD: EIDE’S ENTERTAINMENT

BEST POC-OWNED BUSINESS

atticrecordstoreinc.com

eides.com BEST REGIONAL BANK/ CREDIT UNION

460 Melwood Ave., Oakland 1hood.org

2ND: WALTER’S BBQ SOUTHERN KITCHEN

Multiple Locations pnc.com

walterspgh.com

2ND: CLEARVIEW FEDERAL CREDIT UNION

3RD: FUDGE FARM goodyhouse.com BEST REAL ESTATE AGENT

clearviewfcu.org

3RD: DOLLAR BANK dollar.bank BEST SHOE STORE

facebook.com/CoreyKellyRealtor

5850 Forbes Ave., Squirrel Hill littlesshoes.com

2ND: JENNIFER WATERS, HOWARD HANNA

2ND: WAGNER SHOES

northofpittsburghhomesforsale.com

3RD: BRIAN CAROTHERS, RE/MAX facebook.com/pghrealestate

wagnershoes.com

3RD: NORTHWAY SHOES AND REPAIR northwayshoes.com


BEST SKATE SHOP

BEST ST WEDDING VE VENUE

7518 Dickson St., Swissvale switchandsignalskatepark.com

2ND: ONEUP SKATE SHOP oneupskateshop.com

3RD: NEVILLE ROLLERDROME SKATE SHOP nevillerollerdrome.com BEST SNEAKER SHOP

1 Schenley Drive, Oakland phipps.conservatory.org

2ND: PITTSBURGH BOTANIC GARDEN pittsburghbotanicgarden.org

3RD: PRIORY GRAND HALL 1751 N. Highland Road, Bethel Park fleetfeet.com/s/pittsburgh

2ND: ZEDS shopzeds.com

pittsburghsgrandhall.com BEST WOMEN-OWNED BUSINESS

24/7 Admissions | Masters-Level Clinicians Evidence-Based Treatment

3RD: ANTHONY’S LOCKER anthonyslckr.com BEST TATTOO PARLOR

2327 Murray Ave., Squirrel Hill pittsburghhoney.square.site

2ND: SONGBIRD ARTISTRY 1700 E. Carson St., South Side inspirebody.art

2ND: LADY MOON TATTOO ladymoontattoo.com

songbirdartistry.com

3RD: NAILS ON POINT nailsonpointpgh.com BEST YOGA STUDIO

3RD: INKA DINKA DOO inkadinkadoo.net BEST THRIFT SHOP

730 Copeland St., Shadyside amazingyoga.net

2ND: SCHOOLHOUSE YOGA 125 51st St., Lawrenceville facebook.com/thriftiquepgh

2ND: CLOTHES MINDED clothesmindedpgh.com

3RD: ANIMAL LIFELINE PITTSBURGH THRIFT STORE animallifelinepgh.org/thrift-store BEST VAPE SHOP

Drug & Alcohol Addiction Treatment

schoolhouseyoga.com

3RD (TIE) SOUTH HILLS POWER YOGA

The expert, caring team at Recovery Centers of America (RCA) at Monroeville is dedicated to helping all adults achieve sobriety and recovery through best-in-class, evidence-based treatment. This includes a specialized program for first responders and military personnel. For individuals who have experienced relapse we offer a program designed to inspire, help, and reconnect patients to the road to recovery.

southhillspoweryoga.com

3RD (TIE): YOGA INNOVATIONS yogainnovations.com

Residential Inpatient & Outpatient Services including Teletherapy

BEST ATHLETE

NOW OPEN & SERVING THE GREATER PITTSBURGH AREA

Multiple Locations coolvapes.com

nhl.com/penguins

2ND: STEEL CITY VAPORS

2ND: T.J. WATT

steelcityvapors.com

twitter.com/_TJWatt

3RD: GLASS GONE WOW/GLASS GALLERY & WELLNESS

3RD: JUJU SMITH-SCHUSTER

glassgonewow.com

twitter.com/TeamJuJu

Call today: 844-939-3317 recoverycentersofamerica.com

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BEST OF FOOD & DRINK

BEST BAKED GOODS

1 Sweet St., Oakmont oakmontbakery.com

2ND: LA GOURMANDINE lagourmandinebakery.com

3RD: JEAN-MARC CHATELLIER’S FRENCH BAKERY jeanmarcchatellier.com BEST BAKERY

1 Sweet St., Oakmont oakmontbakery.com

2ND: LA GOURMANDINE lagourmandinebakery.com

3RD: JEAN-MARC CHATELLIER’S FRENCH BAKERY jeanmarcchatellier.com BEST BBQ

4501 Butler St., Lawrenceville walterspgh.com

CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM

Barista Mark Phillips makes a coffee at Carnegie Coffee Company

2ND: SMOKE BEST OF PITTSBURGH

smokepgh.com

3RD: SOUTH SIDE BBQ COMPANY southsidebbqcompany.com

BEST COFFEE SHOP FOR REMOTE WORKING

BEST BREAD

BY RYAN DETO // RYANDETO@PGHCITYPAPER.COM 1717 Penn Ave., Strip District and 601 Woodward Ave., McKees Rocks mancinisbakery.com

2ND: BREADWORKS BAKERY breadworkspgh.com

3RD: MEDITERRA BAKEHOUSE mediterrabakehouse.com BEST BREWERY

10 E. Sherman St., Millvale gristhouse.com

2ND: HITCHHIKER BREWING hitchhiker.beer

3RD: EAST END BREWING COMPANY eastendbrewing.com

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INCE THE START of the pandemic last

year, many offices have been shut down and continue to be. Remote work has become the new normal for many Pittsburghers. After many workers were confined to their houses for months, it became understandable that many were looking for a reprieve to do remote work out of their domiciles. Luckily, some coffee shops opened up after restrictions were lifted, becoming oases for remote workers, and, according to Pittsburgh City Paper readers, none more so than Carnegie Coffee Company. The two-story shop in Carnegie Borough won Best Coffee Shop for Remote Working in this year’s Best of Pittsburgh readers’ poll, and it’s easy to see why. The coffee shop — which occupies the

borough’s old post office building — has a variety of comfortable workspaces, including couches, high chairs near a shelf overlooking Main Street, a reading nook, tables up on the second-floor loft, an outdoor grassy section, and cushy chairs and ottomans next to an in-house library. Plus, all of it comes with some historic, Rust Belt charm. 132 E. Main St., Carnegie. carnegiecoffeecompany.com

With all the great spaces to pull up a laptop and get some work done, it’s easy to forget that Carnegie Coffee Company is also a stellar cafe. Cappuccinos, cortados, lattes, and cold brew all keep remote workers caffeinated. Carnegie uses Italiansourced Lavazza beans for its coffee drinks,

which add rich flavor to patrons’ remote working experience. The cafe’s full breakfast and lunch menu includes breakfast sandwiches, pastries, soups, and salads, making it easy to transition from morning work to afternoon assignments. The building that houses Carnegie Coffee Company also contains a pharmacy, so it’s really easy to find all the amenities of home. On top of that, the cafe is located in the heart of Carnegie’s business district, and close to dozens of other shops and services. A parking lot is located right across the street from Carnegie Coffee Company, and for those without a car, the cafe is just half a mile from Carnegie’s busway station. Carnegie Coffee Company is an easily accessible, and fully functional, remote option away from home offices.


BEST BRUNCH

BEST CARIBBEAN RESTAURANT

Multiple Locations pamelasdiner.com

2000 Smallman St., Strip District kaya.menu

2ND: GRAND CONCOURSE

2ND: 2 SISTERS 2 SONS

grandconcourserestaurant.com

2sisters2sons.com

3RD: SQUARE CAFE

3RD: CON ALMA

square-cafe.com

conalmapgh.com

BEST BRUNCH COCKTAIL

Multiple Locations theyardpgh.com

2ND: MEAT & POTATOES meatandpotatoespgh.com

3RD: BAR MARCO barmarcopgh.com BEST BURGER

BEST CHEF

2549 Penn Ave., Strip District dianoiaseatery.com

2ND: JAMILKA BORGES — WILD CHILD wildchild.restaurant

3RD: MATT STOVER — IL PIZZAIOLO ilpizzaiolo.com

Multiple Locations burgatorybar.com

BEST CHINESE/TAIWANESE RESTAURANT

2ND: TESSARO’S tessaros.com

3RD: OVER THE BAR BICYCLE CAFE otbbicyclecafe.com BEST CANDY STORE

Multiple Locations sesameinn.com

2ND: EVERYDAY NOODLES everydaynoodles.net

chengdugourmetpittsburgh.com Multiple Locations sarriscandies.com

2ND: GRANDPA JOE’S CANDY SHOP grandpajoescandyshop.com om

BEST COCKTAIL LIST

1708 Shady Ave., Squirrel Hill hiddenharborpgh.com

3RD: THE MILKSHAKE KE FACTORY

2ND: DIVE BAR & GRILLE 2

themilkshakefactory

3RD: BRIDGES & BOURBON 3R

BEST CANNED/BOTTLED ED COCKTAIL

divebarandgrille.com

bridgesandbourbonpgh.com

Multiple Locations commonplacecoffee.com

2ND: ARSENAL CIDER HOUSE

2ND: BLACK FORGE COFFEE HOUSE

3RD: MAGGIE’S FARM RUM DISTILLERY maggiesfarmrum.com

Become a medical cannabis patient. We provide low-cost certifications and expert assistance, over the phone. $125 - New Cannabis Card Certification $75 - Card Recertification $75 - New Certification for Veterans/SSI/Disability

BEST COFFEE SHOP

2401 Smallman St., Strip District and 1000 Ross Park Mall Drive, Ross wiglewhiskey.com

arsenalciderhouse.com

Explore cannabis as a support for what ails you.

3RD: CHENGDU GOURMET

blackforgecoffee.com

3RD: CARNEGIE COFFEE COMPANY carnegiecoffeecompany.com

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BEST COFFEE SHOP FOR REMOTE WORKING

MORE ON P. 3 4 132 E. Main St., Carnegie carnegiecoffeecompany.com

2ND: THE COFFEE TREE ROASTERS coffeetree.store

3RD: BIG DOG COFFEE bigdogcoffeeshop.com ogcoffeeshop.c

BEST CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN RESTAURANT

Multiple Locations northparklounge.com

2ND: BUTCHER AND THE RYE

CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM

butcherandtherye.com

Owner Juan Grimaldo and Gabriel Fuerte, manager of operations, pose for a portrait with the Tocayo Food Truck

3RD: ELEVEN

BEST OF PITTSBURGH

elevenck.com BEST DINER

BEST NEW FOOD TRUCK Multiple Locations pamelasdiner.com

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2ND: RITTER’S DINER rittersdinerpittsburgh.com

3RD: KELLY O’S DINER IN THE STRIP kellyos.com BEST DISTILLERY

2401 Smallman St., Strip District and 1000 Ross Park Mall Drive, Ross wiglewhiskey.com

2ND: MAGGIE’S FARM RUM DISTILLERY maggiesfarmrum.com

3RD: KINGFLY SPIRITS kingflyspirits.com

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HEN PITTSBURGHERS think of

tacos, they might not be on the same page as what Mexicans think of tacos. For decades, most of the tacos found in the Steel City were the Mexican-American classic crunchy shell filled with seasoned ground beef, shredded lettuce, and yellow cheddar cheese. Those are undoubtedly satisfying, but they don’t really resemble the tacos of Mexico, where the dish originated. Luckily for Pittsburghers, the taco scene is evolving as cooks and chefs familiar with authentic Mexican tacos make Southwestern Pennsylvania their home and start new food businesses. One new taco joint is the Tocayo Food Truck, and it has become so popular that readers voted it as this year’s Best New Food Truck. The team behind Tocayo Food Truck, Gabriel and Jenna Fuerte, is very focused

on showcasing authentic Mexican flavors and delivering them to Pittsburghers. And so far, Gabriel says customers have been extremely pleased. instagram.com/tocayofoodtruck

“I remember in the beginning, people wanted the safe option, ground beef and chicken,” says Gabriel, a native of Mexico City. “But now people know about barbacoa and al pastor, and it’s great.” Gabriel says that pastor tacos — pork shoulder cooked with spices and pineapple — has become Tocayo’s most popular item. It can go on tacos, nachos, quesadillas, and burritos. Tocayo’s tacos come Mexican style, on grilled soft corn tortillas, with a choice of meat, and topped with chopped red onions, cilantro, and habanero salsa.

Jenna says that new this year are Tocayo’s vegetarian options, which have exploded in popularity, giving diners options outside of rice and beans. Gabriel, who has 20 years of restaurant experience from busboy to manager, handles the food and service side of the truck, and Jenna handles the business side. The truck is part of the ownership team behind restaurants Tocayo Taqueria & Tequila and Totopo Mexican Kitchen, where Gabriel also has manager shifts, and which won Best Mexican Restaurant in this year’s Best of Pittsburgh readers’ poll. Gabriel says the goal of the truck is to bring authentic Mexican flavors to more Pittsburghers and to ensure that everyone is satisfied with their experience. “I want to see them happy, that is my point,” says Gabriel.


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BEST DOG-FRIENDLY RESTAURANT

10 Sherman St., Millvale gristhouse.com

BEST INDIAN RESTAURANT

7795 McKnight Road, Ross tajmahalinc.com

BEST BAKED GOODS BEST BAKERY BEST DONUTS

2ND: PEOPLE’S INDIAN RESTAURANT

2ND: DOUBLE WIDE GRILL

peoplesindianpgh.com

doublewidegrill.com

3RD: TASTE OF INDIA

3RD: SOUTHERN TIER BREWING PITTSBURGH

tasteofindiapittsburgh.com BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT

facebook.com/stbcbeerpgh BEST DONUTS

2549 Penn Ave., Strip District dianoiaseatery.com

1 Sweet St., Oakmont oakmontbakery.com

2ND: ORAM’S DONUT SHOP orams.com

CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM

Oakmont Bakery

BEST GLUTEN-FREE MENU

3RD: PASTA TOO

3RD: BETTER-MAID DONUT COMPANY facebook.com/thepinkdonutshop BEST DOWNTOWN LUNCH SPOT

pasta-too.com Multiple Locations aladdins.com

2ND: FAT HEAD’S SALOON fatheads.com

971 Liberty Ave., Downtown condadotacos.com

2ND: GAUCHO PARRILLA ARGENTINA eatgaucho.com

2ND: ALLA FAMIGLIA allafamiglia.com

BEST HOAGIES

3RD: MANDY’S PIZZA mandyspizza.com BEST GYRO

2122 Monongahela Ave., Swissvale trianglebarswissvale.com

2ND: PEPPI’S peppisubs.com

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3RD: UNCLE SAM’S 3R SUBMARINES unclesamssubs.com BEST HOT DOG

3RD: MIKE & TONY’S GYROS mikeandtonysgyros.com

BEST JAPANESE RESTAURANT

1611 East Carson St., South Side and 10636 Perry Highway, Wexford eatatnakama.com

2ND: UMAMI umamipgh.com

3RD: ICHIBAN HIBACHI STEAKHOUSE ichibanhibachisteakhouse.com

BEST FOOD TRUCK

Multiple Locations mikeandtonysgyros.com

2ND: PITALAND pitaland.com facebook.com/totopoonwheels

2ND: BLUE SPARROW FOOD TRUCK bluesparrowpgh.com/truck

3RD: THE MAC & GOLD TRUCK macandgoldtruck.com

3RD: SALEM’S MARKET AND GRILL salemsmarketgrill.com BEST HAPPY HOUR

1118 S. Braddock Ave., Swissvale and 4608 William Penn Highway, Murrysville ds6pax.com

franktuary.com

1025 Washington Pike, Bridgeville and 11199 Perry Highway, Wexford instagram.com/smoothiekingpittsburgh

3RD: BRIGHTON HOT DOG SHOPPE

2ND: THE PITTSBURGH JUICE COMPANY

2ND: FRANKTUARY

brightonhotdogshoppes.com BEST ICE CREAM

BEST FRIES

BEST JUICE/SMOOTHIE BAR

pittsburghjuicecompany.com

3RD: EAST END FOOD CO-OP eastendfood.coop BEST KID-FRIENDLY RESTAURANT

4800 Kennywood Blvd., West Mifflin kennywood.com

2ND: PRIMANTI BROS. RESTAURANT AND BAR

Multiple Locations madmex.com

2ND: CONDADO TACOS

primantibros.com

condadotacos.com

3RD: MIKE & TONY’S GYROS

3RD: FEDERAL GALLEY

mikeandtonysgyros.com

federalgalley.org

Multiple Locations millieshomemade.com

2ND: PAGE DAIRY MART RT

Multiple Locations eatnpark.com

pagedairymart.net

2ND: MIKE & TONY’S GYROS 2N

3RD: KLAVON’S ICE CREAM PARLOR

3RD: MAD MEX

klavonsicecream.com

mikeandtonysgyros.com

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BEST KOREAN FOOD

951 Liberty Ave., Downtown baebaes.kitchen

2ND: GREEN PEPPER greenpepperpgh.com

BEST PIZZA

103 Capital Ave., Brookline and 3801 Washington Road, McMurray fiorispizzaria.com

BEST PLACE TO DRINK OUTSIDE BEST WINE LIST

2ND: MINEO’S PIZZA HOUSE

3RD: SOJU

mineospizza.com

facebook.com/SojuPgh

3RD: IRON BORN PIZZA

BEST LATE-NIGHT MENU

ironbornpizza.com BEST PLACE FOR CRAFT COCKTAILS

Multiple Locations primantibros.com

2ND: RITTER’S DINER

1708 Shady Ave., Squirrel Hill hiddenharborpgh.com

rittersdinerpittsburgh.com CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM

Narcisis Winery

3RD: MIKE & TONY’S GYROS mikeandtonysgyros.com BEST LATIN RESTAURANT

BEST MIDDLE-EASTERN RESTAURANT

BEST NEW RESTAURANT

2ND: OLIVE OR TWIST olive-twist.com

3RD: MAGGIE’S FARM RUM DISTILLERY maggiesfarmrum.com

146 Sixth St., Downtown eat-gaucho.com

2ND: CHICKEN LATINO chickenlatino.net

3RD: CILANTRO & AJO cilantroajo.com BEST MARGARITA

Multiple Locations madmex.com

2ND: ROUND CORNER CANTINA NA roundcornercantina.com

3RD: CONDADO TACOS condadotacos.com BEST MEXICAN RESTAURANT

1882 Main St., Sharpsburg 2sisters2sons.com

Multiple Locations aladdins.com

2ND: SALEM’S MARKET AND GRILL salemsmarketgrill.com

doughbarpgh.com BEST OUTDOOR DINING

BEST MILKSHAKE

Multiple Locations th themilkshakefactory.com

2ND: BURGATORY 2

2ND: REDFIN BLUES

facebook.com/stbcbeerPGH

3RD: PAGE DAIRY MART pagedairymart.net

otbbicyclecafe.com

pgheatz.com

3RD: STUNT PIG stuntpigpgh.com

BEST POKE BOWL

BEST PIEROGIES

BEST NEW FOOD TRUCK

2ND: PGH EATZ

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3RD: SOUTHERN TIER BREWERY PITTSBURGH

3RD: OVER THE BAR BICYCLE CAFE

2ND: CONDADO TACOS

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2ND: GRIST HOUSE CRAFT BREWERY

5319 Butler St., Lawrenceville pusadeesgarden.com

redfinblues.com

burgatorybar.com

instagram.com/tocayofoodtruck

elcampesino.com

4578 Gibsonia Road, Gibsonia narcisiwinery.com

gristhouse.com

660 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon totopomex.com

3RD: EL CAMPESINO

oakhillpost.com

pitaland.com

MORE ON P. 3 6

condadotacos.com

2ND: OAK HILL POST 3RD: DOUGHBAR

3RD: PITALAND

BEST PLACE TO DRINK OUTSIDE

132 S. Highland Ave., East Liberty kahunapgh.com 342 Island Ave., McKees Rocks pierogiesplus.com

2ND: THE SLIPPERY MERMAID

2ND: APTEKA

slipperymermaid.com

aptekapgh.com

3RD: JJ POKE BOWL & TAIWANESE BUBBLE TEA

3RD: HOLY TRINITY UKRAINIAN GRECO-CATHOLIC CHURCH htucc.com

jjpoke.com


BEST PUB-GRUB

BEST RESTAURANT (EAST)

242 S. Highland Ave., Shadyside noodleheadpgh.com

1805 E. Carson St., South Side fatheads.com

2ND: THE YARD

2ND: BIGHAM TAVERN

theyardpgh.com

bighamtavern.com

3RD: PUSADEE’S GARDEN

3RD: INDUSTRY PUBLIC HOUSE

pusadeesgarden.com

industrypgh.com

BEST RESTAURANT (NORTH)

BEST RESTAURANT (DOWNTOWN + STRIP DISTRICT)

856 Western Ave., North Side and 1026 Mt. Nebo Road, Ohio Township nickysthaikitchen.com

146 Sixth St., Downtown eat-gaucho.com

2ND: DIANOIA’S EATERY dianoiaseatery.com

3RD: THE CAPITAL GRILLE

BEST LATIN RESTARURANT BEST RESTAURAMT (DOWNTOWN + STRIP DISTRICT)

2ND: FEDERAL GALLEY federalgalley.org

BEST STEAK

3RD: OFF THE HOOK

thecapitalgrille.com

offthehookfish.com CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM

The ribeye at Gaucho Parrilla Argentina

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BEST RESTAURANT (SOUTH)

Multiple Locations mikeandtonysgyros.com

2ND: ALLA FAMIGLIA allafamiglia.com

3RD: ONION MAIDEN onionmaiden.com BEST RESTAURANT (WEST)

1136 Thorn Run Road, Moon armstrongs-express.com

2ND: THE YARD theyardpgh.com

3RD: MEDITERRA CAFE SEWICKLEY mediterracafe.com BEST RESTAURANT BEER LIST

CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM

Tom Crombie, owner of Triangle Bar & Grill, makes a battleship sub.

BEST OF PITTSBURGH

1118 S. Braddock Ave., Swissvale and 4608 William Penn Highway, Murrysville ds6pax.com

2ND: INDUSTRY PUBLIC HOUSE industrypgh.com

3RD: MIKE & TONY’S GYROS mikeandtonysgyros.com BEST RESTAURANT DESSERTS

2549 Penn Ave., Strip District dianoiaseatery.com

2ND: POULET BLEU pouletbleupgh.com

3RD: PARIS 66 paris66bistro.com

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OM CROMBIE, the owner of Triangle

Bar and Grill in Swissvale, says his shop differs from other places in the area because of the consistency of their product. “We have our own bakery where we bake our own bread in house,” he says. The Triangle website takes it a step further by boasting that they bake over 800 loaves a day. Triangle was officially opened in the late 1940s by the Catezano family, and the Crombies purchased the establishment from them in 1982. Since then, the shop has become known for its giant hoagies, dubbed “Home of the The Battleship,” referring to the whopping 27-inch sandwich they sell. Locals will recognize the shop for its iconic “Battleship & Destroyer Sandwiches” sign above the exterior door of its corner building in Swissvale. Besides the

Battleship, hoagies also come in the smaller Torpedo and Destroyer sizes, as well as the Super Battleship. The best selling hoagie is also Crombie’s favorite on the menu, the Italian Battleship. All sandwiches are served with lettuce, tomato, onion, cheese, oil, vinegar, salt, pepper, and oregano. 2122 Monongahela Ave., Swissvale. trianglebarswissvale.com

If customers have enough appetite left over after chomping down on over two feet of sandwich, they can also enjoy sides like soup, chili, coleslaw, or salads of the potato and macaroni variety. Triangle also offers more than hoagies as a full-service sports bar where patrons can have a beer with their Destroyer while watching a Steelers game. Crombie says he cares about the

customers and their happiness, and shares that if what they have been doing is making customers happy, then they don’t want to change anything. Crombie adds that, although the goal is simply to serve customers and keep them satisfied, it is nice to be recognized for what they do. Not only did Pittsburgh City Paper readers vote their shop as Best Hoagie this year, Triangle has also been mentioned in local news shows, and in 2019, was listed as one of the 33 best sandwich shops in America by online media site, Thrillist. The Thrillist article says the 70-year-old restaurant “remains a Pittsburgh legend on par with Fred Rogers, Jerome Bettis, and copious amounts of potholes on every street.” “We love the acknowledgement,” Crombie says. “It always comes as a surprise.”


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BEST TO-GO COCKTAILS

BEST ROOFTOP BAR

BEST RESTAURANT (NORTH) BEST THAI RESTAURANT

942 Penn Ave., Downtown siennamercato.com

2401 Smallman St., Strip District and 1000 Ross Park Mall Drive, Ross wiglewhiskey.com

2ND: MAGGIE’S FARM RUM DISTILLERY

2ND: OVER EDEN overeden.com

maggiesfarmrum.com

3RD: BIERGARTEN — THE COMMONER

3RD: HIDDEN HARBOR hiddenharborpgh.com

thecommonerpgh.com/ pittsburgh-biergarten

BEST VEGAN/VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT

BEST SANDWICHES

639 E. Warrington Ave., Allentown onionmaiden.com CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM

Nicky’s Thai Kitchen

Multiple Locations primantibros.com

2ND: THE CARSON STREET DELI & CRAFT BEER BAR

aptekapgh.com BEST STEAK

BEST TAKE OUT

BEST VIETNAMESE Multiple Locations mikeandtonysgyros.com

3RD: GAUCHO PARRILLA ARGENTINA

146 Sixth St., Downtown eat-gaucho.com

eat-gaucho.com

2ND: THE CAPITAL GRILLE

nickysthaikitchen.com

thecapitalgrille.com

3RD: PRIMANTI BROS. RESTAURANT AND BAR

3RD: ALLA FAMIGLIA allafamiglia.com BEST SUSHI

2ND: NICKY’S THAI KITCHEN

primantibros.com BEST TEA SHOP

montereybayfishgrotto.com m

3RD: ROBERT WHOLEY & CO. wholey.com BEST SOUL FOOD

61 Beaver St., Sewickley 613 6 slipperymermaid.com

2ND: NAKAMA eatatnakama.com

3RD: LITTLE TOKYO BISTRO littletokyopittsburgh.com BEST TACO

1825 E. Carson St., South Side carmirestaurant.com

Multiple Locations condadotacos.com

2ND: 2 SISTERS 2 SONS

2ND: LAS PALMAS PITTSBURGH

twosisterstwosonspittsburgh.com

3RD: THE COOP CHICKEN AND WAFFLES thecooppgh.com

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4050 Penn Ave., Bloomfield tramskitchen.food93.com

2ND: BANH MI & TI facebook.com/banhmiandti

3RD: TWO SISTERS VIETNAMESE KITCHEN facebook.com/twosistersvietnamese BEST WINE LIST

2106 Penn Ave., Strip District lukewholey.com

2ND: MONTEREY BAY FISH GROTTO

3RD: ALADDIN’S EATERY aladdins.com

1507 E. Carson St., South Side carsonstreetdeliandcraftbeerbar.com

BEST SEAFOOD

2ND: APTEKA

yelp.com/biz/las-palmas-pittsburgh

3RD: TÄKŌ takopgh.com

2005 Penn Ave., Strip District ct alleghenycoffee.com

2ND: TUPELO HONEY TEAS AS tupelohoneyteas.com

3RD: DOBRÁ TEA PITTSBURGH dobrateapgh.com BEST THAI RESTAURANT

4578 Gibsonia Road, Gibsonia 4 narcisiwinery.com

2ND: MARY’S VINE marysvine.com

3RD: THE ALLEGHENY WINE MIXER alleghenywinemixer.com BEST WINGS

Multiple Locations nickysthaikitchen.com

Multiple Locations bigshotbobs.com

2ND: NOODLEHEAD

2ND: MIKE & TONY’S GYROS

noodleheadpgh.com

3RD: PUSADEE’S GARDEN pusadeesgarden.com

mikeandtonysgyros.com

3RD: BIGHAM TAVERN bighamtavern.com


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BEST BAR BATHROOM

2003 E. Carson St., South Side facebook.com/tikiloungepgh

2ND: MARIO’S SOUTH SIDE SALOON mariospgh.com

3RD: BRILLOBOX brilloboxpgh.com BEST BLOG

MORE ON P. 5 0 discovertheburgh.com

2ND: PITTSBURGH LESBIAN CORRESPONDENTS pghlesbian.com

3RD: PITTSBURGH UNFILTERED pghunfiltered.com BEST BRIDGE

Sixth Street Bridge, crosses the Allegheny River, between Downtown and North Side

CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM

Kiya Tomlin

2ND: SMITHFIELD STREET BRIDGE

BEST OF PITTSBURGH

Crosses the Monongahela River, between Downtown and South Side

3RD: HOT METAL BRIDGE

BEST FASHION DESIGNER

Crosses the Monongahela River, between Downtown and South Side

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2ND: DAVE ENGLISH davespuppets.com

3RD: ICKY VICKY’S BROKENHEART SIDESHOW facebook.com/brokenheartsideshow BEST CHANGEMAKER

linktr.ee/gfett

2ND: ED GAINEY gaineyformayor.com

3RD: SUMMER LEE summerforpa.com

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from a playdate to a work meeting, from picking your kids up from school to a date night out on the town. The variety of daily to-do lists can necessitate an outfit change or two throughout the day, but Kiya Tomlin’s designs are made to be versatile and flattering no matter where you go. Tomlin launched her initial collection of sweatsuits in fall 2014, and recently released her latest fall/winter collection in September. Named this year’s Best of Pittsburgh readers’ poll winner for Best Fashion Designer, Tomlin blends comfort, function, and figure-flattering cuts that alternate between hugging the body and flaring out to create chic silhouettes. Many of Tomlin’s designs feature natural, earthy colors and rich jewel tones

that give a vivid pop of color to one’s wardrobe, whether as the main piece for her Signature Dress — a reverse hi-lo dress with a stylish cowl neck, fitted waist, and sizeable pockets — or as an accent or accessory like the Waist Scrunchie. Her clothes are also made in Pittsburgh. According to her site, they’re “very proud that our products are cut and sewn all in the USA.” 388 Butler St., Etna. kiyatomlin.us

Tomlin also has a collection of designer masks featuring patterns such as scales and snake print, along with more subtle striped and monochrome options. Earlier in the pandemic, Tomlin and her crew of four staff members from her Etnabased store created hundreds of masks each week to donate to hospital systems

around the country before opening up sales to individuals. Tomlin’s “Coach T Collection” is inspired by her husband, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, and features common sayings from the coach in shirts designed for any gender. Tomlin and her husband have lived in Pittsburgh for 14 years with their three children, Michael Dean, Mason, and Harlyn Quinn. Tomlin grew up in Morristown, New Jersey, before attending the College of William and Mary, where she met Mike. She was a pre-med student and, if she weren’t a fashion designer, she says she would be a pathologist or taxidermist, which she connects to her current career through the shared analysis of the body, cutting, and sewing. Her shop is open every day except for Sunday and Monday.


BEST DRAG PERFORMER

BEST GLOW UP

linktr.ee/lola_lecroix

One Sweet St., Oakmont oakmontbakery.com

2ND: PRINCESS JAFAR

2ND: PUSADEE’S GARDEN

facebook.com/theprincessjafar

pusadeesgarden.com

3RD: CHERRI BAUM

3RD: MAYOR OF PITTSBURGH

instagram.com/cherribaum

tinyurl.com/ CPGaineyDefeatsIncumbent

BEST FACEBOOK PAGE

BEST LIFESTYLE INFLUENCER

instagram.com/ricksebak

2ND: KELSEY BREISINGER instagram.com/kelclight

3RD: THE PITTSBURGH WEB instagram.com/thepittsburghweb BEST NEW DEVELOPMENT

BEST HAIR facebook.com/davedicellophotography instagram.com/kletang_58

2ND: THE ODD, MYSTERIOUS & FASCINATING HISTORY OF PITTSBURGH

2ND: KEN RICE instagram.com/kenricepgh

facebook.com/oddpittsburgh

3RD: WEIRD PAUL PETROSKEY

3RD: 1HOOD MEDIA

instagram.com/weirdpaulp

facebook.com/1HoodMedia

BEST HIKING TRAIL

2101 Smallman St., Strip District stripdistrictterminal.com

2ND: HAZELWOOD GREEN hazelwoodgreen.com

3RD: 3 CROSSINGS 3crossingspgh.com Visi us t Facebon ook

BEST PANDEMIC FASHION TREND

BEST FACIAL HAIR montourtrail.org

2ND: RACHEL CARSON TRAIL rachelcarsontrails.org

3RD: THREE RIVERS HERITAGE TRAIL pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/ three-rivers-heritage

instagram.com/ricksebak

2ND: JOHN FETTERMAN

BEST INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT

2ND: NOT GIVING A SHIT ABOUT FASHION 3RD: NO BRA BEST PANDEMIC RELIEF CAMPAIGN

instagram.com/johnfetterman

3RD: BILL PEDUTO instagram.com/billpeduto

6140 Station St., East Liberty 412foodrescue.org

BEST FASHION DESIGNER

388 Butler St., Etna kiyatomlin.us

2ND: SUZ PISANO

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facebook.com/suz.pisano

3RD: LAMONT “L.J.” WRIGHT artinthecloudsclothing.com BEST FASHION ICON

instagram.com/davedicello

2ND: CHANCELOR HUMPHREY instagram.com/ keeppittsburghdope

3RD: VINTAGE PGH instagram.com/vintagepgh

instagram.com/kelclight

150 CHURCH ROAD WEXFORD,PA,15090 724-935-9959 Mon-Sat 10am-5pm•Sun 12pm-5pm

www.wexfordantiques.com

pittsburghfoodbank.org

3RD: PITTSBURGH RESTAURANT WORKERS AID pghrestaurantworkersaid.org

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1981 Beechwood Blvd., Regent Square pittsburghparks.org pghdad.com

twitter.com/KDPomp

3RD: KELSEY BREISINGER

ALWAYS BUYING ANTIQUES

BEST JAGOFF

linktr.ee/gfett

2ND: BOB POMPEANI

2ND: GREATER PITTSBURGH COMMUNITY FOOD BANK

Wexford General Store Antiques

2ND: WENDY BELL 3RD: BOB NUTTING

2ND: NORTH PARK alleghenycounty.us

3RD: SCHENLEY PARK pittsburghparks.org

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BEST PITTSBURGH PARODY SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNT

twitter.com/pittsburgh_dad

2ND: PENGUINS JESUS twitter.com/penguinsjesus

3RD: SINKHOLE BUS twitter.com/bussinkhole BEST PLACE TO CELEBRATE BEING VACCINATED

2305 Smallman St., Strip District coopdevillepgh.com

2ND: SPIRIT spiritpgh.com

3RD: BLUE MOON bluemoononbutler.com BEST PLAYGROUND

2005 Beechwood Blvd., Squirrel Hill pittsburghparks.org CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM

2ND: DORMONT PARK

Jeremy and Angie Jones of Discover the Burgh

boro.dormont.pa.us

BEST OF PITTSBURGH

3RD: HIGHLAND PARK WOODEN PLAYGROUND hpccpgh.org

BEST BLOG

BEST PODCAST

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hotxxmagonlineradio.com

2ND: I’LL CALL YOU RIGHT BACK illcallyourightback.com

3RD: GIRLS RUNNING SHIT girlsrunningshit.com BEST POLITICIAN TO HAVE A BEER WITH

twitter.com/FettermanLt

2ND: CONOR LAMB twitter.com/ConorLambPA

3RD: SARA INNAMORATO twitter.com/Innamo

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EREMY AND ANGIE JONES have lived

in Pittsburgh off and on, but are not Pittsburgh-natives. They both grew up near Dayton, Ohio and fell in love with the Steel City when Angie went to Carnegie Mellon University for grad school. When the couple moved here, they didn’t really venture out, so they decided to take their experience as travel writers to create Discover the Burgh, an online blog about finding new ways to get out into the city. Jeremy had a prior blog called Living the Dream, where he did similar writing and shared lifestyle and travel advice, and believed his and Angie’s background could help better familiarize newcomers to the city. “It was kind of an untapped field,” Jeremy says.

When they started the blog in 2015, they didn’t know how it would go, but they hoped it would get big. Their goal was to force themselves out of their comfort zone and explore everything, turning the blog into a discovery tool for both Pittsburgh natives and visitors alike. discovertheburgh.com

So far, the couple claims to have enjoyed over 1,000 unique experiences, keeping track of each of their adventures on an interactive Pittsburgh map, available at the end of every blog post. Discover the Burgh, which has been chosen as this year’s Best Blog in this year’s Pittsburgh City Paper Best of Pittsburgh readers’ poll, has many different categories from which to search, including Pittsburgh

Museums, Parks & Nature, Pittsburgh Sports, Events in Pittsburgh, Day Trips from Pittsburgh, and Weekend Trips. There are also sections for Food & Drink, where users will find reviews for coffee shops, famous Pittsburgh restaurants, distilleries, and more. All of the couple’s favorite spots are on a page marked as such, and include spots like Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Butterwood Bake Consortium, and Commonplace Coffee. While the blog focuses mainly on Pittsburgh, they also cover Southwestern Pennsylvania as a whole. They also see it as an ongoing effort. “We thought it would be a fun twoor three-year project,” Angie says. “But we’re six years in, and not even close to being finished.”


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BEST THIRST TRAP

twitter.com/TheMariaMontano

2ND: STEVE RUDZINSKI instagram.com/darkmullet

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3RD: AMOXIE VILLAIN instagram.com/amoxie_villain BEST TIKTOK ACCOUNT

tiktok.com/@oakmontbakery

2ND: WEIRD PAUL PETROSKEY tiktok.com/@weirdpaulp

3RD: ZENSPIRE DESIGNS tiktok.com/@zenspiredesigns BEST TV PERSONALITY

facebook.com/ricksebak

2ND: HEATHER ABRAHAM facebook.com/heather.chtwo

3RD: BOB POMPEANI facebook.com/bob.pompeani BEST TWITTER ACCOUNT

CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM

Maria Montaño

BEST OF PITTSBURGH twitter.com/joeybagovdonuts

2ND: BENSTONIUM

BEST THIRST TRAP

twitter.com/benstonium

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3RD: MIKEY twitter.com/fsmikey BEST YINZER

pghdad.com

2ND: RICK SEBAK twitter.com/rickaroundhere

3RD: JIM KRENN twitter.com/JimKrenn BEST YOUTUBE ACCOUNT

youtube.com/user/pittsburghdad

2ND: WEIRD PAUL PETROSKEY youtube.com/user/weirdpaulp

3RD: DEAN BOG youtube.com/c/DeanBog

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CROLLING THROUGH Maria

Montaño’s Twitter feed yields posts about supporting unions, the cat who has claimed visiting rights to her porch, trans activism, her wife and their newly adopted dog, and loving pickles. The broad assortment of topics paints a well-rounded portrait of this year’s Best of Pittsburgh readers’ choice for Best Thirst Trap. Montaño has posted a variety of photos that fall into the category of “thirst trap,” which, to her, means a photo posted with the intent to entice or draw someone in, although it is also a way to play with and celebrate her sexuality. Some of her most notable thirst traps came from a photo session she began posting in June 2021, a gift to herself to honor her body and celebrate her journey. “I think there is a fair amount of playfulness in the photos or videos I share

— and offers a glimpse into my life and how I see myself,” Montaño says. “At the end of the day, I think people are drawn to them because they are such an honest reflection of who I am.” @TheMariaMontano

Montaño has continued to share images from that photoshoot, which feature her in lacy black, teal, and pink floral lingerie; her lips, a vivid red that complement her sizable double strand pearl necklace; and, an assortment of stiletto high heels, including a pair in leopard print. While this year’s nomination and voting periods were open, Montaño campaigned heavily for the title across multiple social media platforms, as did many others in Pittsburgh.

Ownership of her sexuality and body is particularly important for Montaño because “[b]y owning my own self, my full self — including my sexuality, sensuality, femininity, I am taking back my power from the way capitalism abuses trans women like me.” Montaño is a vocal socialist and activist for transgender people and sex workers, and works as a campaign communications specialist for Service Employees International Union. Montaño is also vocal about her love of pickles, which, in addition to being delicious, is a reference to being trans, since hormone replacement therapy can make people crave salty food. Between the salt from the pickles she loves, and the enticing photos she posts, Montaño has mastered the art of thirst.


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DOWN 1. Fidelity offering, for short 2. See 21-Down 3. Sport ___ 4. Anti-depressant drug 5. Trapped 6. Pale purple color 7. Agcy. that regulates explosives 8. Degenerative disease caused by head trauma 9. Droid message 10. Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce 11. Persuasively make (a case) 12. Standing upright 14. Ecclesiastical History of the English People author 16. Small taste 18. ___ & Oh’s (2015 top 10 hit by Elle King) 20. Infection of the liver, for short 21. With 2-Down,

Ornette Coleman instrument 22. Actor Cunningham of Game of Thrones 23. Butler’s quarters? 24. Freelancers may work on it 28. Ingredient brewed in some stout beers 30. Chop up 31. Bears play in it, briefly 32. Like deadpan humor 34. Bicycle tube abbr. 35. Asian priest 36. Chemical compound 37. Californian Gold Rush city nicknamed “Bed-Bug” 38. Table scraps 39. Place for those looking

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IN The Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania: No. GD-21-009985, In re petition of Kelly Marie Jackson parents and legal guardian of Zachery Ryan D’Angelo for change of name to Zachery Ryan Jackson. To all persons interested: Notice is hereby given that an order of said Court authorized the filing of said petition and fixed the 26th day of October 2021, at 9:30 a.m., as the time and the Motions Room, City-County Building, Pittsburgh, PA, as the place for a hearing, when and where all persons may show cause, if any they have, why said name should not be changed as prayed for.

IN The Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania: No. GD-21-10705 In re petition of Carly Ann Cordaro for change of name to Carly Cordaro Nogay. To all persons interested: Notice is hereby given that an order of said Court authorized the filing of said petition and fixed the 1st day of November, 2021, at 9:30 a.m., as the time and the Motions Room, City-County Building, Pittsburgh, PA, as the place for a hearing, when and where all persons may show cause, if any they have, why said name should not be changed as prayed for

IN The Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania: No. GD-21-010290 In re petition of Dominic Allen Zilinski for change of name to Dominic Allen Chiarelli. To all persons interested: Notice is hereby given that an order of said Court authorized the filing of said petition and fixed the 1st day of November, 2021, at 9:30 a.m., as the time and the Motions Room, City-County Building, Pittsburgh, PA, as the place for a hearing, when and where all persons may show cause, if any they have, why said name should not be changed as prayed for

IN The Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania: No. GD-21-009319, In re petition of Lina Bologna and Ronald Zombeck parents and legal guardian of Nathan Josef Bologna-Zombeck for change of name to Nathan Josef Bologna. To all persons interested: Notice is hereby given that an order of said Court authorized the filing of said petition and fixed the 3rd day of November 2021, at 9:30 a.m., as the time and the Motions Room, City-County Building, Pittsburgh, PA, as the place for a hearing, when and where all persons may show cause, if any they have, why said name should not be changed as prayed for. Kathryn J. Rosinski Esq. Attorney for Petitioner Address 535 Smithfield St., Suite 630, Pittsburgh PA 15222 Phone (412)471-9900

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