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Pittsburgh Public Market

November 29, 2010 - Eric Paddock
My recent column about Cleveland’s West Side Market included a mention of one of my favorite places: Pittsburgh’s Strip District.

As usual I waxed wistful about crisp Saturday mornings on the Strip (yes, it is actually open the rest of the week).

A reader of that blog (thank you) commented that there is a new Public Market just opened in that wonderfully worn part of the city. As my wife and I were planning our pre-holiday sojourn to the Steel City in search of shopping opportunities and some of the best food in the world, I looked up this new gem on Smallman Street.

Anyone familiar with the Strip at really busy times, knows that your best chance — often, your only chance — to park within a reasonable walking distance of your destination is either along the curbs on Smallman Street or in the pay lot at the downtown end of the Produce Terminal Building.

The new Public Market is located in that Terminal Building.

Don’t pass it by. There are lovely and tasty things inside, and since you have to haul your load from Penn back to your car anyway, you might as well.

You won’t be disappointed. We weren’t. From a stand that offers baklava in shapes and flavors I hadn’t imagined before, to the pierogi vendor there are plenty of opportunities for culinary euphoria, not to mention the folks hawking their art and wearables. You can even treat yourself to a tasting of some of East End Brewing Company’s home brew.

Home brewed and home grown is the obvious theme here. You won’t find exotic imported sausages or cheeses aged deep in the caverns of France. This place is a venue for local stuff, which many times is the best stuff.

When we were there on the Saturday before Thanksgiving there was a celtic group providing the music. Nice touch.

The Pittsburgh Public Market is new and looks that way (still a bit too neat and tidy for my taste), even though it’s housed in a warehouse that was built many decades ago.

There are lots of vendors and lots of variety, and you won’t get rained on.

I see a bright future for Pittsburgh’s Public Market.


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