For the Love of Local Pizza: Plan to Have Spak Brothers Pizza This Weekend

Show Spak Brothers some love this week

Photo credit: Fitsburgh

Photo credit: Fitsburgh

Spak Brothers is an awesome pizza shop in Penn Avenue in Garfield, awesome because they make delicious food and they are awesome neighbors who have supported lots of community initiatives.  I know they kept many of the toy drive volunteers fed last Christmas.

Due to a break-in and refrigerator break down, they have had a rough week.  Spak isn’t asking for money, but you can support them by stopping by for some food.

Spak will reopen at 5pm on Thursday and be open until Tuesday when the new fridge arrives.

These small businesses are the heart and soul of this city, I don’t personally know the Spak guys, but I know they have contributed to this city, especially their neighborhood in many ways. Send a little love to this local shop by stopping by for a slice and sharing this with your friends on Twitter, Facebook etc.

You can follow Spak Brothers Pizza on Twitter @SpakBrothers

Spak Brothers is located at 5107 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15224

via NeverTellMeTheOdds

North Side Restaurant Round Up

Going to Fringe Fest this weekend and looking for food? Try these local North Side restaurants.


Max’s Allegheny Tavern is a German restaurant and the weekend home for Storyswap storytellers, Michael McGovern: Stand Up Horror and several other performances. Grab a schnitzel or bratwurst and enjoy. Max’s is located a few blocks from Fringe Central, Bistro To Go and several other venues.

Bistro To Go hosts several performances. Pick up a salad or sandwich before, during or after Major, Songs from a Lost Civilization, Tales Too Tall for Trailers or The Food at our Feet. Located less than a block from Fringe Central. @bistrotogopgh

James Street Gastropub and Speakeasy offers a broad food and drink menu and live Jazz performances. Try their craft beer selection or menu of comfort food favorites. @JamesStreet422

When? Friday and Saturday 11am-1am; Sunday 11am-11pm

Proximity to Fringe Fest: Located at 422 Foreland Street. 2 blocks from Max’s Allegheny Tavern; 1 block from Allegheny Commons Park

El Burro is a takeout taco and burrito joint with daily vegan options. Snag a burrito from El Burro and eat it outside between shows. @ElBurroPGH

When? Friday and Saturday 11am-9pm

Proximity to Fringe Fest: Located at 1108 Federal Street. Less than ½ mile from Randyland and the City of Asylum Tent

Legends of the North Shore is a classic Pittsburgh American Italian restaurant. Bring a bottle of wine (it’s BYOB) for a meal after a performance.

When? Friday 11am-9:30pm; Saturday 4pm-9:30pm (Reservations Recommended)

Proximity to Fringe Fest: Located at 500 East North Ave. 3 blocks from Max’s; less than ½ mile from Neu Kirche and Fringe Central

Wilson’s Bar-B-Que, known for traditional barbecue, is another place to stop of you want to grab food and eat in the park.

When? Friday and Saturday 12pm-8pm

Proximity to Fringe Fest: Located at 700 N. Taylor Ave. 3 blocks from City of Asylum Tent; ½ mile from Randyland

Benjamin’s Western Avenue Burger Bar is the newest restaurant on this list, recently bringing gourmet burgers and a broad craft beer and cocktail selection to Western Ave. Try it for brunch and Build Your Own Bloody Mary’s before a performance on Saturday or Sunday. @BenjaminsPGH

When? Friday 11:30am-11pm; Saturday 10:30am-11:00pm; Sunday 10:30am-9:00pm

Proximity to Fringe Fest: Located at 900 Western Ave. 3 blocks from the Western side of Allegheny Commons Park. A short drive from all venues.

Many thanks to Pittsburgh Happy Hour’s  Lou Kroeck for input!

Don’t forget about Dave & Andy

dave and andys ice cream pittsburgh

Today, Tuesday, April 14, 2015 is Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry’s locations around the US.  That means everyone who walks into the shop (usually after standing in line) get a free ice cream cone of your choice.

I like to use Free Cone Day (I wrote about this last year) to everyone in Pittsburgh about Dave & Andy’s Ice Cream in Oakland.  This fine ice cream establishment has been making and serving ice cream to Pittsburghers since 1983.  If you want to skip the lines and spend a few dollars at a locally owned business, head over to Dave & Andy’s on Atwood Street in Oakland for an ice cream cone instead.

While we try to support as many local businesses as possible, the local Pittbsurgh Ben & Jerry’s is a pretty cool story too.  You can read about the Pittsburgh Ben & Jerry’s partner shop that provides job training to at-risk youth here.

You can read our post from Free Cone Day 2014 to learn more about free stuff in Pittsburgh here.

What is your favorite local ice cream stand to visit in or near Pittsburgh?

Laser Etch Your Pumpkin Pie at TechShop Tomorrow

laser etched pumpkin pieNot a baker? Not a problem.  You can impress your family with a custom laser etched pie. TechShop Pittsburgh is offering a pretty cool class for Thanksgiving.  You and your guest will get to use the Trotec laser cutter and will take home a custom laser-etched desert.

If you haven’t had a chance to explore TechShop yet – this is a great starter class.  I am a huge fan of using the laser cutter and this pie workshop is a great way to spend an evening preparing a special Thanksgiving treat.

  • Date: Tuesday, November 25, 2104
  • Time: 7pm
  • Location: TechShop Pittsburgh, Bakery Square
  • Cost: $75 for 2 people, $55 for 2 people if one person is a TechShop member (If you want to attend solo – call the front desk for pricing)
  • Register Online here –

Also – check out the upcoming Party at TechShop on December 4, 2014 for another great chance to check out what TechShop has to offer.

Go to this: Whiskey Loves Beer Dinner on November 20

Hopefully this event wont be sold out by the time you read this blog post.  The cool kids who run the Independent are teaming up with the folks at Wigle Whiskey for a four course dinner that will redefine the shot and  beer.  The food at the Independent Brewing Company is awesome and at $65/person this is a steal for what promises to be a delightful evening.  Tickets are available here.

shot and a beer dinner at Independent Brewing