Cities can be expensive but rarely have I encountered a city in the USA where you can eat better and cheaper downtown than in Pittsburgh, PA.
Head to "the Strip," a rectangle of international deliciousness along Smallman Street, Mulberry Way and Penn Avenue, between 16th and 23rd Streets,and bring cash. Few of the diners delis and grocery/cafes take plastic.
You won't need much; $10 will slake your thirst and fill your stomach.
Delis, bakeries, farmers' markets and street-side carts provide farm to fork take-away fare. If you want a sit-down meal try these.
S&D Polish Deli. Snag a table in the back and settle in for delicate pierogis and filling stews and dumplings.
De Luca's. Feed the whole family on one of their 11 (!) egg omelets.
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