Barbashlack's Favorite Restaurants:
Mad Mex - This is where Geoff and Tara met. The owners of this fine establishment also run the Big Burrito Catering Company, the caterer we have chosen for our big day. Mad Mex is located in Oakland, home to the University of Pittsburgh and the famed CMU. Also, if you go after 11pm, all food is 1/2 price - this came in handy during college. Try the chicken chimi, its a CMU classic.
Il Pizziolo - This is our favorite pizza place, introduced to us by the one and only Terrence McClusky. We are hoping to have our rehearsal dinner here. Il Pizziolo is located in Mt. Lebanon, which is about a 20 minute drive from Pittsburgh and a 5 minute drive from South Hills Village Mall, where you are sure to find Tara's mom at least once a weekend.
Sesame Inn - Our favorite Chinese option in the city. This restaurant is located in Station Square, Pittsburgh's "Main Tourist Attraction".
Fuel & Fuddle - The best sweet potato fries. F&F also offers 1/2 price meals after 11pm. The half price "Goin' Cold Turkey" singlehandedly sustained Geoff during his senior year at CMU. F&F is also located in Oakland, even closer to CMU.
Primanti Bros - The famous Pittsburgh Sandwich. Tara and Dash lived on the egg sandwich with extra hot sauce for 4 years. As for locations, you can find Primanti's on pretty much every corner of the city: downtown, oakland, strip district, southside, you get the picture.
The O - The mecca of fast food, offering grease in all forms: pizza, hotdogs, and fries by the pound. Tara is embarassed to admit that the O cheese dogs got her through organic chem. The original O is located in Oakland right on Forbes and the "Baby O" is conveniently located on the CMU campus.
Pittsburgh To Dos:
The Strip - During the day, the Strip is a street market offering everything from fresh fish to Steelers tchochkes. After hours, the Strip is the hub of Pittsburgh Night Life. If you are lucky, you can spot Ben Roethlisberger hitting on a drunken sorority girl.
Shadyside - Walnut Street is a picturesque shopping area in one of the more upscale Pittsburgh neighborhoods.
Mattress Factory - Contemporary art gallery in the North Side, not far from the Warhol. Tara's mom lists the Mattress Factory as a personal favorite.
And of course the view from Mt. Washington cannot be missed.