About The New-burghers

Steelers, Penguins, Pirates…Pittsburgh is a city that takes great pride in its sports and as we are learning, its food! We moved here in the summer of 2012 when I, Tyler, accepted a job in academia. Having lived in the south for the last 28 years, me and my family packed the Penske truck and drove 14 hours to the Northeast. I have always had an affinity towards food. My grandmother has worked in a small, hole-in-the-wall Italian restaurant in Montgomery, Alabama since before I was born. She also owns a cake decorating company on the side. I remember growing up going over to the restaurant or to her house to eat chicken parmagian or lasagna that was all made from scratch, I believe I have been spoiled. During college I contemplated a career as a chef because I grew to love food very much. I am addicted to the Food Network and the plethora of other cooking shows on television, think Masterchef or Hells Kitchen (I am intrigued by Gordon Ramsey). I decided to forgo a career as a chef and pursue a better life as a diner. After college, I decided to pursue graduate coursework in New Orleans and Atlanta. I had no idea how naive of a food lover I was until I moved to New Orleans, I discovered so many delicious restaurants, falling in love with the local po-boy eateries and cajun cookeries. I also discovered that I find jambalaya to be disgusting-no offense NOLA. I left New Orleans for Atlanta where I experienced the most wonderful array of food to date. Everything from local pizzerias to exquisite fine-dining. There is a strong neuvo-Southern thing happening in Atlanta with an emphasis on local, organic, whole foods. While in Atlanta I fell in love with my wonderful bride, Morgan, who is also a lover of food (this is not a fat joke). We would spend many a night enjoying delicious fare in Atlanta. Unfortunately all good things come to an end, once we were married I decided to continue with MORE school so we moved back to Auburn, Alabama. A great college culture; however, a dismal food culture. Now there exists a small number of decent eateries in this town; though, for the most part we found ourselves in chain restaurant hell. We were able to survive by traveling to New York and Chicago, where we went on a deep dish pizza spree. We coordinate our travels around eating and restaurant reservations.(Disclaimer: There are many terms that exist in ones vernacular to describe one who loves food–foodies, gourmet, aficionados, connoisseurs, food hobbyist–I am ok with any of those; however, I want to make clear that I DO NOT consider myself a food snob. I will eat chain restaurants or fast food with the best of them, I just find these experiences nonchalant, boring, and dull.) I am happy to call myself a foodie. I love food–all of it, not just eating it. I enjoy the experience. Pulling up to the restaurant, the ambiance, being seated, interacting with the waitstaff, even paying the bill! I love appetizers, entrees, side dishes, desserts, wine (I also thought about becoming a sommelier), beer, and coffee. I always want to try everything on the menu. We have a strict sharing rule in our family. So when we found out that we would be moving to Pittsburgh we were very excited. Immediately we began to explore the food culture in Pittsburgh. Today as I was indulging in a delicious slice of pizza, I decided I wanted to blog about our food experiences in the ‘burgh. We are new to the city–New-burghers. We have no notion of trendy spots, popular sports, or tourists spots (except the ones featured on Food Network and Travel). We just go eat and experience it. This blog is my musings about our experiences with food in Pittsburgh. Enjoy!

Feel free to contact me on the contact page with any comments or restaurant recommendations!

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