MAN. I had a totally different post lined up for today, but it is a beast and a half and I need more time to perfect it!
So, we’re talking dates. Not like, the fruit. But the act! Of a date!
The funny thing is: I don’t date much. Granted, that’s because I’ve had a boyfriend for the past 4+ years, but even so. We don’t go out on dates very much.
When you’re introverted, work from home, and have the world’s greatest floof, it can sometimes be tough to commit to getting dolled up and having a night out on the town.
But guys, I’ve never regretted going on a date with my guy. Never ever. Even though it seems hard to find the time or the energy to go out, we always have a blast.
Especially when we do…THE ULTIMATE PITTSBURGH DATE DAY!
We figured out that we can hit four of our favorite spots in Pittsburgh back in December, and our lives have never been the same.
When we really want to do it up, eat good food, and have the best time ever, this is the exact agenda we follow.
(I’m even giving you times we like to hit everything! Not only will it save you money, it’s a way that you can be at home cuddling the floof before it’s dark. Win-win.)
It all takes place in one of my favorite neighborhoods in Pittsburgh: Shadyside. And all on the same street! It’s cute, it’s full of great food and people, and it’s relatively easy to get around.
I will preface this by saying…this date day is indulgent (food-wise, it’s actually fairly cheap!). But it should be! Dates should be fun and exciting and full of deliciousness. It’s not something you’ll do every day, but it will be memorable.
Ready? Let’s do it.
Parking: Eastside Bond Garage
30 Annie Pl, Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Is this important to note? I have no idea. But if you’re not from the area, or if you get stressed out trying to parallel park, this garage is great.
It’s easy to get in and out of, close to the eating you’ll be doing, and pretty cheap!
Stop 1: Adda Coffee & Tea House
200 S Highland Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Yep. We like to start our dates…during work. I know. Not a luxury that everyone has. But if you have the ability to work at a coffee shop, we love love love Adda.
I will say it’s probably best if you don’t need the internet a ton (it’s slow), but for great drinks and a great atmosphere, Adda is the best.
I’ve gotten a ton of different things there – lattes, americano, coffee, golden tea lattes. Regardless of what you order, be sure to get the oat milk. They don’t charge extra for plant milks (!!!), and the oat milk they use is from the UK or something and it’s to. die. for. Omg. It’s outrageous.
And if you’re not in a coffee mood, Mark really loves their masala chai latte.
Stop 2: Urban Tap
216 S Highland Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Walk two doors down and you hit Urban Tap! And just in time for happy hour. Woot!
As you may already be able to tell by the name, this is where we drink. Their beer menu is…outrageous. Just so freaking impressive.
They have everything from your Miller Lite to local craft beers and beyond.
Mark and I both love Hitchhikers (a local brewery), so I got the Double Bane of Existence (so good), and he got the Single Angle. Granted, if you go there tomorrow, the beer list has probably already changed, but we were both super impressed by our choices.
I think they also have wine on tap which is just…the coolest thing.
We also like to get a little appetizer because:
- I’m a light-weight when it comes to alcohol
- French fries
Their french fries are actually really good – crispy, herby, salty, and golden.
I especially love Urban Tap because their happy hour specials are great. Two drafts and a french fry appetizer will set you back less than $10. Can’t argue with that!
Stop 3: Noodlehead
242 S Highland Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Walk a bit further down the street and you hit my current favorite restaurant in all of Pittsburgh, Noodlehead.
Oh man oh man. If you’re a fan of Thai food, this is the place to go. I’m obsessed with this place.
All of their noodle dishes are less than $10, and they deliver on flavor so many times over. They also can make nearly everything vegan, which makes it great for couples with different diets!
I always get their Kee Mao (big flat rice noodles, bok choy, napa cabbage, spicy chili garlic sauce) at spice level 1.
You know I love spice. I love to sweat when I eat. But DANG. A 1 out of 5 is all I can do. This is a spicy dish, but it’s also outrageously flavorful and great topped with their fried tofu.
Also just as good leftover and cold from the fridge the next day. Especially if you stand over the sink shoveling it into your mouth like a madman.
Mark loves their Chiang Mai Curry with chicken. I would assume you probably couldn’t get it vegan, but it never hurts to ask. All of our servers there have been amazing.
Pro tip: they’re cash-only, don’t take reservations, and BYOB!
Stop 4: Millie’s
232 S Highland Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206
And to cool your mouth down and finish the date off with something sweet: Millie’s.
If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I created some recipes for them earlier this year, and they’re great. A local company doing regular and vegan ice cream right.
Their Vegan Dark Chocolate is, by far, my favorite ice cream flavor – vegan or not. It’s so outrageously creamy, so dark, so decadent…it’s the best.
Mark really loves their Salted Cookie Dough (not vegan), and I’m also a big fan of their Vegan Mango Sorbet.
We typically just split something after an indulgent date day, but I love finishing our date with a scoop of ice cream as we walk arm-in-arm back to our car.
And that, my friend, is that! Our favorite date day in Pittsburgh.
I love writing posts like these, so let me know if you liked it / want to see similar posts like this in the future! I love reading posts like this about any city because I secretly love creepin’ on restaurant menus, even if I have like, zero chance of going to them. Anyone else?
Have you ever done the Ultimate Pittsburgh Date Day? What’s your favorite Pittsburgh date spot?