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https://cafeeighteen.com/

https://www.milkywaypgh.com/

https://apps.studentaffairs.cmu.edu/dining/conceptinfo/?page=conceptDetails&conceptId=76



The ultimate list of closed PIT kosher eateries...
 
These kosher restaurants, bakeries, and ice cream stores in and around Squirrel Hill have all closed in the time since I went to high school there:
1. Leibel's
2. King David
3. Yacov's
4. Simple Treat
5. Platters
6. Golden China
7. Meating Place
8. Sari's
9. Susheli
10. Cafe M
11. Pinati's
12. Rolladin
13. Mordy's Cafe at the JCC
14. Sweet Tammy's on Murray
15. Sweet Tammy's at the JCC
16. Sweet Tammy's in Larimer
17. Aaron and Ari's.
18. Milky Way Oakland/Campus.
19. Grilliance (now open for take out every Tuesday. Email order 1 day in advance to: grilliance1@gmail.com)
20. Phil and Bills Ice Cream
21. Cafe 18 Dairy.

Driving from NY area to Pittsburgh:
2 routes: PA Turnpike ($20 in tolls) or I-78 to I-76 (no tolls), similar times, I-78 might be a little longer
Things to do on the way:
- Crayola Factory
- Cabelas store (Hamburg) - has lots of taxidermy and an aquarium
- Hershey Park
- Dutch Wonderland
- Cherry Cress Farms - corn maze, lots of activities
- Paulus Farm Market - petting zoo
- 7 Springs - alpine slide
- Flight 93 Memorial (Somerset)

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Re: Pittsburgh Master Thread
« Reply #160 on: October 01, 2015, 03:14:26 PM »
Namely?

Seattle comes to mind. They truly only have Island crust, pizza store on Mercer Island. The other restaurants are vegan and under the VAAD but not strictly a kosher establishment.

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Re: Pittsburgh Master Thread
« Reply #161 on: October 01, 2015, 03:58:56 PM »
Seattle comes to mind. They truly only have Island crust, pizza store on Mercer Island. The other restaurants are vegan and under the VAAD but not strictly a kosher establishment.
How is that not sustaining even one? And I'm not sure Seattle has even half the Jews Pit does.
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Re: Pittsburgh Master Thread
« Reply #162 on: October 02, 2015, 03:00:19 PM »
How is that not sustaining even one? And I'm not sure Seattle has even half the Jews Pit does.
Island crust is the only kosher establishment that relies fully on Jews. The other restaraunts rely on a goyish crowd but have a hechsher, so the Jews are not the targeted customer. According to wiki, SEA has 63k Jews and Pit has 20k less

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Re: Pittsburgh Master Thread
« Reply #163 on: October 02, 2015, 03:02:45 PM »
PIT probably has more frum Jews than SEA.
Either way, don't think any cities of that size have none.
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Re: Pittsburgh Master Thread
« Reply #164 on: October 02, 2015, 08:40:22 PM »
could be about frum Jews. I have relatives in both so I would be curious.

Size wise though.... How about St Louis?

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Re: Pittsburgh Master Thread
« Reply #165 on: November 24, 2015, 04:32:35 PM »
We are looking to get away for thanksgiving weekend. We're driving from NY. was debating between PIT and Cleveland. Apparently Cleveland doesn't have hotels walking distance to a minyan. Does PIT have hotels walking distance to minyan? Anything special to do in PIT?

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Re: Pittsburgh Master Thread
« Reply #166 on: November 24, 2015, 05:30:21 PM »
We are looking to get away for thanksgiving weekend. We're driving from NY. was debating between PIT and Cleveland. Apparently Cleveland doesn't have hotels walking distance to a minyan. Does PIT have hotels walking distance to minyan? Anything special to do in PIT?
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« Reply #167 on: November 24, 2015, 05:38:48 PM »
We are looking to get away for thanksgiving weekend. We're driving from NY. was debating between PIT and Cleveland. Apparently Cleveland doesn't have hotels walking distance to a minyan. Does PIT have hotels walking distance to minyan? Anything special to do in PIT?
I'm not aware of any hotels in Squirrel Hill. Maybe in Oakland, but that would be a couple miles each way.
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Re: Pittsburgh Master Thread
« Reply #168 on: March 13, 2016, 10:33:08 PM »
Gotta be in Pittsburgh on the 28th for a few hours, Coming from NY, Fly or drive?

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Re: Pittsburgh Master Thread
« Reply #169 on: March 13, 2016, 10:37:52 PM »
Gotta be in Pittsburgh on the 28th for a few hours, Coming from NY, Fly or drive?
Depends how you are with driving. I really didn't like sitting in the car (on a fairly boring drive) for 6 hours. Flying the next time was MUCH better.

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Re: Pittsburgh Master Thread
« Reply #170 on: March 13, 2016, 10:43:20 PM »
I hate to drive as well but going with a six month old flying with a baby is not fun either

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Re: Pittsburgh Master Thread
« Reply #171 on: March 13, 2016, 10:49:11 PM »
I hate to drive as well but going with a six month old flying with a baby is not fun either
Depending on where you are departing from in NYC, it may be just as fast to drive, when you figure in drive time to/from the airport, waits at the airport, delays etc

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Re: Pittsburgh Master Thread
« Reply #172 on: March 13, 2016, 10:54:47 PM »
Departing from Monsey which really makes it a close call in terms of time but personally i would rather fly from Monsey to Brooklyn then taking the F.D.R so its not always about winning or loosing time  ;)
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Re: Pittsburgh Master Thread
« Reply #173 on: March 13, 2016, 11:05:04 PM »
I've driven and flown..drive was without a baby, and flying was with a baby. Once we had a baby, flying was the obvious choice for us. To drive for so many hours with a screaming baby is really no fun at all, and once you take so many breaks to care for the baby's needs, it could take a full day (or more). The flight is so short that even if the baby doesn't handle it well, it should be over before you know it (but from what I hear, this varies greatly by the baby).

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Re: Pittsburgh Master Thread
« Reply #174 on: March 13, 2016, 11:12:36 PM »
I have done the flight and the drive more times than I could count. Indeed, I just did both in the past 24 hours.

With a group of only adults, Squirrel Hill to the Holland Tunnel is 5h 30m. With a baby or toddlers, its 12 hours. Don't kid yourself.

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Re: Pittsburgh Master Thread
« Reply #175 on: March 13, 2016, 11:24:07 PM »
I have done the flight and the drive more times than I could count. Indeed, I just did both in the past 24 hours.

With a group of only adults, Squirrel Hill to the Holland Tunnel is 5h 30m. With a baby or toddlers, its 12 hours. Don't kid yourself.
Flying involves finding a way to the airport board wait etc. renting a car in PIT or taxi around then find a ride again from the airport, My baby is bh (shhhh don't tell anyone) not a cry baby, i mean i know sitting in a car seat for a few hours is not fun

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« Reply #176 on: March 13, 2016, 11:49:45 PM »
Flying involves finding a way to the airport board wait etc. renting a car in PIT or taxi around then find a ride again from the airport, My baby is bh (shhhh don't tell anyone) not a cry baby, i mean i know sitting in a car seat for a few hours is not fun

I'm not gonna try and persuade you to do something you dont wanna do, but just from my limited experience- yes finding a ride to airport could be a hassle, but renting in PIT is relativley seamless (I suggest renting the carseat from them rather than bringing your own) which also takes care of the airport on the way back. And let's just get one thing straight- driving 8 - 12 hrs with baby is A LOT worse than "no fun"

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Re: Pittsburgh Master Thread
« Reply #177 on: March 14, 2016, 10:47:02 AM »
Departing from Monsey which really makes it a close call in terms of time but personally i would rather fly from Monsey to Brooklyn then taking the F.D.R so its not always about winning or loosing time  ;)

Monsey to Pittsburgh without any stops can be 5 hrs. door-to-door (esp at night).
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Re: Pittsburgh Master Thread
« Reply #178 on: March 16, 2016, 08:40:05 PM »
Have to stay close to children's hospital in PIT which nice hotel would be best option? and how far will that be from minyan and kosher food?

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Re: Pittsburgh Master Thread
« Reply #179 on: March 16, 2016, 09:06:24 PM »
Have to stay close to children's hospital in PIT which nice hotel would be best option? and how far will that be from minyan and kosher food?
Closest hotels would be in Shadyside (e.g. Courtyard, Hyatt House) or in Oakland (near the University).  Each about a 10 minute drive to kosher food and minyanim.