Photo courtesy of Sports & Social Steel City at Live! Casino.

It’s a new year! Time to enjoy some new food! Although 2020 dealt a harsh blow to the restaurant industry nationwide, a multitude of eateries, cafes and breweries have opened — or are about to — throughout Pittsburgh. Whether you order take-out or abide by social distancing guidelines on-site, your patronage will help the local restaurant scene make a big comeback in 2021.

Now Open

Pusadee’s Garden, 5321 Butler Street, Lawrenceville
The popular restaurant known for authentic Thai dishes and beautiful gardens is back in business after a three-year renovation project. Make your Tuesday through Sunday reservations online.

Rockaway Pizza 2.0, 1949 Lincoln Way, White Oak
Take a bite of the Big Apple at Rockaway Pizzeria 2.0 in White Oak and start spreading the news. The New York-style pies and specialty pizzas, not to mention gut-busting hoagies, apps calzones and salads, will make you think you’re dining in the Empire State.

New York Strip Martorano. Photo courtesy of Rivers Casino.

Martorano’s Prime at Rivers Casino, 777 Casino Dr., North Shore
Celebrity cook Steve Martorano’s steakhouse will open for its first dinner service Jan. 8 and will operate Wednesday through Sunday starting at 5 p.m. Reservations are available via Open Table or by calling 412-566-4799. Martorano’s Prime features elevated Italian-American cuisine, prime cuts of beef and other high-end steakhouse staples.

Cadence Clubhouse, 9999 Kummer Rd., Allison Park
The café inside North Park’s Pro Bike + Run features a full-service bar and 20 taps pouring local beers and ciders. Verona-based Mechanic Coffee supplies the caffeine, along with the café’s own Cadence Blend. There are also smoothies and fresh-squeezed juices and a mini-market filled with to-go food and beverages as well as gourmet ingredients for your pantry. The company’s Strip District location is slated to open this summer or fall, along with a Monroeville restaurant.

Old Thunder Brewing, 340 Freeport Rd., Blawnox
You can’t sip a beer inside the post office-turned-brewery just yet, but you can order cans online and grab ‘em to go during Old Thunder’s weekly pick-up hours.

Guy Fieri’s Kitchen & Bar at LIve! Casino.
Guy Fieri's Kitchen & Bar at LIve! Casino.

Live! Casino Pittsburgh, 5260 Route 30, Greensburg
Located in Westmoreland Mall, the 100,000-square-foot casino boasts three different restaurant concepts: celebrity chef Guy Fieri’s American Kitchen + Bar, Sports & Social Steel City and, coming soon, PBR Pittsburgh, a Professional Bull Riders country bar chain featuring mechanical bulls.

Truss Brewing Company, 42 Old Clairton Road, Pleasant Hills
The take-out only nano-brewery opened in December. Grab a growler of beer and a wood-fired Neapolitan pizza to enjoy in the comfort of your own home.

Brick & Barrel Cross Keys, 599 Dorseyville Rd., Fox Chapel
Brick oven-cooked pizzas, burgers and apps, not to mention a stellar selection of bourbons, are on the menu at this historic landmark.

Over the Bar Bicycle Café – Hastings, 1595 Mayview Rd., South Fayette
Like OTB locations in South Side and North Park, the Hastings site features bicycle-themed décor and eats. There’s plenty of parking for your two-wheeler and nearby parks and trails that will help you burn off your meal.

The Woods House Historic Pub, 4604 Monongahela Street, Hazelwood
Pittsburgh’s oldest residence-turned-restaurant reopens for dine-in service on Jan. 8. Menu items include classic pub fare such as burgers, mac and cheese, fish and chips and chicken pot pie. Whiskeys and bourbons abound. Schedule your reservation by sending an email to Bob Sobocinski.

Hilltop Coffee, 2400 Arlington Ave., South Side Slopes
Hilltop Coffee is only the second new business to open in the South Side Slopes in 20 years. Husband-and-wife team – and neighborhood residents – Dan Gladis and Jami Szalla are excited to perk up Arlington Avenue with cups of joe and to-go treats.

Trace Brewing, 4312 Main Street, Bloomfield
You can get a sneak peek inside the impressive Trace Brewing when you pick up to-go cans of beer. When the spot opens for drink-in service, customers can sip Redhawk Coffee products and small-batch brews.

Coming soon

Kristy Locklin is a North Hills-based writer. When she's not busy reporting, she enjoys watching horror movies and exploring Pittsburgh's craft beer scene.