Butler Street in Lawrenceville is dotted with flavor every step of the way from the 34th to the 54th block. Bakeries, cafes, coffee houses, bars, sandwich shops, pizza joints and ethnic restaurants sit on either side of the street and range from casual to upscale and everything in between. While some open at the crack of dawn, life at the others begins at dusk, making Butler a street that barely sleeps.
With holiday feasts and nibbles around the corner, caterer Nikki Heckman and chef Matthias Bodnar of Bistro to Go offer tips on how to arrange a Christmas table for a sit-down dinner, and Marc Serrao of Oakmont Bakery shares ideas on how to set a cookie table for the swap party.
Pittsburgh is awash with fine places to drink all sorts of alcoholic drinks, but the best spots to savor local libations might be right where they’re made, in one of our growing collection of wineries, breweries, distilleries, cideries and meaderies.
A gustatory burst punctuated the last few weeks of 2015 like the high flames of a flaring kitchen grill, closing out with the opening of four restaurants — Morcilla in Lawrenceville; Whitfield at the Ace Hotel and Muddy Waters Oyster Bar, both in East Liberty; and Smallman Galley in the Strip District — which were instant hot spots.