The Frugal Diner
In addition to the welcoming “Anabaptist” sandwich menu at Fernando’s Cafe, Pittsburgh offers a multitude of options for conventiongoers.
After scouring the sidewalks near the convention center, we found ten good eats for the Menno on a budget.
1. Cory’s Subs & Cheesesteaks: Started two years ago by a former baker. Customer favorites include Cory’s Cheesesteak (delicious!) and the Big C hamburger, made with grilled ham and cheese. Also features build-your-own subs. All sandwiches on homemade bread. 8” subs are $7.49 and can easily be split for two. 212 10th St.
2. Fernando’s Cafe: Home to the Anabaptist menu during convention week, with sandwiches such as the Martyr’s Buffalo Chicken at reduced price for conventiongoers. Other options include toasted subs and wraps, salads and personal pizzas. Plenty of inside seating. 963 Liberty Ave.
3. Peace Love & Little Donuts: “Embrace your inner hippie” with specialty mini donuts in a plethora of flavors. Banana split, Nestle Crunch, Oreo, maple bacon and raspberry cheesecake are just a few. Cash only. Individual doughnuts cost from 50 cents to $1.25; a half-dozen for $4. Open from 6 a.m. to11 a.m. and located inside Fernando’s Cafe. 963 Liberty Ave.
4. Oyster House: A Pittsburgh favorite since 1870 and voted City’s Best in 2008, Oyster House allows one to dine on eats like fish and chips and oyster patties. Plenty of old-fashioned charm – think tin ceilings, vintage photos and a bar counter – with inside and outside seating. Former President Jimmy Carter is one of many celebrity visitors. Entrees $5-10. 20 Market St.
5. Primanti Bros Bar and Grill: Home to the “all-in-one-meal” sandwich since 1933. Burgers are topped with cole slaw and fries. Other options include chicken fingers, wings, chili and salads. Recommended by locals. All meals under $7. 2 S. Market Square.
6. Mancini’s Bread Company & Prantl’s Bakery: Two businesses team up to create homemade loaves and confections such as cookies, cakes and pies. 440 Market St.
7. Pizza Parma: Award-winning pizza parlor with three locations throughout the city. Serves pizza by the slice, unique specialty pies such as Greek or seafood pizza, deluxe hoagies and gyros. Plenty of options for everyone. Open until 1 a.m. 823 Penn Ave.
8. Bruegger’s Bagels: Open all day, Bruegger’s features homemade bagels, breakfast sandwiches and drinks, paninis and baked goods. A few doors down from Nicholas’ Coffee Company. 25 Market Square.
9. Sree’s: Cheap delicious Indian food, with classic favorites like Naan bread and curry dishes. Vegan friendly. Meals for under $5. 701 Smithfield St.
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10. Seviche: Tapas from $8-10. Speciality is the Latin American ceviche, a marinated lime fish, as well as other seafood. Larger entrees run towards $15. 930 Penn Ave.